Ramcharit Charcha DXX

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 290 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak and Queen Sunayana spent whole night recounting virtues of Shri Ram and of Shri Bharat. In the morning all the people from Janakpuri and from Ayodhya got up, observed morning routine and engaged themselves in worshiping their respective deities. Shri Ram too went to His Guru immediately after having bath etc and then first bowing down at his feet he told him that people on His side including mothers were grief-stricken and tired after long journey and people accompanying King Janak also had spent many days suffering and grieving hence Muni Maharaj might do something for their relief and then silently waited for response. Guru Vashishtth appreciated Shri Ram’s concern and told him, “O Son, in fact living without You is like living in hell for people on both side and things of pleasures and comforts are useless for them. You only are the cause of their living, You only are the soul of their souls and You are the sole source of their pleasure, the creator is adverse to him who prefers to go back home without You.”

सो सुखु करमु धरमु जरि जाऊ। जहँ न राम पद पंकज भाऊ।।
जोगु कुजोगु ग्यानु अग्यानू। जहँ नहिं राम पेम परधानू।।
तुम्ह बिनु दुखी सुखी तुम्ह तेहीं। तुम्ह जानहु जिय जो जेहि केहीं।।
राउर आयसु सिर सबही कें। बिदित कृपालहि गति सब नीकें।।
आपु आश्रमहि धारिअ पाऊ। भयउ सनेह सिथिल मुनिराऊ।।
करि प्रनाम तब रामु सिधाए। रिषि धरि धीर जनक पहिं आए।।
राम बचन गुरु नृपहि सुनाए। सील सनेह सुभायँ सुहाए।।
महाराज अब कीजिअ सोई। सब कर धरम सहित हित होई।
दो0-ग्यान निधान सुजान सुचि धरम धीर नरपाल।
तुम्ह बिनु असमंजस समन को समरथ एहि काल।।291।।

Muni Vashishtth continued and said, “all prosperity, practice of prescribed rituals and righteous behavior proves futile if it is bereft of devotion at Ram’s feet (i e feet of the Lord, Muni here refers to Ram as the Lord). All such unions are illusory and all such knowledge is without substance where the goal is not to seek love for Ram (the Lord) and where the purpose is to gather knowledge but not crave for love for Shri Ram. In fact the cause of unhappiness is separation from You and the happiness is to be with You (besides physical separation and closeness, the mental separation and closeness also have the same effect); in fact You (as indweller) know what goes on in every one’s heart and mind, its Your will that ultimately matters for every one and You as being very kind towards all know full well what is best and most desirable course. You might now proceed to Your Ashram.”

Finishing thus, the great Muni Vashishtth became emotionally charged (he had been reminded of the Supreme Lord’s avatar as Shri Ram). Shri Ram then reverentially bowed down before Muni and left as instructed. Rishi Vashishtth then approached King Janak keeping patience and repeated the words of Shri Ram before him, the same words which Shri Ram had uttered earlier in very soft and proper manner reflecting His sober nature and sweet temperament.  Muni then besought King Janak saying, “O King Monarch, kindly do that which will uphold everyone’s enshrined duties as well as uphold his welfare.

“You are storehouse of knowledge, very intelligent and wise, you have pious nature, you are very patient in matters of religion and look after people as a King, who else is more competent or empowered than you to mitigate the confusion at this delicate hour.”

We have now covered to Doha 291 of Ayodhya Kand.

सुनि मुनि बचन जनक अनुरागे। लखि गति ग्यानु बिरागु बिरागे।।
सिथिल सनेहँ गुनत मन माहीं। आए इहाँ कीन्ह भल नाही।।
रामहि रायँ कहेउ बन जाना। कीन्ह आपु प्रिय प्रेम प्रवाना।।
हम अब बन तें बनहि पठाई। प्रमुदित फिरब बिबेक बड़ाई।।
तापस मुनि महिसुर सुनि देखी। भए प्रेम बस बिकल बिसेषी।।
समउ समुझि धरि धीरजु राजा। चले भरत पहिं सहित समाजा।।
भरत आइ आगें भइ लीन्हे। अवसर सरिस सुआसन दीन्हे।।
तात भरत कह तेरहुति राऊ। तुम्हहि बिदित रघुबीर सुभाऊ।।
दो0-राम सत्यब्रत धरम रत सब कर सीलु सनेहु।।
संकट सहत सकोच बस कहिअ जो आयसु देहु।।292।।

King Janak felt very pleased and obliged and felt an emotional surge up on listening to words of Muni and at this stage of his mental make up his attitude of dispassion and knowledge oriented self saw it best to leave him for a while. His affectionate self now weakened his resolves based on deep understanding of the affairs of the world, King Janak thought within that it was not right to have come here (where affection rules and dispassion is defeated). Janak reflected that King Dashrath might have ordered Shri Ram to go in exile and in to the jungles (to honor his commitment) but he did not fail to demonstrate the extent of his love for Shri Ram by by shedding life up on being separated from Him. Janak felt disturbed about the possibility of now letting Shri Ram go from this point in the woods to deeper forests and then returning happily back only being wiser.

The seekers doing Tapa and the Mahisuras, the gods on earth i e Brahmins also listened intently what was said and observed the goings on and therefore were overtaken by emotion of love as well as felt slightly depressed (as they also could make out what was in store).

Taking note of the demands of time and keeping balance, the King left there, along with all others, to meet Bharat. When Bharat saw them arrive at his place, he came forward to welcome them and offered suitable seats keeping in mind the occasion and place.

Having settled there, Janak, the King of Tirhut, said, “O Son Bharat, you are well aware of the nature of Raghuveer Shri Ram.

“Shri Ram is totally for upholding the truth, He remains engaged in observing religious duties and acts righteously, He loves all and keeps everyone pride intact by His polite and decent behavior. He is submissive and doesn’t mind if He has to bear hardships (in line with duty and for others’ sake). Keeping all this in mind you may command me to speak whatever you deem right.”

(King Janak in a way ceded that the strength of his own knowledge was not enough to see things in right perspective while Bharat had the capacity to judge and evaluate the matters more competently. Devotion like that of Bharat outshines the dispassion and knowledge.)

We have now covered up to Doha 292 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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