Ramcharit Charcha CDXLVI

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 165 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that mother Kaushalya, being of simple nature, took Bharat in her arms like she would have treated Shri Ram up on returning. She then met Shatrughan, younger twin brother of Lakshman with great love while in anguish no less. Seeing her treating Bharat and Shatrughan in this way people said it was but natural for mother of Shri Ram to do so. Kaushalya set Bharat in her lap, wiped his tears and asked him to keep patient at this hour of grief and stop being sad any more; she asked him to not feel guilty or worry about father’s death. She said it was only a play of time and fate and none was to be blamed. Admitting that Brahma, the creator, had become adverse to her in many ways but he has still left her alive though making her suffer extra-ordinarily and therefore he might have some thing more in store for her. Lastly she praised Shri Ram for obeying father and putting on clothes like mendicants without being sad or happy.

मुख प्रसन्न मन रंग न रोषू। सब कर सब बिधि करि परितोषू।।
चले बिपिन सुनि सिय सँग लागी। रहइ न राम चरन अनुरागी।।
सुनतहिं लखनु चले उठि साथा। रहहिं न जतन किए रघुनाथा।।
तब रघुपति सबही सिरु नाई। चले संग सिय अरु लघु भाई।।
रामु लखनु सिय बनहि सिधाए। गइउँ न संग न प्रान पठाए।।
यहु सबु भा इन्ह आँखिन्ह आगें। तउ न तजा तनु जीव अभागें।।
मोहि न लाज निज नेहु निहारी। राम सरिस सुत मैं महतारी।।
जिऐ मरै भल भूपति जाना। मोर हृदय सत कुलिस समाना।।
दो0- कौसल्या के बचन सुनि भरत सहित रनिवास।
ब्याकुल बिलपत राजगृह मानहुँ सोक नेवासु।।166।।

Mother Kasuhalya further said to Bharat, “Facially Shri Ram looked bright and cheerful but did not have any remorse or anger in his heart. While leaving he satisfied everyone in every way expected of him. Sita could not afford to stay back when she heard about His leaving for forest, she could not have remained alive due to her attachment and love towards the feet of Shri Ram. Lakshman too immediately got ready to go when he listened about Ram leaving; every effort of Shri Ram to make him stay back failed. In the end Raghupati Shri Ram, giving respect to all, went for journey ahead along with Sita and Lakshman.

“Though Ram, Lakshman and Sita left for the jungles, I could not have gone along with them bodily but neither my soul could accompany them (as it remained tied to body). Imagine that all this happened right before my eyes but my breathing cycle did not stop leaving body alone. I am no less shameless for the kind of love I have; see the paradox that son is like Ram and the mother is like me.

“The king however knew perfectly how to live and how to die, in contrast I have an heart that is as hard as hardness of a hundred stones put together.”

The words of Kaushalya had very daunting impact on all those present and the ladies of the royal household as well Bharat felt very distressed and began to cry making the king’s palace look like a house meant for mourning and suffering.

(In their earlier life Kaushalya and Dashrath had done Tapa together as Shatruupa and Manu and had wanted to have Ram, the Lord of Universe, as their son but while Dashrath had wished to be enjoying the presence of son like a house-holder though he might be none other than the Lord Himself but Kaushalya had also wished to be fully enlightened and the relevant lines are reproduced here:

“जे निज भगत नाथ तव अहहीं। जो सुख पावहिं जो गति लहहीं।।
दो0-सोइ सुख सोइ गति सोइ भगति सोइ निज चरन सनेहु।।
सोइ बिबेक सोइ रहनि प्रभु हमहि कृपा करि देहु।।150।।”

Now an enlightened person knows that lord does not disappear at all, it is another matter that while in human form as avatar He might seem to have physically gone somewhere, therefore Kaushalya, though loved no less than the king, could not lose her life and lived on hoping that Ram will be back after the period of exile getting over and she would see Him again. So living or dying is not of importance but the love for the Lord is, this is what we must appreciate.)

We have now covered up to Doha 166 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!


Krishna Khandelwal


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