Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXVIII

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

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

We covered up to Doha 133 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Shri Ram reached near Mandakini, a sacred tributary to Ganga, He asked Lakshman to find a suitable spot for stay. Lakshman selected a place which was circled around by a branch of the river and was in the midst of pristine forest and offered natural protection; it was also conducive for living in righteous way. When gods noted that Shri Ram was willing to settle down there they came taking form of resident tribesmen and constructed two beautiful cottages, one small and the other bigger which Shri Ram adorned with His own presence along with Sita and Lakshman, looking very attractive in their garbs like that of Munis.

अमर नाग किंनर दिसिपाला। चित्रकूट आए तेहि काला।।
राम प्रनामु कीन्ह सब काहू। मुदित देव लहि लोचन लाहू।।
बरषि सुमन कह देव समाजू। नाथ सनाथ भए हम आजू।।
करि बिनती दुख दुसह सुनाए। हरषित निज निज सदन सिधाए।।
चित्रकूट रघुनंदनु छाए। समाचार सुनि सुनि मुनि आए।।
आवत देखि मुदित मुनिबृंदा। कीन्ह दंडवत रघुकुल चंदा।।
मुनि रघुबरहि लाइ उर लेहीं। सुफल होन हित आसिष देहीं।।
सिय सौमित्र राम छबि देखहिं। साधन सकल सफल करि लेखहिं।।
दो0-जथाजोग सनमानि प्रभु बिदा किए मुनिबृंद।
करहि जोग जप जाग तप निज आश्रमन्हि सुछंद।।134।।

The gods, the Nagas, the Kinnars and the Digpalas, the guardian deities protecting the different directions, all of them converged on mount Chitrkoot to pay respects to Shri Ram and extend their welcome; the gods, with great happiness enjoying the pleasant sight of Shri Ram while showering flowers on Him, addressing Him as their Lord said that they now felt to have come under shelter of a master who is our savior and related all their woes pleading and imploring Him for help (to save them from the oppressive and excessive treatment received at the hands of demons; we may recall that one of the reasons for God taking avatar as Shri Ram was on account of gods and the mother earth making a fervent and passionate appeal for killing demons who had been tormenting them endlessly) and then gladly left for their homes.

The presence of Shri Ram was now felt all over the mount Chitrakoot and listening that He was now settled there Munis happily came to meet Him in hordes from all over. Shri Ram also became happy that Munis had come and He honored them by prostrating before them. The Munis also responded by heartily embracing Shri Ram and blessing Him for being successful in His desirable endeavors (they had known the real purpose of Shri Ram’s forest ventures of eliminating the trouble makers and help the cause of cows, the earth, the gods and the Vipras). Looking at the most attractive forms of Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman, Munis considered their own efforts in doing Japa, Tapa and Yoga now fructifying for them (in shape of their having the good fortune of Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman (representing the Supreme God, Bhakti and Vairagya) being present right in front of them.

Shri Ram later let the Munis go back but only after they all received from Him the kind honor each one of them deserved (i e in line with individual status) who then engaged themselves in their activities like Yoga, Japa, Yagna, and Tapa with with greater freedom than earlier at their own Ashrams (because of the Lord Shri Ram’s presence nearby, giving them greater comfort, safety, satisfaction and peace of mind).

We have now covered up to Doha 134 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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