Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXX

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

यह सुधि कोल किरातन्ह पाई। हरषे जनु नव निधि घर आई।।
कंद मूल फल भरि भरि दोना। चले रंक जनु लूटन सोना।।
तिन्ह महँ जिन्ह देखे दोउ भ्राता। अपर तिन्हहि पूँछहि मगु जाता।।
कहत सुनत रघुबीर निकाई। आइ सबन्हि देखे रघुराई।।
करहिं जोहारु भेंट धरि आगे। प्रभुहि बिलोकहिं अति अनुरागे।।
चित्र लिखे जनु जहँ तहँ ठाढ़े। पुलक सरीर नयन जल बाढ़े।।
राम सनेह मगन सब जाने। कहि प्रिय बचन सकल सनमाने।।
प्रभुहि जोहारि बहोरि बहोरी। बचन बिनीत कहहिं कर जोरी।।
दो0-अब हम नाथ सनाथ सब भए देखि प्रभु पाय।
भाग हमारे आगमनु राउर कोसलराय।।135।।

We covered up to Doha 135 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when the Kolas and Kiratas (forest-dwellers and hunters) knew that Shri Ram had settled down at mount Chitrakoot, they became very happy and rushed to meet Him gathering fruits etc to be offered to Him. Those of them who had not already seen the two brothers kept asking about them from others but soon they had occasion to see the charming persona of Shri Ram and became stunned while their bodies trembled, such was the impact on them. Shri Ram too noted their love for Himself and talked to them in sweet manner; these people then hailed Shri Ram with great respect time and again and said that with coming of their Lord they now felt secured and protected and that it was their own good fortune that brought Shri Ram there.
धन्य भूमि बन पंथ पहारा। जहँ जहँ नाथ पाउ तुम्ह धारा।।
धन्य बिहग मृग काननचारी। सफल जनम भए तुम्हहि निहारी।।
हम सब धन्य सहित परिवारा। दीख दरसु भरि नयन तुम्हारा।।
कीन्ह बासु भल ठाउँ बिचारी। इहाँ सकल रितु रहब सुखारी।।
हम सब भाँति करब सेवकाई। करि केहरि अहि बाघ बराई।।
बन बेहड़ गिरि कंदर खोहा। सब हमार प्रभु पग पग जोहा।।
तहँ तहँ तुम्हहि अहेर खेलाउब। सर निरझर जलठाउँ देखाउब।।
हम सेवक परिवार समेता। नाथ न सकुचब आयसु देता।।
दो0-बेद बचन मुनि मन अगम ते प्रभु करुना ऐन।
बचन किरातन्ह के सुनत जिमि पितु बालक बैन।।136।।

The tribesmen further told Shri Ram, “we think highly of the land, the forest, the path and the hillocks where You, O Lord Shri Ram have set foot on; the birds and animals etc which could set their sights on You are lucky too, in the same way we and our families too are most fortunate to have eyed You with total concentration.

“You have chosen the rightest place to put up as here all the four seasons will be enjoyable besides we will be there to serve You in every way and keep away the all the deadly animals like elephants, serpents, lions and tigers. We have full knowledge about the woods, ravines, passes and mountain caves etc as we have traversed every section of it, we shall take You there for hunting and gaming, we shall show You around and take to the falls, the pools and the other water bodies. You must consider us as Your servants along with our families and don’t please hesitate ever to give order.”

The same merciful Lord who is not entirely known even with help of the Vedic literature and is not contemplated fully by Munis in their minds (even after long practice of Dhyan and Tapa) was engaged in listening to words of the hunting tribesmen like a father listens to the words of His children (such is the leaning of the Lord towards simplicity and innocence, we should also practice to be simple, being most learned and knowledgeable or missing to do penance etc of high order is not the only means to get near the Lord).

We have now covered up to Doha 136 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswai Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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