Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXXIII

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

पुरजन परिजन सकल निहोरी। तात सुनाएहु बिनती मोरी।।
सोइ सब भाँति मोर हितकारी। जातें रह नरनाहु सुखारी।।
कहब सँदेसु भरत के आएँ। नीति न तजिअ राजपदु पाएँ।।
पालेहु प्रजहि करम मन बानी। सेएहु मातु सकल सम जानी।।
ओर निबाहेहु भायप भाई। करि पितु मातु सुजन सेवकाई।।
तात भाँति तेहि राखब राऊ। सोच मोर जेहिं करै न काऊ।।
लखन कहे कछु बचन कठोरा। बरजि राम पुनि मोहि निहोरा।।
बार बार निज सपथ देवाई। कहबि न तात लखन लरिकाई।।
दो0-कहि प्रनाम कछु कहन लिय सिय भइ सिथिल सनेह।
थकित बचन लोचन सजल पुलक पल्लवित देह।।152।।

We covered up to Doha 152 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sumantra told king about the message of Shri Ram to be given to citizens of Ayodhya and the His own family members that they must serve and live in a manner that would keep the king happy and also told about the message for Bharat that he must not forget to follow the path of integrity and honesty as state policy and must serve all mothers knowing them to be equal and further that he would be a good brother of His if Bharat keeps you happy and in best of spirit so that you don’t miss Him. The minister told Dashrath also that Lakshman expressed some bitterness but was stopped by Shri Ram immediately and asked to me to not convey any part of it to you. Sita however wanted to say something but could not speak any words due to emotional upsurge other than saying Pranam to you.

तेहि अवसर रघुबर रूख पाई। केवट पारहि नाव चलाई।।
रघुकुलतिलक चले एहि भाँती। देखउँ ठाढ़ कुलिस धरि छाती।।
मैं आपन किमि कहौं कलेसू। जिअत फिरेउँ लेइ राम सँदेसू।।
अस कहि सचिव बचन रहि गयऊ। हानि गलानि सोच बस भयऊ।।
सुत बचन सुनतहिं नरनाहू। परेउ धरनि उर दारुन दाहू।।
तलफत बिषम मोह मन मापा। माजा मनहुँ मीन कहुँ ब्यापा।।
करि बिलाप सब रोवहिं रानी। महा बिपति किमि जाइ बखानी।।
सुनि बिलाप दुखहू दुखु लागा। धीरजहू कर धीरजु भागा।।
दो0-भयउ कोलाहलु अवध अति सुनि नृप राउर सोरु।
बिपुल बिहग बन परेउ निसि मानहुँ कुलिस कठोरु।।153।।

Sumantra than gave further account of the happenings before he left Shri Ram and said to the king, “Kevat got the signal right at that point and he began rowing the boat to take Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman across the river. This is how Raghukultilak (the superior among the Raghu’s dscendents) Shri Ram went about journeying in to the jungles and I just kept standing there itself and felt like my chest was pressed by weight of a big and hard stone. I am unable to speak of my woes that I am alive only to deliver the message of Shri Ram (being duty bound as minister of the state otherwise would have gone to keep company of Shri Ram).” With these words the minister became stoically silent and got engrossed in thoughts of his big loss and big failure i e the separation from Shri Ram and his inability to bring him back to Ayodhya.

As soon as King Dashrath absorbed the message of his son as delivered by Sumantra, he fell to the ground and his heart constricted due to his being struck with unbearable grief. The excess of love for Shri Ram now made king’s mind go in to oblivion, it was not helping him to live but was forcing him to die like a thirsty fish that had drunk froth instead of water. The queens began to howl and wail; how can such calamity be described (when a woman is sees her husband in such pain that is going to take his life). In such times the loud cries of women are sufficient to sadden the sorrow itself and the patience finds itself losing the quality of patience.

All Ayodhya became uproarious when people heard the commotion and loud cries coming from the palace of the queen Kaushlya and the scene became like a forest inhabited by a lot of birds having received a volley of hard hailstones raining down during the dark night.

We have now covered up to Doha 153 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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