Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXVI

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

निज गुन सहित राम गुन गाथा। सुनत जाहिं सुमिरत रघुनाथा।।
तीरथ मुनि आश्रम सुरधामा। निरखि निमज्जहिं करहिं प्रनामा।।
मनहीं मन मागहिं बरु एहू। सीय राम पद पदुम सनेहू।।
मिलहिं किरात कोल बनबासी। बैखानस बटु जती उदासी।।
करि प्रनामु पूँछहिं जेहिं तेही। केहि बन लखनु रामु बैदेही।।
ते प्रभु समाचार सब कहहीं। भरतहि देखि जनम फलु लहहीं।।
जे जन कहहिं कुसल हम देखे। ते प्रिय राम लखन सम लेखे।।
एहि बिधि बूझत सबहि सुबानी। सुनत राम बनबास कहानी।।
दो0-तेहि बासर बसि प्रातहीं चले सुमिरि रघुनाथ।
राम दरस की लालसा भरत सरिस सब साथ।।224।।

We covered up to Doha 224 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat moved on while listening his own praises and Kathas of Shri Ram from people all along the way but concentrated his mind on remembrance of Shri Ram. Bharat mindfully visited Tirthas, Ashrams and temples but had just this to ask as boon that his devotion at the feet of Sita-Ram should keep growing. He met hunters, forest dwellers, Ashramites including the students, the Yogis and the recluse and wanted to just know which part of the forest Shri Ram might have gone towards which was readily told him by all and all enjoyed their having met Bharat also. Some of them who told Bharat stories having practically seen Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita safely undertake their journey were highly respected and were made to relate all that they knew about them. Spending the day with such people for the day Bharat used to leave the next morning in search of Shri Ram.

मंगल सगुन होहिं सब काहू। फरकहिं सुखद बिलोचन बाहू।।
भरतहि सहित समाज उछाहू। मिलिहहिं रामु मिटहि दुख दाहू।।
करत मनोरथ जस जियँ जाके। जाहिं सनेह सुराँ सब छाके।।
सिथिल अंग पग मग डगि डोलहिं। बिहबल बचन पेम बस बोलहिं।।
रामसखाँ तेहि समय देखावा। सैल सिरोमनि सहज सुहावा।।
जासु समीप सरित पय तीरा। सीय समेत बसहिं दोउ बीरा।।
देखि करहिं सब दंड प्रनामा। कहि जय जानकि जीवन रामा।।
प्रेम मगन अस राज समाजू। जनु फिरि अवध चले रघुराजू।।
दो0-भरत प्रेमु तेहि समय जस तस कहि सकइ न सेषु।
कबिहिं अगम जिमि ब्रह्मसुखु अह मम मलिन जनेषु।।225।I

All those travelling with Bharat noted auspicious omens and welcome signs taking place, parts of their bodies like eyes and arms, on the left side of ladies and on right side of gents, fluttered confirming favorable happenings would take place. In this way Bharat and his teammates were thrilled that they will now meet Shri Ram and their woes will come to an end and sorrows eliminated. Every one of them had his own idea and wished in his own way (about pleasure going to be had by them), however, everyone had become drunk with wine of love to capacity. Their limbs were now weak and their steps fell unevenly on ground, they were incoherently uttering words under spell of love. At this point only, Guha, the friend of Shri Ram pointed out towards a high-rising beautiful hillock which was neatly placed in good surroundings, around which a river flowed and its bank was very close to that hill; that was where the two brave brothers, Shri Ram and Lakshman were staying together with Bhagwati Sita.

Sighting this abode of their beloved people, all lay straight on ground doing Pranam while shouting Siyapati Shri Ram Ki Jai (victory to Shri, the Lord of Janki Sita). The princely party was now upbeat as much as they would have been when Raghuraj Shri Ram would have accompanied them back to Ayodhya.

At this hour, extent of Bharat’s love for Shri Ram seemed impossible, for even the thousand mouthed (fanged) Sesha, to put in words; as impossible to describe as is for even a learned philosopher the pleasure of becoming one with Brahman of which he has had personal experience (which pleasure comes but rarely after an arduous effort to the most enlightened) to the people who are mired in selfish pursuits and have ego-centeric existence (such people have neither the purity of heart and nor the capacity to fix attention on the intricate subject therefore even the wise person finds it difficult to make such people have the idea about the very pleasure he has personally enjoyed not just learned i e a case of the known subject yet difficult to explain, particularly to those students who have no mood or inclination to learn it, even by a good teacher).

