Rancharit Characha CCCLXXXIX

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

यह सुधि गुहँ निषाद जब पाई। मुदित लिए प्रिय बंधु बोलाई।।
लिए फल मूल भेंट भरि भारा। मिलन चलेउ हिँयँ हरषु अपारा।।
करि दंडवत भेंट धरि आगें। प्रभुहि बिलोकत अति अनुरागें।।
सहज सनेह बिबस रघुराई। पूँछी कुसल निकट बैठाई।।
नाथ कुसल पद पंकज देखें। भयउँ भागभाजन जन लेखें।।
देव धरनि धनु धामु तुम्हारा। मैं जनु नीचु सहित परिवारा।।
कृपा करिअ पुर धारिअ पाऊ। थापिय जनु सबु लोगु सिहाऊ।।
कहेहु सत्य सबु सखा सुजाना। मोहि दीन्ह पितु आयसु आना।।
दो0-बरष चारिदस बासु बन मुनि ब्रत बेषु अहारु।
ग्राम बासु नहिं उचित सुनि गुहहि भयउ दुखु भारु।।88।।

We covered up to Doha 88 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Shri Ram and others reached the banks of sacred river Ganga, Shri Ram explained all the history and glories of Ganga; later Guha of Nishad tribe got to know of His coming there and rushed to meet Him along with his friends and family taking fruits and vegetables as offerings. Ram acknowledged his love and regard by seating him near himself and asked his welfare. Guha then praised Ram, complimented himself for his great fortune at seeing Shri Ram and invited him to visit his town. Shri Ram explained to him that he had been under father’s command to go and stay in forests and not visit human settlements,for fourteen years living like Munis which greatly upset Guha.

राम लखन सिय रूप निहारी। कहहिं सप्रेम ग्राम नर नारी।।
ते पितु मातु कहहु सखि कैसे। जिन्ह पठए बन बालक ऐसे।।
एक कहहिं भल भूपति कीन्हा। लोयन लाहु हमहि बिधि दीन्हा।।
तब निषादपति उर अनुमाना। तरु सिंसुपा मनोहर जाना।।
लै रघुनाथहि ठाउँ देखावा। कहेउ राम सब भाँति सुहावा।।
पुरजन करि जोहारु घर आए। रघुबर संध्या करन सिधाए।।
गुहँ सँवारि साँथरी डसाई। कुस किसलयमय मृदुल सुहाई।।
सुचि फल मूल मधुर मृदु जानी। दोना भरि भरि राखेसि पानी।।
दो0-सिय सुमंत्र भ्राता सहित कंद मूल फल खाइ।
सयन कीन्ह रघुबंसमनि पाय पलोटत भाइ।।89।।

The villagers observed the beauty of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita and fell in love instantly, they then discussed between themselves that what kind of parent would commit such decent and tender children to forest living; some one found it in their benefit that the king so decided and the creator had destined so that could now enjoy the benefit of having eyes (the attraction of these divine characters could catch the heart and mind of simple village folks, the simplicity allows one to look at people what they really are).

Guha, the chief of Nishads, then weighed in his mind that a rosewood tree there was the most heart-catching one and suitable for night’s stay. He took Shri Ram to show that spot which Shri Ram also endorsed as agreeable. His townspeople then paid their respects to the visitors and went back home and Shri Ram went for His ‘Sandhya-Vandan’ (the Puja and Dhyana done at the time of dusk). Guha in the mean time made a comfortable and inviting spread of Kusha and dried leaves, checked the fruits and roots for ripeness, softness and sweetness and brought water in cups made of leaves. Shri Ram, the jewel in the family of Raghus, later had the meal consisting of fruits etc along with Sita, Sumant and brother Lakshman and then lay down for sleeping over the night while brother Lakshman kept massaging His feet and legs (Lakshman had avowed to not sleep at all and remain in service of Shri Ram and remain vigilant all the time for security. Lakshman is avatar of Sheshnaag, the serpent god, who remains coiled up in the heavenly Ksheersagar (the ocean of milk) and Lord lies on it relaxing, he has not forgotten his duty towards the Lord. Lakshman also represents Vairagya, the quality of detachment and renunciation, which requires to be ever vigilant and ever focusing attention on Supreme God for maintaining it).

We have now covered up to Doha 89 of Ayodhya Kand.

उठे लखनु प्रभु सोवत जानी। कहि सचिवहि सोवन मृदु बानी।।
कछुक दूर सजि बान सरासन। जागन लगे बैठि बीरासन।।
गुँह बोलाइ पाहरू प्रतीती। ठावँ ठाँव राखे अति प्रीती।।
आपु लखन पहिं बैठेउ जाई। कटि भाथी सर चाप चढ़ाई।।
सोवत प्रभुहि निहारि निषादू। भयउ प्रेम बस ह्दयँ बिषादू।।
तनु पुलकित जलु लोचन बहई। बचन सप्रेम लखन सन कहई।।
भूपति भवन सुभायँ सुहावा। सुरपति सदनु न पटतर पावा।।
मनिमय रचित चारु चौबारे। जनु रतिपति निज हाथ सँवारे।।
दो0-सुचि सुबिचित्र सुभोगमय सुमन सुगंध सुबास।
पलँग मंजु मनिदीप जहँ सब बिधि सकल सुपास।।90।।

When Lakshman found Shri Ram fast asleep, he got up and requested the minister to also now take to bed; Lakshman then settled himself at some distance ready with his bow and arrows in a posture known as ‘Veeraasan’ i e sitting position for the brave who are ready for combat, deciding to keep waking for the night. Guha also called some of his trusted guards and placed them at strategic points for ensuring safety and sat besides Lakshman readying himself with quiver tied to waist and putting an arrow over the bow (both Lakshman and Guha thought that Shri Ram was the designated crown prince of Ayodhya a little while ago and were skeptical about the reasons of Shri Ram’s exile hence they thought it fit to be fully vigilant about the security aspect of Shri Ram. Shri Ram however did not have any such worry for he understood the situation very well and therefore neither sought any protection nor lost his sleep).

Guha, the Nishad, watched Shri Ram sleeping (on ground over leaves) and his heart ached because of his love for Him; he felt a shiver run down his spine and his eyes began to drop tears. Guha then spoke to Lakshman with love oozing, “The palace of King Dashrath is basically very comfortable and attractive, even the Lord Indira’s abode can’t stand in comparison, it has lovable interiors which are studded with Manis (precious stones), appear to be decorated by hand of Kaamdev, the master of Rati (Rati as a word means the sense and act of indulgence).

The palace of king is faultless, very specially designed, endowed with all luxurious comforts and fragrant with smell of flowers and it also contains soft and attractive beds and remains lighted with beautiful lamps of Manis (a stone which gives light even in dark) and where every thing is very accessible (leaving such an inviting place Shri Ram has to sleep in this manner was what Guha wondered).”

We have now covered up to Doha 90 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shanakar Ki Jai!
Shri jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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