Ramcharit Charcha DXIII

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

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।।
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।।

We covered up to Doha 276 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the two streams of people, from Janakpur and from Ayodhya, met and merged with each other while they were both under spell of intense grief. Their intellectual strength and their training failed them in keeping patience in the trying times faced by them and the local people watched these travelers from far away places quite helplessly. There remained no sense of propriety or of restraint when both sides happened to meet at mount Chitrakoot grieving over the sad demise of King Dashrath whom they remembered by recalling his various virtues, his civility and his impressive personality. They were deeply saddened and they angrily blamed the creator for the events that had taken such bad turn. Videh Janak’s plight was such that the gods, the realized people, the seekers and the Yogi Munis could not remain untouched by his display of affection at this juncture. The Munis did give sermons to people in general to pacify them and Muni Vashishttha personally asked King Janak to calm down and to regain composure.

जासु ग्यानु रबि भव निसि नासा। बचन किरन मुनि कमल बिकासा।।
तेहि कि मोह ममता निअराई। यह सिय राम सनेह बड़ाई।।
बिषई साधक सिद्ध सयाने। त्रिबिध जीव जग बेद बखाने।।
राम सनेह सरस मन जासू। साधु सभाँ बड़ आदर तासू।।
सोह न राम पेम बिनु ग्यानू। करनधार बिनु जिमि जलजानू।।
मुनि बहुबिधि बिदेहु समुझाए। रामघाट सब लोग नहाए।।
सकल सोक संकुल नर नारी। सो बासरु बीतेउ बिनु बारी।।
पसु खग मृगन्ह न कीन्ह अहारू। प्रिय परिजन कर कौन बिचारू।।
दो0-दोउ समाज निमिराजु रघुराजु नहाने प्रात।
बैठे सब बट बिटप तर मन मलीन कृस गात।।277।।

That Muni Vashishttha had to console and comfort King Janak, whose knowledge in known to be like sun for ending the night like darkness of stupor and ignorance of those who remain centered in this world for enjoyment, and whose words of wisdom are like those rays of the sun of his knowledge that make the lotus like Munis find themselves grow in to greater wisdom, is not to be seen as King Janak falling prey to delusive thinking and attachment; its just so that his affection for Sita and Ram is so intense and so profound that it resulted in his temporarily becoming someone who is affected by emotions and is driven by sentiment (since Sita and Ram are in reality representative of the Maya and Brahaman only, love for them can’t ever be a reason to pull down in to pit of ignorance).

There are three types of Jeevas according to Vedas i e those who remain interested in carnal pleasures only, the seekers who engage in pursuit of wisdom and realization and lastly those who have already known the reality; but the one whose heart is full of the juice of affection for Shri Ram and whose mind enjoys most in such condition is the one who is most honored by the entire body of Sadhus, the saintly people. The knowledge that is not laced with love for Shri Ram (the avatar of the Supreme Lord) does not find favor with Sadhus and is like a ship that is without anyone to steer and guide (and such knowledge is likely to fail at some stage).

After Muni Vashishttha finished to console and convince King Janak, in many different ways, to enable him to regain his composure and control over emotions, all the people went to Ramghat on the bank of Mandakini and took bath. People from both sides were under deep sense of remorse and they decided to spend the day without having food and without even having water. The birds and animals too remained upset that day went without food, what is then to speak of the family members from both sides.

The next morning all, from side of Raghus and from the side of Nimis, had bath and assembled under the Vat Tree while their minds were strained and upset and their bodies were weak and frail.

We have now covered up to Doha 277 of Ayodhya Kand.

जे महिसुर दसरथ पुर बासी। जे मिथिलापति नगर निवासी।।
हंस बंस गुर जनक पुरोधा। जिन्ह जग मगु परमारथु सोधा।।
लगे कहन उपदेस अनेका। सहित धरम नय बिरति बिबेका।।
कौसिक कहि कहि कथा पुरानीं। समुझाई सब सभा सुबानीं।।
तब रघुनाथ कोसिकहि कहेऊ। नाथ कालि जल बिनु सबु रहेऊ।।
मुनि कह उचित कहत रघुराई। गयउ बीति दिन पहर अढ़ाई।।
रिषि रुख लखि कह तेरहुतिराजू। इहाँ उचित नहिं असन अनाजू।।
कहा भूप भल सबहि सोहाना। पाइ रजायसु चले नहाना।।
दो0-तेहि अवसर फल फूल दल मूल अनेक प्रकार।
लइ आए बनचर बिपुल भरि भरि काँवरि भार।।278।।

When all set together under the Vat Tree, the the Brahmins i e the gods on earth from the city of King Dashrath and from the city of King of Mithila, the Guru of the family known as Hans Bansh i e the descendants in Sun’s family and also the revered gurus of King Janak, all of whom had thoroughly understood and tested the paths of leading life in the world and the paths needed to be followed in pursuit of the ultimate goal of life, gave sermons which included the subjects of Dharma, regarding the right policy in affairs of state, of teachings regarding dispassion and non-engagement with the mundane world and that impart core wisdom and discretion. Muni Kaushik told many old stories in his sweet voice to make the people understand in a simple manner the intricate matters regarding life and death.

Seeing an opportune moment Shri Ram sought attention of Muni Kaushik and said, “O Master, all observed fast yesterday and did not even have water.” Muni readily responded and said, “Raghuraj, You have rightly brought this matter up and today also it is already well past mid-day.”

Picking up cue from what Muni said, Janak,the King of Terhut, said, “It would not be right to have preparations of grains here in such circumstances (as it was neither desirable nor the provisions for it ware available).” This view of the king was appreciated by all and they left for having another round of bath as is customary in Teerthas near the river after getting permission of the king.

The forest dwellers in the mean times brought big loads of fruits and eatable flowers, stems and roots of various kinds considering it their duty to offer whatever they could to the guests from cities without any one having to instruct them.

We have now covered up to Doha 278 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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