Ramcharit Charcha DXIX

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 288 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak appreciated the conduct of Shri Bharat with intense emotionality and told his queen that he was himself unable to fully grasp the hieght that Bharat had achieved though he had ample knowledge and experience in all fields. He said that other learned people as well the Brahma, Ganesha, Shiva and Sharada have highest regard for Bharat and feel pleased when they listen to and reflect upon what Bharat stood for and did; Bharat’s glory is purer than that of divine river Ganges and none can ever claim an status equaling that of Bharat, the wise would never want to compare mount Sumeru of immense proportions with a small unit of weight.

अगम सबहि बरनत बरबरनी। जिमि जलहीन मीन गमु धरनी।।
भरत अमित महिमा सुनु रानी। जानहिं रामु न सकहिं बखानी।।
बरनि सप्रेम भरत अनुभाऊ। तिय जिय की रुचि लखि कह राऊ।।
बहुरहिं लखनु भरतु बन जाहीं। सब कर भल सब के मन माहीं।।
देबि परंतु भरत रघुबर की। प्रीति प्रतीति जाइ नहिं तरकी।।
भरतु अवधि सनेह ममता की। जद्यपि रामु सीम समता की।।
परमारथ स्वारथ सुख सारे। भरत न सपनेहुँ मनहुँ निहारे।।
साधन सिद्ध राम पग नेहू।।मोहि लखि परत भरत मत एहू।।
दो0-भोरेहुँ भरत न पेलिहहिं मनसहुँ राम रजाइ।
करिअ न सोचु सनेह बस कहेउ भूप बिलखाइ।।289।।

King Janak further told Sunayanaji , “to describe the greatness of Bharat is not possible for anyone in the way as it is impossible for the fish out of water to cover any distance over the dry land. O Queen, listen carefully, Bharat’s glories have no limit, only Shri Ram knows how impeccable and pure is the conduct of Bharat but even He will find it difficult to verbalize it.”

Having explained in this manner the subtlety of Bharat’s  character to the queen, King Janak, who had gathered what was in queen’s mind and thought,  told her, “It will just fine, matches the wishes of people, if Bharat accompanies Ram in to the jungle and Lakshman returns. But, O Graceful Lady, the kind of love oriented relationship between Bharat and Shri Ram and their trust in each other is not some thing that can be logically tested or rationally understood (i e brain can not assess it fully); while Bharat’s devotion and absolute attachment towards Him is what constitutes the limits in these matters on one hand and on the other, Shri Ram is known to have the maximal equanimity and evenness in His outlook and behavior. The desire for salvation, the selfish desires and longings for worldly pleasures or comforts have never crossed mind of Bharat, not even in dreams. His sole target and the desired goal in life is to do only that which will increase his love for the feet of Shri Ram, this is what he wants to achieve (as the end) by means at his command; I can only see this as the intent and goal of Bharat.”

“Bharat will not even fleetingly think of disregarding the will of Shri Ram (it is like the will of the Lord Supreme for Bharat); let’s not grieve unnecessarily out of our love for them both,” the king broke down saying these words to the queen.

(King Janak, who was a realized soul himself and had mostly contemplated on formless Supreme God, explained that the relationship between Bhakta and the Bhagawan transcends the intellect and that Bhakta always tries to act according to the will of Lord  
regardless of the demands of time and mundane duties. Also the Lord is never swayed by emotions and unwaveringly prefers righteous solutions and discharge of duties. So there is never an occasion to be disturbed by what the Lord will want and what the Bhakta will do.)

We have now covered up to Doha 289 of Ayodhya Kand.

राम भरत गुन गनत सप्रीती। निसि दंपतिहि पलक सम बीती।।
राज समाज प्रात जुग जागे। न्हाइ न्हाइ सुर पूजन लागे।।
गे नहाइ गुर पहीं रघुराई। बंदि चरन बोले रुख पाई।।
नाथ भरतु पुरजन महतारी। सोक बिकल बनबास दुखारी।।
सहित समाज राउ मिथिलेसू। बहुत दिवस भए सहत कलेसू।।
उचित होइ सोइ कीजिअ नाथा। हित सबही कर रौरें हाथा।।
अस कहि अति सकुचे रघुराऊ। मुनि पुलके लखि सीलु सुभाऊ।।
तुम्ह बिनु राम सकल सुख साजा। नरक सरिस दुहु राज समाजा।।
दो0-प्रान प्रान के जीव के जिव सुख के सुख राम।
तुम्ह तजि तात सोहात गृह जिन्हहि तिन्हहिं बिधि बाम।।290।।

For Janak and Sunayana, the royal couple, the whole night passed very quickly while they fondly recounted various virtues of Shri Ram and of Bharat. At the morning hour people on side of both royal groups got up and promptly had baths and performed their religious rituals. Raghuraj Shri Ram too went to see His Guru immediately after having bath to his Guru and noticing that Guru was ready to lend an ear, Shri Ram said to him,” O Lord, Bharat, other citizens as well as my mothers are upset and troubled due to grief and are uncomfortable on account of arduous journey in the forest. Even King of Mithila and his people have been suffering in a similar way for many days now. O Master, do some thing that is proper in these circumstances, I see that only you can ensure welfare of all.”

Though after saying these words Shri Ram felt much embarrassment yet Muni rejoiced having noticed the discipline and poise of Shri Ram. Muni Vashishtth responded to Shri Ram by saying, “O Ram, without You in their midst, having all kinds of paraphernalia for pleasures and comforts is like living in hell for both the royal sides. You only are the very life for their lives, very soul of their souls, what ever joy they feel flows only out of you, hence O My Dear Son Ram, who ever likes to go and stay in home leaving you here, is really the one who has Brahma, the creator, against him.”

(Muni in a way explained that the Jeevatma is nothing but part of Paramatma, the life of all beings begins when a spark of life emanating from Him touches the bodies made of gross stuff and the joy everyone feels is also borrowed from Him only who really is seat of infinite and total joy; without Him the perishable bodies have no meaning. Saying this Muni also confirmed whether knowingly or unknowingly, every one present there had feeling of this kind, those who did not so feel were as good dead and were as good as dwelling in hell after death, for them only the creator had reserved the worst.)

We have now covered up to Doha 290 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal


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