Ramcharit Charcha CDLVII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jia Ram II
II Sri ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

कहउँ साँचु सब सुनि पतिआहू। चाहिअ धरमसील नरनाहू।।
मोहि राजु हठि देइहहु जबहीं। रसा रसातल जाइहि तबहीं।।
मोहि समान को पाप निवासू। जेहि लगि सीय राम बनबासू।।
रायँ राम कहुँ काननु दीन्हा। बिछुरत गमनु अमरपुर कीन्हा।।
मैं सठु सब अनरथ कर हेतू। बैठ बात सब सुनउँ सचेतू।।
बिनु रघुबीर बिलोकि अबासू। रहे प्रान सहि जग उपहासू।।
राम पुनीत बिषय रस रूखे। लोलुप भूमि भोग के भूखे।।
कहँ लगि कहौं हृदय कठिनाई। निदरि कुलिसु जेहिं लही बड़ाई।।
दो0-कारन तें कारजु कठिन होइ दोसु नहि मोर।
कुलिस अस्थि तें उपल तें लोह कराल कठोर।।179।।

We covered up to Doha 179 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat declared himself to be not worthy of getting anointed as the next king. He pleaded before the gathered people that he was the reason behind Shri Ram’s going in to exile and other unwanted happenings and reasoned that being son of Kaikeyi he must be having more faults than her as the effect is mostly more severe than the cause.

कैकेई भव तनु अनुरागे। पाँवर प्रान अघाइ अभागे।।
जौं प्रिय बिरहँ प्रान प्रिय लागे। देखब सुनब बहुत अब आगे।।
लखन राम सिय कहुँ बनु दीन्हा। पठइ अमरपुर पति हित कीन्हा।।
लीन्ह बिधवपन अपजसु आपू। दीन्हेउ प्रजहि सोकु संतापू।।
मोहि दीन्ह सुखु सुजसु सुराजू। कीन्ह कैकेईं सब कर काजू।।
एहि तें मोर काह अब नीका। तेहि पर देन कहहु तुम्ह टीका।।
कैकई जठर जनमि जग माहीं। यह मोहि कहँ कछु अनुचित नाहीं।।
मोरि बात सब बिधिहिं बनाई। प्रजा पाँच कत करहु सहाई।।
दो0-ग्रह ग्रहीत पुनि बात बस तेहि पुनि बीछी मार।
तेहि पिआइअ बारुनी कहहु काह उपचार।।180।।

Bharat continued and said, “Haplessly and woefully my breathing continues and it clings to that very body which is born of Kaikeyi and remains attached to it. If living on is my choice even after the separation from the beloved then it seems that much more of the bad times is left to be seen and much more condemnation is to be faced. By sending Lakshman, Shri Ram and Sita to jungle, by forcing her husband to go to heavens, by accepting widowhood for herself as well as spoiling own reputation, by setting subjects of Ayodhya in to grieving, repenting and suffering and by ensuring for me to have comforts and pleasures, to get acclamation and to have an opportunity to establish a good benevolent empire whose purpose Kaikeyi has not served. What else is supposed to be a better proposition for me and my sake, on top of it you all are insistent upon anointing me. To have come in to this world through the womb of Kaikeyi and thereby getting all this is only just and in order. When Brahma, the creator, has lined up all this for me, why you, the esteemed ones and the people of Ayodhya come forward to help me.

“For a one who is afflicted by wrong positioning of stars, who suffers from Vaat-rog (the affliction of rheumatism which is hard to be seen and cured and is too painful) and who has also been bitten by a scorpion, is made to drink intoxicating substances by way of treatment then what kind of treatment is this.”

(Here Bharat wants to show the irony of circumstances and is being sarcastic viz a viz himself. He wishes to tell people that the remedy offered by people is not the right remedy because it is going to aggravate that very affliction that is intended to be cured. In world of existence we are faced with this kind of situations very often. An easy course is adopted which is only a temporary and superficial relief and in fact pushes down in the pit deeper. What does not belong to us must not be thought to be enjoyed at all and if it comes through manipulation by someone else for which we are not ourselves to be blamed even then it should never be accepted however decently it is presented to us.)

We have now covered up to Doha 180 of Ayodhya Kand.

कैकइ सुअन जोगु जग जोई। चतुर बिरंचि दीन्ह मोहि सोई।।
दसरथ तनय राम लघु भाई। दीन्हि मोहि बिधि बादि बड़ाई।।
तुम्ह सब कहहु कढ़ावन टीका। राय रजायसु सब कहँ नीका।।
उतरु देउँ केहि बिधि केहि केही। कहहु सुखेन जथा रुचि जेही।।
मोहि कुमातु समेत बिहाई। कहहु कहिहि के कीन्ह भलाई।।
मो बिनु को सचराचर माहीं। जेहि सिय रामु प्रानप्रिय नाहीं।।
परम हानि सब कहँ बड़ लाहू। अदिनु मोर नहि दूषन काहू।।
संसय सील प्रेम बस अहहू। सबुइ उचित सब जो कछु कहहू।।
दो0-राम मातु सुठि सरलचित मो पर प्रेमु बिसेषि।
कहइ सुभाय सनेह बस मोरि दीनता देखि।।181।

Bharat continued and said,”Whatever is befitting for the son of a person like Kaikeyi is only thrown my way by the astute Brahma but to have given me honor of being son of King Dashrath and younger brother of Shri Ram simultaneously seems unnecessary and odd. All of you push me to get crowned saying that it has been so commanded by the departed king and would be in interest of all concerned; all of you easily speak whatever everyone of you feels pleased about, what I may tell any thing by way of an answer to everyone that will please him individually.

“Just tell who other than me and my wretched mother have gained or benefited in fact. Other than me who among all the animate and inanimate beings is there for whom Sita and Shri Ram are not more dear than life itself. The ultimate loss (i e of Sita and Shri Ram going out of life of all who are the very reason for the existence of all beings in reality) is being seen as good gain (in form of Bharat’s crowning) is really fault of none but is only due to my bad times approaching.

“You are all misguided and confused while you are also courteous to me due to your love for me therefore whatever you say seems right to you; even mother of Shri Ram who is basically very simple and decent and is specially affectionate towards me has said whatever she has said only due to her characteristic loving nature and also because she finds me in dire and pitiable state.”

(Bharat pointed out here that emotionally charged people can’t see things as they are; the conclusion therefore will also be not very rational. The point here is that what was intended to be achieved by deploying intrigue and manipulation should not be acceptable as an option; every possible attempt should be made to undo what happened and should not remain the basis of further course of action. All were failing in this respect and therefore were leaning in wrong way, is what Bharat intended to convey to them all.)

We have now covered up to Doha 181 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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