Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXXVI

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

धरि धीरजु उठी बैठ भुआलू। कहु सुमंत्र कहँ राम कृपालू।।
कहाँ लखनु कहँ रामु सनेही। कहँ प्रिय पुत्रबधू बैदेही।।
बिलपत राउ बिकल बहु भाँती। भइ जुग सरिस सिराति न राती।।
तापस अंध साप सुधि आई। कौसल्यहि सब कथा सुनाई।।
भयउ बिकल बरनत इतिहासा। राम रहित धिग जीवन आसा।।
सो तनु राखि करब मैं काहा। जेंहि न प्रेम पनु मोर निबाहा।।
हा रघुनंदन प्रान पिरीते। तुम्ह बिनु जिअत बहुत दिन बीते।।
हा जानकी लखन हा रघुबर। हा पितु हित चित चातक जलधर।
दो0-राम राम कहि राम कहि राम राम कहि राम।
तनु परिहरि रघुबर बिरहँ राउ गयउ सुरधाम।।155।।

We covered up to Doha 155 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Kaushalya’s words contained message of some hope which made the king sit up but he only wished to know from Sumantra where his dear son Ram was, he also wanted to know about the dear Lakshman and beloved daughter-in-law Vaidehi Sita. Recalling them in very many ways the king kept lamenting. During the long night of grief the king remembered about the curse he had received from a blind pilgrim because he had mistakenly killed his son and related it to Kaushalya. King thought that why he should care for life when Ram was away from him, he didn’t want to live any longer. Crying and taking names of his dear ones who had gone to jungles he passed some time and lastly continuously uttering name of his most beloved son Ram, the king shed his gross body to go to his heavenly abode.

जिअन मरन फलु दसरथ पावा। अंड अनेक अमल जसु छावा।।
जिअत राम बिधु बदनु निहारा। राम बिरह करि मरनु सँवारा।।
सोक बिकल सब रोवहिं रानी। रूपु सील बलु तेजु बखानी।।
करहिं बिलाप अनेक प्रकारा। परहीं भूमितल बारहिं बारा।।
बिलपहिं बिकल दास अरु दासी। घर घर रुदनु करहिं पुरबासी।।
अँथयउ आजु भानुकुल भानू। धरम अवधि गुन रूप निधानू।।
गारीं सकल कैकइहि देहीं। नयन बिहीन कीन्ह जग जेहीं।।
एहि बिधि बिलपत रैनि बिहानी। आए सकल महामुनि ग्यानी।।
दो0-तब बसिष्ठ मुनि समय सम कहि अनेक इतिहास।
सोक नेवारेउ सबहि कर निज बिग्यान प्रकास।।156।।

Dashrath got reward in both ways i e when he lived he was happy to have a son like Ram and look at the moon-like face of His and when Ram had gone away he no longer lived demonstrating the extent of his love for Ram and excelled in his death too; thus the glory of Dashrath meeting such end spread through many spheres, it was relevant to the mundane world and also to the spiritual world.

All the grieving queens in Dashrath household began to cry, they acclaimed recalling all his virtues, his might and handsomeness; lamenting in many different ways they were falling to the ground every now and then. The maids and servants also cried and in every home people could be seen weeping and crying for it was the day when the sun of the Raghu-clan had set i e King Dashrath, the shining star among them had died, it was him who touched the limits of Dharma, was very handsome and very virtuous. All of them blamed and cursed Kaikeyi for it, in their opinion it was her who had cheated them of their very eyes as in the darkness of the time when king Dashrath was not their they could not see any way out of it.

The night converted in to morning while people bemoaned and deplored; all the people of Ayodhya and the great Muni Vashishttha as well as other learned people collected there. Muni Vashishtth then told many old stories as per the demand of the hour to mitigate the sorrow of people, he guided them at this dark hour throwing light on what needed to be done through his philosophical discourse drawing wisdom from his own deep understanding (about cycle of birth and death, the purpose of life etc).

(King Dashrath had wished for having love for Shri Ram as his son only when he had asked for the boon of having someone like the Lord himself as his son and the Lord had granted him the boon that He would be his son later. King Dshrath as Manu had also wished that his should live only so long as he has Him as his son before his eyes, up on separation from Him his life should end; this is how the king had wished to be attached to the feet of the Lord. The human need to be attached to Lord maintaining some relation with Him because so long as Jeeva is embodied he is attached through relations; when he does he should fully justify that relationship by living according to it. The Puranas are replete with stories of humans being attached to Lord in human avatars maintaining a relation with Lord like Draupadi, Arjuna, Kunti, Sugreeva and Hanuman and many more. Reader are advised to go through the posts CL to CLIV which give the whole background explanation of King Dasgrath’s life, its end and after.)

We have now covered up to Doha 156 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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