Ramcharit Charcha DXXVI

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 302 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Lord Indra, who wants only his own interests to be served even at the cost of others, exercised his powers to spread boredom and discontent among people. His efforts made people confused and delusive but they still retained some sense due to their love for Shri Ram. Fear and disinterest made them fickle minded and they wished to stay there one moment and next wished to go back to their homes. This split mentality made them unsettled and upset but they did not discuss their plights with each other. Lord Shri Ram noted Indra’s mischievous ways and people’s condition and laughed within. The conspiratorial ways of the gods impacted all leaving Bharat, King Janak, the Munis and Sadhus and some of enlightened and alert people.

कृपासिंधु लखि लोग दुखारे। निज सनेहँ सुरपति छल भारे।।
सभा राउ गुर महिसुर मंत्री। भरत भगति सब कै मति जंत्री।।
रामहि चितवत चित्र लिखे से। सकुचत बोलत बचन सिखे से।।
भरत प्रीति नति बिनय बड़ाई। सुनत सुखद बरनत कठिनाई।।
जासु बिलोकि भगति लवलेसू। प्रेम मगन मुनिगन मिथिलेसू।।
महिमा तासु कहै किमि तुलसी। भगति सुभायँ सुमति हियँ हुलसी।।
आपु छोटि महिमा बड़ि जानी। कबिकुल कानि मानि सकुचानी।।
कहि न सकति गुन रुचि अधिकाई। मति गति बाल बचन की नाई।।
दो0-भरत बिमल जसु बिमल बिधु सुमति चकोरकुमारि।
उदित बिमल जन हृदय नभ एकटक रही निहारि।।303।।

The most merciful Lord Shri Ram observed the pitiable plight of people, upset for Him out of their love for Him, now additionally had to bear what chief of gods had done to them, and thus their heart were heavy. The wit of all including the king, the Guru, the Brahmins and the ministers now stood locked and had lost capacity to ponder, due to the devotion of Bharat and its impact on them; they now only fixatedly looked at Shri Ram and became too reserved and could utter only a few words like those who are taught to repeat certain words. Bharat’s warmth, his sober nature and his humility reflected in his speech which was too pleasing to hear but to describe it all in words is a difficult task. A shred of whose devotion could make the Munis and the king go in trance, how then, Tulsi wonders, is it possible for him to sing his glories. That he still attempted it is for the very reason that Bharat’s nature itself had spurred some sensible thoughts in his heart yet considering his own intellect limited and Bharat’s glory immense he has had to observe the limit that the family of poets put on themselves in such cases. He couldn’t tell all his virtues though he had such wish and could produce only some words like a child inspired mentally.

Bharat’s pristine and glorious fame appears like a moon without blemish in mind space of people who have pure hearts and their intellect just observes it like a little Chakor bird with single pointed attention (as the intellect finds such matters beyond its capacity to analyse and weigh, it has to be simply absorbed as it is).

We have now covered up to Doha 303 of Ayodhya Kand.

भरत सुभाउ न सुगम निगमहूँ। लघु मति चापलता कबि छमहूँ।।
कहत सुनत सति भाउ भरत को। सीय राम पद होइ न रत को।।
सुमिरत भरतहि प्रेमु राम को। जेहि न सुलभ तेहि सरिस बाम को।।
देखि दयाल दसा सबही की। राम सुजान जानि जन जी की।।
धरम धुरीन धीर नय नागर। सत्य सनेह सील सुख सागर।।
देसु काल लखि समउ समाजू। नीति प्रीति पालक रघुराजू।।
बोले बचन बानि सरबसु से। हित परिनाम सुनत ससि रसु से।।
तात भरत तुम्ह धरम धुरीना। लोक बेद बिद प्रेम प्रबीना।।
दो0-करम बचन मानस बिमल तुम्ह समान तुम्ह तात।
गुर समाज लघु बंधु गुन कुसमयँ किमि कहि जात।।304।।

Even Vedas fail to assess Bharat’s true nature hence the smallness of the frail intellect of a poet is only to be excused. It is of course normal for anyone to be instinctively devoted to the feet of Bhagwati Sita and Lord Shri Ram and become absorbed while either listening to the account of truthfulness and loving nature ingrained in Bharat’s character or speaking of it. If one misses out to immediately have feeling of love for Shri Ram just when he thinks of Bharat then he really must be carrying a very high level of negativity.

Graceful Lord Shri Ram, who knows the feelings and choices present in everyone’s heart, took note of condition of all those present there. Upholder of Dharma, patient by nature, very civil and policy oriented, and like an ocean of truth, love and bliss, such Raghuraj Shri Ram who never fails to maintain propriety in conduct and never fails to respond to expression of love towards Himself, keeping in mind the time, the occasion, the place and the people, spoke to all present there in words that contained welfare and benefit for all and which entered in ears of all like nectar dripping from moon.

Shri Ram said, “O Taat (my younger brother), you are well established in Dharma,, you know what is to the liking of people i e the commonly established practices and all that is recommended in Vedas and in the matters of love also nothing is concealed from you.

“Besides in practices and deeds, in speech and in purity thinking, you are not equaled by anyone and therefore you are your own match in these respects, I don’t know how to speak of virtues of a younger brother in presence of so many respectable people and in such trying times.”

We have now covered up to Doha 304 of Ayodhya Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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