Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXIII

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 124 of Ayodhya Knad in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita as the vagabond travelers going in to the jungles after leaving Ayodhya looked so charmingly beautiful that their picture when even today is visualized by some in their dreams, they find a path to take them directly in to the abode of Shri Ram, in the realm of the God Himself. On way when Sita was tired Shri Ram stayed under a shaded tree where there was water source nearby for the night and resumed journey after bathing etc in the morning; Shri Ram soon reached near very neat and attractive Ashram of Muni Valmiki in midst of attractive natural surroundings and felt very pleased. Muni Valmiki rushed to meet as soon as he got the news of Shri Ram approaching the precincts of his Ashram.

मुनि कहुँ राम दंडवत कीन्हा। आसिरबादु बिप्रबर दीन्हा।।
देखि राम छबि नयन जुड़ाने। करि सनमानु आश्रमहिं आने।।
मुनिबर अतिथि प्रानप्रिय पाए। कंद मूल फल मधुर मगाए।।
सिय सौमित्रि राम फल खाए। तब मुनि आश्रम दिए सुहाए।।
बालमीकि मन आनँदु भारी। मंगल मूरति नयन निहारी।।
तब कर कमल जोरि रघुराई। बोले बचन श्रवन सुखदाई।।
तुम्ह त्रिकाल दरसी मुनिनाथा। बिस्व बदर जिमि तुम्हरें हाथा।।
अस कहि प्रभु सब कथा बखानी। जेहि जेहि भाँति दीन्ह बनु रानी।।
दो0-तात बचन पुनि मातु हित भाइ भरत अस राउ।
मो कहुँ दरस तुम्हार प्रभु सबु मम पुन्य प्रभाउ।।125।।

As soon Shri Ram saw Muni He prostrated before him reverentially and Muni in turn gave Him his blessings. The charming beauty of Shri Ram made Muni’s eyes feel comfort and great pleasure by looking at Him; he welcomed Shri Ram and invited inside the Ashram. Now Muni had guests who were more dear to him than his own life hence he asked for edible roots, stems and sweet fruits to be offered to them. Sita, Lakshman and Shri Ram had the offered fruits first and only then Muni placed them in comfortable quarters in Ashram for rest etc. Valmiki felt a great surge of joy in his heart when he keenly observed the benevolent and auspicious form of Shri Ram. Noting that Muni was engrossed in his thought Shri Ram wished to talk to Muni and therefore folding lotus hands He spoke in words which were very pleasant to listen and said, “O Muninath (the protector of Munis and my master as a great Muni), you have capacity of looking in all the stages of time i e the past, the present and the future (thereby acknowledging the high spiritual status of Muni), you hold the world as an sphere placed on the palm of your hand (suggesting that he knows what goes on in the world and why as he has looked at it from many different angles and that way trying to give an inkling about what he was about to say and to reduce its dire impact).

Afterwards Shri Ram related the whole story covering details of how Kaikeyi, the queen mother, wished Him to go to forest etc. and later gave the Muni His own piece of mind that He was lucky to have the benefits of having occasion to keep the honor of word of father, of giving mother what she wanted for her own sake, of Ayodhya having a king like his own brother Bharat and lastly, of having the occasion to meet His own master, Muni Valmiki and said might be its all the result of His noble deeds performed some time in past.

(While talking to Muni on the sensitive subject of his exile Shri Ram did not twist the facts as it is not wise to impose own views while telling some thing related to once life to people falling in category of Gurus,seniors or great Mahatmas. Only later Shri Ram conveyed that whatever had happened had not upset Him and He mentioned the positive aspects of the same event. This is how we should also see all happenings because nothing ever happens that does not have positive aspects and life can be built up afresh nicely on such aspects.)

We have now covered up to Doha 125 of Ayodhya Kand.

