Ramcharit Charcha CDLVIII

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

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।

We covered up to Doha 181 of Ayodhya Kand of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat said that it seemed strange that God gave him other things suitable for being born of Kaikeyi but also gave the good fortune of being son of Dashrath and younger brother of Shri Ram. He told all that they were saying every thing as per their own liking while justifying it by arguing that it had sanction of the king and contained good for all if he was to be crowned; and Mother Kaushalya said whatever she said due to her simple nature and after looking at his pitiable self and due to her great love for him in particular. He wondered that they find even an ultimate loss as a gain and concluded that this is nothing but his own misfortune reflecting itself.

गुर बिबेक सागर जगु जाना। जिन्हहि बिस्व कर बदर समाना।।
मो कहँ तिलक साज सज सोऊ। भएँ बिधि बिमुख बिमुख सबु कोऊ।।
परिहरि रामु सीय जग माहीं। कोउ न कहिहि मोर मत नाहीं।।
सो मैं सुनब सहब सुखु मानी। अंतहुँ कीच तहाँ जहँ पानी।।
डरु न मोहि जग कहिहि कि पोचू। परलोकहु कर नाहिन सोचू।।
एकइ उर बस दुसह दवारी। मोहि लगि भे सिय रामु दुखारी।।
जीवन लाहु लखन भल पावा। सबु तजि राम चरन मनु लावा।।
मोर जनम रघुबर बन लागी। झूठ काह पछिताउँ अभागी।।
दो0-आपनि दारुन दीनता कहउँ सबहि सिरु नाइ।
देखें बिनु रघुनाथ पद जिय कै जरनि न जाइ।।182।।

Bharat further explained his views about the situation in Ayodhya and said to the assembled people, “All of us know that Guru Vashishtth is like an ocean of wisdom and understanding for whom the world is nothing but like a small fruit placed on palm (i e he has studied all phenomenon of the world as easily as is to learn about a fruit that is in grasp of one’s hand) and even he also wished me to be adorned with Tilak on forehead (empowering me to hold reigns of the state); simply it is because when Brahma, the creator, is not favorable, all others become unfavorably inclined (because his dictate runs large).

“In this light all in the world excepting Shri Ram and Sita would not say that I am not complicit in the happenings of Ayodhya; I have to hear all this accusation and bear it with smile on face without showing remorse for wherever water is split, its going to leave some traces of mud.

“Its not really my concern that I will be known as ignoble and nasty, I am also not worried about afterlife but my heart is feeling immense heat like wildfire is running through it only on account of the fact that because of me Sita and Shri Ram are having to suffer.

“Real reward for the life has been enjoyed beautifully by Lakshman as he has relinquished interest in everything of the world and has cultivated his heart for devotion only towards the feet of Shri Ram; it seems that my birth has only been for sending Shri Ram into jungles and this fact can’t be belied and therefore what is there for me other than to repent like an unfortunate person for it.

“I tell you all about my own acute pitiable plight while I bow down my head before you that unless I have seen the feet of Shri Ram in person my burning heart will not be comforted.”

(Bharat’s view is that when one is in doubt or is placed in wrong position by quirk of fate, his only saving grace is to come face to face with Lord, to surrender at his feet and to embark on future course in life as wished and directed by Him. Only those who have purified hearts after they have shed all the faults like anger, greed, jealousy, covetousness and stealth etc can face the Lord; in a pure heart message of God is easily received and future course of action becomes clear to them.)

We have now covered up to Doha 182 of Ayodhya Kand.

आन उपाउ मोहि नहि सूझा। को जिय कै रघुबर बिनु बूझा।।
एकहिं आँक इहइ मन माहीं। प्रातकाल चलिहउँ प्रभु पाहीं।।
जद्यपि मैं अनभल अपराधी। भै मोहि कारन सकल उपाधी।।
तदपि सरन सनमुख मोहि देखी। छमि सब करिहहिं कृपा बिसेषी।।
सील सकुच सुठि सरल सुभाऊ। कृपा सनेह सदन रघुराऊ।।
अरिहुक अनभल कीन्ह न रामा। मैं सिसु सेवक जद्यपि बामा।।
तुम्ह पै पाँच मोर भल मानी। आयसु आसिष देहु सुबानी।।
जेहिं सुनि बिनय मोहि जनु जानी। आवहिं बहुरि रामु रजधानी।।
दो0-जद्यपि जनमु कुमातु तें मैं सठु सदा सदोस।
आपन जानि न त्यागिहहिं मोहि रघुबीर भरोस।।183।।

Bharat now wished to conclude and said, “I don’t see any other way, who other than Raghubar Shri Ram can really know what goes on in ones heart (being the dweller in every heart he only is competent to know of inner most feelings of heart). This only is my resolution as this only is to my heart’s liking that I leave for meeting the Lord.

“Though I am an spoiler and really a culprit, no doubt that I am the one at the back of all troubles today yet after seeing me face to face when I surrender and seek his shelter, He will condone all my wrongdoing and will shower me with His special graces because He, the great Raghu, is by nature very simple, He is very modest, agreeable and decent besides having lot of love and mercy for all.

“Shri Ram has never ever brought any harm even to enemies and I am just a child engaged in his service though a naughty one. You may as my well-wishers must give me clear worded instructions to leave here and visit Shri Ram so that giving weight to my submission and considering me as his own servant He comes back to this capital city of Ayodhya.

“Though being born of a bad mother I might be also taken as a fool and an unworthy person for all times to come yet knowing me to be His own, Raghuveer Shri Ram will not shun me, this confidence I carry.”

(Bharat’s example tells us that though we may think poorly of ourselves due to many reasons and for having no virtues but while surrendering before the Lord and presenting ourselves before Him such thoughts should not weigh heavily in our minds rather we should always have a confidence that we all belong to the Lord and are never separated from Him at any time and therefore he will never ever ignore or push us away from Himself. The Lord is well aware of our faults and weaknesses and only cares for our willingness to correct them or leave them.)

We have now covered up to Doha 183 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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