Ramcharit Charcha CDLXX

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 213 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat, though reluctant at first about accepting Muni’s invitation, finally thought that a Guru’s words had more weight than his own consideration of impropriety and it was tough time faced by all of his people and respectfully said to Muni that he would do as commanded by Muni taking it to be his sacred duty. Muni felt pleased at this and called his trusted disciples and instructed to arrange for fruits etc to be offered to the guests who immediately went about doing their specific tasks with aplomb. Muni later thought that he had invited no ordinary person, the worship is done in accordance with the stature of and manner suited to the deity intended to be worshiped. This very thought presented Riddhis and Siddhis before him and asked for his instructions and then Muni told that Bharat, Shtrughan and their companions are very distressed due to separation from Shri Ram and are tired so they might entertain them suitably and relieve them of fatigue after their journey to this point.

रिधि सिधि सिर धरि मुनिबर बानी। बड़भागिनि आपुहि अनुमानी।।
कहहिं परसपर सिधि समुदाई। अतुलित अतिथि राम लघु भाई।।
मुनि पद बंदि करिअ सोइ आजू। होइ सुखी सब राज समाजू।।
अस कहि रचेउ रुचिर गृह नाना। जेहि बिलोकि बिलखाहिं बिमाना।।
भोग बिभूति भूरि भरि राखे। देखत जिन्हहि अमर अभिलाषे।।
दासीं दास साजु सब लीन्हें। जोगवत रहहिं मनहि मनु दीन्हें।।
सब समाजु सजि सिधि पल माहीं। जे सुख सुरपुर सपनेहुँ नाहीं।।
प्रथमहिं बास दिए सब केही। सुंदर सुखद जथा रुचि जेही।।
दो0-बहुरि सपरिजन भरत कहुँ रिषि अस आयसु दीन्ह।
बिधि बिसमय दायकु बिभव मुनिबर तपबल कीन्ह।।214।।

The Riddhis and Siddhis now considered themselves of having great fortune (that they had been of called for service by Muni and that too for a person as great as Bharat) and submitted themselves to the command of Muni. The Sidhhis (supernatural powers which are of many types) discussed between them that the guest, none other than the younger brother of Shri Ram, is special and is without an equal, let us, bowing down at feet of Muni, begin to do all that would please the entire princely crowd and their people. Resolving thus, they began to put up desirable living quarters of various types which could easily have put the well decorated flying crafts of gods in to thinking poor of themselves. All these places were then provided with all sorts of comforts and items of consumption in abundance which even gods wished to savor when they looked at it all. The maids and servants very ready to serve with their attention totally focused on what the guests required and wished for. The Siddhis arranged in no time all that was not possible for those living in city of gods to enjoy even in their dreams.

First of all, every one was given a place to stay according to his own choice which were beautiful and comfortable in every respect. Later Muni directed Bharat and his kinsmen to such particular places which were equipped with such astounding provisions and richness that even Brahma (the creator) might have been surprised to see, all through his own strength of Tapa (the great Munis are able to have such potential powers that work even in the realms beyond this visible world, they can produce thing that have never been enjoyed in this world).

We have now covered up to Doha 214 of Ayodhya kand.

मुनि प्रभाउ जब भरत बिलोका। सब लघु लगे लोकपति लोका।।
सुख समाजु नहिं जाइ बखानी। देखत बिरति बिसारहीं ग्यानी।।
आसन सयन सुबसन बिताना। बन बाटिका बिहग मृग नाना।।
सुरभि फूल फल अमिअ समाना। बिमल जलासय बिबिध बिधाना।
असन पान सुच अमिअ अमी से। देखि लोग सकुचात जमी से।।
सुर सुरभी सुरतरु सबही कें। लखि अभिलाषु सुरेस सची कें।।
रितु बसंत बह त्रिबिध बयारी। सब कहँ सुलभ पदारथ चारी।।
स्त्रक चंदन बनितादिक भोगा। देखि हरष बिसमय बस लोगा।।
दो0-संपत चकई भरतु चक मुनि आयस खेलवार।।
तेहि निसि आश्रम पिंजराँ राखे भा भिनुसार।।215।।

When Bharat noted the sphere of influence of Muni Maharaj, he knew that all the gods that control and manage things and affairs in this world are but lesser in their capacities and capabilities. The collection of items for pleasure and comfort that was present at the venue was beyond description and even the Gyanis (who have acquired real knowledge that the world is unreal and has no capacity to provide real pleasure and peace beyond the pleasure ordinarily enjoyed through senses hence is of no great value) would forget the attitude of detachment upon seeing them.

The seats, the beds and the canopies made of fine fabrics, orchards and gardens and the variety of birds and animals there, the fragrance of flowers and the fruits dripping nectar, clean water bodies of different types, the drinks and eatables of purest quality and tasting heavenly which some people would be reluctant to indulge in considering to be intoxicating (as they had never tasted them earlier), everything was extraordinary. Even the Kamdhenu and Kalpvruksha could not have provided them and the Indra (chief of gods) and his consort Shachi might have considered them as desirable, such was the spread out there.

The atmosphere matched that of spring and the cool, fragrant breeze flowed around there and it was like fulfillment of all four kinds was available to all there. Garlands and pastes of sandal-wood even females to keep company with were there, this surprised people and made them happy too, they were hardly in mood to enjoy but were pleased that Muni had done all this for them.

Bharat, however, remained aloof and disinterested in any of the items of enjoyment during the night like pair of Chakrvak birds which never come close even if kept in a cage during the night, it seemed that Muni had playfully put Bharat in such situation and ultimately it was dawn-time and break of day and dawn-time.

(We learn here that while Muni took care to entertain Bharat and his princely party in appropriate manner and custom as we should treat guests in ways that are to his liking, practices and needs as much as is possible but Bharat knew very well that it is never right to indulge in sense gratification while progressing on God-ward journey even if its possible as a matter of routine and in full measure. It works as an impediment and failure might occur. Bharat and his people therefore refrained from enjoying in that manner but only to the extent that was of utmost necessity.)

We have now covered up to Doha 215 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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