Ramcharit Charcha DXXV

II Shree Guruvey Namanh 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

सोक सनेहँ कि बाल सुभाएँ। आयउँ लाइ रजायसु बाएँ।।
तबहुँ कृपाल हेरि निज ओरा। सबहि भाँति भल मानेउ मोरा।।
देखेउँ पाय सुमंगल मूला। जानेउँ स्वामि सहज अनुकूला।।
बड़ें समाज बिलोकेउँ भागू। बड़ीं चूक साहिब अनुरागू।।
कृपा अनुग्रह अंगु अघाई। कीन्हि कृपानिधि सब अधिकाई।।
राखा मोर दुलार गोसाईं। अपनें सील सुभायँ भलाईं।।
नाथ निपट मैं कीन्हि ढिठाई। स्वामि समाज सकोच बिहाई।।
अबिनय बिनय जथारुचि बानी। छमिहि देउ अति आरति जानी।।
दो0-सुह्रद सुजान सुसाहिबहि बहुत कहब बड़ि खोरि।
आयसु देइअ देव अब सबइ सुधारी मोरि।।300।।

We covered up to Doha 300 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat very humbly submitted to Shri Ram that though he out of his childish nature had ignored the royal command and had come to Chitrakoot yet Shri Ram did not take it as an offence. Bharat said that now he was near the feet of Lord from which flows the auspiciousness and had found his master favorably inclined; he mentioned it to be a good piece of luck for him that even in view of his big remissness his superior and senior had maintained an attitude of love towards him and had showered his graces in ample measure. Bharat said that he had been obstinate and did not fear the society or the master but Shri Ram on account of His loving nature did not shun him; and said that he had spoken as he pleased in a suitable manner or otherwise and expects to be forgiven. Lastly Bharat mentioned that without speaking too much before knowledgeable and loving master he was ready for doing as he would be instructed by Shri Ram who has always sided with me and helped me.

प्रभु पद पदुम पराग दोहाई। सत्य सुकृत सुख सीवँ सुहाई।।
सो करि कहउँ हिए अपने की। रुचि जागत सोवत सपने की।।
सहज सनेहँ स्वामि सेवकाई। स्वारथ छल फल चारि बिहाई।।
अग्या सम न सुसाहिब सेवा। सो प्रसादु जन पावै देवा।।
अस कहि प्रेम बिबस भए भारी। पुलक सरीर बिलोचन बारी।।
प्रभु पद कमल गहे अकुलाई। समउ सनेहु न सो कहि जाई।।
कृपासिंधु सनमानि सुबानी। बैठाए समीप गहि पानी।।
भरत बिनय सुनि देखि सुभाऊ। सिथिल सनेहँ सभा रघुराऊ।।
छं0-रघुराउ सिथिल सनेहँ साधु समाज मुनि मिथिला धनी।
मन महुँ सराहत भरत भायप भगति की महिमा घनी।।
भरतहि प्रसंसत बिबुध बरषत सुमन मानस मलिन से।
तुलसी बिकल सब लोग सुनि सकुचे निसागम नलिन से।।
सो0-देखि दुखारी दीन दुहु समाज नर नारि सब।
मघवा महा मलीन मुए मारि मंगल चहत।।301।।

Bharat added, “I swear by the dust of Your lotus feet which represents that real substance that makes one go for such noble deeds which ensure maximum pleasure/benefit. In that light only I pour out what’s in my heart and which is to my liking in states of waking, sleeping and dreaming. A benign master can only be served without selfishness, without deceit and without any expectation of the four benefits (Dharma, Artha, Kaama or Moksha). To carry out as ordered by the Lord is the ultimate service that can be rendered to Him hence let me have that graceful reward in shape of Your instructions and direction, My Lord.”

Finishing thus Bharat became overwhelmed with feelings of love for Shri Ram and his body thrilled while eyes became wet. Distressed Bharat then rushed to grab the feet of the Lord, his extent of love and the sight it presented is beyond description. Then Shri Ram gracefully saying sweet words to honor him held his hand and made him sit near Himself. Observing humility of Bharat and his disposition, Shri Ram, the Lord of Raghus, as well as the assembly of people there felt overtaken by feelings of love.

Raghuraj Shri Ram, King Janak, the Munis and Sadhus, all benumbed due to affection for Bharat, thought appreciatively of the brotherliness of Bharat and glory of his devotion. The gods also praised Bharat but were apprehensive while showering flowers from above. After listening to Bharat, Tulsi says, people cringed i e felt distressed like the lotuses do upon fall of night.

Indra, the chief of gods, noted that people from both sides i e Ayodhya and Mithila were now weak due to sufferings and grief, holding grudge in heart for them, he wanted to further hit them as if he wanted to celebrate after killing those who were almost dead already (Indra and gods had interest only in this that Shri Ram remains in exile and kill demons to reinstate them post their defeat at the hands of demons).

We have now covered up to Doha 301 of Ayodhya Kand.

कपट कुचालि सीवँ सुरराजू। पर अकाज प्रिय आपन काजू।।
काक समान पाकरिपु रीती। छली मलीन कतहुँ न प्रतीती।।
प्रथम कुमत करि कपटु सँकेला। सो उचाटु सब कें सिर मेला।।
सुरमायाँ सब लोग बिमोहे। राम प्रेम अतिसय न बिछोहे।।
भय उचाट बस मन थिर नाहीं। छन बन रुचि छन सदन सोहाहीं।।
दुबिध मनोगति प्रजा दुखारी। सरित सिंधु संगम जनु बारी।।
दुचित कतहुँ परितोषु न लहहीं। एक एक सन मरमु न कहहीं।।
लखि हियँ हँसि कह कृपानिधानू। सरिस स्वान मघवान जुबानू।।
दो0-भरतु जनकु मुनिजन सचिव साधु सचेत बिहाइ।
लागि देवमाया सबहि जथाजोगु जनु पाइ।।302।।

The chief of gods, Indra, is known to be most inclined to practice deceit and employ uncalled means for accomplishment of his own goals and spoil the game of others; Indra,the killer of demon Paka, follows the vile practices of crows having a crafty nature and malicious intentions and does not have faith in anyone. He had already contrived by spreading his net over people and spread disaffection and frustration among them; people now suffered due to delusory power of the gods but due to their natural love for Shri Ram they did not feel too disenchanted (i e their love for the Lord kept them holding some semblance of equilibrium though circumstanced had become too demanding and the gods had applied tricks on them, it means that those who have a devotion towards the Lord only have capacity to withstand the trying times which appear in their lives from time to time and where the gods are not supportive rather are the cause of turmoil).

Boredom and weariness and the fear of unknown made them fickle minded, one moment they liked to stay in forest and next moment they wished to enjoy the comforts of their homes. With this kind of double-mindedness they now felt miserable and their hearts now churned like the water of river churns at the point it falls in to the ocean. It is well known that a wavering mind does not allow any one to remain satisfied whatever be the outside circumstances and none of those present there wanted to discuss their inner condition with the other.

Shri Ram, the merciful one, observed what was going on and silently smiling he thought that after all a dog, a young person and Indra have a commonality between them (the words ‘Shwan, Yuwaan and Maghwan’ in Sanskrit language find a similar treatment in grammar), they all are impulsive and crafty.

The impact of the gods mischievous designs have implication on each one in accordance with their inner strength to withstand however it could have no influence on Bharat, King Janak, Munis, the Minister, the Sadhus and whoever was consciously awake and alive to the situation i e self controlled thinkers.

We have now covered up to Doha 302 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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