देखि पाय मुनिराय तुम्हारे। भए सुकृत सब सुफल हमारे।।
अब जहँ राउर आयसु होई। मुनि उदबेगु न पावै कोई।।
मुनि तापस जिन्ह तें दुखु लहहीं। ते नरेस बिनु पावक दहहीं।।
मंगल मूल बिप्र परितोषू। दहइ कोटि कुल भूसुर रोषू।।
अस जियँ जानि कहिअ सोइ ठाऊँ। सिय सौमित्रि सहित जहँ जाऊँ।।
तहँ रचि रुचिर परन तृन साला। बासु करौ कछु काल कृपाला।।
सहज सरल सुनि रघुबर बानी। साधु साधु बोले मुनि ग्यानी।।
कस न कहहु अस रघुकुलकेतू। तुम्ह पालक संतत श्रुति सेतू।।
छं0-श्रुति सेतु पालक राम तुम्ह जगदीस माया जानकी।
जो सृजति जगु पालति हरति रूख पाइ कृपानिधान की।।
जो सहससीसु अहीसु महिधरु लखनु सचराचर धनी।
सुर काज धरि नरराज तनु चले दलन खल निसिचर अनी।।
सो0-राम सरुप तुम्हार बचन अगोचर बुद्धिपर।
अबिगत अकथ अपार नेति नित निगम कह।।126।।

Without blaming or complaining Shri Ram further told Muni Valmiki, “O Great Muni, by looking at your feet it seems to me that I have been rewarded for all my noble and good deeds done so far. I now need your consent and sanction to move on and settle down at some place in the woods where none of the Munis will be disturbed. I know if a king puts the ascetics and the recluse to troubles (by their presence which disturbs them in their spiritual pursuits) is inviting trouble, such kings burn themselves with out fire i e themselves suffer on account of uninvited wrath of these people. The real welfare of the kings and their kingdoms lies in keeping the learned and selfless philosophers happy and satisfied and otherwise the same gods of earth destroy all chances of its happening by their agitation and anger.

“Thus please weigh the pros and cons and suggest a place where I can go along with Sita and younger brother Saumitra Lakshman. I would have a beautiful hut thatched with leaves and straws there and would stay there for only short time, O the Mercyful Master (this way Shri Ram conveyed that His requirement was only minimal as it is never right to burden others with large demands when in trouble).”

(We must appreciate Shri Ram’s cool manner of thinking and putting the past behind while not putting himself in any pitiable situation but still seeing himself as a member of princely household who has to be keeping order like a king at all places where he happens to go or settles down. All through the period of his exile Shri Ram behaved like a king, such was his training and resolve. A bad turn in life should not break one’s morale or diminish his strength neither his prowess should make him go berserk.)

Listening to very natural approach of Raghubar Shri Ram and his straight talk the learned as well as enlightened Muni exclaimed, “Very Right, you have talked only sense and why not, you are the one among the Raghus who holds the flag of glory keeping it fly high, you are one who maintains equilibrium and connects people to vast knowledge enshrined in Vedas (i e you are the one who know the crux of Vedas and have ability to practically demonstrate by your actions and deeds for people to try and live the principles laid down in Vedas).”

Muni Valmiki further praised Shri Ram as the Lord of Universe and His purpose of coming down as avatar in human form and said, “I know, Ram, You only are the protector of Vedic principles the Lord of Universe and Janki Sita is none other than Your own Maya, the same inseparable power of Yours who creates, maintains and then makes it disappear in accordance with direction and wishes of You, the abode of mercy. And Lakshman is none other than the thousand-fanged king of serpents who holds the earth stable and is the lord of entire animate and inanimate objects of the world. You have in fact descended on earth assuming the form of a king of humans only to destroy the demonic forces in line with Your objective of keeping the cause of gods unharmed.”

Thus Muni made it clear to Shri Ram that he was aware of the purpose of Shri Ram and the reality behind his avatar in human form but Muni felt it necessary to pour out his knowledge about Shri Ram as abstract Supreme Lord for all to know it and said, “Ram, in reality Your Swarup i e real form is not possible to be described in language and nor can be fathomable by the intellect; You are ever present, undefined and endless in all Your attributes hence the Vedas are only able to suggest what You really are by saying ‘Neti, Neti’, not only this etc as nothing can be suggested to cover or explain Your whole which is boundless.”

We have now covered up to Doha 126 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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