Ramcharit Charcha CDLXIX

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

मुनि समाजु अरु तीरथराजू। साँचिहुँ सपथ अघाइ अकाजू।।
एहिं थल जौं किछु कहिअ बनाई। एहि सम अधिक न अघ अधमाई।।
तुम्ह सर्बग्य कहउँ सतिभाऊ। उर अंतरजामी रघुराऊ।।
मोहि न मातु करतब कर सोचू। नहिं दुखु जियँ जगु जानिहि पोचू।।
नाहिन डरु बिगरिहि परलोकू। पितहु मरन कर मोहि न सोकू।।
सुकृत सुजस भरि भुअन सुहाए। लछिमन राम सरिस सुत पाए।।
राम बिरहँ तजि तनु छनभंगू। भूप सोच कर कवन प्रसंगू।।
राम लखन सिय बिनु पग पनहीं। करि मुनि बेष फिरहिं बन बनही।।
दो0-अजिन बसन फल असन महि सयन डासि कुस पात।
बसि तरु तर नित सहत हिम आतप बरषा बात।।211।।

We covered up to Doha 211 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat expressed his own view to Muni and said that it was wrong for him to say any thing avowedly even if factual before assembly of people who have better ability to know the reality and at such sacred a place as Prayag; to say cooked up stories would be a worst sin and most vile here. Bharat then honestly gave a glimpse in to his own heart and said that he worried least for what mother did, also for his own reputation or life after his own death, he also said that father’s death did not make him sad because he lived well performing noble deeds and earned good name besides having sons like Lakshman and Shri Ram and died instantly when was separated from Shri Ram. Bharat however showed concern about Lakshman, Rama and Sita having gone to jungle bare footed and clad like Munis where they have only fruits to eat, have to sleep under tree spreading dried leaves and bear cold, heat, rain and wind every day of their living.

एहि दुख दाहँ दहइ दिन छाती। भूख न बासर नीद न राती।।
एहि कुरोग कर औषधु नाहीं। सोधेउँ सकल बिस्व मन माहीं।।
मातु कुमत बढ़ई अघ मूला। तेहिं हमार हित कीन्ह बँसूला।।
कलि कुकाठ कर कीन्ह कुजंत्रू। गाड़ि अवधि पढ़ि कठिन कुमंत्रु।।
मोहि लगि यहु कुठाटु तेहिं ठाटा। घालेसि सब जगु बारहबाटा।।
मिटइ कुजोगु राम फिरि आएँ। बसइ अवध नहिं आन उपाएँ।।
भरत बचन सुनि मुनि सुखु पाई। सबहिं कीन्ह बहु भाँति बड़ाई।।
तात करहु जनि सोचु बिसेषी। सब दुखु मिटहि राम पग देखी।।
दो0-करि प्रबोध मुनिबर कहेउ अतिथि पेमप्रिय होहु।
कंद मूल फल फूल हम देहिं लेहु करि छोहु।।212।।

Feeling dejected on account of Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman suffering in forest Bharat said, “This is my concern and my predicament that burns my heart all day, I don’t have desire to have food during day time and neither can sleep during the night. The remedy for this affliction of mine in not available any where in the world, thoroughly pondering over the matter I have concluded this.

“Mother’s ill-will, rooted in sinning, as the craftsman, using my so called interest as the sharp tool, converted the rotten wood of malice into an destructive instrument that she charged with Kumantra (muttering words with potential to bring harm) and has fixed it for a certain period of time (extending to fourteen years in exile for Shri Ram). Most of all it is for me that she went to such length of misadventure and has brought ruin of the world by splitting in to pieces ( i e seeing the interests of the family as different for its members).

“This wrong combination of events and interests will end only up on return of Shri Ram and the Ayodhya will feel settled back again only by means of bringing Shri Ram back again and in no other way its possible (Bharat in this manner showed his resolve to press up on Shri Ram to return).”

Bharat’s words had positive impact on Muni and he felt pleased and relieved; others present there too praised Bharat in many ways. Muni responded by saying, “O Son, be not overly concerned, surely all your anxiety and remorse will be eliminated right when you will have glimpse of Shri Ram’s feet.” Giving Bharat this meaningful advice the great Muni further told him, “You may now accept to be my favored guest, we shall now offer to you food consisting of stems, roots, fruits and flowers which we wish you must take to honor us, valuing what ever little we have.”

We Have now covered up to Doha 212 of Ayodhya Kand.

सुनि मुनि बचन भरत हिँय सोचू। भयउ कुअवसर कठिन सँकोचू।।
जानि गरुइ गुर गिरा बहोरी। चरन बंदि बोले कर जोरी।।
सिर धरि आयसु करिअ तुम्हारा। परम धरम यहु नाथ हमारा।।
भरत बचन मुनिबर मन भाए। सुचि सेवक सिष निकट बोलाए।।
चाहिए कीन्ह भरत पहुनाई। कंद मूल फल आनहु जाई।।
भलेहीं नाथ कहि तिन्ह सिर नाए। प्रमुदित निज निज काज सिधाए।।
मुनिहि सोच पाहुन बड़ नेवता। तसि पूजा चाहिअ जस देवता।।
सुनि रिधि सिधि अनिमादिक आई। आयसु होइ सो करहिं गोसाई।।
दो0-राम बिरह ब्याकुल भरतु सानुज सहित समाज।
पहुनाई करि हरहु श्रम कहा मुदित मुनिराज।।213।।

Muni’s request made Bharat think deeply in his heart; he thought that at this difficult hour he has to take a decision though its perplexing (he was concerned that he was accompanied by people in great number and Muni might find it very difficult to take care of needs of so many hence it would not be right to accept Muni’s offer, leaving others aside and to become guest of Muni himself would also not be right, he thought). Knowing that what Guru says weighs more than any other consideration, Bharat arrived at a decision and first paying respect at the feet of Muni, he folded hands and spoke, “It is my prime duty to honor what you say and I would do likewise.”

Bharat’s agreement was liked by Muni and he called a few of his disciples who were good at serving people and told them that he wants to welcome Bharat and hence they must go and fetch raw vegetarian food items; all of them left acknowledging the command and after bowing down their heads before the Muni and got engaged in their own particular duties.

Muni then pondered that he had extended invitation to some one very important and the manner of worship should be in accordance with the stature of the god who is going to be worshiped

(Muni might have thought that Bharat was now a deity for him for ‘Athithi Devi Bhav; a guest is a god’ is the established way and that Bharat was no ordinary person, he was brother of Lord Shri Ram and son of great King Dashrath and most of all he is most revered as a Bhakta, so he must not spare any effort in welcoming him).

Taking note of such resolve of Muni the Riddhis (all kinds of riches) and Siddhis (all kinds of powers) presented themselves before the Muni and asked for master’s wishes and instructions (the accomplished Sadhus and Munis get such powers by virtue of their Tapa and can utilize in case of need but mostly refrain from using them for their own gratification and to avoid interfering with God’s will but here the Muni had in mind to get them to provide for Bharat’s entourage who deserved everything and hence these powers presented themselves even when Muni had yet to summon them).

Muni then had no reservation and happily asked the Riddhis and Siddhis to do every thing possible to entertain the brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan and the the people accompanying them who very distress and uneasy because of their separation from Shri Ram and relieve them of fatigue acquired while journeying down to this place.”

We have now covered up to Doha 213 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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