Ramcharit Charcha DXVIII

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

प्रिय परिजनहि मिली बैदेही। जो जेहि जोगु भाँति तेहि तेही।।
तापस बेष जानकी देखी। भा सबु बिकल बिषाद बिसेषी।।
जनक राम गुर आयसु पाई। चले थलहि सिय देखी आई।।
लीन्हि लाइ उर जनक जानकी। पाहुन पावन पेम प्रान की।।
उर उमगेउ अंबुधि अनुरागू। भयउ भूप मनु मनहुँ पयागू।।
सिय सनेह बटु बाढ़त जोहा। ता पर राम पेम सिसु सोहा।।
चिरजीवी मुनि ग्यान बिकल जनु। बूड़त लहेउ बाल अवलंबनु।।
मोह मगन मति नहिं बिदेह की। महिमा सिय रघुबर सनेह की।।
दो0-सिय पितु मातु सनेह बस बिकल न सकी सँभारि।
धरनिसुताँ धीरजु धरेउ समउ सुधरमु बिचारि।।286।।

We covered up to Doha 286 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that  Sunayana Ji came back to her camp along with Sita where Sita met all her kith and kin who immensely grieved seeing Sita in garb of ascetics. In the mean time King Janak also came there taking leave of Muni Vashishttha and met Sita feeling a great surge of affection for her in his heart. King Janak’s love for Sita was now topped by his love for Shri Ram and this stream of divine and pure love merging with His constant flows of deep understanding of the nature of the world converted his heart in to another Prayag. king Janak was overwhelmed but his dispassionate intellect did not suffer although it reflected the glory of intense love for Sita-Ram. Sita also at first felt pressured by her own affection for her parents but regained her composure thinking of the difficult times faced by the family and her duty in such circumstances.

तापस बेष जनक सिय देखी। भयउ पेमु परितोषु बिसेषी।।
पुत्रि पवित्र किए कुल दोऊ। सुजस धवल जगु कह सबु कोऊ।।
जिति सुरसरि कीरति सरि तोरी। गवनु कीन्ह बिधि अंड करोरी।।
गंग अवनि थल तीनि बड़ेरे। एहिं किए साधु समाज घनेरे।।
पितु कह सत्य सनेहँ सुबानी। सीय सकुच महुँ मनहुँ समानी।।
पुनि पितु मातु लीन्ह उर लाई। सिख आसिष हित दीन्हि सुहाई।।
कहति न सीय सकुचि मन माहीं। इहाँ बसब रजनीं भल नाहीं।।
लखि रुख रानि जनायउ राऊ। हृदयँ सराहत सीलु सुभाऊ।।
दो0-बार बार मिलि भेंट सिय बिदा कीन्ह सनमानि।
कही समय सिर भरत गति रानि सुबानि सयानि।।287।।

King Janak also noted Sita was dressed like Sadhus (in a similar way as Shri Ram was now dressed) and felt more of affection for her and was very much pleased too. His daughter had sanctified the two families, the family where she came from and the family she now belonged to. Janak said to Sita, “your pristine glory will be sung by all in the world, the stream of your eminence and fame will go much farther than that of the divine river Ganges which confines to this world while yours has spread all the innumerable universes that are there. On this earth Ganga has given exalted status to just three places in its course (Gangotri, where it emerges, Prayag, where it meets river Yamuna and the third Gangasagar, where it unites with sea) while your glory will influence many many groups of the noble and holy people.”

The father’s mention of Sita’s true virtues, in a forceful and likable manner which came out due his intense love for her, made reticent Sita sink in sea of modesty. The parents once more brought Sita close to their heart and gave her some good advice for her benefit as well blessed her. Sita now felt slightly uncomfortable as it was getting late and she did not wish to stay there for the whole night but was reluctant to speak. Sita’s mother however could know her mind and told the king about it who in turn appreciated in his heart the etiquette and sense of protocol of Sita.

Having met Sita and enjoyed her company, her parents allowed her to leave them in an honorable way. After Sita left, her mother saw it a good opportunity to broach up the matter of Bharat with the king; the wise queen told him the condition of Bharat and the best approach to deal with the situation (as had been discussed with Kaushalya Ji).

We have now covered up to Doha 287 of Ayodhya kand.

सुनि भूपाल भरत ब्यवहारू। सोन सुगंध सुधा ससि सारू।।
मूदे सजल नयन पुलके तन। सुजसु सराहन लगे मुदित मन।।
सावधान सुनु सुमुखि सुलोचनि। भरत कथा भव बंध बिमोचनि।।
धरम राजनय ब्रह्मबिचारू। इहाँ जथामति मोर प्रचारू।।
सो मति मोरि भरत महिमाही। कहै काह छलि छुअति न छाँही।।
बिधि गनपति अहिपति सिव सारद। कबि कोबिद बुध बुद्धि बिसारद।।
भरत चरित कीरति करतूती। धरम सील गुन बिमल बिभूती।।
समुझत सुनत सुखद सब काहू। सुचि सुरसरि रुचि निदर सुधाहू।।
दो0-निरवधि गुन निरुपम पुरुषु भरतु भरत सम जानि।
कहिअ सुमेरु कि सेर सम कबिकुल मति सकुचानि।।288।।

When King Janak learned of the approach and further actions of Bharat regarding the exile of Shri Ram, the king relished it like it was gold which also had fragrance (i e his actions were not just seemingly perfect but had deep meaning behind them) and valued it like it was the concentrate of the nectar that oozes from the moon. The king closed his eyes which had become wet and felt a thrill running through his body and loudly appreciated glories of Bharat heartily and delightfully.

King Janak then told her consort, ” O Sumukhi (he meant to convey that she the one who can speak rightly by her attractive mouth) and O Sulochani (he meant to convey that she was able to see the reality with her beautiful eyes), the story of Bharat has potential to liberate anyone from the ties of the world. As far as the matters of statecraft, of the religious and righteous duties and of the contemplation of the Supreme God go, I have, by virtue of my status and experience, known the substance of it all through use of my stable intellect, as much I could do; that intellect of mine is not able to grasp the entire glory of Bharat even with tricks used to understand the intricate matters, it even fails to touch it’s shadow i e is not able to claim to know it superficially.

The Brahma, the Ganesha, the Shesha, Lord Shiva or even the Godesse Sharda, besides them, the intelligent philosophers and poets, the people of great wisdom and expertise, all would enjoy by listening to Bharat’s conduct, his good name and deeds, his righteousness, his humility, his virtues and pristine glories; they all would be pleased to gain deeper understanding of it because it is pure and pious like Ganga and exceeds in taste even nectar.

“Bharat is such a fine man that none stands in comparison, his virtues can’t be matched by anyone, now or ever, so Bharat is to be known as Bharat only; can one sensibly say that the Mount Sumeru (well known for its size) is as heavy a unit of weight (i e such it the status of Bharat viz a viz others known to be also right thinkers and right doers).”

We have now covered up to Doha 288 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabjho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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