Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXIV

II Shree Guruvey Nmah 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 220 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsid as in the last post and learned that Guru Brihaspati assured Lord Indra saying that the Lord is bound by His word and also He has interest of gods at heart besides Bharat is only expected to do what is Shri Ram’s command hence it was in vain that Indra was upset and its his own weakness not that Bharat is inclined to harm the gods. With this assurance of the Guru, Indra became happy and overcame his worries and showered flowers on Bharat and praised him too. In this way Bharat kept progressing on his path making even the Munis and Siddhas envious of his devotion; whenever Bharat exclaimed ‘Ram’ and breathed deeply, the vicinity seemed flooded with love, its intensity such that could have melted stones. All companions of Bharat too had carried a similar emotion of love towards Shri Ram and all reached Yamuna’s riverbank where they became sad seeing the same colored water flowing which matched the complexion of Shri Ram but had enough wisdom to get over it and stay clam.

जमुन तीर तेहि दिन करि बासू। भयउ समय सम सबहि सुपासू।।
रातहिं घाट घाट की तरनी। आईं अगनित जाहिं न बरनी।।
प्रात पार भए एकहि खेंवाँ। तोषे रामसखा की सेवाँ।।
चले नहाइ नदिहि सिर नाई। साथ निषादनाथ दोउ भाई।।
आगें मुनिबर बाहन आछें। राजसमाज जाइ सबु पाछें।।
तेहिं पाछें दोउ बंधु पयादें। भूषन बसन बेष सुठि सादें।।
सेवक सुह्रद सचिवसुत साथा। सुमिरत लखनु सीय रघुनाथा।।
जहँ जहँ राम बास बिश्रामा। तहँ तहँ करहिं सप्रेम प्रनामा।।
दो0-मगबासी नर नारि सुनि धाम काम तजि धाइ।
देखि सरूप सनेह सब मुदित जनम फलु पाइ।।221।।

The whole army of people from Ayodhya stayed for a day at the bank of river Yamuna and all the provisions in accordance with the need of the hour was available to them. In the night itself innumerable boats from various points were brought and in the morning in a single trip of each boat all could cross over the river; Bharat and the rest were very pleased by the help extended by Guha, the friend of Shri Ram.

Bowing down before the river having had bath in its water two brothers and Nishadraj Guha moved on, they had the members and servants of the princely household ahead of them and the great Munis on their respective vehicles in the lead. Both the brothers Shatrughan and Bharat tastefully attired in very simple way and accompanied by sons of the ministers, by well-wishers and by trusted servants and keeping thoughts fixed on Lakshman, Sita and Raghunath Shri Ram (in times of separation from family members, the youngest is recalled first). Both of them as also the rest paid their respects with love through salutation at all those points where Shri Ram had rested and stayed.

Whoever got the news of Bharat and party passing by rushed leaving his home and ignoring their tasks at hand and were very pleased to see Bharat and Shatrughan whom they found alike Shri Ram and Lakshman in form and equally handsome and attractive and were overwhelmed with love; they thought they had been duly rewarded for being born.

We have now covered up to Doha 221 of Ayodhya Kand.

कहहिं सपेम एक एक पाहीं। रामु लखनु सखि होहिं कि नाहीं।।
बय बपु बरन रूप सोइ आली। सीलु सनेहु सरिस सम चाली।।
बेषु न सो सखि सीय न संगा। आगें अनी चली चतुरंगा।।
नहिं प्रसन्न मुख मानस खेदा। सखि संदेहु होइ एहिं भेदा।।
तासु तरक तियगन मन मानी। कहहिं सकल तेहि सम न सयानी।।
तेहि सराहि बानी फुरि पूजी। बोली मधुर बचन तिय दूजी।।
कहि सपेम सब कथाप्रसंगू। जेहि बिधि राम राज रस भंगू।।
भरतहि बहुरि सराहन लागी। सील सनेह सुभाय सुभागी।।
दो0-चलत पयादें खात फल पिता दीन्ह तजि राजु।
जात मनावन रघुबरहि भरत सरिस को आजु।।222।।

The women began to lovingly conversed between themselves, one saying to another,”O Friend, don’t you think they are Ram and Lakshman, O Buddy, they seem to be of same age, same form, similar complexion and same attractiveness; their behavior, their lovely discourse and even their manner of walking matches. Only noticeable difference is that they are attired differently and are not accompanied by Sita, also they have a four winged army marching past in front. They don’t seem to be happy as far as their facial expressions go rather it seems that some thing distressful is pricking their minds; just these things being different in their case leaves room for doubt.”

The logical conclusion drawn by one who so spoke met with approval of rest and they all agreed that none is so wise and matured as her and praised her endorsing the correctness of what she said. Now another one of them said in her sweet words and very patiently the whole story behind all they were seeing, how the chance of enjoyment of Ram-Raj (the rule of Ram) had been wrecked and missed and how Bharat had not accepted to rule but was walking to meet Shri Ram. She praised Bharat for his careful conduct, his love for Shri Ram, his disposition and praised her own as well of the her friends’ good fortune that they had occasion to see both, Shri Ram earlier and Bharat now.

She later said that going barefoot, eating just fruits, refusing to accept the kingdom offered by his own father and going now to persuade Shri Ram to return to Ayodhya, who on earth is in a position to stand equal in terms of virtues that Bharat commands.

(This tells that such Bhaktas who are not deterred on account of bodily discomfort, live simply and have no greed and progress on path leading to Lord are rare in this world.)

We have now covered up to Doha 222 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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