Ramcharit Charcha CCCXCVI

II Shri 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 97 of Ayodhya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sumantra told Shri Ram about the extent of the king’s anguish and the extent of love while giving him the message to be delivered to Shri Ram. Shri Ram then explained to Sita the need for her return; Sita then reminded Shri Ram that he pretty well can appreciate that its impossible for her to exist without Him being with her and later turned to Sumantra first asking to be excused for directly talking to him and then telling him in no uncertain terms that without the great son of King Dashrath, no ties and relationship have any meaning for her.

पितु बैभव बिलास मैं डीठा। नृप मनि मुकुट मिलित पद पीठा।।
सुखनिधान अस पितु गृह मोरें। पिय बिहीन मन भाव न भोरें।।
ससुर चक्कवइ कोसलराऊ। भुवन चारिदस प्रगट प्रभाऊ।।
आगें होइ जेहि सुरपति लेई। अरध सिंघासन आसनु देई।।
ससुरु एतादृस अवध निवासू। प्रिय परिवारु मातु सम सासू।।
बिनु रघुपति पद पदुम परागा। मोहि केउ सपनेहुँ सुखद न लागा।।
अगम पंथ बनभूमि पहारा। करि केहरि सर सरित अपारा।।
कोल किरात कुरंग बिहंगा। मोहि सब सुखद प्रानपति संगा।।
दो0-सासु ससुर सन मोरि हुँति बिनय करबि परि पायँ।।
मोर सोचु जनि करिअ कछु मैं बन सुखी सुभायँ।।98।।

She also told Sumantra, “I have seen the extent opulence and luxuries at my father’s place and also know of his grand influence over other kings who when bow down before him the jewel of their crown touches the footrest of my father; even such a comfortable place of father is never liked by me in absence of my dearest Lord Shri Ram (i e since marriage she has had no interest to ever go to father’s place without Shri Ram although she spent her childhood there). Similarly I am aware that my father-in-law, the king of Kaushala i e Awadh, is the supreme monarch whose influence and writ runs across all the fourteen spheres and that he is welcomed by even the chief of gods coming forward reverentially and is offered to sit besides sharing the same seat as he sits on; even the palace of such a father-in-law where reside all the family of dear ones, where I have good fortune of having mothers-in-law as good to me as my mother, does not attract me without the dust of lotus feet of Shri Ram spread there, even in dream I don’t long for it.

“While the difficult passes, the forest lands and hills, the elephants and tigers, big water bodies and great rivers, the tribes and hunters and all varieties of animals and birds give me immense pleasure and joy when I am with Lord of my life.

“I seek your favor to plead before my father-in-law and mother-in-law, bowing down at their feet on my behalf that they must not at all have any kinds of worries for me as I am happy in the forest in a natural way and with whole acceptance by heart.”

(What Sita said is also the state of profound devotees of the Lord Shri Ram, they accept any kind of difficulty if they can remain in thought of Shri Ram and any kind of comforts and luxuries do not attract them at all; for them separation from Lord i e being forced to think of any thing else rather then remember Him is like death to them.)

We have now covered up to Doha 98 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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