Ramcharit Charcha CCCCIX

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

कोटि मनोज लजावनिहारे। सुमुखि कहहु को आहिं तुम्हारे।।
सुनि सनेहमय मंजुल बानी। सकुची सिय मन महुँ मुसुकानी।।
तिन्हहि बिलोकि बिलोकति धरनी। दुहुँ सकोच सकुचित बरबरनी।।
सकुचि सप्रेम बाल मृग नयनी। बोली मधुर बचन पिकबयनी।।
सहज सुभाय सुभग तन गोरे। नामु लखनु लघु देवर मोरे।।
बहुरि बदनु बिधु अंचल ढाँकी। पिय तन चितइ भौंह करि बाँकी।।
खंजन मंजु तिरीछे नयननि। निज पति कहेउ तिन्हहि सियँ सयननि।।
भइ मुदित सब ग्रामबधूटीं। रंकन्ह राय रासि जनु लूटीं।।
दो0-अति सप्रेम सिय पायँ परि बहुबिधि देहिं असीस।
सदा सोहागिनि होहु तुम्ह जब लगि महि अहि सीस।।117।।

We covered up to Doha 117 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman passed from near villages and settled for some rest they were flocked by the people who admired their divine beauty. The village women were tempted to converse with Sita and with some reluctance they asked her about the relationship she had with the dark one of the two brothers who looked to them most charming. Sita at first demurred but later pointed towards Lashman and said that he was her husband’s younger brother and then in line with Indian tradition only indicated by glancing sideways and by movement of her eyebrows that Shri Ram was her husband. This amused those women a lot and they then expressed their reverence for Sita by touching her feet and also gave blessings being elder to her, they wished her to forever remain happy with her master.

पारबती सम पतिप्रिय होहू। देबि न हम पर छाड़ब छोहू।।
पुनि पुनि बिनय करिअ कर जोरी। जौं एहि मारग फिरिअ बहोरी।।
दरसनु देब जानि निज दासी। लखीं सीयँ सब प्रेम पिआसी।।
मधुर बचन कहि कहि परितोषीं। जनु कुमुदिनीं कौमुदीं पोषीं।।
तबहिं लखन रघुबर रुख जानी। पूँछेउ मगु लोगन्हि मृदु बानी।।
सुनत नारि नर भए दुखारी। पुलकित गात बिलोचन बारी।।
मिटा मोदु मन भए मलीने। बिधि निधि दीन्ह लेत जनु छीने।।
समुझि करम गति धीरजु कीन्हा। सोधि सुगम मगु तिन्ह कहि दीन्हा।।
दो0-लखन जानकी सहित तब गवनु कीन्ह रघुनाथ।
फेरे सब प्रिय बचन कहि लिए लाइ मन साथ।।118।।

The women from the countryside further wished for Sita by saying, “You may be as dear to your husband as Parvati is to Lord Shiv (Parvati is supposed to be forming half the body of Lord Shiv and therefore known as Ardhangini, what better example can there be to bless a married woman). O Devi, you may not shed your concern and kind love for us. we beseech and pray before you with folded hands to let us have your Darshan if you happen to return by this very route later, and have no hesitation and consider us as your personal helpers , we wish to attend and serve you. Sita noticed them craving for more of her love and company and therefore satisfied and pleased them talking to them sweetly in the same manner as the moonlight gives strength to lilies. Lakshman then noticed that Shri Ram wished to move on now and therefore politely asked for directions from people for further journey. This made people sad and they bodily shivered and had eyes full of tears; it made them dull and joyless and their hearts cringed; they felt as if Brahma, the creator, had snatched back from them a treasure that he had just given. Resigning to fate and keeping their courage and composure, they gave some serious thought about identifying an easier way in to the jungles and explained the same to Lakshman (here we see that not only we look up to the Supreme Lord for guidance, He is as much ready to be guided by us; the interaction between Bhakt and Bhagwan is two way).

Lord of Raghus Shri Ram then, alonwith Lakshman and Janki Sita, stepped forward for the next phase of journey; the people were ready to come along Him but Shri Ram convinced them to return back saying comforting and consoling words however he could not stop their hearts and minds remaining attached with Himself (once a glimpse of God is had by someone his heart never wants to keep company of God but its the God’s own grace behind one having His glimpse like these people who unaware of the profound religious practices but were rewarded by Shri Ram by coming in their midst Himself; the precondition is only this that purity and simplicity of hearts are maintained. These simple villagers when got the glimpse of Lord could know did not wish or demand any thing for themselves other then serving the Lord and craving for His love and showing their love for Him).

We have now covered up to Doha 118 of Ayodhya Kand.

फिरत नारि नर अति पछिताहीं। देअहि दोषु देहिं मन माहीं।।
सहित बिषाद परसपर कहहीं। बिधि करतब उलटे सब अहहीं।।
निपट निरंकुस निठुर निसंकू। जेहिं ससि कीन्ह सरुज सकलंकू।।
रूख कलपतरु सागरु खारा। तेहिं पठए बन राजकुमारा।।
जौं पे इन्हहि दीन्ह बनबासू। कीन्ह बादि बिधि भोग बिलासू।।
ए बिचरहिं मग बिनु पदत्राना। रचे बादि बिधि बाहन नाना।।
ए महि परहिं डासि कुस पाता। सुभग सेज कत सृजत बिधाता।।
तरुबर बास इन्हहि बिधि दीन्हा। धवल धाम रचि रचि श्रमु कीन्हा।।
दो0-जौं ए मुनि पट धर जटिल सुंदर सुठि सुकुमार।
बिबिध भाँति भूषन बसन बादि किए करतार।।119।।

While returning the villagers, both men and women, felt very remorseful and sorry and thought that the lord of their fate was to be blamed for it. Talking regretfully about their misfortune of getting separated from their beloved Lord Shri Ram and Sita they concluded that the writer of the fate of all does all things in reverse way, he is without anybody to exercise control over him or guide him, he is very heartless and uncaring; is it not that he made the beautiful object like moon to suffer periodic waxing and waning and also put a dark mark over its shining face. They spoke of the provider of all benefits as and when wished for i e Kalptaru (the divine tree) which had been given a static life of a tree for itself and of the fact that the biggest water body was made salty by him and therefore it was expected of him to send these lovely princes to forest. They also found it strange on part of the creator to have devised all kinds of comforts and luxuries in the world but also found it fit to send these people in forests where nothing of those things could be availed or enjoyed. They wondered why all sort of vehicles are for if these people have to cover distances on foot and also about the futility of beautiful and comfortable beds if these members of royal household were to lie down on bed of leaves spread over ground. They could not reconcile with fact of their living under the trees while the creator toiled for constructing spotless big living quarters. In the same vein the villagers discussed what purpose are various attires and ornaments given for by the maker of this world if these divinely beautiful and tender young people have to be clad like Munis and keep their lock of hair tied over their heads.

(The simple villagers never regretted for not having any of the luxuries and comforts for themselves but were upset that these people having divine charm were not availing these things; our tendency should be also to not crave for the best things for ourselves but offer them in service of Lord, that’s what is right kind of living and is does not bind us by Karma.)

We have now covered up to Doha 118 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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