Ramcharit Charcha CDXLV

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

भरतहि देखि मातु उठि धाई। मुरुछित अवनि परी झइँ आई।।
देखत भरतु बिकल भए भारी। परे चरन तन दसा बिसारी।।
मातु तात कहँ देहि देखाई। कहँ सिय रामु लखनु दोउ भाई।।
कैकइ कत जनमी जग माझा। जौं जनमि त भइ काहे न बाँझा।।
कुल कलंकु जेहिं जनमेउ मोही। अपजस भाजन प्रियजन द्रोही।।
को तिभुवन मोहि सरिस अभागी। गति असि तोरि मातु जेहि लागी।।
पितु सुरपुर बन रघुबर केतू। मैं केवल सब अनरथ हेतु।।
धिग मोहि भयउँ बेनु बन आगी। दुसह दाह दुख दूषन भागी।।
दो0-मातु भरत के बचन मृदु सुनि सुनि उठी सँभारि।।
लिए उठाइ लगाइ उर लोचन मोचति बारि।।164।।

We covered up to Doha 164 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that mother Kaushalya fell to the ground when she saw Bharat coming while trying to rush to meet him due to being very weak on account of unbearable grief; Bharat felt very sad at this condition of hers and losing control himself he fell at her feet. Bharat then wished to know from mother where father was and also where Sita and brothers Ram and Lakshman had gone to. Cursing his mother Kaikeyi he spoke to Kaushalya “why she had to be born at all and if that was to happen she should not have borne a child; she has only given birth to a person like me who is a blemish in the family of fair people, who only has earned bad name, who is enemy of dear ones and therefore is most unfortunate in the three worlds and is entirely responsible for this condition of yours. While father is no more and Raghubar Shri Ram in the jungle, I deserve to be condemned for being cause behind all this untoward happenings.” Mother Kaushalya attempted and got up after listening to murmurs of Bharat and took him in tight embrace while tears flowed out of her eyes.

सरल सुभाय मायँ हियँ लाए। अति हित मनहुँ राम फिरि आए।।
भेंटेउ बहुरि लखन लघु भाई। सोकु सनेहु न हृदयँ समाई।।
देखि सुभाउ कहत सबु कोई। राम मातु अस काहे न होई।।
माताँ भरतु गोद बैठारे। आँसु पौंछि मृदु बचन उचारे।।
अजहुँ बच्छ बलि धीरज धरहू। कुसमउ समुझि सोक परिहरहू।।
जनि मानहु हियँ हानि गलानी। काल करम गति अघटित जानि।।
काहुहि दोसु देहु जनि ताता। भा मोहि सब बिधि बाम बिधाता।।
जो एतेहुँ दुख मोहि जिआवा। अजहुँ को जानइ का तेहि भावा।।
दो0-पितु आयस भूषन बसन तात तजे रघुबीर।
बिसमउ हरषु न हृदयँ कछु पहिरे बलकल चीर। 165।।

Mother Kaushalya, benign and simple by nature, brought Bharat closer to heart feeling great love for him as if she was meeting Shri Ram on his coming back (Kaushalya never differentiated between these two sons and this time too she wasn’t able to have any thought of missing Ram in presence of Bharat). Kaushalya then met Lakshman’s younger brother, she wasn’t able to either contain the feeling of grief or the surge of affection in her heart. Knowing the nature of Kaushalya all those present said that Ram’s mother Kaushalya could only be like this. Mother Kaushalya set Bharat in her lap, wiped his tears and spoke in soothing words to Bharat, “At this moment, O My Child, for my sake you must keep patience, considering it to be a hard time for family and therefore not the right time for grieving, come out of it. You must neither feel any loss or carry any sense of guilt for the course of time and even the fate always remain unalterable. You may not even try to put blame on anybody for what is happening, it is just that Brahma, the creator, has become adverse to my interests in all possible ways. However, if he has kept me alive in spite of suffering and grief of such high level, who knows what he has in store for me going forward.

“O Son, Raghuveer (a brave Raghu) Shri Ram, honoring the command of father has discarded clothes and ornaments without any showing remorse or elation and put on the bark of trees and skin of plants as clothes (Kaushalya meant to convey to Bharat that you are like Ram in every way, when he could keep balance neither being happy or sad at such trying time and carried out the instructions of father, you must behave in a similar way).”

We have now covered up to Doha 165 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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