Ramcharit Charcha DVIII

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

कोसलपति गति सुनि जनकौरा। भे सब लोक सोक बस बौरा।।
जेहिं देखे तेहि समय बिदेहू। नामु सत्य अस लाग न केहू।।
रानि कुचालि सुनत नरपालहि। सूझ न कछु जस मनि बिनु ब्यालहि।।
भरत राज रघुबर बनबासू। भा मिथिलेसहि हृदयँ हराँसू।।
नृप बूझे बुध सचिव समाजू। कहहु बिचारि उचित का आजू।।
समुझि अवध असमंजस दोऊ। चलिअ कि रहिअ न कह कछु कोऊ।।
नृपहि धीर धरि हृदयँ बिचारी। पठए अवध चतुर चर चारी।।
बूझि भरत सति भाउ कुभाऊ। आएहु बेगि न होइ लखाऊ।।
दो0-गए अवध चर भरत गति बूझि देखि करतूति।
चले चित्रकूटहि भरतु चार चले तेरहूति।।271।।

We covered up to Doha 271 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the messenger from Janakpur, while giving an account of what happened in Janakpur after the news of happenings in Ayodhya were known, told Muni Vashishttha that learning of the sad demise of King Dashrath all in Janakpur became almost mad due to excessive grief and Videh Janak also could not could help but was upset and lost his power of thinking rationally, particularly, on account of Queen Kaikeyi’s mischievous intents that made Shri Ram leave for jungle though King Janak was known to have risen above the worldly matters. They said that Janak sought opinion of his ministers and other wise people regarding what was right for him to do in such circumstances but all failed to advice sensibly and lastly Janak himself thought of sending his emissaries to secretly find out the political atmosphere in Ayodhya and Bharat’s leanings etc; the agents of Janak then went there and saw how Bharat had reacted and that he was in fact leaving for Chitrakoot to bring back Shri Ram from exile; they therefore returned to Janakpur instantly to report back to king Janak.

दूतन्ह आइ भरत कइ करनी। जनक समाज जथामति बरनी।।
सुनि गुर परिजन सचिव महीपति। भे सब सोच सनेहँ बिकल अति।।
धरि धीरजु करि भरत बड़ाई। लिए सुभट साहनी बोलाई।।
घर पुर देस राखि रखवारे। हय गय रथ बहु जान सँवारे।।
दुघरी साधि चले ततकाला। किए बिश्रामु न मग महीपाला।।
भोरहिं आजु नहाइ प्रयागा। चले जमुन उतरन सबु लागा।।
खबरि लेन हम पठए नाथा। तिन्ह कहि अस महि नायउ माथा।।
साथ किरात छ सातक दीन्हे। मुनिबर तुरत बिदा चर कीन्हे।।
दो0-सुनत जनक आगवनु सबु हरषेउ अवध समाजु।
रघुनंदनहि सकोचु बड़ सोच बिबस सुरराजु।।272।।

The messengers further told Muni, “up on their return from Ayodhya the fact finders told everything related to Bharat’s reaction and plan of action to the responsible people in Janakpur, as they viewed it all; their report pushed Guru Shatanand, the members of Janak household, the ministers and King Janak himself, in to deep thought and great emotional turmoil due affection for Bharat and the rest in Ayodhya.

“King Janak then praised Bharat profusely and regaining his composure he promptly summoned his trusted warriors and chariot drivers. Entrusting first the security of the houses of people and the entire city to competent watchmen and soldiers, the king instructed to make ready the horses, elephants and vehicles for the journey and left at the propitious time within that very part of the day itself, as soon as it was ascertained by astrologers. Without halting anywhere on way the king reached Prayag this very morning and having holy bath there and while moving towards Yamuna when all were engaged in crossing it he sent us ahead to gather further information.”

With these words the messengers touched the ground with their forehead in reverence and expected Muni to give them instruction and message for Janak’s party. Muni then asked a few of the local tribesmen to accompany the messengers for help and sent the messengers back. The news of arrival of the Janak’s party made the people of Ayodhya very happy and pleased (they felt that King Janak would guide them and guide even Shri Ram in a way that would end their predicament as they had seen the Janak’s influence and his concern for themselves when they had been in Janakpur at the time of wedding of Shri Ram and Bhagwati Sita). The fresh developments however made Shri Ram, the one who always amused the Raghus, see Himself in some awkward and perplexing situation (Shri Ram thought that he was bound by word of his own father and now if father of Sita whom he regarded no less then His own father gave him instruction that were at variance, then he would be in a very tight spot). Lord Indra, the king of gods, also became suspicious of the possible outcome now and therefore very worried.

(Here the message for us is that a father should be prompt in reaching out to share the grief of a married daughter, he should not be hasty to interfere if there is some conflict in the her daughters family without learning the full facts. King Janak also establish the need to avoid direct interference in affairs of other friendly state but be inclined to render help of every kind.)

We have now covered up to Doha 272 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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