Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXI

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

जौं परिहरहिं मलिन मनु जानी। जौ सनमानहिं सेवकु मानी।।
मोरें सरन रामहि की पनही। राम सुस्वामि दोसु सब जनही।।
जग जस भाजन चातक मीना। नेम पेम निज निपुन नबीना।।
अस मन गुनत चले मग जाता। सकुच सनेहँ सिथिल सब गाता।।
फेरत मनहुँ मातु कृत खोरी। चलत भगति बल धीरज धोरी।।
जब समुझत रघुनाथ सुभाऊ। तब पथ परत उताइल पाऊ।।
भरत दसा तेहि अवसर कैसी। जल प्रबाहँ जल अलि गति जैसी।।
देखि भरत कर सोचु सनेहू। भा निषाद तेहि समयँ बिदेहू।।
दो0-लगे होन मंगल सगुन सुनि गुनि कहत निषादु।
मिटिहि सोचु होइहि हरषु पुनि परिनाम बिषादु।।234।।

We covered up to Doha 234 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat together with Shatrughan and Nishad Guha is progressing towards the spot where Shri Ram is settled in Chitrakoot and is mentally engaged in various kinds of positive and negative thoughts. He is constantly reminded of his own mother’s wrong doing and finds himself bodily weak but regains strength on account of his devotion towards Shri Ram and moves ahead patiently. His pace quickens when he reflects on the loving nature of Raghunath Shri Ram. Nishad Guha closely watches Bharat and finds him worrying as well displaying surge of affection for Shri Ram as well, this makes Guha lose body conscience of himself. Nishad Guha then notices some apparent good omens taking place and analyzing the same he tells Bharat that there is going to be happiness at first but in the end it will be something to be unhappy about.

सेवक बचन सत्य सब जाने। आश्रम निकट जाइ निअराने।।
भरत दीख बन सैल समाजू। मुदित छुधित जनु पाइ सुनाजू।।
ईति भीति जनु प्रजा दुखारी। त्रिबिध ताप पीड़ित ग्रह मारी।।
जाइ सुराज सुदेस सुखारी। होहिं भरत गति तेहि अनुहारी।।
राम बास बन संपति भ्राजा। सुखी प्रजा जनु पाइ सुराजा।।
सचिव बिरागु बिबेकु नरेसू। बिपिन सुहावन पावन देसू।।
भट जम नियम सैल रजधानी। सांति सुमति सुचि सुंदर रानी।।
सकल अंग संपन्न सुराऊ। राम चरन आश्रित चित चाऊ।।
दो0-जीति मोह महिपालु दल सहित बिबेक भुआलु।
करत अकंटक राजु पुरँ सुख संपदा सुकालु।।235।।

Bharat appreciated what Nishad Guha told him as being true and reaching close to the ashram of Shri Ram, Bharat wished to see him early. Bharat saw the forest spread around it and the hill itself on which Shri Ram was settled as also rest of the surroundings; he was now as pleased as someone very hungry finds eatable foodstuff spread before him that would really satiate him. Bharat felt like those people who face natural calamities as also have fears from invasion by enemies and other man-made disasters, who suffer from threefold problems i e bodily afflictions, bad luck and physical disturbances (known as daihik, daivik and bhautik taap in Vedic parlance) and whose stars move to form threatening combinations but eventually who reach a well governed and well endowed land and get relieved of troubles as well as feel settled.

Where Shri Ram lived the natural wealth seemed to grow manifold like subjects of a well governed state flourish and progress. This region represented a well managed state with all its limbs in place (like a king, a minister, its treasury, defined boundaries and a capital, an army and its subjects) where dispassion discharged function of a minister, where discretion ruled as the king, the rich forest region as its dominion, the Yamas ( Ahimsa-nonviolence in thought, word and deed, Satya-truthfulness, Brahmacarya-abstinence, Aparigraha-non-accumulation and Asteya-non-stealing) and Niyamas (shaucha-external and internal purity, Santosh-contentment, Tapas-austerity. Swådhyåya-self study of sacred books and Vedic literature and Ishwara-pranidhaan-meditating upon God) formed its defense, the mount of Chitrkoot represented its capital, Shanti-peace and Sumati-right thinking were its queens; its basic policy was to follow the principles established by the Charit (conduct) of Shri Ram.

The enemy king that was the deceitful false-hood along and all its army of evilness had been won over by the king that was discretion and it now ruled there unchallenged ensuring all kinds of riches and wonderful times for all.

We have now covered up to Doha 235 of Ayodhya Kand.

बन प्रदेस मुनि बास घनेरे। जनु पुर नगर गाउँ गन खेरे।।
बिपुल बिचित्र बिहग मृग नाना। प्रजा समाजु न जाइ बखाना।।
खगहा करि हरि बाघ बराहा। देखि महिष बृष साजु सराहा।।
बयरु बिहाइ चरहिं एक संगा। जहँ तहँ मनहुँ सेन चतुरंगा।।
झरना झरहिं मत्त गज गाजहिं। मनहुँ निसान बिबिधि बिधि बाजहिं।।
चक चकोर चातक सुक पिक गन। कूजत मंजु मराल मुदित मन।।
अलिगन गावत नाचत मोरा। जनु सुराज मंगल चहु ओरा।।
बेलि बिटप तृन सफल सफूला। सब समाजु मुद मंगल मूला।।
दो-राम सैल सोभा निरखि भरत हृदयँ अति पेमु।
तापस तप फलु पाइ जिमि सुखी सिरानें नेमु।।236।।
मासपारायण, बीसवाँ विश्राम
नवाह्नपारायण, पाँचवाँ विश्राम

The forest region had many places where Munis resided which might well be taken to be the cities and villages of the kingdom, variety of birds and animals in good numbers formed an excellent society of subjects of this kingdom. The combination of animals like rabbits, elephants, lions, tigers and also buffaloes and bulls presented a beautiful and appreciable sight as they moved about together without any display of hostility, it could well be taken to be four winged army. Sound of water-falls and trumpeting of elephants matched mixed sound of drumming. Chakravaks, Chataks, Chakores, parrots and cuckoos and the swans all chirped there in interesting manner happily. The bees hummed and peacocks danced merrily as if celebrating the wonderful times in a well governed place.

The creepers and trees and even the grass displayed healthy growth and fruition like a society which flourishes when its rightly rooted in a welfare state.

When Bharat observed the excellent aura around the mountains where Ram was settled he felt welling up of love in his heart in a manner that a seekers gets rewarded for his Tapa and enjoys the end result of his life of discipline.

(Above is a sort of description of Ram-Rajya that mount Chitrakoot enjoyed and which is what is missed by Ayodhya as Shri Ram has left it but when He returns to Ayodhya will eventually be enjoyed by people of Ayodhya and almost an equally good times under stewardship of Bharat during the fourteen years of exile of Shri Ram because as a true Bhakta, Bharat knows the mind of his Lord and acts likewise).

We have now covered up to Doha 236 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which coincides with 20th rest for a 30 day recital and 5th rest for a nine day recital.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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