Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXX

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

I Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

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।।

We covered up to Doha 149 of Ayodhya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the king embraced Sumantra hoping to be saved from drowning in the sea of misery and than made him sit beside himself. The king asked with tears in eyes the welfare of Ram and whereabouts of Ram, Sita and Lakshman. Not getting an answer from Sumantra he knew they had not come back hence wished to be given their message. King thought that Shri Ram obeyed him rising above joy and sorrow and such a virtuous son who looked so graceful had left him, he considered it to a sin that he did not lose life even when separated from his son. He seriously asked his friend Sumantra to be taken where Ram, Lakshman and Sita were if his life was to be saved.

पुनि पुनि पूँछत मंत्रहि राऊ। प्रियतम सुअन सँदेस सुनाऊ।।
करहि सखा सोइ बेगि उपाऊ। रामु लखनु सिय नयन देखाऊ।।
सचिव धीर धरि कह मुदु बानी। महाराज तुम्ह पंडित ग्यानी।।
बीर सुधीर धुरंधर देवा। साधु समाजु सदा तुम्ह सेवा।।
जनम मरन सब दुख भोगा। हानि लाभ प्रिय मिलन बियोगा।।
काल करम बस हौहिं गोसाईं। बरबस राति दिवस की नाईं।।
सुख हरषहिं जड़ दुख बिलखाहीं। दोउ सम धीर धरहिं मन माहीं।।
धीरज धरहु बिबेकु बिचारी। छाड़िअ सोच सकल हितकारी।।
दो0-प्रथम बासु तमसा भयउ दूसर सुरसरि तीर।
न्हाई रहे जलपानु करि सिय समेत दोउ बीर।।150।।

The king kept on asking the minister to be given the message of his dearest  son (which as a friend he was avoiding to give to the king but now king called him as his minister hence he was now obliged to give the message) and then pleaded with his friend to show him Ram, Sita and Lakshman in person. The minister patiently employed his tact before giving the messages and began to say softly, “O Maharaj (Great King), you are knowledgeable and no less than a Pundit (i e highly learned), you are brave and very patient, you know the crux of matters and in fact are provider for people. Besides you have mostly kept company of the saintly people and served them well. O Master of Senses, you have seen births and deaths in the family and have had occasions of grief. You are well aware of the fact that loss and gain, union with or separation from dear ones happen perforce in accordance with cycle of time and as per the fate just like day and night come and go. The uncouth and foolish people only are overly happy in good times and too sad in bad times but the wise and patient ones keep their balance; you must too be patient thinking wisely and discreetly and must shed your misgivings, this way your welfare will be ensured in every way.

“Now I tell you that they had first halt near Tamasa river and the second one at the bank of Ganga where they had their bath (king had asked the minister to let Ram and Lakshman have bath in holy waters of Ganga and that part was accomplished is what minister meant) and had some refreshments before retiring.”

(Sumantra very carefully employed the tricks before conveying a disturbing message to a person in grave emotional turmoil. He first reminded the king of his experience and knowledge and that for such people the times change but they should not be excessively get affected.)

We have now covered up to Doha 150 of Ayodhya kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Janki Vallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!


Krishna Khandelwal


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