Ramcharit Charcha CDXL

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 159 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat found the markets and streets in Ayodhya deserted when he reached there and the whole city seemed like it was surrounded by wildfire. Kaikeyi, however, rushed to greet and welcome Bharat by doing Aarati and met him at the gate itself when she learned of Bharat’s coming near and later brought him inside the palace. Herself happy but seeing Bharat in depressed mood Kaikeyi asked him about the welfare back at her father’s place and Bharat said that all was well there and inquired about welfare of his own dear ones in particular his father, his step-mothers and brothers and Sita as he had noticed that most of the family members he could see were not in happy state. Before answering him Kaikeyi brought false tears in her eyes and delivered some words that would pierce the ears of Bharat.

तात बात मैं सकल सँवारी। भै मंथरा सहाय बिचारी।।
कछुक काज बिधि बीच बिगारेउ। भूपति सुरपति पुर पगु धारेउ।।
सुनत भरतु भए बिबस बिषादा। जनु सहमेउ करि केहरि नादा।।
तात तात हा तात पुकारी। परे भूमितल ब्याकुल भारी।।
चलत न देखन पायउँ तोही। तात न रामहि सौंपेहु मोही।।
बहुरि धीर धरि उठे सँभारी। कहु पितु मरन हेतु महतारी।।
सुनि सुत बचन कहति कैकेई। मरमु पाँछि जनु माहुर देई।।
आदिहु तें सब आपनि करनी। कुटिल कठोर मुदित मन बरनी।।
दो0-भरतहि बिसरेउ पितु मरन सुनत राम बन गौनु।
हेतु अपनपउ जानि जियँ थकित रहे धरि मौनु।।160।I

Kaikeyi said, “O Son, I managed the situation that was about to slip out of hands, and in this Manthara played a very helping role, though herself a weak person yet she could think of ways out of the morass. Brahma, the creator, however acted as spoiler to some extent, as a result of which the king, your father, left the world to reside in the city of Indra, the lord of gods i e heaven (she said it in such a way that would give reason to Bharat to think less of the loss as Dashrath as he had been known to be a friend of Indra and therefore he had gone to live only with a friend and not to some unwelcome place).”

Just as Bharat heard that his father was no more, he was overtaken by intense grief, he reacted like the elephant who had just heard the roar of the lion i e was alarmed and frightened. Crying out loudly ‘father, father, ah father’ Bharat fell to the ground agonizing badly. He murmured, “I could not meet you in your last hour, O Father, even you could not leave me in care of Shri Ram as Ram only could take care of us younger brothers being male-head of the family after you i e Dashrath, you should therefore have guided Him in this regard.”

Bharat then collected himself and keeping patience got up and said, “O Mahtari (biological mother), tell me what might be the cause behind the death of my father (Bharat sensed that his father had died not due to some ailment etc but there was some serious matter that he had died, a plain hearted person can sense most of reality without being told).”

Listening to the words of her son, the cruel and stubborn Kaikeyi, almost like first wounding heart of someone and than pouring poison in to the wound, happily replied by telling whole story from the very beginning with all gruesome details of what she had done.

Bharat now became unmindful of father’s death as soon as he learned of Shri Ram’s exile in to the jungles; he became stoically silent and very still as he thought that he himself was the reason behind what had happened (it was never Bharat’s practice to be happy and to rush to find fault in others but he never failed to see his own fault even if there was only a little indication of it, this is how great characters get built up).

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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