Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXIII

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

बचन सुनत सुरगुरु मुसकाने। सहसनयन बिनु लोचन जाने।।
मायापति सेवक सन माया। करइ त उलटि परइ सुरराया।।
तब किछु कीन्ह राम रुख जानी। अब कुचालि करि होइहि हानी।।
सुनु सुरेस रघुनाथ सुभाऊ। निज अपराध रिसाहिं न काऊ।।
जो अपराधु भगत कर करई। राम रोष पावक सो जरई।।
लोकहुँ बेद बिदित इतिहासा। यह महिमा जानहिं दुरबासा।।
भरत सरिस को राम सनेही। जगु जप राम रामु जप जेही।।
दो0-मनहुँ न आनिअ अमरपति रघुबर भगत अकाजु।
अजसु लोक परलोक दुख दिन दिन सोक समाजु।।218।।

We covered up to Doha 218 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Dev Guru Brihaspati smiled when he listened to narrow minded Devraj Indra pleading for deploying unfair means at his command to distract Bharat from pursuing the path leading him to Lord Shri Ram and said that in case of Kaiyeyi it didn’t matter as it had also been the will of God but in instant case the same tactic would work to harm their own cause. He advised Indra to note that Shri Ram is not angry if someone behaves badly with Him but if His Bhaktas are targeted, then His wrathful punishment can’t be escaped by the wrongdoer; the story of Muni Durvasa suffering on that very account is known to all and finds mention in Puranas. Devguru then said that there is none as dear to Shri Ram as Bharat is, all take name of Ram while Ram continuously remains in thought of Bharat hence Indra should forget scheming against Bharat who is a Ram-Bhakta to save himself from suffering often and earning bad-name in this world and not spoil the next.

सुनु सुरेस उपदेसु हमारा। रामहि सेवकु परम पिआरा।।
मानत सुखु सेवक सेवकाई। सेवक बैर बैरु अधिकाई।।
जद्यपि सम नहिं राग न रोषू। गहहिं न पाप पूनु गुन दोषू।।
करम प्रधान बिस्व करि राखा। जो जस करइ सो तस फलु चाखा।।
तदपि करहिं सम बिषम बिहारा। भगत अभगत हृदय अनुसारा।।
अगुन अलेप अमान एकरस। रामु सगुन भए भगत पेम बस।।
राम सदा सेवक रुचि राखी। बेद पुरान साधु सुर साखी।।
अस जियँ जानि तजहु कुटिलाई। करहु भरत पद प्रीति सुहाई।।
दो0-राम भगत परहित निरत पर दुख दुखी दयाल।
भगत सिरोमनि भरत तें जनि डरपहु सुरपाल।।219।।

Guru Brihaspati continued and said, “O King of gods, listen to my welfare oriented advice. A Bhakta, who is ever ready to carry out the command, is most dear to Shri Ram and He is only pleased when His devotees are served but finds it very offending when anyone bears animosity towards His devotees. Though Shri Ram is known to be neutral without being inclined towards one due to His like for him or being against the other due to feeling of anger and Shri Ram is not affected if someone commits sins, or performs noble deeds, He remains unaffected by ones virtues and faults yet He has created the world where Karma has a definite bearing and rewards come in line with the Karma that one is responsible for; as one would do so would be the outcome, whether a reward or a punishment.

“While He has established the world where Karma rules, He is still known to be acting in accordance with the inner feelings of Bhaktas and of those who are not His Bhakta feel otherwise (i e the Bhaktas have no hesitation in accepting or whatever He does and the others hardly get pleased what He does, its the level of ones devotion unto Him that explains the extent of peace of ones heart while course of events remains what it has to). As the Supreme Lord of Universe He might be without attributes, without carrying load of preferences and without His own ego interfering and also changeless in form and attitude, the same Lord has now come before us taking form of Ram yielding to love of His Bhaktas who wished Him to be seen like this.

“Therefore I am ready to declare that Shri Ram, the Supreme Lord of Universe, is always inclined to honor the preferences of His Bhaktas, the devoted servants; even the Vedas and Puranas, the Sadhus and the gods, all endorse this as an established fact. With this knowledge absorbed in your heart, get over with your mischievous thinking and bring up an attitude of love towards feet of Bharat (i e be pleased and enjoy what Bharat is out to show to all of us).

“There must not be reason for you to be afraid of Bharat, a devotee of Shri Ram, who is only engaged in serving cause of others, who is suffering himself and is also upset that others are in distress as well (on account of being separated from Shri Ram) and has only compassion for all in his heart, he is but the highest among Bhaktas.

(There are two points here that a Bhakta is most happy with what happens as per the will of Lord and those who are not get upset while the fact remains that Karma is at the core of what happens in this world. The Supreme Lord appears taking a form with attributes due to their intense love for Him and in line with their deep desire about the form with which they want to connect with Him. The effect is always the result of past Karma, Karma however is according to the Jeevas’ own inner bent and will.)

We have now covered up to Doha 219 of Ayodhya Kand.

सत्यसंध प्रभु सुर हितकारी। भरत राम आयस अनुसारी।।
स्वारथ बिबस बिकल तुम्ह होहू। भरत दोसु नहिं राउर मोहू।।
सुनि सुरबर सुरगुर बर बानी। भा प्रमोदु मन मिटी गलानी।।
बरषि प्रसून हरषि सुरराऊ। लगे सराहन भरत सुभाऊ।।
एहि बिधि भरत चले मग जाहीं। दसा देखि मुनि सिद्ध सिहाहीं।।
जबहिं रामु कहि लेहिं उसासा। उमगत पेमु मनहँ चहु पासा।।
द्रवहिं बचन सुनि कुलिस पषाना। पुरजन पेमु न जाइ बखाना।।
बीच बास करि जमुनहिं आए। निरखि नीरु लोचन जल छाए।।
दो0-रघुबर बरन बिलोकि बर बारि समेत समाज।
होत मगन बारिधि बिरह चढ़े बिबेक जहाज।।220।।

Guru Brihaspati further told Indra, “The Lord, who is concentration of truth only, is always for the gods (who are His own appointees to carry out alloted specific functions, therefore it is but natural that He keeps their interest in his heart) and Bharat (as a Bhakta) is only interested in carrying out Shri Ram’s command (who is none other than the Supreme Lord) hence your becoming agitated is on account of your own selfish attitude therefore Bharat is not to be blamed rather your own misplaced understanding it to be blamed.”

The Chief of gods, listened to wise words of Guru of the gods and this brought cheer to his heart and his anxiety diminished; he then happily showered flowers on Bharat and praised his temperament and virtues. In this way Bharat kept progressing on his path and his condition (on account of his taking pains of walking bare-foot and yet not deviating mentally away from the remembrance of Lord Shri Ram) forced the Siddhas and the Munis to develop envious feelings (as they knew that who did not let the troubles on path leading to God deviate from the determined course only had possibility to succeed).

Whenever Bharat uttered ‘Ram’ heaving and sighing it caused an atmosphere filled with love all around, his manner of calling out the name of his beloved Lord was able to melt even the stones and rocks what then to talk about emotional condition of his countrymen.

Across Ganges, Bharat along with his people halted at a point and then reached the bank of river Yamuna; when they looked at the waters of Yamuna they had tears in their eyes; since the color of Yamuna water was of bluish/blackish tinge like the complexion of Shri Ram, it made Bharat and his companions rocking in midst of ocean filled with water of separation but saved due to floating aboard the ship of wisdom that had been imparted by the Munis along the way.

We have covered up to Doha 220 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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