Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXVIII

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 147 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sumantra, the minister, reached near Tamasa river worrying about every thing that would go wrong now for him; he then sent beck the Nishadas with due humility and regard for their services who left paying their respects but with a heavy heart. Minister was reluctant to enter Ayodhya immediately and therefore waited sitting under a tree for the dusk time. It was now dark in Ayodhya when he reached and parked his chariot at the gate of the palace, those who learned of his coming back came to see the chariot to confirm and noted that the horses were very weak (and could conclude that the inevitable had happened Shri Ram had not returned); they themselves now felt pangs of separation. The news of the minister’s return made the ladies in the interior section of the palace also very miserable and upset and palace seemed to a haunted place now to them in absence of Shri Ram.

अति आरति सब पूँछहिं रानी। उतरु न आव बिकल भइ बानी।।
सुनइ न श्रवन नयन नहिं सूझा। कहहु कहाँ नृप तेहि तेहि बूझा।।
दासिन्ह दीख सचिव बिकलाई। कौसल्या गृहँ गईं लवाई।।
जाइ सुमंत्र दीख कस राजा। अमिअ रहित जनु चंदु बिराजा।।
आसन सयन बिभूषन हीना। परेउ भूमितल निपट मलीना।।
लेइ उसासु सोच एहि भाँती। सुरपुर तें जनु खँसेउ जजाती।।
लेत सोच भरि छिनु छिनु छाती। जनु जरि पंख परेउ संपाती।।
राम राम कह राम सनेही। पुनि कह राम लखन बैदेही।।
दो0-देखि सचिवँ जय जीव कहि कीन्हेउ दंड प्रनामु।
सुनत उठेउ ब्याकुल नृपति कहु सुमंत्र कहँ रामु।।148।।

The queens though in great agony asked the minister the whereabouts of Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman but the minister had lost the power to speak, he wasn’t listening and was not able to focus on what he was seeing and somehow could just pose a question as to where was the king. The maid-servants looked at minister’s condition who was much anguished and they felt the same way; they took the minister to the private quarters of Kaushlya, there the king looked like a moon without its nectar i e he was now quiet and looked undisturbed and peaceful like moon (which is supposed to be having some life giving potion) but was heading to embrace death (the minister had such premonition, he had known the king well as childhood friend and as companion for most times). Not seated, not lying on bed, without any ornaments on his body, the king was lying on the floor itself, dolorous and unkempt.

His breathing was stressful and he was repenting like the king Yayati who had first earned to enter heaven and sit beside the king of gods but later had to descend on earth by his excesses committed there. His thoughts made his heart cringe like Sampati (big vulture who could fly high but had dared to go out of limits and fly near the sun which burned his wings) when he got dropped down on earth while flying sky-high after his wings were charred.

The king who loved Shri Ram immensely was only repeated calling out ‘Ram, Ram’; king kept referring Ram as one who loved all and continuously asked the whereabouts of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita (this had remained his only concern since the time Shri Ram had left him).

Coming forward and watching in direction of king, the minister wished for his being victorious and for his long life and dropped down lying straight in reverence before the king; noting that it was his minister the king, very distraught, rose up unsteadily and with great trouble and just said, “O Sumantra, tell me where is Ram.”

We have now covered up to Doha 148 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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