Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXIX

II Shree Gururvey 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 230 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lakshman got worked up to the extent that he was now ready to fight with Bharat and wished Shri Ram to permit him for it. He challenged Bharat and wished to punish him and his companions for harboring ill intentions towards Shri Ram and declared that even if Lord Shankar were to fight along side Bharat he would not leave Bharat. Lakshman’s angry proclamations put fear in the hearts of satraps of the worlds. Now his philosophical self was overpowered by his instincts of a brave soldier whose master was under some kind of perceived threat.

जगु भय मगन गगन भइ बानी। लखन बाहुबलु बिपुल बखानी।।
तात प्रताप प्रभाउ तुम्हारा। को कहि सकइ को जाननिहारा।।
अनुचित उचित काजु किछु होऊ। समुझि करिअ भल कह सबु कोऊ।।
सहसा करि पाछैं पछिताहीं। कहहिं बेद बुध ते बुध नाहीं।।
सुनि सुर बचन लखन सकुचाने। राम सीयँ सादर सनमाने।।
कही तात तुम्ह नीति सुहाई। सब तें कठिन राजमदु भाई।।
जो अचवँत नृप मातहिं तेई। नाहिन साधुसभा जेहिं सेई।।
सुनहु लखन भल भरत सरीसा। बिधि प्रपंच महँ सुना न दीसा।।
दो0-भरतहि होइ न राजमदु बिधि हरि हर पद पाइ।।
कबहुँ कि काँजी सीकरनि छीरसिंधु बिनसाइ।।231।।

Now when the world got fearful, the skies began to loudly pronounce the immensity of physical power of Lakshman telling him, “O Son, who can rightly estimate and describe your glory and influence however whether it is for a right cause or a wrong cause, the wisdom lies in weighing pros and cons, all would agree so. If some rash action is taken it leaves only a trail of repentance behind, and such actors are not considered to be wise and sensible whether by Vedas or by the intelligent and knowledgeable class of people of society.”

Listening to this advice from heavens Lakshman felt slightly cautious and humbled, up on which Shri Ram and Sita came forward giving him respect and confidence enabling him to regain his composure, they said, “O Brother, you have talked of the very gist of policy, the intoxicating influence that comes with power as a king is difficult to avoid but that has capacity to affect only those who haven’t kept company of the Sadhus and served the assembly of them.

“Lakshman, listen carefully, a right minded gentleman like Bharat in the whole creation of God is hard to find, none has seen such a one or has heard of him. Bharat won’t be taking it to his head even if he has occasion to get position of Vidhi, Hari and Har i e Brahma, Vishnu or Mahesh; can an ocean of milk be spoiled by a few drops of sour substance, its just not possible.”

(The world as well as other spheres in the universe are supposed to rest on many heads of Sheshnaag, whose avatar is Lakshman himself, therefore to judge his strength is not possible. Shri Ram meant whatever be the immensity of power if its use is not right, it carries no worth, this subtle difference should always be kept in mind i e the power should always remain subservient to wisdom. Shri Ram only wished to convey to Lakshman that Bharat has this wisdom hence there should not be any cause of worry. The point here is that whenever a situation develops, its assessment is needed of course but it requires to have the understanding of who are the personalities behind it first, this is what Shri Ram did and Lakshman not.)

We have now covered up to Doha 231 of Ayodhya Kand.

तिमिरु तरुन तरनिहि मकु गिलई। गगनु मगन मकु मेघहिं मिलई।।
गोपद जल बूड़हिं घटजोनी। सहज छमा बरु छाड़ै छोनी।।
मसक फूँक मकु मेरु उड़ाई। होइ न नृपमदु भरतहि भाई।।
लखन तुम्हार सपथ पितु आना। सुचि सुबंधु नहिं भरत समाना।।
सगुन खीरु अवगुन जलु ताता। मिलइ रचइ परपंचु बिधाता।।
भरतु हंस रबिबंस तड़ागा। जनमि कीन्ह गुन दोष बिभागा।।
गहि गुन पय तजि अवगुन बारी। निज जस जगत कीन्हि उजिआरी।।
कहत भरत गुन सीलु सुभाऊ। पेम पयोधि मगन रघुराऊ।।
दो0-सुनि रघुबर बानी बिबुध देखि भरत पर हेतु।
सकल सराहत राम सो प्रभु को कृपानिकेतु।।232।।

Shri Ram further told Lakshman by way of convincing him, “The sun while its shining during mid-day might be engulfed by darkness, the whole sky might get covered by clouds, sage Kumbhaj who was born in a round vessel (and had once drunk the entire ocean) might well get drowned in the water limited by space of a cow’s foot mark, the earth might lose its natural quality of forgiveness, a mosquito might blow off the large mountain known by the name of Meru; one might say all this can happen still to say that Bharat will get power-drunk as a king is not right.

“Lakshman, I swear by you and also by our father, there is no such good brother as Bharat is, none as pure of heart as him. Its with the milk of good qualities and the water of bad qualities that the Brahma has created the world (i e as the milk and water get mixed in such a way that they don’t seem to be separate, in the same way all things have good and bad qualities which are hard to distinguish) but Bharat is like Hansa (swan, this bird is supposed to be able to drink milk part of a mixture leaving water) born in the lake called Raghu’s family and his birth has ensured that goodness and evilness can now be distinctively seen i e he has an eye and wisdom to know clearly where the fault lies and where the virtues lie.” In this way speaking of nobility and virtues ingrained in Bharat’s character, the Lord of Raghus Shri Ram mentally got drowned in ocean of love.

The gods heard what Shri Ram said about Bharat and learning of His confidence in him and love for him, they praised Shri Ram saying who can be as kind and cordial as a master as Shri Ram.

We have now covered up to Doha 232 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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