Ramcharit Charcha DXII

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

भाइ सचिव गुर पुरजन साथा। आगें गवनु कीन्ह रघुनाथा।।
गिरिबरु दीख जनकपति जबहीं। करि प्रनाम रथ त्यागेउ तबहीं।।
राम दरस लालसा उछाहू। पथ श्रम लेसु कलेसु न काहू।।
मन तहँ जहँ रघुबर बैदेही। बिनु मन तन दुख सुख सुधि केही।।
आवत जनकु चले एहि भाँती। सहित समाज प्रेम मति माती।।
आए निकट देखि अनुरागे। सादर मिलन परसपर लागे।।
लगे जनक मुनिजन पद बंदन। रिषिन्ह प्रनामु कीन्ह रघुनंदन।।
भाइन्ह सहित रामु मिलि राजहि। चले लवाइ समेत समाजहि।।
दो0-आश्रम सागर सांत रस पूरन पावन पाथु।
सेन मनहुँ करुना सरित लिएँ जाहिं रघुनाथु।।275।।

We covered up to Doha 275 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram left His Ashram to receive King Janak. King Janak also reached at the foothill and respectfully bowed down looking at the sacred hill and got off his chariot; none in Janak’s party felt any kind of fatigue or other bodily discomforts even after a long journey for they had been longing for the glimpse of Shri Ram and their minds were with Ram and Sita rather then with them. Both parties came face to face and the people looked at each other with love and they all met showing mutual respect. King Janak first honored the great Munis who were accompanying Shri Ram and Shri Ram also first bowed down reverentially before the Rishis in Janak’s party. Afterwards Shri Ram met with Janak along with His brothers and led the whole distressed party from Janakpur to take to His own Ashram, the abode of peace and tranquility.

बोरति ग्यान बिराग करारे। बचन ससोक मिलत नद नारे।।
सोच उसास समीर तंरगा। धीरज तट तरुबर कर भंगा।।
बिषम बिषाद तोरावति धारा। भय भ्रम भवँर अबर्त अपारा।।
केवट बुध बिद्या बड़ि नावा। सकहिं न खेइ ऐक नहिं आवा।।
बनचर कोल किरात बिचारे। थके बिलोकि पथिक हियँ हारे।।
आश्रम उदधि मिली जब जाई। मनहुँ उठेउ अंबुधि अकुलाई।।
सोक बिकल दोउ राज समाजा। रहा न ग्यानु न धीरजु लाजा।।
भूप रूप गुन सील सराही। रोवहिं सोक सिंधु अवगाही।।

The stream of sad people which had continuous flow of water of rivulets and tributaries merging with it in the form of wailing and sorrowful utterances, it therefore overflowed to drown the banks on both sides that were formed by the wisdom and knowledge one side and the attitude of dispassion on the other i e none could remain composed, their minds were filled with an excess of sorrow. Troubling thoughts and sighs of sorrow worked like the air current which uprooted the tree of courage and patience that had stood on the bank for a long time. Its swift current formed of agonizing regret. The confusion and fear constituted its spiral flow and whirlpools. The wise people who tried to ferry people across in the big boat of their knowledge and learning failed to do so having no idea how to. The tribesmen and the forest dwellers watched it like harassed travelers on its bank losing all hope of advancing further i e they watched the people go past themselves helplessly.

When this stream flowed in to the calm ocean that was the Ashram of Shri Ram, it also saw disturbing waves rise high. The groups of people of both the kingdoms were too upset with the impact of the heart breaking event (of passing away of King Dashrath) and had become totally bereft of capacity to think wisely and had completely lost patience now; they no more had any kind of reserve or felt shameful for displaying their emotional weakness. Praising King Dashrath for his handsomeness, virtuosity and congeniality they kept crying taking dips in the ocean of sorrow.

छं0-अवगाहि सोक समुद्र सोचहिं नारि नर ब्याकुल महा।
दै दोष सकल सरोष बोलहिं बाम बिधि कीन्हो कहा।।
सुर सिद्ध तापस जोगिजन मुनि देखि दसा बिदेह की।
तुलसी न समरथु कोउ जो तरि सकै सरित सनेह की।।
सो0-किए अमित उपदेस जहँ तहँ लोगन्ह मुनिबरन्ह।
धीरजु धरिअ नरेस कहेउ बसिष्ठ बिदेह सन।।276।।

The people from both sides gave thought about what was to happen next, with deep distress after sinking in the ocean of their woes. They blamed the providence angrily for its adverse turn and resulting in to their sorry plight.

Tulsi mentions here that the gods, the realized Mahatmas, the recluse and seekers were all unable to get across that river of passionate love of Videh i e King Janak (i e everyone of them became overwhelmed for the event that routinely happens in the world in spite of their having practiced to keep balance in such situations while knew that the king himself was most qualified in this respect).

The great Munis from both sides gave many sermons to people to calm them down. Muni Vashishttha specifically addressed Viheh Janak saying, “O lord of people, regain your composure and have patience (so rest might also learn to do the same).”

We have now covered up to Doha 276 of Ayodhya Kand.

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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