Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Sri 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

राम संग सिय रहति सुखारी। पुर परिजन गृह सुरति बिसारी।।
छिनु छिनु पिय बिधु बदनु निहारी। प्रमुदित मनहुँ चकोरकुमारी।।
नाह नेहु नित बढ़त बिलोकी। हरषित रहति दिवस जिमि कोकी।।
सिय मनु राम चरन अनुरागा। अवध सहस सम बनु प्रिय लागा।।
परनकुटी प्रिय प्रियतम संगा। प्रिय परिवारु कुरंग बिहंगा।।
सासु ससुर सम मुनितिय मुनिबर। असनु अमिअ सम कंद मूल फर।।
नाथ साथ साँथरी सुहाई। मयन सयन सय सम सुखदाई।।
लोकप होहिं बिलोकत जासू। तेहि कि मोहि सक बिषय बिलासू।।
दो0–सुमिरत रामहि तजहिं जन तृन सम बिषय बिलासु।
रामप्रिया जग जननि सिय कछु न आचरजु तासु।।140।।

We covered up to Doha 140 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman started living on mount Chitrakoot in huts made of dried leaves. Sita did not mind living there though living in jungle is tough. She used to enjoy Her time in company of Shri Ram forgetting all the friends and relations back in Ayodhya; She knew that Her Lord loved more and more every passing day and was happy on that account and Her love for the feet of Shri Ram kept increasing too. What ever means were available were more than needed for Her because Her Lord Shri Ram was with Her. There is no wonder for the Jagadjanani (mother of the world) Sita to live in this way as even the servant and devotees of Shri Ram lose interest in worldly comforts by remembering Lord Shri Ram i e this is natural outcome of remembering and serving Lord Shri Ram.

सीय लखन जेहि बिधि सुखु लहहीं। सोइ रघुनाथ करहि सोइ कहहीं।।
कहहिं पुरातन कथा कहानी। सुनहिं लखनु सिय अति सुखु मानी।
जब जब रामु अवध सुधि करहीं। तब तब बारि बिलोचन भरहीं।।
सुमिरि मातु पितु परिजन भाई। भरत सनेहु सीलु सेवकाई।।
कृपासिंधु प्रभु होहिं दुखारी। धीरजु धरहिं कुसमउ बिचारी।।
लखि सिय लखनु बिकल होइ जाहीं। जिमि पुरुषहि अनुसर परिछाहीं।।
प्रिया बंधु गति लखि रघुनंदनु। धीर कृपाल भगत उर चंदनु।।
लगे कहन कछु कथा पुनीता। सुनि सुखु लहहिं लखनु अरु सीता।।
दो0-रामु लखन सीता सहित सोहत परन निकेत।
जिमि बासव बस अमरपुर सची जयंत समेत।।14II

Raghunath Shri Ram always did and said every thing liked by Sita and Lakshman (they were living in Chitrakoot like a family and Shri Ram happened to be the head of this family hence discharged His duty by keeping the members of family happy in every way); Shri Ram used to tell Sita and Lakshman old stories and Kathas (while a story is just for entertainment, the Katha carries a message and more particularly a spiritual message) who always felt delighted listening it.

Every time Shri Ram thought of Awadh, He used to get emotional and had tears in eyes; whenever He remembered parents, brothers and others in family or recalled how Bharat loved Him and remained committed while humbly serving Him, the Lord who is an ocean of mercy Himself, used to get upset and saddened but always kept patience thinking that it was not right to lose heart at this difficult juncture in life. Sita and Lakshman also used to get disturbed noticing Shri Ram in this way because a person’s shadow acts likewise (and Sita and Lakshman were like shadow of Shri Ram, they knew no identity of their own or independent of Shri Ram).

