Ramcharit Charcha CCCXCIII

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

सखा समुझि अस परिहरि मोहु। सिय रघुबीर चरन रत होहू।।
कहत राम गुन भा भिनुसारा। जागे जग मंगल सुखदारा।।
सकल सोच करि राम नहावा। सुचि सुजान बट छीर मगावा।।
अनुज सहित सिर जटा बनाए। देखि सुमंत्र नयन जल छाए।।
हृदयँ दाहु अति बदन मलीना। कह कर जोरि बचन अति दीना।।
नाथ कहेउ अस कोसलनाथा। लै रथु जाहु राम कें साथा।।
बनु देखाइ सुरसरि अन्हवाई। आनेहु फेरि बेगि दोउ भाई।।
लखनु रामु सिय आनेहु फेरी। संसय सकल सँकोच निबेरी।।
दो0-नृप अस कहेउ गोसाईँ जस कहइ करौं बलि सोइ।
करि बिनती पायन्ह परेउ दीन्ह बाल जिमि रोइ।।94।।

We covered up to Doha 94 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lakshman and Guha talked of virtues of Shri Ram the whole night and when it was morning Shri Ram asked for milk of banyan tree and applied to his own hairs on head and to Lakshman’s to convert them in to locks (as was wont in view of their forest living). Observing this the minister Sumant got very upset and somehow conveyed to Shri Ram that he was under order of the king to take them back after a brief visit to jungles and after the holy bath in Ganges without any kind of hitch whatsoever but also said that he would accept whatever be the will of Shri Ram and lay straight at the feet of Shri Ram crying like an innocent child. Whatever be the order of a senior or superior, the God’s will still be the allowed to prevail is what we should learn here.

तात कृपा करि कीजिअ सोई। जातें अवध अनाथ न होई।।
मंत्रहि राम उठाइ प्रबोधा। तात धरम मतु तुम्ह सबु सोधा।।
सिबि दधीचि हरिचंद नरेसा। सहे धरम हित कोटि कलेसा।।
रंतिदेव बलि भूप सुजाना। धरमु धरेउ सहि संकट नाना।।
धरमु न दूसर सत्य समाना। आगम निगम पुरान बखाना।।
मैं सोइ धरमु सुलभ करि पावा। तजें तिहूँ पुर अपजसु छावा।।
संभावित कहुँ अपजस लाहू। मरन कोटि सम दारुन दाहू।।
तुम्ह सन तात बहुत का कहऊँ। दिएँ उतरु फिरि पातकु लहऊँ।।
दो0-पितु पद गहि कहि कोटि नति बिनय करब कर जोरि।
चिंता कवनिहु बात कै तात करिअ जनि मोरि।।95।।

Minister Sumant (showing trait of a sincere minister of the state) then beseeched Shri Ram saying, “O Taat (by saying ‘Taat’ younger are lovingly addressed and elders are respectfully addressed, here minister has both in mind while addressing), be merciful and do something by which the region of Avadh is not orphaned i e is not left without a master (here Sumant displayed his concern that King Dashrath was now old, Bharat may not accept taking charge of the kingdom and also that the people of Ayodhya may not live peacefully under anyone else’s regime).”

Sri Ram in turn lifted the minister up and gave some substantial advice saying, “Taat, you have already given a deep thought as to what is the call of hour in term of Dharma. You are well aware that the king Shibi, King Harishchandra (in line of Ram’s own ancestry) and the great Rishi Dadheechi and even other kings like Rantidev and demon king Baii who were very knowledgeable themselves did suffer immensely for the sake of Dharma and in process of upholding Dharma. There is nothing that contains the spirit of Dharma as much as Satya (the truth), this is well established view in the Shastras like Vedas and Puranas. It am lucky to have an occasion just by the way to observe Dharma  in the same way as those greats did. If this responsibility is ignored in any way it will bring an all round condemnation and bad name extending through out the three worlds. For a person of respect and commitment, the loss of prestige and reputation i e being disgraced by failing to uphold this Dharma is equal to going through the rigors of death innumerable times. I must not O Taat, tell you too much more because insisting on any thing in reply would be sinful on my part.

“When you go back kindly grab feet of my father on my behalf and tell him that I do Pranaams over and over again and tell him also softly by way of my submission with folded hands that he should not have any kind of worries about me.”

(Shri Ram meant to tell Sumant that because the sin of not observing the Dharma by ignoring truth can only be washed off over many lives rightly lived, this kind of negative reputation is hard to correct as it results from a sin that is a natural out come of body-cenric living and Vasanas, the covetous approach in living which clouds the judgement. Unfulfilled desires for sense gratification make one to have rebirths in animal forms so rising above all this one should uphold Dharma.)

We have now covered up to Doha 95 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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