Ramcharit Charcha CDLXVII

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

जहँ तहँ लोगन्ह डेरा कीन्हा। भरत सोधु सबही कर लीन्हा।।
सुर सेवा करि आयसु पाई। राम मातु पहिं गे दोउ भाई।।
चरन चाँपि कहि कहि मृदु बानी। जननीं सकल भरत सनमानी।।
भाइहि सौंपि मातु सेवकाई। आपु निषादहि लीन्ह बोलाई।।
चले सखा कर सों कर जोरें। सिथिल सरीर सनेह न थोरें।।
पूँछत सखहि सो ठाउँ देखाऊ। नेकु नयन मन जरनि जुड़ाऊ।।
जहँ सिय रामु लखनु निसि सोए। कहत भरे जल लोचन कोए।।
भरत बचन सुनि भयउ बिषादू। तुरत तहाँ लइ गयउ निषादू।।
दो0-जहँ सिंसुपा पुनीत तर रघुबर किय बिश्रामु।
अति सनेहँ सादर भरत कीन्हेउ दंड प्रनामु।।198।।

We covered up to Doha 198 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that all the people accompanying Bharat settled for the night at Shringverpur and Bharat checked with everyone about their needs etc. Bharat then went to see the mothers, made them comfortable and softly spoke to them showing respect and concern; he then left Shatrughan in their service and went along with Nishad Guha with a view to visiting the spot where Bhagvati Sita, Shri Ramji and Lakshman had spent their night earlier. Nishad readily took him to the that particular spot under the rosewood tree where Bharat became overwhelmed with love and prostrated there.

कुस साँथरी निहारि सुहाई। कीन्ह प्रनामु प्रदच्छिन जाई।।
चरन रेख रज आँखिन्ह लाई। बनइ न कहत प्रीति अधिकाई।।
कनक बिंदु दुइ चारिक देखे। राखे सीस सीय सम लेखे।।
सजल बिलोचन हृदयँ गलानी। कहत सखा सन बचन सुबानी।।
श्रीहत सीय बिरहँ दुतिहीना। जथा अवध नर नारि बिलीना।।
पिता जनक देउँ पटतर केही। करतल भोगु जोगु जग जेही।।
ससुर भानुकुल भानु भुआलू। जेहि सिहात अमरावतिपालू।।
प्राननाथु रघुनाथ गोसाई। जो बड़ होत सो राम बड़ाई।।
दो0-पति देवता सुतीय मनि सीय साँथरी देखि।
बिहरत ह्रदउ न हहरि हर पबि तें कठिन बिसेषि।।199।।

At the spot where Shri Ram had rested for the night Bharat found Kusha-grass spread nicely to sleep on and standing there with hands folded in reverence for a while he did Parikrama too (Parikrama or Pradkshina is to take a round in clock-wise manner of the deities in temple; for Bharat the spot carried no less importance). Then Bharat saw some imprints of feet of Shri Ram on the soil there, picking some dust from there he placed it on his head and eyes; the extent of his yearning and tender feelings for Shri Ram is difficult to be described. On a closure inspection Bharat found some small fragments of gold dropping out of ornaments of Bhagvati Sita and placed it over his head showing no less respect that he would have shown towards Sita in person.

Bharat’s eyes were now wet and heart filled with remorse and he spoke to friend Nishad Guha in modulated tone, “These small pieces of gold seem to have lost their luster after getting separated from Sita and have lost worth like the people of Ayodhya who have also become weak and diminished in stature without Sita being with them. Whom can I compare Janak (Sita’s father) with, he holds on his palm all the comforts and luxuries of the world and also remains in continuous thought of the Supreme Lord, the only one in the entire world to have this remarkable quality (Bharat pointed towards the fact most of the people get carried away and lose sight of God in opulent surroundings and availability of means of entertainment to be indulged in); Her father in law, the sun-like personality among people who have sun as ancestral head, is envied even by the Lord of Amaravati (city of gods). My master, Raghunath Shri Ram, happens to be Lord of her life i e her husband and most dear person, part of whose glory only sustains greatness in people (i e only those who connect with Him are ever to be honored).

“She is gem-like among the gracious and praise-worthy women who know only husband as their Lord and She has had to use the bed made of Kusha, O Lord Shiv, my heart has not broken in to pieces by the impact of this unsavory knowledge, might be it is harder than a stone.”

(Bharat here has displayed the quality of a Bhakta whose heart becomes so soft and so pure that it can feel pinch of discomfiture and hardships of another more than his own, such a one cares for only the comforts of the servants and devotees of his Lord and none for his own.)

We have now covered up to Doha 199 of Ayodhya Kand.

लालन जोगु लखन लघु लोने। भे न भाइ अस अहहिं न होने।।
पुरजन प्रिय पितु मातु दुलारे। सिय रघुबरहि प्रानपिआरे।।
मृदु मूरति सुकुमार सुभाऊ। तात बाउ तन लाग न काऊ।।
ते बन सहहिं बिपति सब भाँती। निदरे कोटि कुलिस एहिं छाती।।
राम जनमि जगु कीन्ह उजागर। रूप सील सुख सब गुन सागर।।
पुरजन परिजन गुर पितु माता। राम सुभाउ सबहि सुखदाता।।
बैरिउ राम बड़ाई करहीं। बोलनि मिलनि बिनय मन हरहीं।।
सारद कोटि कोटि सत सेषा। करि न सकहिं प्रभु गुन गन लेखा।।
दो0-सुखस्वरुप रघुबंसमनि मंगल मोद निधान।
ते सोवत कुस डासि महि बिधि गति अति बलवान।।200।।

Bharat further said, “Lakshman, my younger brother, is so charming and handsome, he is to be tenderly loved and cared for; no one has been a brother like him ever and neither would ever be. He is beloved of the citizens of Ayodhya and most dear to the parents; Bhagawati Sita and Shri Raghuvar Shri Ram love him no less than their own lives. He is tender bodied and has pure and unsullied emotions like young person is ought to. He hasn’t ever suffered the draught of hot air (i e has not faced rough out side weather and never did any toiling) and yet he has had to suffer all kinds difficulties in the wilderness. Surely my heart has belittled the hardness of a million hard objects together.

“Shri Ram has taken birth only to enlighten and illumine the world, he is ocean of beauty, of culture, of bliss and of all the virtues. His presence and his behavior is comforting and pleasant to all, the citizens, the family-members, the Guru and also the parents. Even His enemies and competitors praise him because of his manner of speaking, of meeting and demanding are such that it only pleases ones heart rather steals it. The innumerable goddesses of speech and hundreds of Sheshas can’t recount the virtues of Shri Ram or tell the import of the same.

“In short Shri Ram, the gem of Raghu’s family, is embodiment of blissfulness, he is the treasure house of all that is propitious and is enjoyable with elation, even such a one as Him has had to sleep on ground barely covered with Kusha; surely the course of providence is very determined and fated events have to take place.”

We have now covered up to Doha 200 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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