Ramcharit Charcha CDLI

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 170 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the body of the departed King Dashrath was washed and kept on a well build stretcher to carry to the funeral ground. Seeing that King Dashrath was now about to be cremated, the queens became overwhelmed as much as to get burn alive on his pier (in tradition of Sati, as they call it) but Bharat prevailed on them to not think in such manner at all and they stayed back, they had hope of seeing their loved son Shri Ram once again in life. King’s cremation took place at the bank of Sarayu in accordance with prescribed rites which find mention in Vedas and Puranas. Bharat willingly and attentively carried out all the instructions of Guru Vashishtth till the tenth day that marks the purification of kinsmen (males in particular) and the home and then distributed various items among the Brahmanas including food-stuffs, ornaments and all other items of use which fully satisfied the recipients.

पितु हित भरत कीन्हि जसि करनी। सो मुख लाख जाइ नहिं बरनी।।
सुदिनु सोधि मुनिबर तब आए। सचिव महाजन सकल बोलाए।।
बैठे राजसभाँ सब जाई। पठए बोलि भरत दोउ भाई।।
भरतु बसिष्ठ निकट बैठारे। नीति धरममय बचन उचारे।।
प्रथम कथा सब मुनिबर बरनी। कैकइ कुटिल कीन्हि जसि करनी।।
भूप धरमब्रतु सत्य सराहा। जेहिं तनु परिहरि प्रेमु निबाहा।।
कहत राम गुन सील सुभाऊ। सजल नयन पुलकेउ मुनिराऊ।।
बहुरि लखन सिय प्रीति बखानी। सोक सनेह मगन मुनि ग्यानी।।
दो0-सुनहु भरत भावी प्रबल बिलखि कहेउ मुनिनाथ।
हानि लाभु जीवन मरनु जसु अपजसु बिधि हाथ।।171।।

What Bharat did for the benefit of his father (which ensures smooth journey  of the soul after death) by so observing that even the minutest detail is taken care of, is hard to be recounted and told. On an auspicious day later great Muni Vashishtth came to the palace and summoned all the respectable citizens and important people in administration. When all got seated in the assembly hall of the state, Bharat and Shatrughan were called too. Vashishtth Muni made Bharat sit close to himself and began to address all with words that contained the crux of Niti (policy) and the Dharma. First the great Muni told everyone in full detail what the stubborn and wicked queen Kaikeyi had schemed and executed (as the matter was of importance for all the arms of state and for public and therefore nothing was kept a secret by Muni at this stage and all were required to make an informed choice between the options).

Muni then praised the king for his resolve to be always righteous and therefore to honor the truth in all conditions, so much so that he did not mind laying down life only to keep it unharmed as well as not let his own love for his son get diluted (here we should appreciate that a king should always be on side of truth and never against because if his word would not be trusted and respected, king would not be able to guide and lead his people in any desired directions as all would interpret his intentions in thousand different ways and mostly suited to themselves; it will then be chaotic scene and governance nearly impossible. As for the spiritual side of personality truth is always of essence).

Then superior Muni appreciated Shri Ram’s virtues, his courteousness and perfect and pleasing nature; talking about Shri Ram Muni became emotional and had tears in his eyes. Muni then also said a word about the extraordinary love of Sita and of Lakshman towards Shri Ram but the knowledgeable and enlightened Muni got overwhelmed with grief in process of recalling the divine love of them and also his own great affection for all of them and that they were facing hard times in jungle.

Lastly Muni Vashishtth broke down saying, “O Bharat, listen, fate is daunting and formidable; at least the matters of loss or profit, life and death, renown or ill-fame always remain in hand of the Brahma, the creator, none other can alter it or challenge it.”

(If observed deeply we can well see that outcome regarding the events responsible in matters of loss or profit, life and death and good name and bad name remains hard to explain and what ever is destined happens whether a direct connection between the responsible factors and the outcome is noticeable or not. It is only when it has happened people get wiser not before. While it is true that it is ‘karma’ at the back of every turn in ones life but is also said that ‘karma’ in totality can never be related or assessed hence best is always to do the right thing as elders and scriptures say, consciously remaining on right side of Dharma which is possible only when desire, greed, jealousy and anger like faults are not allowed to interfere in decision making, rising above petty self interests.)

We have now covered up to Doha 171 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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