Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXIV

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 142 in Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram constantly worried about the comfort, safety and general welfare of Sita and Lakshman. Lakshman on his part served Shri Ram with total devotion like a person who doesn’t know reality and serves his own body i e Lakshman treated Shri Ram, the Supreme Lord, like his own body which in a way put him in a right recommended role but without conscious thought but like his prime nature. Shri Ram enjoyed time in the forest and also took care of the flora and fauna. So far Tulsi told the interesting part of the story i e the Shri Ram’s journey in to the forest and now would tell how Sumantra, the minister, went back to Ayodhya. When Nishad Guha returned to the spot where Sumanra and his chariot were left by him, Sumantra became hysteric and fell on the ground as he saw Nishad come back but without Shri Ram and cried taking names of Ram, Sita and Lakshman. The horses too neighed and shed tears and looked in the direction Shri Ram had gone. Nishad and others in his group felt very sad after watching sad condition of Sumantra and the horses in absence of Shri Ram.

धरि धीरज तब कहइ निषादू। अब सुमंत्र परिहरहु बिषादू।।
तुम्ह पंडित परमारथ ग्याता। धरहु धीर लखि बिमुख बिधाता
बिबिध कथा कहि कहि मृदु बानी। रथ बैठारेउ बरबस आनी।।
सोक सिथिल रथ सकइ न हाँकी। रघुबर बिरह पीर उर बाँकी।।
चरफराहिँ मग चलहिं न घोरे। बन मृग मनहुँ आनि रथ जोरे।।
अढ़ुकि परहिं फिरि हेरहिं पीछें। राम बियोगि बिकल दुख तीछें।।
जो कह रामु लखनु बैदेही। हिंकरि हिंकरि हित हेरहिं तेही।।
बाजि बिरह गति कहि किमि जाती। बिनु मनि फनिक बिकल जेहि भाँती।।
दो0-भयउ निषाद बिषादबस देखत सचिव तुरंग।
बोलि सुसेवक चारि तब दिए सारथी संग।।143।।

Nishad then recollected himself and said, “O Sumatra, now get above your sorrowful state, you are very knowledgeable and also know the ultimate course of every thing and that matters. You must now keep heart knowing that the creator Brahma in not favorable at this point in time (i e the fate has taken a bad turn).”

(Nishad could speak in this manner because he had been enlightened by Lakshman, the Acharya of Jeevas i e the preacher of people, when Nishad was remorseful seeing Lord Shri Ram and Sita sleeping on the bare ground. You may go through Doha 91 to 94 of Ayodhya Kand once again.)

Nishad told many Kathas of different types in a polite and pleasing way (to placate the anxiety of Sumantra, though Sumtra himself knew every thing but in times of distress own knowledge is forgotten making it necessary to listen it from another) and forced him to climb the chariot (when emotions make the intellect clouded a good friend some time puts one on the path of duty).

Weakened by the suffering and sorrow on account of being separated from Shri Ram and also not being able to carry out the order of King Dashrath, since it was pricking his heart, Sumantra could not drive the chariot. The horses too were jumpy and restless and were not ready to move on; they behaved as if untrained wild animals were strapped to the chariot. The horses would topple and look behind for Ram, being separated from Shri Ram they suffered sharp pangs of anguish. If any one uttered names of Ram-Lakshman-Sita, they would look for some comfort towards him very pitiably. The condition of the horses was like a snake with out its ‘Mani’.

Nishad now felt sick and sorrowful at the sight of the minister and the horses and provided a few of his men to accompany the Sumantra, the charioteer, to help him out along the way to Ayodhya.

We have now covered up to Doha 143 of Ayodhya Kand.

गुह सारथिहि फिरेउ पहुँचाई। बिरहु बिषादु बरनि नहिं जाई।।
चले अवध लेइ रथहि निषादा। होहि छनहिं छन मगन बिषादा।।
सोच सुमंत्र बिकल दुख दीना। धिग जीवन रघुबीर बिहीना।।
रहिहि न अंतहुँ अधम सरीरू। जसु न लहेउ बिछुरत रघुबीरू।।
भए अजस अघ भाजन प्राना। कवन हेतु नहिं करत पयाना।।
अहह मंद मनु अवसर चूका। अजहुँ न हृदय होत दुइ टूका।।
मीजि हाथ सिरु धुनि पछिताई। मनहँ कृपन धन रासि गवाँई।।
बिरिद बाँधि बर बीरु कहाई। चलेउ समर जनु सुभट पराई।।
दो0-बिप्र बिबेकी बेदबिद संमत साधु सुजाति।
जिमि धोखें मदपान कर सचिव सोच तेहि भाँति।।144।।

When Guha came back after seeing off minister, the charioteer, his own sense of separation from Shri Ram and the resulting sadness still remained with him, no body could have describe the extent of it. The Nishads took the chariot towards Ayodhya but were themselves drowned in sea of sorrow.

Sumantra also was weak due to feeling sad and worryingly thought, “The life itself was of little worth and condemnable if it was not lived without Raghuveer Shri Ram. This poor and unchaste body is after all to perish but it did not earn itself some fame by finishing right when it got separated from the brave Raghu Shri Ram; my life itself is now infamous and sinful, why the spark of life has refused to part with my body. I would be considered mean and useless by missing this great chance that my heart has still not got sheared in two parts.”

In this manner rubbing his empty hands and pounding his own head regretfully he acted like a miser who had lost his hoard of money. He was like that great hero who had first earned a good name as a resilient soldier but now had tried to escape from the fight (Sumantra had accepted the assignment to bring back Shri Ram but had lost all his wisdom and art in convincing Shri Ram to return).

Sumantra now felt like a wise Vipra who had learned Vedas, had achieved equanimity, was considered as Sadhu and was high-born but was some how lured in to drinking wine (consumption of intoxicating substances are considered to be worst kind sin for the learned Brahmins as it can destroy all balance and understanding about the dos and don’ts).

We have now covered up to Doha 144 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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