Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXI

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 121 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the people who met Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman on their way while going in to jungles felt very sorry about their plight when they left them, being separated from such charming people also badly saddened them . There were some who couldn’t come in time to meet them and only listened to accounts of how they charmed everyone and how their hearts still followed them. Being bodily able some of these ran after them and came back with great satisfaction that they could have the glimpse of the travelling trio and the rest who could not have this good fortune they remained in their thought because of their description given them by those who had seen them which they reinforced by asking more and more about them. So in a way the entire populace, around the path covered by foot-prints of Shri Ram, became love drenched.

गाँव गाँव अस होइ अनंदू। देखि भानुकुल कैरव चंदू।।
जे कछु समाचार सुनि पावहिं। ते नृप रानिहि दोसु लगावहिं।।
कहहिं एक अति भल नरनाहू। दीन्ह हमहि जोइ लोचन लाहू।।
कहहिं परस्पर लोग लोगाईं। बातें सरल सनेह सुहाईं।।
ते पितु मातु धन्य जिन्ह जाए। धन्य सो नगरु जहाँ तें आए।।
धन्य सो देसु सैलु बन गाऊँ। जहँ जहँ जाहिं धन्य सोइ ठाऊँ।।
सुख पायउ बिरंचि रचि तेही। ए जेहि के सब भाँति सनेही।।
राम लखन पथि कथा सुहाई। रही सकल मग कानन छाई।।
दो0-एहि बिधि रघुकुल कमल रबि मग लोगन्ह सुख देत।
जाहिं चले देखत बिपिन सिय सौमित्रि समेत।।122।।

In villages, here and there, people rejoiced because they had occasion to see the moon like face of Shri Ram which always amused the lilies like members of the solar clan in Ayodhya. Those who were privy to happenings behind Shri Ram’s exile blamed the king and the queen for it but some of them said that the king had only done good for them as they had the benefit of having eyes as they could see Shri Ram. The people talked among themselves but in a simple and pleasing manner which was laced with affection because it centered round the journey of Shri Ram which touched their lives too.

The peopled thought highly of the parents who gave births to charming persons like Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita and thanked them for their blessed status (they were right in their assessment as Dashrath and Kaushalya had the boon of from Supreme Lord of Universe to take birth in their home as son as reward for their difficult and dedicated penance and Sita too was daughter of none other than a very advanced spiritual king Janak). They also praised the cities from where they had come from because the people in those cities had these divine characters in their midst since their birth and thereby were more blessed than they themselves were after having met Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita.

Lastly they praised also the countryside, the forests, the hillocks and the villages that were part of their journey as also those particular spots where they had stayed for rest etc.; they also thought that the creator must be feeling proud after creating those people and places that loved and came to be loved by these extra-ordinary travelers. The interesting Katha about the journey of Shri Ram since His leaving Ayodhya were being sung all over the forest land and pathways. This is the account of Shri Ram’s journey like that of bright sun which used to please the family of Raghus up till now but was giving pleasure since morning till evening to the people on his way in to the jungles along with Sita (Sita literally means ‘furrow’ and here Sita caressed peoples soft hearts and itched love over them, being daughter of earth she now walked over the earth like a child and made people happy) and Saumitra Lakshman (son of Sumitra i e Lakshman, Sumitra literally means a good friend).

We have now covered up  to Doha 122 of Ayodhya Kand.

आगे रामु लखनु बने पाछें। तापस बेष बिराजत काछें।।
उभय बीच सिय सोहति कैसे। ब्रह्म जीव बिच माया जैसे।।
बहुरि कहउँ छबि जसि मन बसई। जनु मधु मदन मध्य रति लसई।।
उपमा बहुरि कहउँ जियँ जोही। जनु बुध बिधु बिच रोहिनि सोही।।
प्रभु पद रेख बीच बिच सीता। धरति चरन मग चलति सभीता।।
सीय राम पद अंक बराएँ। लखन चलहिं मगु दाहिन लाएँ।।
राम लखन सिय प्रीति सुहाई। बचन अगोचर किमि कहि जाई।।
खग मृग मगन देखि छबि होहीं। लिए चोरि चित राम बटोहीं।।
दो0-जिन्ह जिन्ह देखे पथिक प्रिय सिय समेत दोउ भाइ।
भव मगु अगमु अनंदु तेइ बिनु श्रम रहे सिराइ।।123।।

Shri Ram and Lakshman, both looked very admirable and attractive in garb of Munis while walking down their way; Shri Ram ahead and Lakshman following but keeping Sita in the middle of them both looked like the Brahman and Jeeva with Maya in between the two (in reality Jeeva and Maya are not different, Maya is inseparable power of Brahman which acting out the will of the master creates the Jeeva-Bhaav in the embodied individual souls; when Mayic delusion is removed the difference between the Paramatma and Jeevatma gets dropped automatically therefore the world should be seen in this way i e though apparently divided but factually existing in the indivisible Supreme Lord of Universe).

Tulsi says that in his heart he thinks them like Madan (the god of love) who has made heart of Rati (consort of Madan) melt and it appears in form of month of Madhu (the vernal-month of spring). Tulsi says, “There is yet another simile that is rising up in my heart; it looks as if Rohini (consort of Moon-god, considered to be a lunar constellation) is appearing in between the Budhh (son of Moon-god i e planet mercury) and Moon itself.

Sita walked carefully stepping within the foot-prints of the Lord (Shri Ram) and Lakshman remained careful while walking to not step over the foot-prints of both, Shri Ram and Sita, always keeping their foot-prints on the right side of his own steps (this signifies the fact that Maya is always acting within the boundaries set by the Brahman but what the Brahman wants and is acted out by Maya is not supposed to be disturbed by the Jeeva; Jeevatmas have to surrender before and accept what is Lord’s will, any conflict regarding this will be a conflict with the parts of the same body of whole and will never be comforting). The underlying relationship of divine affection between Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman is such that it can not be a subject for explaining in words i e it can best be felt in inner regions of hearts when the level of devotion is unwavering and most profound.

Even the birds and the animals roaming in the forest became stunned and engrossed when they saw the beauty of Shri Ram, the wandering Lord of Universe stole their hearts as much as of those people who had better understanding (the beauty of the Shri Ram, the all pervading and timeless Lord, can be felt and enjoyed even by beings other than humans, they might not grab it just by listening to His virtues because of their limitation of understanding language but through their eyes they are able to feel its speciality in their hearts; among humans too the dumb and uneducated might not be benefited by listening to His Kathas but when that Supreme God appears in form right before their eyes they do feel the innate charm of Him).

Whoever saw the lovely and charming travelers, Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman, could reach the point of ecstatic bliss even without undergoing through entire life of difficulties; they did not have to perform many kinds of rituals or do penance of high order which require a lot of effort and providence while engaged with other onerous duties required of living life as humans.

We have now covered up to Doha 123 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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