Ramcharit Charcha CCCCIII

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

राम सप्रेम कहेउ मुनि पाहीं। नाथ कहिअ हम केहि मग जाहीं।।
मुनि मन बिहसि राम सन कहहीं। सुगम सकल मग तुम्ह कहुँ अहहीं।।
साथ लागि मुनि सिष्य बोलाए। सुनि मन मुदित पचासक आए।।
सबन्हि राम पर प्रेम अपारा। सकल कहहि मगु दीख हमारा।।
मुनि बटु चारि संग तब दीन्हे। जिन्ह बहु जनम सुकृत सब कीन्हे।।
करि प्रनामु रिषि आयसु पाई। प्रमुदित हृदयँ चले रघुराई।।
ग्राम निकट जब निकसहि जाई। देखहि दरसु नारि नर धाई।।
होहि सनाथ जनम फलु पाई। फिरहि दुखित मनु संग पठाई।।
दो0-बिदा किए बटु बिनय करि फिरे पाइ मन काम।
उतरि नहाए जमुन जल जो सरीर सम स्याम।।109।।

We covered up to Doha 109 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram asked Muni for the right way to follow beyond Prayag and Muni replied wondering that for Shri Ram all the possible ways were not difficult (again showing that he really knew Shri Ram was none other than the Supreme Lord). Muni then summoned his pupils and selected four of them to go along with Shri Ram and guide. All along the way the villagers had the benefit of having a look at charming personality of Shri Ram and felt as if He was their savior.  Reaching the banks of Yamuna Shri Ram politely sent back overly joyed young escorts and had bath in bluish water of Yamuna which matched His own complexion.

सुनत तीरवासी नर नारी। धाए निज निज काज बिसारी।।
लखन राम सिय सुन्दरताई। देखि करहिं निज भाग्य बड़ाई।।
अति लालसा बसहिं मन माहीं। नाउँ गाउँ बूझत सकुचाहीं।।
जे तिन्ह महुँ बयबिरिध सयाने। तिन्ह करि जुगुति रामु पहिचाने।।
सकल कथा तिन्ह सबहि सुनाई। बनहि चले पितु आयसु पाई।।
सुनि सबिषाद सकल पछिताहीं। रानी रायँ कीन्ह भल नाहीं।।
तेहि अवसर एक तापसु आवा। तेजपुंज लघुबयस सुहावा।।
कवि अलखित गति बेषु बिरागी। मन क्रम बचन राम अनुरागी।।
दो0-सजल नयन तन पुलकि निज इष्टदेउ पहिचानि।
परेउ दंड जिमि धरनितल दसा न जाइ बखानि।।110।।

When the people living near the bank of the river learned of arrival of Shri Ram there they rushed forgetting what chores were left to be attended. Observing the extraordinary beauty of Laksman, Ram and Sita they became overwhelmed and thanked their own fate for the privilege of seeing them. They wanted to ask where they had come from and their names etc but were reluctant to do the same (in fact this way they saved Shri Ram having to explain who He really was, God is not easy to be defined even by the Lord Himself and such divine characters are known by innumerable names).  However some of the intelligent and elderly people could make out who was Shri Ram (by applying some logic these people knew that they had prince of Ayodhya in the midst of them; here we may also understand that though definition of God is not possibly listened by any one but if there is enough time spent in an intelligent way to reflect on God, the capacity of recognize Him is gained). These people then related the whole story about the visitors and that they were now headed for the forest following the dictate of the father. Listening to the sad account of what had happened all felt sorrowful and repentant and thought it was not proper for the queen and the king to have done so.

At that very moment a Tapaswi (a seeker doing penance etc) came along who seemed to be of young age and had abundance of glow that comes after doing Tapa  making him exhude charm; he had been putting on garb of a Sanyasi (recluse) and even the intelligent and knowledgeable ones could not have fathomed the depth of his achievements but it was apparent that he had been a follower and devotee of Shri Ram in words, thought and deed (the banks of holy rivers like Yamuna and Ganga attract many of the seekers; due to their Tapa and living with nature engrossed in thought of the God’s avatar of their own choice they remain young even after long years spent there, it is therefore difficult to judge extent of there spirituality etc); he had eyes filled with tears of love and his body thrilled when he looked up on with recognition that his own Lord, Lord Shri Ram  was present before him in person. He then fell straightly before Shri Ram like a stick or a pole in process of doing Pranam, its difficult to explain his condition at that moment.

We have now covered up to Doha 110 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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