Ramcharit Charcha CDXCVI

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

आरत कहहिं बिचारि न काऊ। सूझ जूआरिहि आपन दाऊ।।
सुनि मुनि बचन कहत रघुराऊ। नाथ तुम्हारेहि हाथ उपाऊ।।
सब कर हित रुख राउरि राखेँ। आयसु किएँ मुदित फुर भाषें।।
प्रथम जो आयसु मो कहुँ होई। माथेँ मानि करौ सिख सोई।।
पुनि जेहि कहँ जस कहब गोसाईँ। सो सब भाँति घटिहि सेवकाईँ।।
कह मुनि राम सत्य तुम्ह भाषा। भरत सनेहँ बिचारु न राखा।।
तेहि तें कहउँ बहोरि बहोरी। भरत भगति बस भइ मति मोरी।।
मोरेँ जान भरत रुचि राखि। जो कीजिअ सो सुभ सिव साखी।।
दो0-भरत बिनय सादर सुनिअ करिअ बिचारु बहोरि।
करब साधुमत लोकमत नृपनय निगम निचोरि।।258।।

We covered up to Doha 258 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that  Muni concluded his address to Shri Ram lastly saying that the people in distress lose capacity to respond sensibly and that those who gamble bank heavily on their winning the bet. Shri Ram thoughtfully answered Muni saying that the remedy was in hand of Muni himself and everyone’s welfare contained in following what Muni proposes without first attempting to evaluate it. Shri Ram said that he would be first to do as per the command of Muni and hopefully all would follow it willingly. Muni then told Shri Ram that Shri Ram had only spoken the truth but without paying attention to Bharat’s will whereas, Muni admitted, his own intellect was too influenced by Bharat’s devotion to Shri Ram and appealed to Shri Ram for honoring Bharat’s wish which in fact even Lord Shiv would approve and said that Shri Ram would do well to listen to Bharat’s submission first before arriving at a decision which might well be  as per liking of the saints, the people and in line with state’s policy as well as good in terms of Vedas’s dictates.

गुरु अनुराग भरत पर देखी। राम ह्दयँ आनंदु बिसेषी।।
भरतहि धरम धुरंधर जानी। निज सेवक तन मानस बानी।।
बोले गुर आयस अनुकूला। बचन मंजु मृदु मंगलमूला।।
नाथ सपथ पितु चरन दोहाई। भयउ न भुअन भरत सम भाई।।
जे गुर पद अंबुज अनुरागी। ते लोकहुँ बेदहुँ बड़भागी।।
राउर जा पर अस अनुरागू। को कहि सकइ भरत कर भागू।।
लखि लघु बंधु बुद्धि सकुचाई। करत बदन पर भरत बड़ाई।।
भरतु कहहीं सोइ किएँ भलाई। अस कहि राम रहे अरगाई।।
दो0-तब मुनि बोले भरत सन सब सँकोचु तजि तात।
कृपासिंधु प्रिय बंधु सन कहहु हृदय कै बात।।259।।

Noticing Guru Vashishtth’s intense affection for Bharat Shri Ram felt immense pleasure in His own heart; Shri Ram was aware of Bharat’s thorough understanding of spirit of Dharma and also that Bharat was always and fully ready to serve Him in word, thought and deed.

Shri Ram decently replied in very soft words that contained good for all showing deference to what Muni had said, “O Master, I swear by you I declare, remembering feet of my father (which reminds me that being truthful is most important), that none has ever been born in the entire world who can be equal to Bharat as a brother. Besides who are devoted at the lotus feet of Guru, they are considered as very fortunate by the people and by Vedas but on whom you (as a Guru) shower so much affection such Bharat has indescribable fortune and status. Bharat is my younger brother therefore my wit is reluctant to praise him to his face (as he will also not feel easy while listening to his own praise by his elder brother); but the fact remains that what is in line with Bharat’s thinking only would prove to be right and as good.”

After saying the above words Shri Ram became quiet and distanced Himself from any further decision making (as He not only knew that Guru only should have the last word in such situations but believed it too).

Muni then told Bharat , “O Son, you must now shed all reservation and be open; you may now tell your dear brother who is abundantly merciful whatever is in your mind and heart.”

We have now covered up to Doha 259 of Ayodhya Kan.


Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!



Krishna Khandelwal


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