Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXVIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jia Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

बिषई जीव पाइ प्रभुताई। मूढ़ मोह बस होहिं जनाई।।
भरतु नीति रत साधु सुजाना। प्रभु पद प्रेम सकल जगु जाना।।
तेऊ आजु राम पदु पाई। चले धरम मरजाद मेटाई।।
कुटिल कुबंध कुअवसरु ताकी। जानि राम बनवास एकाकी।।
करि कुमंत्रु मन साजि समाजू। आए करै अकंटक राजू।।
कोटि प्रकार कलपि कुटलाई। आए दल बटोरि दोउ भाई।।
जौं जियँ होति न कपट कुचाली। केहि सोहाति रथ बाजि गजाली।।
भरतहि दोसु देइ को जाएँ। जग बौराइ राज पदु पाएँ।।
दो0-ससि गुर तिय गामी नघुषु चढ़ेउ भूमिसुर जान।
लोक बेद तें बिमुख भा अधम न बेन समान।।228।।

We covered up to Doha 228 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lakshman, reacting upon getting the news of a large contingent of people lead by Bharat was coming towards them, addressed Shri Ram and said that it seemed to him that Bharat, behaving like any other ordinary person who gets power drunk easily, had come with a view to ensuring trouble free reign for himself and with an ulterior motive along with his supporters; this is a clear indication of his evil intention. Lakshman also gave some well known examples of such people who did unthinkable acts which were against local customs and also against the advice in Vedas.

सहसबाहु सुरनाथु त्रिसंकू। केहि न राजमद दीन्ह कलंकू।।
भरत कीन्ह यह उचित उपाऊ। रिपु रिन रंच न राखब काऊ।।
एक कीन्हि नहिं भरत भलाई। निदरे रामु जानि असहाई।।
समुझि परिहि सोउ आजु बिसेषी। समर सरोष राम मुखु पेखी।।
एतना कहत नीति रस भूला। रन रस बिटपु पुलक मिस फूला।।
प्रभु पद बंदि सीस रज राखी। बोले सत्य सहज बलु भाषी।।
अनुचित नाथ न मानब मोरा। भरत हमहि उपचार न थोरा।।
कहँ लगि सहिअ रहिअ मनु मारें। नाथ साथ धनु हाथ हमारें।।
दो0-छत्रि जाति रघुकुल जनमु राम अनुग जगु जान।
लातहुँ मारें चढ़ति सिर नीच को धूरि समान।।229।।

Lakshman further told Shri Ram, “Sahastrabahu, Indra and Trishanku (other three characters whose stories finds mention in Poranas) had to have a blot on their character after having control of their kingdoms which blinded them and made power drunk. In a way Bharat thought rightly as a king should do regarding an enemy or a debt, both should not be left without finishing them entirely (for the enemy might organize again and pose a threat later and debt too might grow due to interest factor so much that it can’t be settled easily, so nothing of them should remain unsettled) but at the same time to treat Shri Ram dishonorably and take him to be helpless seems absurd (as neither Shri Ram can be an enemy of anyone by nature it self leave apart of Bharat and secondly he is not alone but has his brother i e Lakshman with him if considered on worldly plain; Shri Ram as God needs not to take any one as enemy and secondly helplessness is not applicable in His case for He is none other than the Supreme Lord).

“Bharat would specially learn his lesson hard way today where he would see Shri Ram’s angry face in the battle field (here Lakshman is worked up as a soldier and visualizing the scene of battle)”

Once reminded of the possibility of impending conflict, Lakshman forgot all the points relating to policy and statecraft and came in to combative mood instantly as if the tree of his love for war had flowered right then. Lakshman then bowed down at the feet of Lord and put the dust of His feet over his head and began to describe his natural braveness limiting to what it really was, “O Lord, kindly do not see it improper on my part, Bharat has not challenged us in a small way, his provocation is total, how long should I keep patience and suppress feelings while I have blessing and company of my Master beside I have my bow in hand (so there is no occasion for me to be showing weakness).

“I am a Kshatriya (a member of a warrior race) and have been born in the family of Raghus (who are well know as a family of braves) and I am a trainee/follower of Shri Ram, a renowned archer, even dust rises up and falls on head when kicked (then for me its too much to keep quiet now).”

We have now covered up to Doha 229 of Ayodhya Kand.

उठि कर जोरि रजायसु मागा। मनहुँ बीर रस सोवत जागा।।
बाँधि जटा सिर कसि कटि भाथा। साजि सरासनु सायकु हाथा।।
आजु राम सेवक जसु लेऊँ। भरतहि समर सिखावन देऊँ।।
राम निरादर कर फलु पाई। सोवहुँ समर सेज दोउ भाई।।
आइ बना भल सकल समाजू। प्रगट करउँ रिस पाछिल आजू।।
जिमि करि निकर दलइ मृगराजू। लेइ लपेटि लवा जिमि बाजू।।
तैसेहिं भरतहि सेन समेता। सानुज निदरि निपातउँ खेता।।
जौं सहाय कर संकरु आई। तौ मारउँ रन राम दोहाई।।
दो0-अति सरोष माखे लखनु लखि सुनि सपथ प्रवान।
सभय लोक सब लोकपति चाहत भभरि भगान।।230।।

Later Lakshman who was sitting reverentially with head down at feet of Lord, got up and asked for royal permission (he still considered Shri Ram as king if not of Ayodhya then at least of the jungles where they had come to stay) like a disciplined soldier, reflecting all prominent qualities of a brave warrior which had been lying dormant so far. He tied locks of his hair over head and tied the quiver to his waist and took position of as an archer holding arrow in hand; he declared loudly, “I am going to become well known as a servant of Shri Ram and would teach a lesson or two to Bharat on the battle field; for the dishonor shown towards Shri Ram, both the brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan are going to be laid on battle ground in deep sleep.

“it is good that the whole community and people are here itself (who did not show signs of unrest and uprising upon knowing of exile of Shri Ram) and I had to suppress my ire against them at that time which will find vent today.

“Like a lion crushes host of elephants, like a hawk takes hold of skylark, in the same fashion Bharat would meet with his destruction in the battle field along with younger brother Shatrughan at my hands. If Lord Shankar would come forward to help then I would strike Him too and take my vow in name of Shri Ram for this.”

Listening to Lakshman speak in such furious tone and taking note of his potentially serious oath, all the Lokas became fearful and their saviors wished to run away (as it seemed to be developing a fight between Bhakta of Lord Shankar on one side and servant of Lord Shri Ram on the other (i e between faith and devotion which is a big matter for faith leads to devotion and devotion without faith is no devotion, such a conflict leads to confusion and destruction of peace, this kind of conflict should not arise in anybody’s mind).

We have now covered up to Doha 230 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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