Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXVII

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

सीय आइ मुनिबर पग लागी। उचित असीस लही मन मागी।।
गुरपतिनिहि मुनितियन्ह समेता। मिली पेमु कहि जाइ न जेता।।
बंदि बंदि पग सिय सबही के। आसिरबचन लहे प्रिय जी के।।
सासु सकल जब सीयँ निहारीं। मूदे नयन सहमि सुकुमारीं।।
परीं बधिक बस मनहुँ मरालीं। काह कीन्ह करतार कुचालीं।।
तिन्ह सिय निरखि निपट दुखु पावा। सो सबु सहिअ जो दैउ सहावा।।
जनकसुता तब उर धरि धीरा। नील नलिन लोयन भरि नीरा।।
मिली सकल सासुन्ह सिय जाई। तेहि अवसर करुना महि छाई।।
दो0-लागि लागि पग सबनि सिय भेंटति अति अनुराग।।
हृदयँ असीसहिं पेम बस रहिअहु भरी सोहाग।।246।।

We covered up to Doha 246 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post, and learned that when all reached the ashram of Shri Ram, Sita paid her respects to the great Muni Vashishtth and then lovingly met Gurumata as well as her accompanying ladies and received their blessings which pleased her heart. Later, upon seeing the mothers-in law, Sita felt very dismayed and closed her eyes and wondered what wrong the God had done to them; the mothers also felt very dejected looking at Sita and thought that nothing can be escaped if so fated. Sita then collected herself and affectionately met all the mothers-in-law, while her eyes were tearful. This sight presented a very pathetic atmosphere. The mothers heartily blessed Sita to remain Saubhagyavati for a long, long time.

बिकल सनेहँ सीय सब रानीं। बैठन सबहि कहेउ गुर ग्यानीं।।
कहि जग गति मायिक मुनिनाथा। कहे कछुक परमारथ गाथा।।
नृप कर सुरपुर गवनु सुनावा। सुनि रघुनाथ दुसह दुखु पावा।।
मरन हेतु निज नेहु बिचारी। भे अति बिकल धीर धुर धारी।।
कुलिस कठोर सुनत कटु बानी। बिलपत लखन सीय सब रानी।।
सोक बिकल अति सकल समाजू। मानहुँ राजु अकाजेउ आजू।।
मुनिबर बहुरि राम समुझाए। सहित समाज सुसरित नहाए।।
ब्रतु निरंबु तेहि दिन प्रभु कीन्हा। मुनिहु कहें जलु काहुँ न लीन्हा।।
दो0-भोरु भएँ रघुनंदनहि जो मुनि आयसु दीन्ह।।
श्रद्धा भगति समेत प्रभु सो सबु सादरु कीन्ह।।247।।

All the ladies in the royal household and Sita were emotionally stirred. Noticing this, the learned Guru asked them all to sit down. Then the master of Munis first told all those present about the Mayic (unreal, only apparent but without being substantially true) nature of the world and then related some incidences that explained the ultimate goal of life, and the reality beyond what is seen and perceived. Thus, mentally preparing Shri Ram, Lakshman, and Sita to be able to listen to the upsetting news, Muni Maharaj related how King Dashrath had left for his heavenly abode. Listening to this, Shri Ram felt an unbearable twinge and was overtaken by grief. Most of all, when he learned that the king’s love for Him was the reason for his sudden collapse, Shri Ram, the one who is mostly patient and always the pillar of strength for others, was all the more upset and agitated.

This most dreadful declaration struck their ears hard like stones and made Lakshman, Sita, and the queen mothers lament and wail; the whole assembly of people present were overtaken by such grief as though the king had ceased to live that very day.

Later, Muni consoled Shri Ram and got up along with all the people to bathe in the divine river Mandakini (which is a practice commonly followed in India on such occasions). Lord Shri Ram observed a fast without taking even a drop of water all day; all resolved to follow Shri Ram and refused to take water even when Muni urged them otherwise.

After the night was over and upon break of dawn, Raghunandan (descendant of Raghu) Shri Ram carefully performed all rituals as per Muni’s guidance with total dedication and devotion (such rituals are performed by the males descendants of the deceased to purify self and liberate the departed soul).

We have now covered up to Doha 247 of Ayodhya Kand.

करि पितु क्रिया बेद जसि बरनी। भे पुनीत पातक तम तरनी।।
जासु नाम पावक अघ तूला। सुमिरत सकल सुमंगल मूला।।
सुद्ध सो भयउ साधु संमत अस। तीरथ आवाहन सुरसरि जस।।
सुद्ध भएँ दुइ बासर बीते। बोले गुर सन राम पिरीते।।
नाथ लोग सब निपट दुखारी। कंद मूल फल अंबु अहारी।।
सानुज भरतु सचिव सब माता। देखि मोहि पल जिमि जुग जाता।।
सब समेत पुर धारिअ पाऊ। आपु इहाँ अमरावति राऊ।।
बहुत कहेउँ सब कियउँ ढिठाई। उचित होइ तस करिअ गोसाँई।।
दो0-धर्म सेतु करुनायतन कस न कहहु अस राम।
लोग दुखित दिन दुइ दरस देखि लहहुँ बिश्राम।।248।।

Shri Ram, after performing all rituals related to the death of father/elders that find mention in Vedas, regained the piety though He Himself happens to be like sun to eliminate all darkness on account of attitude of callousness. Whose name itself is like fire to burn down the cotton of sins, the name when taken to remember the Lord becomes the very root (source) of all welfare and benevolence, such a one, the Lord of universe, became pure is a matter like Ganga which brings purity to any she flows through is tried to be purified by invoking various Teerthas (Shri Ram who is the supreme purifier, being the Lord of Universe, was supposed to have become impure on account of death in the family, established the value of the rituals which are prescribed in the Vedas by carefully observing them in totality; there is an entire Shastra elaborating why and how the members of the family of the departed soul become impure and how they may regain purity which need not be discussed here).

Two days after the process of regaining purity was completed, Shri Ram addressed the Guru very politely and with great love saying, “O Master, all are totally afflicted by intense grief, they have been having only stems, roots and fruits (hence have become weak also), when I look at Bharat, the younger brother and the mothers, every moment passes like a whole Yug (a long period of time). I only think it proper if you leave here and reach the city of Ayodhya; this is necessary also on account of the fact that the King, my father, has gone to Amravati (city of gods i.e. heaven) and you, the only protector of Ayodhya in his absence, is not there but here. I have spoken too much and it is uncouth behavior on my part; excusing it, O Master, you may please do what is right and proper.”

The Guru responded to Shri Ram’s advice saying, “O Ram, you are the bridge that enables one to follow Dharma, you are like the one whose heart is always filled with mercy for people; why then would you not speak like this (i.e. it is only proper for you to be concerned with the welfare of people and safety of the kingdom of the late king because of your qualities). However, the people are grieving (only on account of missing you), let them be here for a day or two and have your glimpse which only is necessary to give them real comfort and settle their minds.”

We have now covered up to Doha 248 of Ayodhya kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Janki Vallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki jai!

Krishna Khandelwal


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