Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXXI

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 150 of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Sumantra came back and met the king, the king continuously asked him what message he had brought from his two sons and Sita and wanted to see them personally. Since the message from Shri Ram and others was not in any way going to be encouraging for the king the minister didn’t deliver it out rightly and rather reminded the king about his status, strength, knowledge and experience etc and that he had always been in the company of Sadhus and therefore knew it well that fate brings forth the bad and good times cyclically but the those who happen to have courage and equanimity don’t get disturbed easily; he asked king to think wisely and keep patience and also stop worrying which only will ensure his welfare. Minister then informed the king that two brothers stayed near Tamasa river the first night and second halt for them was at Ganga where they had bath and refreshment.

केवट कीन्हि बहुत सेवकाई। सो जामिनि सिंगरौर गवाँई।।
होत प्रात बट छीरु मगावा। जटा मुकुट निज सीस बनावा।।
राम सखाँ तब नाव मगाई। प्रिया चढ़ाइ चढ़े रघुराई।।
लखन बान धनु धरे बनाई। आपु चढ़े प्रभु आयसु पाई।।
बिकल बिलोकि मोहि रघुबीरा। बोले मधुर बचन धरि धीरा।।
तात प्रनामु तात सन कहेहु। बार बार पद पंकज गहेहू।।
करबि पायँ परि बिनय बहोरी। तात करिअ जनि चिंता मोरी।।
बन मग मंगल कुसल हमारें। कृपा अनुग्रह पुन्य तुम्हारें।।
छं0- तुम्हरे अनुग्रह तात कानन जात सब सुखु पाइहौं।
प्रतिपालि आयसु कुसल देखन पाय पुनि फिरि आइहौं।।
जननीं सकल परितोषि परि परि पायँ करि बिनती घनी।
तुलसी करेहु सोइ जतनु जेहिं कुसली रहहिं कोसल धनी।।
सो0-गुर सन कहब सँदेसु बार बार पद पदुम गहि।
करब सोइ उपदेसु जेहिं न सोच मोहि अवधपति।।151।।

Sumantra further gave account of the activities of Shri Ram in exile saying, ” The night was spent by the two brothers at Shringverpur where Nishadraj Guha served them whole heartedly. In the morning Shri Ram asked for milk of banyan tree and both the brothers applied it to hairs and converted in to locks and arranged them like a crown over there heads. At this point friend of Shri Ram, Nishad Guha called a boat and Shri Ram first helped beloved Sita to get in to the boat and then Himself boarded it. Later Lakshman properly placed the bows and arrows and boarded after taking permission of Shri Ram. Watching me that I was under great distress, Shri Ram very patiently and in a cool manner gave me the message; he has said to convey to you, “O Taat (father like), kindly deliver my Pranam (respectful salutation) to my father and on my behalf grab his lotus feet many times, only later tell him not to have any worries on my account. The tracks and ways in to the jungles are enjoyable and safe for us, its all due to his good wishes, blessings and graces and most of all due to his noble deeds (Shri Ram meant to convey to King Dashrath that he being the monarch for a long time had earned a lot of goodwill of people far and wide hence there was no scope of any unfriendly encounters, for a king this is something very valuable and heartening to know).”

The minister further told the king, “Ram has said that He will be totally comfortable while going in to jungle by your grace and that when he has carries out your command He will ensured to remain safe, He will come back to serve your feet immidiately afterwards. He has asked me to fully satisfy and give comfort to His mothers and allay any fears that they might have (that Shri Ram will be fine and safe) and to touch their feet many times on his behalf with love and respect.”

Tuslidas says that that’s how Shri Ram wished for the invulnerability of the patron of Koushal and directed the minister to ensure it.

Then the minister told the king rest of the message of Shri Ram, “Shri Ram has asked to me tell Guru Vashishtth after serving his feet on his behalf that he must give only such kind of sermons that would keep you, the king of Ayodhya, from worrying for Him and being overly concerned for Him.”

(Here the noteworthy fact is that Shri Ram did not speak in His messages on behalf of Sita and Lakshman at and kept it personal. In such circumstances it is not right to speak on other’s behalf only then the value of message can be upheld. Sita and Lakshman had accompanied Shri Ram of their own will and they would only be able tell in their own words how they were feeling etc. These are the subtle points that make the character of Shri Ram distinct and perfect. We should be careful to observe such points. )

We have now covered up to 151 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Gpswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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