Ramcharit Charcha CCCLXXIX

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

लखि सनेह कातरि महतारी। बचनु न आव बिकल भइ भारी।।
राम प्रबोधु कीन्ह बिधि नाना। समउ सनेहु न जाइ बखाना।।
तब जानकी सासु पग लागी। सुनिअ माय मैं परम अभागी।।
सेवा समय दैअँ बनु दीन्हा। मोर मनोरथु सफल न कीन्हा।।
तजब छोभु जनि छाड़िअ छोहू। करमु कठिन कछु दोसु न मोहू।।
सुनि सिय बचन सासु अकुलानी। दसा कवनि बिधि कहौं बखानी।।
बारहि बार लाइ उर लीन्ही। धरि धीरजु सिख आसिष दीन्ही।।
अचल होउ अहिवातु तुम्हारा। जब लगि गंग जमुन जल धारा।।
दो0-सीतहि सासु असीस सिख दीन्हि अनेक प्रकार।
चली नाइ पद पदुम सिरु अति हित बारहिं बार।।69।।

We covered up to Doha 69 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that when Shri Ram finally touched feet of mother Kaushalya  and asked for her leave, she became too badly upset finding Shri Ram’s love for herself as too deep; seeing mother unable to speak and very distressed, Shri Ram gave her idea about the spiritual and philosophical aspects of life. The play of emotions at this difficult time can not be described by anyone. Janki also bowed down at feet of mother-in-law and regretted that she was having to leave her while she should have served her but then asked to be excused as it was destiny playing out ruthlessly. Kaushalya once again felt helpless and distressed because Sita was not at fault and rather did not deserve to have such a time. Then Kaushalya gave Sita some good advice and blessings to enjoy unbroken long married life together with her husband Shri Ram.

समाचार जब लछिमन पाए। ब्याकुल बिलख बदन उठि धाए।।
कंप पुलक तन नयन सनीरा। गहे चरन अति प्रेम अधीरा।।
कहि न सकत कछु चितवत ठाढ़े। मीनु दीन जनु जल तें काढ़े।।
सोचु हृदयँ बिधि का होनिहारा। सबु सुखु सुकृत सिरान हमारा।।
मो कहुँ काह कहब रघुनाथा। रखिहहिं भवन कि लेहहिं साथा।।
राम बिलोकि बंधु कर जोरें। देह गेह सब सन तृनु तोरें।।
बोले बचनु राम नय नागर। सील सनेह सरल सुख सागर।।
तात प्रेम बस जनि कदराहू। समुझि हृदयँ परिनाम उछाहू।।
दो0-मातु पिता गुरु स्वामि सिख सिर धरि करहि सुभायँ।
लहेउ लाभु तिन्ह जनम कर नतरु जनमु जग जायँ।।70।।

Lakshman, the younger brother of Shri Ram, extraordinarily dismayed and rattled up on getting the news of Shri Ram leaving home for forest, rushed turning His face in the direction of Shri Ram. Shuddering and with tears in his eyes Lakshman very impatiently grabbed the feet of Shri Ram; he became stunned and speechless and just stood there as if a fish had been thrown out of water. Engrossed in deep thought he wanted to know from the lord of destiny as to what was in store, had the reward of all the noble deeds now exhausted for him and for others, what Shri Ram would expect from him, would he want to leave him here at home or would like him to come along.

Shri Ram noticed His brother Lakshman standing with folded hands before Him, his body language telling that he had lost all interest in home now and also in the comforts of body, breaking connection with world here as effortlessly as breaking a straw; Shri Ram, most ethical, ocean of mercy, civility, affection and joy besides being very straight and of simple disposition, began to say to Lakshman (He had already had the idea that Lakshman qualified in every way to be with Him, as his body language had showed complete disregard for worldly relations and bodily comforts but still wanted to give him reason to stay back), “Dear Brother, you must not become weak because of love for me, you must be happy after assessing in your heart the end result of the sequence of events that are going to take place, which will only be good.”

Shri Ram then gave Lakshman an invaluable advice, “those who by their nature itself are inclined to reverentially follow the advice of mother, father, Guru and master only get the full benefit of being born otherwise the life itself goes waste.”

(Shri Ram here meant to say that parents, Guru and the master* have natural interest in welfare of a person, they have experience and recourse to knowledge hence their advice should not be neglected or faulted. Also in this way only the order can be kept in the world. If during course of life, if the children, the pupils and the servants are observed to be going in the wrong direction only these people can check it without any regard for their own petty interests, all others try to take advantage in such situations. In a difficult situation the involved person can not assess where he stands, these people watching from distance continuously make this assessment and guide accordingly. These people also know about the areas of expertise of their wards and therefore encourage to make use of expertise with confidence and full freedom, they also know the weaknesses and keep them safe by that angle too.)

We have now covered up to Doha 70 of Ayodhya Kand.

अस जियँ जानि सुनहु सिख भाई। करहु मातु पितु पद सेवकाई।।
भवन भरतु रिपुसूदन नाहीं। राउ बृद्ध मम दुखु मन माहीं।।
मैं बन जाउँ तुम्हहि लेइ साथा। होइ सबहि बिधि अवध अनाथा।।
गुरु पितु मातु प्रजा परिवारू। सब कहुँ परइ दुसह दुख भारू।।
रहहु करहु सब कर परितोषू। नतरु तात होइहि बड़ दोषू।।
जासु राज प्रिय प्रजा दुखारी। सो नृपु अवसि नरक अधिकारी।।
रहहु तात असि नीति बिचारी। सुनत लखनु भए ब्याकुल भारी।।
सिअरें बचन सूखि गए कैंसें। परसत तुहिन तामरसु जैसें।।
दो0-उतरु न आवत प्रेम बस गहे चरन अकुलाइ।
नाथ दासु मैं स्वामि तुम्ह तजहु त काह बसाइ।।71।।

Shri Ram continued his conversation with Lakshman and said, “Learning this by heart, O Brother, you must get busy in serving at the feet of your parents; you are aware that Bharat and Shatrughan are not at home and the King is now aged besides he is weak due to grief in his heart on account of me. If I take you to forest with me, the whole Avadh region will be without a master and care-taker. Further, our Guru, the father and the mothers, the subjects and the extended families will have a hard time in carrying the burden of grief and responsibilities.

“Stay here therefore and please everyone involved, otherwise O Younger Brother, it will be great undesirable act on our part, almost a fault. The king in whose time the beloved people of the state suffer and remain unhappy, surely he becomes entitled to only stay in hell, now or after life. Giving weight to this point of policy you must stay back.”

These words of Shri Ram had an opposite effect on Lakshman and he became all the more troubled and perturbed; Lakshman became pale like a lotus that has been bitten by forest. He failed to reply being under thought of love for Shri Ram and grabbed Shri Ram’s feet with deep sense of dejection and anguish and some how uttered words, “O Lord, you are the master while I am just a servant of yours, if you decide to disown me than who else can help me in this regard.”

We have now covered up to Doha 71 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko pranam!
Gpswami tulsidas ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal

*master should not be taken for selfish masters but it should be taken for the master of the Lord of the world i e God and such other masters who have all the interest in the welfare of there servants.


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