Ramcharit Charcha CCCCXXXVII

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 156 of Ayodhya Kand in ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Dashrath was greatly praised how lived life and how he left his body when separated from Shri Ram. The queens badly mourned his death and remembered him for all his virtues and qualities. The citizens of Ayodhya felt very sad and thought that the period ahead would be dark in their lives. Muni Vashishtth then told many old stories to people in grief and explained philosophically the under lying principles behind the cycle of birth and death to mitigate their suffering and sadness.

तेल नाँव भरि नृप तनु राखा। दूत बोलाइ बहुरि अस भाषा।।
धावहु बेगि भरत पहिं जाहू। नृप सुधि कतहुँ कहहु जनि काहू।।
एतनेइ कहेहु भरत सन जाई। गुर बोलाई पठयउ दोउ भाई।।
सुनि मुनि आयसु धावन धाए। चले बेग बर बाजि लजाए।।
अनरथु अवध अरंभेउ जब तें। कुसगुन होहिं भरत कहुँ तब तें।।
देखहिं राति भयानक सपना। जागि करहिं कटु कोटि कलपना।।
बिप्र जेवाँइ देहिं दिन दाना। सिव अभिषेक करहिं बिधि नाना।।
मागहिं हृदयँ महेस मनाई। कुसल मातु पितु परिजन भाई।।
दो0-एहि बिधि सोचत भरत मन धावन पहुँचे आइ।
गुर अनुसासन श्रवन सुनि चले गनेसु मनाइ।।157।।

Muni Vashishtth then took charge of the situation and the body was kept in a boat after filling it with oil (so that it doesn’t decompose till Bharat arrives). Muni Vashishttha called messengers and sent them to rush to see Bharat (who had gone visiting his maternal uncle in Kaikeya at that time) but admonished then to not let anyone know on way what message they carrying or what had happened in Ayodhya (after all it a delicate matter that Dashrath was no more and none of his sons were present in Ayodhya when he died making Ayodhya very vulnerable, like an astute statesman Muni Vashishtth was very careful). He told the messengers to tell only so much to Bharat that Guru (Vashishtth) had sent them only to accompany on way back and that Guru had asked both brothers (Bharat and Shatrughan) to return forthwith. The runners then rushed with the message of Muni Vashishtth at such a speed which would shame even the best of the horses (here it may be noted that Muni did not send his messengers on horses as they could then have become conspicuous and could have been intercepted on way rather the selected messengers were themselves good runners).

Right since the time the vicious happening began to take place in Ayodhya, Bharat bodily experienced many bad omens and noted them occurring around him. He saw bad dreams in the night while sleeping and while waking could not avoid being apprehensive. Bharat began to call Vipras and serve them nicely cooked food and also offer them gifts and money; he also undertook to ritualistically bathe and worship Lord Shiv. Bharat would only ask Lord Mahesh, after invoking and inviting him to be merciful with total devotion, for the welfare and safety of his own mother, father, brothers and other family members (Bharat being a true devotee always cared for all not for himself, a true devotee has the ability to feel, where ever he might be, the troubles of his dear ones and for that matter his heart is able to feel the pain of entire body of living beings).

While Bharat was in thought of his dear ones, the runners reached him and as soon as he learned of the directions and command of Muni, Bharat left for Ayodhya after invoking the Lord Ganesh, the god who removes obstacles.

We have now covered up to Doha 157 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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