Whenever Raghunandan (the delighter of Raghus) Shri Ram noted that Sita and Lakshman were upset because He Himself was in pensive mood, He being merciful, thoroughly mindful of other’s mental make up and always ready to sooth the nerves of His Bhaktas used to tell such old Kathas that had power to purify the listener which used to amuse Sita and Lakshman (Shri Ram knew that it is not right to talk of matters that would aggravate one’s feelings at a time when he is upset. We should learn to behave in the same way).

Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita looked gracious living in the huts made of dried leaves like Indra, Shachi and their son Jayant living in the city of gods (Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman were living as happily and enjoyably in Chitrakoot without any kind of luxuries as Indra, Shachi and Jayant live in the absolute comforts available in the city of immortal gods (it is therefore to be understood that conditions are not responsible for our happiness but our own attitude is).

We have now covered up to Doha 141 of Ayodhya Kand.

जोगवहिं प्रभु सिय लखनहिं कैसें। पलक बिलोचन गोलक जैसें।।
सेवहिं लखनु सीय रघुबीरहि। जिमि अबिबेकी पुरुष सरीरहि।।
एहि बिधि प्रभु बन बसहिं सुखारी। खग मृग सुर तापस हितकारी।।
कहेउँ राम बन गवनु सुहावा। सुनहु सुमंत्र अवध जिमि आवा।।
फिरेउ निषादु प्रभुहि पहुँचाई। सचिव सहित रथ देखेसि आई।।
मंत्री बिकल बिलोकि निषादू। कहि न जाइ जस भयउ बिषादू।।
राम राम सिय लखन पुकारी। परेउ धरनितल ब्याकुल भारी।।
देखि दखिन दिसि हय हिहिनाहीं। जनु बिनु पंख बिहग अकुलाहीं।।
दो0-नहिं तृन चरहिं पिअहिं जलु मोचहिं लोचन बारि।
ब्याकुल भए निषाद सब रघुबर बाजि निहारि।।142।।

Lord Shi Ram was very protective and watchful of Sita and Lakshman in the same way as the eyelids protect the eyeballs (i e Shri Ram kept a constant vigil while Sita and Lakshman were busy with routine chores, He only rested Himself when Sita and Lakshman rested but still remaining responsible for a protective cover like the eyelids; we must realize that this is what the Lord of Universe does for us too, He only is responsible for our safety and welfare at all times whether we realize it in our day to day living or not).

On the other hand Lakshman kept himself engaged in serving the great Raghu i e Shri Ram and Sita in the same way as would some body oriented person, bereft of real knowledge, do for his own body (some people give highest value to their own bodies unaware that a soul is housed in the body and it only is the self not the body hence are vary particular about maintaining and decorating it all the time; Lakshman with same kind of attitude towards Shri Ram served Him, he considered Him only as His self and thought nothing of his own comforts).

Caring for the birds, animals, the gods and the Munis engaged in Tapasya, the Lord lived in the jungles with total satisfaction and comfort. Tulsi says, “Thus far I have narrated the beautiful Katha related to Shri Ram going in to the jungle and now would relate how Sumantra, the minister, came back to Ayodhya.”

Earlier when Nishad Guha returned after seeing off Lord Shri Ram, he saw Sumantra besides his chariot who he had still not gone. The minister got overwhelmed with sorrow when he saw Nishad, he seemed to be afflicted too much by the pain felt up on Shri Ram’s going away. He fell down on ground calling loudly ‘Ram’ and at time ‘Ram-Siya-Lakshman’ agonizing badly. The horses looked in the direction of south, the same direction that Shri Ram had proceeded towards and neighed, their condition was like birds without their wings i e they wanted to rush in the direction Shri Ram had gone but were not able to as their master Sumantra was lying their helplessly.

The horses had stopped eating grass neither did they drink water since after Shri Ram had gone from there, tears continuously flowed out of their eyes; all in the Nishad’s group became too restless when they watched the horses behave in this manner in absence of Shri Ram.

We have now covered up to Doha 142 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Kishna Khandelwal

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