Ramcharit Charcha CCCXCIX

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

उतरि ठाड़ भए सुरसरि रेता। सीयराम गुह लखन समेता।।
केवट उतरि दंडवत कीन्हा। प्रभुहि सकुच एहि नहिं कछु दीन्हा।।
पिय हिय की सिय जाननिहारी। मनि मुदरी मन मुदित उतारी।।
कहेउ कृपाल लेहि उतराई। केवट चरन गहे अकुलाई।।
नाथ आजु मैं काह न पावा। मिटे दोष दुख दारिद दावा।।
बहुत काल मैं कीन्हि मजूरी। आजु दीन्ह बिधि बनि भलि भूरी।।
अब कछु नाथ न चाहिअ मोरें। दीनदयाल अनुग्रह तोरें।।
फिरती बार मोहि जे देबा। सो प्रसादु मैं सिर धरि लेबा।।
दो0- बहुत कीन्ह प्रभु लखन सियँ नहिं कछु केवटु लेइ।
बिदा कीन्ह करुनायतन भगति बिमल बरु देइ।।102।।

We covered up to Doha 102 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that having crossed the river Ganga with help of Kevat, Shri Ram sadly thought that he had nothing to give to Kevat at that point but Sita could know instantly what was going on in mind of her master and took out her ring for being given to Kevat. Kevat however did not accept it even when pressed by Shri Ram and others but rather said that on their way back he would gladly accept whatever would be given to him as Prasad of the Lord, thus he showed his humility as well as displayed his mature behavior.

तब मज्जनु करि रघुकुलनाथा। पूजि पारथिव नायउ माथा।।
सियँ सुरसरिहि कहेउ कर जोरी। मातु मनोरथ पुरउबि मोरी।।
पति देवर संग कुसल बहोरी। आइ करौं जेहिं पूजा तोरी।।
सुनि सिय बिनय प्रेम रस सानी। भइ तब बिमल बारि बर बानी।।
सुनु रघुबीर प्रिया बैदेही। तव प्रभाउ जग बिदित न केही।।
लोकप होहिं बिलोकत तोरें। तोहि सेवहिं सब सिधि कर जोरें।।
तुम्ह जो हमहि बड़ि बिनय सुनाई। कृपा कीन्हि मोहि दीन्हि बड़ाई।।
तदपि देबि मैं देबि असीसा। सफल होपन हित निज बागीसा।।
दो0-प्राननाथ देवर सहित कुसल कोसला आइ।
पूजहि सब मनकामना सुजसु रहिहि जग छाइ।।103।।

The Lord of Raghus Shri Ram then took holy bath in the waters of river Ganges (in India no one likes to miss an opportunity to bathe in Ganges, this itself is considered to be purifying one of all sins, Shri Ram did the same though Ganga is supposed to be flowing out of His toe, as Ramavtar the Lord never ever neglected the traditions and established practices). Afterwards Shri Ram made a Linga (a Linga represent Lord Shiv) of the sand and worshiped it devotionally and bowed down before it. Sita then prayed with folded hands mother Ganges, the divine river saying, “O Mother, you must fulfill my heart felt desires; I wish to come back safely along with my master and my Devar (the younger brother of husband is called as Devar) and worship you again (Sita asked for what she wanted straightly, as would one do while wanting some thing from mother and mothers are known to never ever refuse).”

When mother Ganges listened to Sita’s love drenched entreaty, a voice sprung up from the holy water of the river which said, “O Vaidehi (mother addressed Sita as Vaidehi because she did not want material things demonstrating that she was not body centric but was established in spirituality), you are dear to Raghuveer Shri Ram hence listen. Who is not aware of your own glories and virtues in the world (mother Ganges mentioned this to signify the divine status of Sita as consort of Shri Ram). Who ever is looked up on by You with Your benign glance becomes lord of people in this world, when You are prayed and served with humility all the Siddhis (personified accomplishments) become subservient to the devotees of Yours (in the field of world it is Maya’s display of power and therefore of none other then Sita’s). You entreated me in a big way, it shows Your benevolent character at giving me a high status and bestowing greatness on me. I would however bless You with what You asked for only to see my own power of speech becoming fruitful (in this way peoples faith in me will enhance and the purpose for which I have been made to descend by gods will be largely served (Ganges did this to let the hierarchical status remain established as Sita and Ram rank supreme whatever be their Leela as avatars).

“You shall definitely come back all safe and get back to Ayodhya with Your master of life and your Devar (here she did not mention about she being worshiped by Sita because that would only make her face a difficult situation of being worshiped by a superior); all Your heart felt desires will be fulfilled and Your glory will spread all over in the world (adding this as her own wish and as acknowledgement of Sita’s divinity).”

We have now covered up to Doha 103 of Ayodhya Kand.

गंग बचन सुनि मंगल मूला। मुदित सीय सुरसरि अनुकुला।।
तब प्रभु गुहहि कहेउ घर जाहू। सुनत सूख मुखु भा उर दाहू।।
दीन बचन गुह कह कर जोरी। बिनय सुनहु रघुकुलमनि मोरी।।
नाथ साथ रहि पंथु देखाई। करि दिन चारि चरन सेवकाई।।
जेहिं बन जाइ रहब रघुराई। परनकुटी मैं करबि सुहाई।।
तब मोहि कहँ जसि देब रजाई। सोइ करिहउँ रघुबीर दोहाई।।
सहज सनेह राम लखि तासु। संग लीन्ह गुह हृदय हुलासू।।
पुनि गुहँ ग्याति बोलि सब लीन्हे। करि परितोषु बिदा तब कीन्हे।।
दो0- तब गनपति सिव सुमिरि प्रभु नाइ सुरसरिहि माथ। ì
सखा अनुज सिया सहित बन गवनु कीन्ह रधुनाथ।।104।।

Listening to the words as good as being the basis of all welfare looked for by her and to find mother Ganga favorably inclined, Sita became very happy and thrilled. Lord Shri Ram then commanded Nishaad Guha to go back home which made his heart burn, in turn make his mouth become dry; Guha then meekly and humbly said, “O the jewel among Raghus, kindly listen to my supplication; I just want to go along with You to show the way ahead and serve You for some time. Whichever place in jungle You, the great Raghu would want to settle down, I would prepare a suitable hut using leaves and branches. Afterwards as will be Your command, I will act alike, I swear on You.”

Noticing his natural for Himself, Shri Ram allowed Guha to come along which made him rejoice in heart; Guha then called his people and explained matter to them before asking them to return. Lord of Raghus Shri Ram then remembered Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and Shiv, the Lord of Faith and bowed down before the divine river Ganges reverentially and commence journey ahead along with Sita, Lakshman and Guha.

(Only those who have natural and non-artificial love towards the Lord are worthy of keeping His company, any kind of falsehood or pretension is despised by Lord, they never can accompany him nor will be allowed to by Him i e remain distanced from Him. So ritualistic worship without a natural love for the lord is an exercise in futility.)

We hve now covered up to Doha 104 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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