Ramcharit Charcha CDLXIII

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

बेगहु भाइहु सजहु सँजोऊ। सुनि रजाइ कदराइ न कोऊ।।
भलेहिं नाथ सब कहहिं सहरषा। एकहिं एक बढ़ावइ करषा।।
चले निषाद जोहारि जोहारी। सूर सकल रन रूचइ रारी।।
सुमिरि राम पद पंकज पनहीं। भाथीं बाँधि चढ़ाइन्हि धनहीं।।
अँगरी पहिरि कूँड़ि सिर धरहीं। फरसा बाँस सेल सम करहीं।।
एक कुसल अति ओड़न खाँड़े। कूदहि गगन मनहुँ छिति छाँड़े।।
निज निज साजु समाजु बनाई। गुह राउतहि जोहारे जाई।।
देखि सुभट सब लायक जाने। लै लै नाम सकल सनमाने।।
दो0-भाइहु लावहु धोख जनि आजु काज बड़ मोहि।
सुनि सरोष बोले सुभट बीर अधीर न होहि।।191।।

We covered up to Doha 191 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Guha, the Nishad leader, called all his people to get ready to challenge Bharat and his army. All of them went about doing their respective work but concentrated their minds on the footwear of Shri Ram which they had had occasion to serve; they went and saluted their leader after they had organized themselves at which point Guha too honored them calling out the names of each one them and admonished them to remain committed and not show any kind of weakness later, to which all angrily replied that he needed not worry too much.

राम प्रताप नाथ बल तोरे। करहिं कटकु बिनु भट बिनु घोरे।।
जीवत पाउ न पाछें धरहीं। रुंड मुंडमय मेदिनि करहीं।।
दीख निषादनाथ भल टोलू। कहेउ बजाउ जुझाऊ ढोलू।।
एतना कहत छींक भइ बाँए। कहेउ सगुनिअन्ह खेत सुहाए।।
बूढ़ु एकु कह सगुन बिचारी। भरतहि मिलिअ न होइहि रारी।।
रामहि भरतु मनावन जाहीं। सगुन कहइ अस बिग्रहु नाहीं।।
सुनि गुह कहइ नीक कह बूढ़ा। सहसा करि पछिताहिं बिमूढ़ा।।
भरत सुभाउ सीलु बिनु बूझें। बड़ि हित हानि जानि बिनु जूझें।।
दो0-गहहु घाट भट समिटि सब लेउँ मरम मिलि जाइ।
बूझि मित्र अरि मध्य गति तस तब करिहउँ आइ।।192।।

The soldiers under command of Guha further told him, “O Master, by the strength that we draw from Shri Ram and supported by you we will ensure to make the army of Bharat devoid any brave soldiers and will finish their horses; we shall not retreat under any circumstances till we are alive. The ground will will be strewn with the bodies and heads separated from bodies.”

Guha, the Nishad leader, found his troops war-ready in every way and ordered them to beat the drums signifying the march of fighters but right at that moment someone sneezed on the left side of him which some elders, who could understand what the omens tell, studied and evaluated and then conveyed to Guha that Bharat should be first met as fight is not indicated by this omen. He said to Guha that it seemed that Bharat was going to ask Shri Ram to forgive him and be pleased to come back to Ayodhya, since the omen suggested this therefore there would not emerge any discordant situation.

Listening to what the elderly person said, Guha agreed and said, “it may well be the possibility and a welcome one because actions taken by fools in rush and without weighing pros and cons give rise to repentance later. Not first finding out what is the personal leaning of Bharat and the inclination and sense and yet engage in fighting will damage our own cause and well-being.

“You all may therefore take control of the landing point and remain concentrated there (in a defensive mode) and I will go to take stock of situation by meeting Bharat and this way find out whether he is a friend or a foe or is just neutral; only later, after coming back, will I decide and do.”

(Our readiness for a great cause is best but it doesn’t call for precipitate action, actions that might lead to even loss of lives should be taken with patience and full assessment of situation, here the elders’ advice is always important and must be paid heed to for they have wealth of experience behind them.)

We have now covered up to Doha 192 of Ayodhya Kand.

लखन सनेहु सुभायँ सुहाएँ। बैरु प्रीति नहिं दुरइँ दुराएँ।।
अस कहि भेंट सँजोवन लागे। कंद मूल फल खग मृग मागे।।
मीन पीन पाठीन पुराने। भरि भरि भार कहारन्ह आने।।
मिलन साजु सजि मिलन सिधाए। मंगल मूल सगुन सुभ पाए।।
देखि दूरि तें कहि निज नामू। कीन्ह मुनीसहि दंड प्रनामू।।
जानि रामप्रिय दीन्हि असीसा। भरतहि कहेउ बुझाइ मुनीसा।।
राम सखा सुनि संदनु त्यागा। चले उतरि उमगत अनुरागा।।
गाउँ जाति गुहँ नाउँ सुनाई। कीन्ह जोहारु माथ महि लाई।।
दो0-करत दंडवत देखि तेहि भरत लीन्ह उर लाइ।
मनहुँ लखन सन भेंट भइ प्रेम न हृदयँ समाइ।।193।।

Guha continued and said, “Lakshman’s affection for Shri Ram, his temperament and likings will not remain concealed from me for attitude of love and hatred, enmity and friendliness are not possible to be kept concealed.” With these words he began to collect gifts and presents to be offered to Lakshman and told his people to bring stems, roots, fruits and eatable meat of birds and deer and also healthy fresh fishes for this purpose which were brought is ample quantity by servants who perform house-hold chores.

Equipped with all paraphernalia meant for such occasions Guha went ahead to meet Bharat while all the omens that ensure well-being and good tidings occurred too. When Guha saw Bharat’s party though from a distance, he announced his coming by calling out his own name loudly and lay straight in honor of Muni Vashishtth who was the first one to appear before him.

(Guha did it because whenever a stranger happens to approach someone not expecting him he should be careful to let his name be known to instill confidence and express an attitude of friendliness and openness; secondly by laying straight in reverence demonstrates that no sudden attack can be attempted by the approaching party hence possibility of mistaken aggression on both sides is avoided.).

Muni Vashishtth also blessed him knowing him to be a dear friend of Shri Ram and told Bharat convincing him about his trustworthiness. Bharat jumped out of the chariot listening from Muni that he was a friend of Shri Ram and went forward with a surge of love for him and with great enthusiasm (as he was the first one dear to Shri Ram to be met on his way leading to Shri Ram, someone dear to Shri Ram is as much dear to another one who loves Shri Ram).

Since Bharat came from Ayodhya as a king or at least as a prince, Guha treated him likewise and told him first his name, village to which he belonged and his caste (which was the custom and discipline of that time) and paid respects by touching ground with his forehead.

Bharat on the other hand had a different regard for him and brought him up close to his heart and experienced like he was meeting Lakshman himself (the love knows no restrictions that are placed by the difference in status and the demand of etiquette, here the communications happens through hearts and not minds, even between a monarch and his subject).

We have now covered up to Doha 193 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandlewal


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