Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXVII

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

पुछिहहिं दीन दुखित सब माता। कहब काह मैं तिन्हहि बिधाता।।
पूछिहि जबहिं लखन महतारी। कहिहउँ कवन सँदेस सुखारी।।
राम जननि जब आइहि धाई। सुमिरि बच्छु जिमि धेनु लवाई।।
पूँछत उतरु देब मैं तेही। गे बनु राम लखनु बैदेही।।
जोइ पूँछिहि तेहि ऊतरु देबा।जाइ अवध अब यहु सुखु लेबा।।
पूँछिहि जबहिं राउ दुख दीना। जिवनु जासु रघुनाथ अधीना।।
देहउँ उतरु कौनु मुहु लाई। आयउँ कुसल कुअँर पहुँचाई।।
सुनत लखन सिय राम सँदेसू। तृन जिमि तनु परिहरिहि नरेसू।।
दो0–ह्रदउ न बिदरेउ पंक जिमि बिछुरत प्रीतमु नीरु।।
जानत हौं मोहि दीन्ह बिधि यहु जातना सरीरु।।146।।

We covered up to Doha 146 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sumantra while on way back to Ayodhya remorsefully thought about having to answer the hopeful mothers in negative that Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman had not come back. He was all the more concerned about the king whose life itself depended on return of Shri Ram and that he would not live a minute longer after learning that Shri Ram hadn’t come back. Sumantra also cursed himself that his own life-breath did not leave body at being separated from Shri Ram and that the creator Brahma had awarded him the body only to suffer as otherwise he would have been in the realm of Shri Ram, the Supreme God.
एहि बिधि करत पंथ पछितावा। तमसा तीर तुरत रथु आवा।।
बिदा किए करि बिनय निषादा। फिरे पायँ परि बिकल बिषादा।।
पैठत नगर सचिव सकुचाई। जनु मारेसि गुर बाँभन गाई।।
बैठि बिटप तर दिवसु गवाँवा। साँझ समय तब अवसरु पावा।।
अवध प्रबेसु कीन्ह अँधिआरें। पैठ भवन रथु राखि दुआरें।।
जिन्ह जिन्ह समाचार सुनि पाए। भूप द्वार रथु देखन आए।।
रथु पहिचानि बिकल लखि घोरे। गरहिं गात जिमि आतप ओरे।।
नगर नारि नर ब्याकुल कैंसें। निघटत नीर मीनगन जैंसें।।
दो0–सचिव आगमनु सुनत सबु बिकल भयउ रनिवासु।
भवन भयंकरु लाग तेहि मानहुँ प्रेत निवासु।।147।।

Through out the course of his journey Sumantra kept regretting and repenting with these kind of thoughts and in a short while the chariot touched the banks of Tamas river. At this point he returned back the group of Nishadas showing due regard for their services; the Nishadas touched his feet before leaving but with a heavy heart. Sumantra, the minister, was reluctant to enter the city fearing like some one who had killed his Guru or a Brahmin or a cow (i e had committed a crime which could not be pardoned at all) hence he spent the whole day sitting under a tree out side the precincts of the city. When it was dark, he thought that it was the right time to enter the city and he entered Ayodhya under cover of darkness (his spirit itself had become dimmed). He entered the palace after parking the chariot at the gate. In the mean time all those who learned of his coming back  came to see the chariot to confirm. They could make out that the chariot belonged to none other than the minister but noted that the horses were very restless, so much so that their bodies seemed to be weakening like melting of stones of ice (rained during a hailstorm) under the heat of sun. The people of Ayodhya were tormented like the fishes under the receding water.

Listening about the return of just the minister and not of their children, the whole of the women folks in interior of the palace became upset and anguished, for them the palace had become a haunted place, the abode of unsatisfied spirits.

(Shri Ram, the Paramatma, is the life of life itself, the individual souls are part of Him only, when Shri Ram had gone way all felt like their existence in shape of their bodies was meaningless.)

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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