Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXVII

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

एहि बिधि मुनिबर भवन देखाए। बचन सप्रेम राम मन भाए।।
कह मुनि सुनहु भानुकुलनायक। आश्रम कहउँ समय सुखदायक।।
चित्रकूट गिरि करहु निवासू। तहँ तुम्हार सब भाँति सुपासू।।
सैलु सुहावन कानन चारू। करि केहरि मृग बिहग बिहारू।।
नदी पुनीत पुरान बखानी। अत्रिप्रिया निज तपबल आनी।।
सुरसरि धार नाउँ मंदाकिनि। जो सब पातक पोतक डाकिनि।।
अत्रि आदि मुनिबर बहु बसहीं। करहिं जोग जप तप तन कसहीं।।
चलहु सफल श्रम सब कर करहू। राम देहु गौरव गिरिबरहू।।
दो0-चित्रकूट महिमा अमित कहीं महामुनि गाइ।
आए नहाए सरित बर सिय समेत दोउ भाइ।।132।।

We covered up to Doha 132 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Muni Valmiki first described the devotees whose hearts deserved to be home of Shri Ram almost pleading Shri Ram to stay there; Shri Ram felt pleased about it i e what Muni said happened to be with His own will. Muni lastly recommended the mountain of Chitrakoot where pious Mandakini river flowed nearby and where there was a natural forest all around it; Muni told Shri Ram the glories of the place in detail and that host of seekers and Sadhus stay there and do Japa, Tapa and Yoga who deserved to have benefit of Shri Ram’s graceful presence. Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman later reached near sacred river Mandakini and had bath in it.

रघुबर कहेउ लखन भल घाटू। करहु कतहुँ अब ठाहर ठाटू।।
लखन दीख पय उतर करारा। चहुँ दिसि फिरेउ धनुष जिमि नारा।।
नदी पनच सर सम दम दाना। सकल कलुष कलि साउज नाना।।
चित्रकूट जनु अचल अहेरी। चुकइ न घात मार मुठभेरी।।
अस कहि लखन ठाउँ देखरावा। थलु बिलोकि रघुबर सुखु पावा।।
रमेउ राम मनु देवन्ह जाना। चले सहित सुर थपति प्रधाना।।
कोल किरात बेष सब आए। रचे परन तृन सदन सुहाए।।
बरनि न जाहि मंजु दुइ साला। एक ललित लघु एक बिसाला।।
दो0-लखन जानकी सहित प्रभु राजत रुचिर निकेत।
सोह मदनु मुनि बेष जनु रति रितुराज समेत।।133।।
मासपारायण, सत्रहँवा विश्राम

Shri Ram recommended the place for staying nearby as the bank of the river was sloped evenly and Lakshman, following His instructions, looked around the northern side of the and found that the main stream had semi-circled a raised platform by its own rivulet giving it a shape like that of a stringed bow; Lakshman compared Mount Chitrakoot to an alert and well-placed hunter armed with arrows of Sam, Dam and Dana (i e of leveled spot, peaceful atmosphere to keep mind calm and sharp and well provided to take care of charitable undertakings) which could confront all the armies of bad-intentions whether physical or mental and fight them taking perfect aim at them (here Lakshman looked at the spot with two angle i e from angle of safety as they were members of royal-household and he also mistakenly thought of the developing discord in the family and secondly of the conveniences and comforts which would be handy for the kind of peaceful living in the righteous manner that would please the Lord, his elder brother Shri Ram).

Thus explaining the benefits Lakshman showed the spot to the great Raghu Shri Ram who also was pleased to see it. When the gods noted that Shri Ram’s heart had settled for the place they came rushing along with Vishwakrma, their chief-architect, all of them had taken form of Kol-Kirat (the gatherer and hunting class of people) and constructed indescribably beautiful two-roomed living quarters, one room of bigger size and the other of smaller size but more beautiful, using the dried leaves and straws.

In this wonderfully desirable and beautiful living quarter, Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman settled graciously and it seemed like lord of love, Rati, his consort and the deity representing the spring season were occupying this beautiful place who were clad as hermits.

WE have now covered up to Doha 133 of Ayodhya Kand, this also coincides with the seventeens rest for a 30 day recital.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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