Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXII

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 123 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram, ahead and Lakshman behind, both clad like Munis keeping Sita in middle and walking down the forest road looked very attractive, on the spiritual plane like Maya in between the Brahman and the Jeeva. Sita was careful to only step within the foot-prints of Shri Ram and Lakshman conscious about not disturbing their foot-prints while ensuring that their foot-prints remained on the right side of his own. The underlying love for one another among Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman is not possible to be described in language i e it could only be felt in heart. Shri Ram even stole the hearts of the birds and animals of the forest; these beloved travelers, the two brothers and along with Sita, with their sight could deliver the ultimate joy of life to fellow travelers and onlookers without any rigors while living a life of difficulties otherwise.

अजहुँ जासु उर सपनेहुँ काऊ। बसहुँ लखनु सिय रामु बटाऊ।।
राम धाम पथ पाइहि सोई। जो पथ पाव कबहुँ मुनि कोई।।
तब रघुबीर श्रमित सिय जानी। देखि निकट बटु सीतल पानी।।
तहँ बसि कंद मूल फल खाई। प्रात नहाइ चले रघुराई।।
देखत बन सर सैल सुहाए। बालमीकि आश्रम प्रभु आए।।
राम दीख मुनि बासु सुहावन। सुंदर गिरि काननु जलु पावन।।
सरनि सरोज बिटप बन फूले। गुंजत मंजु मधुप रस भूले।।
खग मृग बिपुल कोलाहल करहीं। बिरहित बैर मुदित मन चरहीं।।
दो0-सुचि सुंदर आश्रमु निरखि हरषे राजिवनेन।
सुनि रघुबर आगमनु मुनि आगें आयउ लेन।।124।।

The vagabond travelers, Lakshman, Sita and Shri Ram, when visualized even today in dream and kept in heart by someone, he is able to tread him on path leading to abode of Shri Ram (because he is than able to see how Shri Ram kept the honor of word of His father, how Lakshman dispassionately came forward to serve Lord Shri Ram and how Sita refused to be separated from her master, Lord Shri Ram even in view of difficulties of living in forest; keeping Dharma in all circumstances, turning back to pleasures of the world for service of the Lord and continuously remaining near to Lord whatever the difficulties, is the path of liberation). This path leading to liberation is difficult for even the Munis and only a few of them at some point in time get to discover this path (which is discovered easily by those who appreciate the message received by pondering over the image of forest bound Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman).

After covering some distance Raghuveer Shri Ram noticed that Sita was now tired hence he looked for and found some shaded tree and source of cool water. Staying there for the night and having meal consisting of roots and fruits etc Shri Ram had bath in the morning and left for journeying ahead. On way keenly looking at the beautiful and attractive ponds, hills and the forest region Lord Shri Ram reached near the Ashram of Muni Valmiki. Shri Ram found the Ashram of Muni as very neat and charming, it was on a high ground, wooded around and with water source of its own. The lotus and flowering plants on approach to it were humming with sound of honey bees totally unaware of the world while drinking nectar (signifying the state of Muni Valmiki who away from the world was keeping his mind centered on lotus-feet of Lord). The birds and animals were making noises of their own (i e some of the people living there were busy chanting hymns of the Vedas) and these were roaming about freely and happily shedding the aggressive behavior (i e the restful times are enjoyed only when the conflict is overcome and attitude of Ahimsa is maintained).

Looking at this pious and beautiful Ashram of Muni Valmiki the lotus-eyed Lord Shri Ram became very happy (as the Lord is amused when he sees a devotee with beautiful thoughts and ego-less benign character). In the mean while Muni Valmiki got the news of arrival of Shri Ram there and came forward to welcome Him and bring Him inside (a good devotees remains aware of the moments when the Lord is about to show Himself and at that stage he doesn’t keep continuing his practices as priority at such time and wishes to get joined with Him).

We have now covered up to Doha 124of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko pranam!
Goswami tulsidas ki jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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