Ramcharit Charcha CDLXIV

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 193 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Nishadraj Guha decided to first meet Bharat and know his intentions and purpose in light of what an elderly person in his side said and collected some items of food etc for purpose of gifting to the royal visitor. Thus prepared, Guha moved in direction of approaching army of people and when he saw Muni Vashishttha from a distance he prostrated reverentially and also called out his own name for identification. Muni in turn blessed him and told Bharat that he was none else but a friend of Shri Ram; knowing Guha as Shri Ram’s friend, Bharat got down from the his car promptly, responded to greeting of GUha by bringing him close to his heart and met him like he was meeting brother Lakshman.

भेंटत भरतु ताहि अति प्रीती। लोग सिहाहिं प्रेम कै रीती।।
धन्य धन्य धुनि मंगल मूला। सुर सराहि तेहि बरिसहिं फूला।।
लोक बेद सब भाँतिहिं नीचा। जासु छाँह छुइ लेइअ सींचा।।
तेहि भरि अंक राम लघु भ्राता। मिलत पुलक परिपूरित गाता।।
राम राम कहि जे जमुहाहीं। तिन्हहि न पाप पुंज समुहाहीं।।
यह तौ राम लाइ उर लीन्हा। कुल समेत जगु पावन कीन्हा।।
करमनास जलु सुरसरि परई। तेहि को कहहु सीस नहिं धरई।।
उलटा नामु जपत जगु जाना। बालमीकि भए ब्रह्म समाना।।
दो0-स्वपच सबर खस जमन जड़ पावँर कोल किरात।
रामु कहत पावन परम होत भुवन बिख्यात।।194।।

The manner in which Bharat met Guha showing great love for him made the onlookers cherish it and appreciate it; even the gods praised it and exclaimed making pleasing sounds which which denoted their propitious attitude and showered flowers from heavens.

Nishadraj Guha belonged to low caste in view of people and also according to the Vedas (for the way of living and the eating habits etc did not conform to what Vedas approve), he ranked so low in social hierarchy that where ever his shadow fell on ground it had to be washed, such a person was embraced closely by Shri Ram’s younger brother with his own body thrilled with emotional upsurge; surely it may be said that those who take Ram’s name repeatedly while yawning i e even inattentively, escape the effect of scores of sinful acts on their part; here Guha had been embraced by Shri Ram and is therefore able to bring piety to all his family and his surroundings, in the same way as when not so pure water of river Karamnasa mixes with water of divine river Ganges it is sprinkled on heads by people without distinction. Who does not know that even by taking Ram’s name by reversing the order of letters of the name Rishi Valmiki* achieved the status of a Brahmrishi, almost an equal of Brahman as such Rishis are treated in this way by people.

When Ram’s name is uttered even by Swapach (who eat meet of dogs), Sabar (the forest dwellers), Khasi (tribal class), Yaman (people from across western borders), the dumb people and other uncouth people like hunters and wanderers, they become pure and pious (if Ram’s name is taken with devotion and belief of course then surely but even otherwise it will have a welcome effect on psyche of people however low they might be in their temperament and practices) and this is known all over and is not a secret.

(When Ram’s name is uttered, how Ram lived and behaved is reminded of subconsciously and is pondered over, thus ones basic nature gets so reformed that not only his future actions become so pure that it neutralizes even past sins; in instant case Guha met Shri Ram briefly and nominally served him but is so rewarded that his low stature and lack of righteous past actions did not came in way of his having a treatment as an equal by a prince like Bharat).

*Valmiki was a plunderer when he met a saint who advised him to take Ram’s name for being delivered out of his present occupation which even his family members did not approve of but enjoyed benefit of the loot none the less; Valmiki could not remember the name rightly and reversed order but did continue with the practice as advised by the saint; eventually it brought such dramatic change in him that he became a great Rishi and a great poet and even sung the Ram Katha known as Valmiki Ramayan.)

We have now covered up to Doha 194 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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