We have now covered up to Doha 225 of Ayodhya Kand.

सकल सनेह सिथिल रघुबर कें। गए कोस दुइ दिनकर ढरकें।।
जलु थलु देखि बसे निसि बीतें। कीन्ह गवन रघुनाथ पिरीतें।।
उहाँ रामु रजनी अवसेषा। जागे सीयँ सपन अस देखा।।
सहित समाज भरत जनु आए। नाथ बियोग ताप तन ताए।।
सकल मलिन मन दीन दुखारी। देखीं सासु आन अनुहारी।।
सुनि सिय सपन भरे जल लोचन। भए सोचबस सोच बिमोचन।।
लखन सपन यह नीक न होई। कठिन कुचाह सुनाइहि कोई।।
अस कहि बंधु समेत नहाने। पूजि पुरारि साधु सनमाने।।

With the abode of Shri Ram now in their sight which made their affection for Raghbar Shri Ram surged up in heart all the more and affected their ability to cover distance and therefore they could make little further progress; instead, the availability of water and level ground they spent the time till the night got over and then the devotees of Shri Ram went ahead to cover rest of the distance between themselves and their beloved Raghinath Shri Ram.

On the other side, Shri Ram got up while a little part of night was yet to pass and learned of a dream which Sita had just seen; in the dream Sita saw that Bharat had come there along with many others, he seemed to be suffering in agony on account of separation from her master and his own Lord, his body having become weak and showing signs of turmoil withing while those with him also looked sad, worried inside and in bad shape. Sita also mentioned to Shri Ram that she had seen her mothers-in-law attired inauspiciously.

Learning of Sita’s dream, Shri Ram had tears in His eyes and He instantly became nervous and thoughtful while He is known to be the one to remove problems and worries of others. Shri Ram later said to Lakshman (as Lakshman was awake because he had decided to never go to sleep till they were in forest in the interest of serving Lord and keeping vigil), “O Lakshman, this kind of dream is not good news, it portends that some one is about to deliver very unwelcome news.” Ending the conversation without extending it any further (because it is unwise to keep speculating in such matters, a passing reference is enough to remain mentally prepared when some indication of this kind is noted; Shri Ram gave weight to Sita’s dream because it is normally believed that a dream in the wee hours happens to be true) and went ahead having bath along with the brother. He then worshiped Lord Shiv also known as Purari (the killer of the three headed demon called Tripur, signifying that Shri Ram was now back with attention on present, neither recalling past nor looking in to future; this strength comes easily to worshipers of Lord Shiv) and respectfully attended to the Sadhus there.

छं0-सनमानि सुर मुनि बंदि बैठे उत्तर दिसि देखत भए।
नभ धूरि खग मृग भूरि भागे बिकल प्रभु आश्रम गए।।
तुलसी उठे अवलोकि कारनु काह चित सचकित रहे।
सब समाचार किरात कोलन्हि आइ तेहि अवसर कहे।।
दो0-सुनत सुमंगल बैन मन प्रमोद तन पुलक भर।
सरद सरोरुह नैन तुलसी भरे सनेह जल।।226।।

Later Shri Ram said prayers in honor of the gods (here Shri Ram performed all those rituals that ordinary human being have an interest,in line with His avatar as a human being otherwise he as Supreme Lord needed not to do this, this is what His Leela are that educate) and paid homage to Munis in person and set down looking in direction of north (which is auspicious to do and is the direction of Ayodhya where His thoughts were fixed now). Short while later Shri Ram saw cloud of dust rising up on the horizon as also enhanced brisk activity of birds and animals in the northern direction; this made Him concerned and He rushed back to His Ashram. Tulsidas mentions here that this sight must have made the Lord anxiously think what could be the reason behind this happening. In the mean time the hunters and tribesmen came down bringing the whole news (that it was Bharat who was coming with family members and citizens).

With mention of welcome news of Bharat and other dear ones coming to meet Him, Shri Ram became delighted in heart and thrilled in body. Tulsidas says at this point Lord’s eyes that resembled lotuses in the autumn season, became full of tears of love (in autumn season the ponds are mostly full to brim).

We have now covered up to Doha 226 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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