Ramcharit Charcha CDXXXIX

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

चले समीर बेग हय हाँके। नाघत सरित सैल बन बाँके।।
हृदयँ सोचु बड़ कछु न सोहाई। अस जानहिं जियँ जाउँ उड़ाई।।
एक निमेष बरस सम जाई। एहि बिधि भरत नगर निअराई।।
असगुन होहिं नगर पैठारा। रटहिं कुभाँति कुखेत करारा।।
खर सिआर बोलहिं प्रतिकूला। सुनि सुनि होइ भरत मन सूला।।
श्रीहत सर सरिता बन बागा। नगरु बिसेषि भयावनु लागा।।
खग मृग हय गय जाहिं न जोए। राम बियोग कुरोग बिगोए।।
नगर नारि नर निपट दुखारी। मनहुँ सबन्हि सब संपति हारी।।
दो0-पुरजन मिलिहिं न कहहिं कछु गवँहिं जोहारहिं जाहिं।
भरत कुसल पूँछि न सकहिं भय बिषाद मन माहिं।।158।।

We covered up to Doha 158 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that when Bharat got to learn that Guru Vashishttha had called him to Ayodhya, he instantly rushed for Ayodhya at break-neck speed, crossing rivers, mountains and jungles he reached near Ayodhya. For him even moments were long like an year and he was very worried. While entering the city he noticed many a bad omens and felt all the more miserable, the gardens and rivers there seemed to have lost all beauty and charm and city haunted. He found citizens burdened with some kind grief, they were not ready to talk to him while saluting him. Bharat too did not have courage to inquire from his side fearing that it would only be  some bad news.

हाट बाट नहिं जाइ निहारी। जनु पुर दहँ दिसि लागि दवारी।।
आवत सुत सुनि कैकयनंदिनि। हरषी रबिकुल जलरुह चंदिनि।।
सजि आरती मुदित उठि धाई। द्वारेहिं भेंटि भवन लेइ आई।।
भरत दुखित परिवारु निहारा। मानहुँ तुहिन बनज बनु मारा।।
कैकेई हरषित एहि भाँति। मनहुँ मुदित दव लाइ किराती।।
सुतहि ससोच देखि मनु मारें। पूँछति नैहर कुसल हमारें।।
सकल कुसल कहि भरत सुनाई। पूँछी निज कुल कुसल भलाई।।
कहु कहँ तात कहाँ सब माता। कहँ सिय राम लखन प्रिय भ्राता।।
दो0-सुनि सुत बचन सनेहमय कपट नीर भरि नैन।
भरत श्रवन मन सूल सम पापिनि बोली बैन।।159।।

Bharat found it difficult to look at the market place in the city which was empty and quiet, the whole city seemed to surrounded by wildfire on all ten directions. The daughter of King of Kaikeya i e Kaikeyi was happy to learn of Bharat’s home-coming, she was to be like moonlight for the lotus like members of the family of Raghu (i e who were spotless and cool in their conduct and character). She happily rushed with decorated Aarati Thaal (platter with lighted lamp etc for greeting and welcoming) and met Bharat right at the gate and then escorted him inside. There Bharat saw all family members bitter and upset as if a whole garden of lotuses had withered due to frost-bite while Kaikeyi was thrilled like a huntress who had set fire in the forest and was ready for preying. Kaikeyi, however, watched with concern his son who looked worried and devoid of spirit and hence asked him whether it was all well back at her parents’ place (typically in a manner how the women who always excessively pride in from where they have come and worry about welfare there most of the times while the troubles and condition of the family they later joined remain non-noticeable for them though it might be right before their eyes).

Bharat told mother all about the well-being at maternal grand-father’s place and then wished to know from mother about the welfare and well-being of his own family in Ayodhya; Bharat asked mother where was his father and the other mothers of his, he wanted to know where were Sita and Shri Ram and dear brother Lakshman.

When Kaikeyi listened to affectionately spoken words of her son she deftly brought false tears to her eyes and then the woman, crafty and guilty at heart, spoke words that would pierce the ears of Bharat.

We have now covered up to Doha 159 of Ayodhya Knad.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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