Ramcharit Charcha CCCLXXXIII

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

गए लखनु जहँ जानकिनाथू। भे मन मुदित पाइ प्रिय साथू।।
बंदि राम सिय चरन सुहाए। चले संग नृपमंदिर आए।।
कहहिं परसपर पुर नर नारी। भलि बनाइ बिधि बात बिगारी।।
तन कृस दुखु बदन मलीने। बिकल मनहुँ माखी मधु छीने।।
कर मीजहिं सिरु धुनि पछिताहीं। जनु बिन पंख बिहग अकुलाहीं।।
भइ बड़ि भीर भूप दरबारा। बरनि न जाइ बिषादु अपारा।।
सचिवँ उठाइ राउ बैठारे। कहि प्रिय बचन रामु पगु धारे।।
सिय समेत दोउ तनय निहारी। ब्याकुल भयउ भूमिपति भारी।।
दो0-सीय सहित सुत सुभग दोउ देखि देखि अकुलाइ।
बारहिं बार सनेह बस राउ लेइ उर लाइ।।76।।

We covered up to Doha 76 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lakshman returned back to Shri Ram after taking permission of his mother to go to jungle with Shri Ram and greeted Shri Ram and Sita. Both of them immediately left for the king’s palace along with Sita. The citizens had only this topic to discuss that Shri Ram is leaving for forest and that something as bad and as unexpected had happened. they were all very upset and shaken. When king was made to sit up by his minister Sumantra, the king looked, with a great regret and remorse, at the two brothers and Sita and brought them in close embrace out of his love for them. At this time a pall of gloom had descended all over the place there.

सकइ न बोलि बिकल नरनाहू। सोक जनित उर दारुन दाहू।।
नाइ सीसु पद अति अनुरागा। उठि रघुबीर बिदा तब मागा।।
पितु असीस आयसु मोहि दीजै। हरष समय बिसमउ कत कीजै।।
तात किएँ प्रिय प्रेम प्रमादू। जसु जग जाइ होइ अपबादू।।
सुनि सनेह बस उठि नरनाहाँ। बैठारे रघुपति गहि बाहाँ।।
सुनहु तात तुम्ह कहुँ मुनि कहहीं। रामु चराचर नायक अहहीं।।
सुभ अरु असुभ करम अनुहारी। ईस देइ फलु ह्दयँ बिचारी।।
करइ जो करम पाव फल सोई। निगम नीति असि कह सबु कोई।।
दो0–औरु करै अपराधु कोउ और पाव फल भोगु।
अति बिचित्र भगवंत गति को जग जानै जोगु।।77।।

The king could not speak due to being very distressed, his heart was badly burning due to intensely worrisome thoughts at that moment; Shri Ram however just bowed down at the king’s feet with great care and love and got up asking for his leave. Shri Ram said, “O Father, please bless me and allow me to go, this is a time to rejoice, not be dismayed because O Father, being dazed and neglectful of duties on account of weakness for a loved one will only bring infamy in the world and will result in loss of face.”

King was overwhelmed with emotion of love and just when he listened to this coming from Shri Ram he straightened up a bit and took hold of arm of Shri Ram and gently pulled him down to be seated near himself. The king later said to Shri Ram, “Listen O Son, Munis say about you that Ram is the Lord of entire body of the living and the lifeless i e of the whole creation. The God gives weight to respective good and bad deeds of individual and determines their fate which is played out giving all what they deserve in return, this is enshrined in Vedas and all mention it.

“However, in the instant case, I find that some one who has sinned escapes punishment and another is made to suffer. This a very strange practice of the Lord of universe, haven’t seen anybody ever who understands this kind of enigma.”

(We can notice here that King Dashrath mentioned that he heard from some great Munis that Ram was the Supreme God but he still hasn’t been able to see Him as any body other than his own loved son. His mention about Shri Ram was for the simple reason that he wished to tell Him that if he is God than he should see here that some body else’s i e his own fault was resulting in the son going to forest and wished him to intervene. This is the kind of love this father has for the son that he is not ready to see Ram other than as his son although its not that he doesn’t have the inkling about his Godhood. We may recall that Dashrath as Manu earlier had asked for a boon from the Almighty God to be blessed with a son like the God himself while Shatroopa (in this birth Kaushalya), his consort had asked for the the same kind of life, liberation, devotion and pleasures as devotees have while accepting the boon of being mother of a son like God but had also wished to be insightful and having knowledge of reality of God. It is in this light that Shri Ram showed up Himself as the Supreme God before Kaushalya but not before Dashrath. Those interested in referring back may have a look at Doha 141 to 151 of Balkand.)

We have now covered up to Doha 77 of Ayodhya Kand.

रायँ राम राखन हित लागी। बहुत उपाय किए छलु त्यागी।।
लखी राम रुख रहत न जाने। धरम धुरंधर धीर सयाने।।
तब नृप सीय लाइ उर लीन्ही। अति हित बहुत भाँति सिख दीन्ही।।
कहि बन के दुख दुसह सुनाए। सासु ससुर पितु सुख समुझाए।।
सिय मनु राम चरन अनुरागा। घरु न सुगमु बनु बिषमु न लागा।।
औरउ सबहिं सीय समुझाई। कहि कहि बिपिन बिपति अधिकाई।।
सचिव नारि गुर नारि सयानी। सहित सनेह कहहिं मृदु बानी।।
तुम्ह कहुँ तौ न दीन्ह बनबासू। करहु जो कहहिं ससुर गुर सासू।।
दो0–सिख सीतलि हित मधुर मृदु सुनि सीतहि न सोहानि।
सरद चंद चंदनि लगत जनु चकई अकुलानि।।78।।

The king tried in many ways and gave many other arguments but without deceit or manipulation to keep Ram from going to jungle; king then noted that Ram, thoroughly wise, patient and a one who understands the crux of Dharma, was of the view that he should not stay. King then remembered Sita and brought her near and gave her many suitable advises and warned of the unbearable hardships to be faced in forest, all the while keeping her interest in view. King also told Sita what benefits she would have living with parents-in-laws and at her father’s place but Sita who had fixed her whole attention at the feet of Shri Ram on account of her love for Him, did not find it in any way easy to live back at home nor did she consider living in the forest as difficult or non-advisable. There were many other people who tried to convince Sita the same thing by overemphasizing the troubles in the woods.

Then the wife of minister Sumantra and Guru Mata who were known to be wise and experienced also tried to convince Sita saying that she was not the one who was commanded to live in forest hence it was only right that she stays back as per the advice of father-in-law, the Guru and of the mother-in-law. Sita on the other hand found it rather uncomfortable to listen to this congenial advice from every one which was delivered in a very pleasing manner and felt like that bird (Chakravak) which feels tortured under the cool rays of the moon in clear skies of autumn season.

We have now covered up to Doha 78 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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