Ramcharit Charcha CCCCVII

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

जे पुर गाँव बसहिं मग माहीं। तिन्हहि नाग सुर नगर सिहाहीं।।
केहि सुकृतीं केहि घरीं बसाए। धन्य पुन्यमय परम सुहाए।।
जहँ जहँ राम चरन चलि जाहीं। तिन्ह समान अमरावति नाहीं।।
पुन्यपुंज मग निकट निवासी। तिन्हहि सराहहिं सुरपुरबासी।।
जे भरि नयन बिलोकहिं रामहि। सीता लखन सहित घनस्यामहि।।
जे सर सरित राम अवगाहहिं। तिन्हहि देव सर सरित सराहहिं।।
जेहि तरु तर प्रभु बैठहिं जाई। करहिं कलपतरु तासु बड़ाई।।
परसि राम पद पदुम परागा। मानति भूमि भूरि निज भागा।।
दो0-छाँह करहि घन बिबुधगन बरषहि सुमन सिहाहिं।
देखत गिरि बन बिहग मृग रामु चले मग जाहिं।।113।।

We covered up to Doha 113 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that while Shri Ram moved along the way the gods watched from heavens; they wistfully thought that the villages and hamlets en route had enviable luck and exceeded in beauty of Amravati (capital of gods) because Shri Ram was passing through them. They also concluded that the inhabitants of these villages were luckier than themselves as they could meet Shri Ram and could have pleasure of seeing Him in person. The trees and water bodies were envy of Kalptaru and Devsar-sarita (trees, ponds and rivers of heavenly places) and the land under feet of Shri Ram very much appreciated its own good fortune when the dust of feet of Shri Ram fell over it. The clouds saved Shri Ram from sun the gods happily showered flowers on Him while He kept moving ahead enjoying the beauty of the mountains, birds and animals in course of His journey towards the jungles.

सीता लखन सहित रघुराई। गाँव निकट जब निकसहिं जाई।।
सुनि सब बाल बृद्ध नर नारी। चलहिं तुरत गृहकाजु बिसारी।।
राम लखन सिय रूप निहारी। पाइ नयनफलु होहिं सुखारी।।
सजल बिलोचन पुलक सरीरा। सब भए मगन देखि दोउ बीरा।।
बरनि न जाइ दसा तिन्ह केरी। लहि जनु रंकन्ह सुरमनि ढेरी।।
एकन्ह एक बोलि सिख देहीं। लोचन लाहु लेहु छन एहीं।।
रामहि देखि एक अनुरागे। चितवत चले जाहिं सँग लागे।।
एक नयन मग छबि उर आनी। होहिं सिथिल तन मन बर बानी।।
दो0-एक देखिं बट छाँह भलि डासि मृदुल तृन पात।
कहहिं गवाँइअ छिनुकु श्रमु गवनब अबहिं कि प्रात।।114।।

Whenever Shri Ram along with Sita and Lakshman passed through vicinity of a village, all the people including the children and the aged used to rush to see and meet them, forgetting their chores as soon as the this news reached them. Beholding the beautiful forms of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita they used to feel very pleased and thankful for having eyes. They used to have tears in their eyes and used to feel a thrilling sense rush through their bodies and become engrossed up on seeing the two brave brothers (their etiquette only permitted them to concentrate on Shri Ram and Lakshman and not on Sita while looking towards them). It is difficult to describe their state of being at those moments, it was like some paupers having a heap of divine jewels staked before them to be grabbed. They used to prompt each other by saying this that it is the moment when you have real benefit of having eyes hence enjoy it. Some of them used to go after Shri Ram tied by the cord of affection and continuously looking at Him. Some others having received His beautiful image implanted on their hearts through their eyes used to become completely speechless, stunned and enthralled.

Their used to be some who could have their senses still working for them and therefore they used to select a shady tree and spread some leaves and straws and request them to relax for a while and later decide to leave the same day or the next day.

(The villagers being simple and pure of heart were competent to recognize the Lord when they saw Him, their responses matched according to their individuality, some of them acted like Karm-yogis, some like Gyan-yogis and some others like Bhakti-yogis.)

We have now covered up to Doha 114 of Ayodhya Kand.

एक कलस भरि आनहिं पानी। अँचइअ नाथ कहहिं मृदु बानी।।
सुनि प्रिय बचन प्रीति अति देखी। राम कृपाल सुसील बिसेषी।।
जानी श्रमित सीय मन माहीं। घरिक बिलंबु कीन्ह बट छाहीं।।
मुदित नारि नर देखहिं सोभा। रूप अनूप नयन मनु लोभा।।
एकटक सब सोहहिं चहुँ ओरा। रामचंद्र मुख चंद चकोरा।।
तरुन तमाल बरन तनु सोहा। देखत कोटि मदन मनु मोहा।।
दामिनि बरन लखन सुठि नीके। नख सिख सुभग भावते जी के।।
मुनिपट कटिन्ह कसें तूनीरा। सोहहिं कर कमलिनि धनु तीरा।।
दो0-जटा मुकुट सीसनि सुभग उर भुज नयन बिसाल।
सरद परब बिधु बदन बर लसत स्वेद कन जाल।।115।।

Some of the villagers used to identify the need for water and bring it for Shri Ram in an urn and softly request the Lord to have it to quench thirst and use it to freshen up. Considering their endearing interaction laced with concern and affection Shri Ram, the graceful one, Himself very decent and civil, with knowledge that Sita was now tired used to stay for a while under the Vat-tree; such moments used to offer to the ladies and men an opportunity to have a close look at them and be happy observing their charming persona; they used to find their beauty as unworldly and very appealing to eyes and the heart & mind. All of them used to surround Him with eyes fixed like Chakor’s on the moon-like face of Shri Ram. Complexion of Shri Ram’s attractive body was like that of a young Tamaal-tree and His beautiful form could captivate the hearts of a million Cupids. Lakshman who had complexion as fair and shinning as lightening looked also very attractive and alluring from tip to toe. They had been putting on clothes like that of Munis but had quivers tied to their waist and bow and arrows held in their lotus like hands (in this way they could instill in the hearts of onlookers a sense of security as well of piety unlike Munis in those times who used to suffer at the hands Rakshasas (demons) while doing Tapas etc and living simply). They had their heir-locks arranged like crown over their lovely heads and they possessed broad chest, long arms and big eyes (they could be generous, could punish easily and had ability to look far as also deeply inside the hearts of people and devotees). Their faces as charming as moon on Sharad-purnima (the full-moon night during the month post rainy season and before winter season) had droplets of sweat (signifying their ability to impart peace in the hearts of people as well showing their readiness to toil after their causes).

We have now covered up to Doha 115 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal

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