Ramcharit Charcha CCCXCV

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

तुम्ह पुनि पितु सम अति हित मोरें। बिनती करउँ तात कर जोरें।।
सब बिधि सोइ करतब्य तुम्हारें। दुख न पाव पितु सोच हमारें।।
सुनि रघुनाथ सचिव संबादू। भयउ सपरिजन बिकल निषादू।।
पुनि कछु लखन कही कटु बानी। प्रभु बरजे बड़ अनुचित जानी।।
सकुचि राम निज सपथ देवाई। लखन सँदेसु कहिअ जनि जाई।।
कह सुमंत्रु पुनि भूप सँदेसू। सहि न सकिहि सिय बिपिन कलेसू।।
जेहि बिधि अवध आव फिरि सीया। सोइ रघुबरहि तुम्हहि करनीया।।
नतरु निपट अवलंब बिहीना। मैं न जिअब जिमि जल बिनु मीना।।
दो0-मइकें ससरें सकल सुख जबहिं जहाँ मनु मान।।
तँह तब रहिहि सुखेन सिय जब लगि बिपति बिहान।।96।।

We covered up to Doha 96 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that after Sumantra conveyed the message of the king to Shri Ram, Shri Ram first told him where the crux of Dharma lies and requested him to do whatever might ensure the king to remain calm and happy in view of the grim situation faced. Lakshman reacted with some unwarranted words for which Shri Ram admonished him and forbade Sumantra from telling it back in Ayodhya. The minister then gave rest of the message of the king that king wanted him and also Shri Ram to do all that was needed, so that Sita could come back and stay at her father’s place or with in-laws as per her pleasure, till the period of difficulty gets over, and in view of the fact that Sita would not find it convenient to stay in jungles and also that without Sita coming back it will be difficult for the king to remain alive because in absence of Shri Ram he at least needed support from Sita.

बिनती भूप कीन्ह जेहि भाँती। आरति प्रीति न सो कहि जाती।।
पितु सँदेसु सुनि कृपानिधाना। सियहि दीन्ह सिख कोटि बिधाना।।
सासु ससुर गुर प्रिय परिवारू। फिरतु त सब कर मिटै खभारू।।
सुनि पति बचन कहति बैदेही। सुनहु प्रानपति परम सनेही।।
प्रभु करुनामय परम बिबेकी। तनु तजि रहति छाँह किमि छेंकी।।
प्रभा जाइ कहँ भानु बिहाई। कहँ चंद्रिका चंदु तजि जाई।।
पतिहि प्रेममय बिनय सुनाई। कहति सचिव सन गिरा सुहाई।।
तुम्ह पितु ससुर सरिस हितकारी। उतरु देउँ फिरि अनुचित भारी।।
दो0-आरति बस सनमुख भइउँ बिलगु न मानब तात।
आरजसुत पद कमल बिनु बादि जहाँ लगि नात।।97।।

Sumantra continued saying, “While king made this appeal he seemed to be very desperate and overwhelmed with emotion of love, the extent of which is difficult to be explained by me.”

The ocean of mercy Shri Ram listened to the message of the father with fullest attention and as was his wish , Shri Ram explained to Sita in many ways why it was necessary for Sita to return; Shri Ram argued that it would take away pain of her parents-in-law, the Guru and whole of the dear family members. Sita considered the words of Shri Ram and replied, “O Master of my life, You love me most and are most dear to me, You are my Lord besides being very compassionate and most wise therefore please appreciate that the shadow can’t remain existent with out the substance, that the glow of sun can’t leave it (i e it can not be there if sun is not there hence is inseparable) and the moon’s rays also can’t be there without the moon (Sita gave this logical explanation to Shri Ram but it contained a spiritual fact i e Maya is never separable from the Supreme Lord).”

Addressing her Lord Shri Ram thus, Sita then spoke to Sumantra, the minister, in submissive soft tone, saying “You are as much my benefactor as my father, it is only bad if I come forward contradicting you in my reply but it is the misery of the time that makes me tell you something directly, O Taat, you may please not take it to be my deviating from tradition and mind it (lady members of household do not speak directly to the male elders of the in-laws family in Indian tradition). Without being near the lotus-feet of my Lord, who is the son of a great man and of high-lineage, all kind of relation with others are totally without any importance for me and difficult to maintain.”

We have now covered up to Doha 97 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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