Ramcharit Charcha CCCCX

II Shree Gurvey 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 119 of Ayodhya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the people from the nearby villages, en route, enjoyed company of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita immensely but when they left them to continue their journey the villagers wished to accompany them out of their love for them but were regard-fully turned back. They felt very distraught now and cursed their own fate for making them now suffer separation. They also became upset about the difficulties these members of royal household were going to face; they thought about the futility of all the items of comfort and means of luxurious living if the same were not going to be used by this group of such beautiful and charming young princely descent.

जौं ए कंद मूल फल खाहीं। बादि सुधादि असन जग माहीं।।
एक कहहिं ए सहज सुहाए। आपु प्रगट भए बिधि न बनाए।।
जहँ लगि बेद कही बिधि करनी। श्रवन नयन मन गोचर बरनी।।
देखहु खोजि भुअन दस चारी। कहँ अस पुरुष कहाँ असि नारी।।
इन्हहि देखि बिधि मनु अनुरागा। पटतर जोग बनावै लागा।।
कीन्ह बहुत श्रम ऐक न आए। तेहिं इरिषा बन आनि दुराए।।
एक कहहिं हम बहुत न जानहिं। आपुहि परम धन्य करि मानहिं।।
ते पुनि पुन्यपुंज हम लेखे। जे देखहिं देखिहहिं जिन्ह देखे।।
दो0-एहि बिधि कहि कहि बचन प्रिय लेहिं नयन भरि नीर।
किमि चलिहहि मारग अगम सुठि सुकुमार सरीर।।120।।

Still not able to reconcile with the situation where Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman were on their way without having proper means, the villagers mentioned if the exiled young members of royal household were going to depend on roots and fruits etc for food then what is the use of delicious preparations in this world.

Displaying their capability of identifying the spiritual status of these divine wayfarers some said, “These must not have been created by Brahma and have just manifested on their own; all that far the Vedas say that the creator Brahma’s creation extends and which exits visibly, audibly and even imaginably, all those 14 spheres may one search over but no where one can find such (charming) man or woman. Possibly when Brahma saw them he must have found his heart filled with love for them and he must have wished to create their parallel but failed although putting endless effort without a single instance of success. Thus getting furious at his own incapacity regarding creating equals of them Brahma must have made them hide in jungles.”

(Those who had some exposure to Vedas knew that the beauty and charm that Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita carried was out-of-worldly hence beyond Brahma’s creation, in this way they rightly concluded that Brahma might have the ability to write fate of all those who appear in his world of creation and therefore could still hide them away in jungles so that people ordinarily don’t see them. It only explains that through logic one can identify the Supreme God, His inseparable Mayic power and in whose company He prefers to remain; Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman represent this divine phenomenon.)

Yet another group of people who were not very learned or intellectual types, did not wish to give deeper thought and said, “We do not know much and just consider ourselves very lucky to have had their glimpse, for us every one who now saw them, would see them or has seen them earlier is some one who has lived righteous life and has backing of doing noble deeds.”

In this way people fondly remembered them and had their eyes filled with tears; their only concern remained how would these people tread over such tough terrain as they have very elegant yet delicate bodies (our hearts should ache for the Lord and not for ourselves).

We have not covered up to Doha 120 of Ayodhya Knad.

नारि सनेह बिकल बस होहीं। चकई साँझ समय जनु सोहीं।।
मृदु पद कमल कठिन मगु जानी। गहबरि हृदयँ कहहिं बर बानी।।
परसत मृदुल चरन अरुनारे। सकुचति महि जिमि हृदय हमारे।।
जौं जगदीस इन्हहि बनु दीन्हा। कस न सुमनमय मारगु कीन्हा।।
जौं मागा पाइअ बिधि पाहीं। ए रखिअहिं सखि आँखिन्ह माहीं।।
जे नर नारि न अवसर आए। तिन्ह सिय रामु न देखन पाए।।
सुनि सुरुप बूझहिं अकुलाई। अब लगि गए कहाँ लगि भाई।।
समरथ धाइ बिलोकहिं जाई। प्रमुदित फिरहिं जनमफलु पाई।।
दो0-अबला बालक बृद्ध जन कर मीजहिं पछिताहिं।।
होहिं प्रेमबस लोग इमि रामु जहाँ जहँ जाहिं।।121।।

It was evening time and the womenfolk were particularly upset in the same manner as, in the evening time, Chakravak bird becomes restless and agitated; concerned that Sita’s lotus like feet are soft and the pathway uneven they discussed with heavy heart and said thoughtfully, “Even when touched softly Sita’s soles used to become reddish, we have seen this, may the earth become as soft for her as our hearts have become soft and impressionable just at the thought of her walking. If Jagadish (God of the world) has granted them forest for living then at least he should have strewn flowers over their path. If we deserve to ask for a boon from almighty then we would like to be able to cup them (Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman) inside our eyes (and keep them safe as well as have a look of them).”

All those who couldn’t come to enjoy this special occasion and missed to see Shri Ram and Sita, tried to know more and more when they listened of their extraordinarily beautiful form and became very disturbed about their loss; they wished to know how far they might have moved by now. The capable ones among them used to rush and see them; on their way back they used to be very happy at having had the best reward of their life time. The frail women, the children and the old people were left to just rubbing palms and repenting for their misfortune of not being physically able to run after them and enjoy their divine beauty. All along the way that Shri Ram went by, people used to come under spell of love for them (i e all those who saw them and even those who didn’t felt a surge of love for them; the moot point is to listen about the God and His charm from people who have had a glimpse of Him, this way our hearts will be filled with love for Him which is more important and would enable us to have His glimpse some time in future. It should never discourage that we were not present when the Supreme Lord appeared as avatar, His Kathas are recited by people and these Kathas should fill out hearts with love for Him just by listening).

We have now covered up to Doha 121 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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