Ramcharit Charcha CDL

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

राम प्रानहु तें प्रान तुम्हारे। तुम्ह रघुपतिहि प्रानहु तें प्यारे।।
बिधु बिष चवै स्त्रवै हिमु आगी। होइ बारिचर बारि बिरागी।।
भएँ ग्यानु बरु मिटै न मोहू। तुम्ह रामहि प्रतिकूल न होहू।।
मत तुम्हार यहु जो जग कहहीं। सो सपनेहुँ सुख सुगति न लहहीं।।
अस कहि मातु भरतु हियँ लाए। थन पय स्त्रवहिं नयन जल छाए।।
करत बिलाप बहुत यहि भाँती। बैठेहिं बीति गइ सब राती।।
बामदेउ बसिष्ठ तब आए। सचिव महाजन सकल बोलाए।।
मुनि बहु भाँति भरत उपदेसे। कहि परमारथ बचन सुदेसे।।
दो0-तात हृदयँ धीरजु धरहु करहु जो अवसर आजु।
उठे भरत गुर बचन सुनि करन कहेउ सबु साजु।।169।।

We covered up to Doha 169 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Kaushlya gave comfort to Bharat saying to him that both, he and Shri Ram, loved each other, no less than their lives. She said whatever unthinkable might happen you would never go against Shri Ram and if someone makes such a declaration he would not be at peace and have a desirable life, even in his dreams. Kaushalya overwhelmed with emotion for Bharat and considering him to be none other than her own child had tears in eyes and compulsive flow of milk out of her breasts happened. This is how all those present there spent the night talking and lamenting, in the morning Rishi Vamdeva and Guru Vashitth came there and thoughtfully gave Bharat many sermons and explained what constituted the ultimate course of life keeping in mind gravity of time faced by him. Then he asked him to be absolutely patient and to get up and do what was needed at that moment, taking cue Bharat instantly got up and issued instructions for making arrangements for the funeral of his father King Dashrath.

नृपतनु बेद बिदित अन्हवावा। परम बिचित्र बिमानु बनावा।।
गहि पद भरत मातु सब राखी। रहीं रानि दरसन अभिलाषी।।
चंदन अगर भार बहु आए। अमित अनेक सुगंध सुहाए।।
सरजु तीर रचि चिता बनाई। जनु सुरपुर सोपान सुहाई।।
एहि बिधि दाह क्रिया सब कीन्ही। बिधिवत न्हाइ तिलांजुलि दीन्ही।।
सोधि सुमृति सब बेद पुराना। कीन्ह भरत दसगात बिधाना।।
जहँ जस मुनिबर आयसु दीन्हा। तहँ तस सहस भाँति सबु कीन्हा।।
भए बिसुद्ध दिए सब दाना। धेनु बाजि गज बाहन नाना।।
दो0-सिंघासन भूषन बसन अन्न धरनि धन धाम।
दिए भरत लहि भूमिसुर भे परिपूरन काम।।170।।

First the body of the king was given a bath observing rites mentioned in Vedas and a nicely decorated wooden stretcher was readied to carry the body to the place of funeral. Seeing this the queens of the king showed an inclination to sit with the king on the burning pier of the king but Bharat grabbed their feet and forced them not to nurse any such thought and they all stayed back for they also had a desire to once again see their dear son Shri Ram up on His return (in ancient Indian tradition many women who lost their husbands were not ready to live anymore due to their total devotion and extra-ordinary attachment to their late husbands; in many such cases the widows who could not have lived for their rest of the life in healthy and emotionally stable way were reluctantly allowed by society to take this extreme step which in any case was not to be forced or was considered desirable; here we see that family members are expected to try utmost to not let this happen rather than suggest it even remotely though the widow may under emotional storm might initially think so).

Loads of sandal-wood and other aromatic herbs of various king were collected and brought; on the bank of Sarayu river a pier was carefully readied as if it was a ladder to take the king to the realm of gods. As prescribed and in very well carried out fashion the ritual of the body of the king to be consumed by fire was accomplished and the cremation was over. Bharat and others then took bath and respectfully observed the final parting by offering water and sesame seeds through palms of both hands joined together.

Referring to Vedas and Puranas for whatever was the custom and the recommended practice with regard to
departed soul of the family member known as Dashgatra Vidhan (this goes for ten days and Pindas i e balls of cereal and water etc are offered to the departed soul, it is believed that the soul when it leaves body does not go away and remains around encased in subtle body craving for food and water; after this period only the sanctification, purification and cleansing of family members and of atmosphere at home happens, the soul also then begins to appreciate the new reality and leaves for higher realms).

With due attention Bharat did all that was commanded by Guru Vashishtth without neglecting any part of it; after complete purification Bharat, in line with practice, gave alms to deserving people which included cows, horses, elephants and cars, also included items like chairs, ornaments, clothes, land, money and cereals etc, the Brahmanas known as gods of the earth accepted it and felt all their needs and requirements fulfilled.

(In India rituals after death are carried out with with fullest respect and attention so that the departed soul goes for onward journey in total peace and harmony.Though severance of soul’s connection with worldly objects and relationships is desirable for liberation of the soul but that it is to be handled delicately also is of importance.)

We have now covered up to Doha 170 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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