Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXIX

II Shree Guruvey Nammah 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 148 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Sumantra, the minister, reached the palace, he was queried  by the queens there wanting to know whereabouts of Shri Ram but the minister was not in a position to register any thing or reply, he simply wished to be taken to the king. When Sumantra reached in the palace of Kaushlya he hailed the king and prostrated reverentially. He found the king lying of bare floor without any ornaments and breathing heavily and under spell of grief; the king, out of his immense love for Shri Ram, was calling out name of Ram repeatedly and was asking to be told about Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita taking their names. When the king saw Sumantra he rose up with some effort and was much disturbed and asked him just a question about Ram as to where He was.

भूप सुमंत्रु लीन्ह उर लाई। बूड़त कछु अधार जनु पाई।।
सहित सनेह निकट बैठारी। पूँछत राउ नयन भरि बारी।।
राम कुसल कहु सखा सनेही। कहँ रघुनाथु लखनु बैदेही।।
आने फेरि कि बनहि सिधाए। सुनत सचिव लोचन जल छाए।।
सोक बिकल पुनि पूँछ नरेसू। कहु सिय राम लखन संदेसू।।
राम रूप गुन सील सुभाऊ। सुमिरि सुमिरि उर सोचत राऊ।।
राउ सुनाइ दीन्ह बनबासू। सुनि मन भयउ न हरषु हराँसू।।
सो सुत बिछुरत गए न प्राना। को पापी बड़ मोहि समाना।।
दो0-सखा रामु सिय लखनु जहँ तहाँ मोहि पहुँचाउ।
नाहिं त चाहत चलन अब प्रान कहउँ सतिभाउ।।149।।

The king brought Sumantra to his heart as if he was trying to find his feet while drowning; he later pulled him to sit beside himself and had tears in his eyes before further loading him with his questions. Then the king burst in to questioning, “O Dear Friend, tell me that Ram is fine, where exactly is master of Raghus, Shri Ram along with Lakshman and Vaidehi Sita. Have you brought them back or they have proceeded to go in to jungles.”

The minister listens to these questions and he now himself had tears in eyes. The king though in pain due to his worries prodded the minister further before he could reply to any of the earlier questions and asked, “Tell me at least the message that Sita, Ram and Lakshman might have sent for me.”

The more the king concentrated on the beautiful form of Ram, His qualities, His virtuous disposition and His decent mannerism the more his heart cringed. Expressing his feeling the king continued saying, “I first declared Him to be the next king but then ordered Him to go and stay in jungles and see He didn’t feel elated at first and neither was sorry for the changed prospects; when such a balanced son of mine got separated from me, I didn’t stopped breathing, there is none a more sinning person than me.

“Friend, you must either take me to the place where Ram, Sita and Lakshman are at present otherwise I truthfully tell you that I am about to lose my life.”

We have now covered up to Doha 149 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Jijayatey!
Sant samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas KI Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal


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