Ramcharit Charcha DXXIX

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

 

एकु मनोरथु बड़ मन माहीं। सभयँ सकोच जात कहि नाहीं।।
कहहु तात प्रभु आयसु पाई। बोले बानि सनेह सुहाई।।
चित्रकूट सुचि थल तीरथ बन। खग मृग सर सरि निर्झर गिरिगन।।
प्रभु पद अंकित अवनि बिसेषी। आयसु होइ त आवौं देखी।।
अवसि अत्रि आयसु सिर धरहू। तात बिगतभय कानन चरहू।।
मुनि प्रसाद बनु मंगल दाता। पावन परम सुहावन भ्राता।।
रिषिनायकु जहँ आयसु देहीं। राखेहु तीरथ जलु थल तेहीं।।
सुनि प्रभु बचन भरत सुख पावा। मुनि पद कमल मुदित सिरु नावा।।
दो0-भरत राम संबादु सुनि सकल सुमंगल मूल।
सुर स्वारथी सराहि कुल बरषत सुरतरु फूल।।308।।

We covered up to Doha 308 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat wished to go and visit in the forest all those spots where Shri Ram had been and Shri Ram happily asked him to do so but only after seeking permission of Muni Attri under whose protection the forest region had been, and had retained charm and pleasure giving qualities and remained sacred. Shri Ram also advised Bharat to place the waters of the various Teerthas brought by him at the point that the principal Muni indicates. Since the meaningful talk between Shri Ram and Bharat had now assured the gods that Shri Ram would not return, they rejoiced and showered flowers of celestial tree on them.

धन्य भरत जय राम गोसाईं। कहत देव हरषत बरिआई।
मुनि मिथिलेस सभाँ सब काहू। भरत बचन सुनि भयउ उछाहू।।
भरत राम गुन ग्राम सनेहू। पुलकि प्रसंसत राउ बिदेहू।।
सेवक स्वामि सुभाउ सुहावन। नेमु पेमु अति पावन पावन।।
मति अनुसार सराहन लागे। सचिव सभासद सब अनुरागे।।
सुनि सुनि राम भरत संबादू। दुहु समाज हियँ हरषु बिषादू।।
राम मातु दुखु सुखु सम जानी। कहि गुन राम प्रबोधीं रानी।।
एक कहहिं रघुबीर बड़ाई। एक सराहत भरत भलाई।।
दो0-अत्रि कहेउ तब भरत सन सैल समीप सुकूप।
राखिअ तीरथ तोय तहँ पावन अमिअ अनूप।।309।।

The gods busied themselves in thanking Bharat and hailing Shri Ram with aplomb and cheer. Munis and King Janak and rest of the people there were now upbeat after listening to the words of Bharat (for it provided them too an opportunity to visit the interesting spots). Videh, the king, zestfully praised both Shri Ram and Bharat for the host of virtues they possessed and for the love they had for each other. The ministers and the members of the assembly there also noted the agreeable temperament and pleasant nature of the Swami (master and lord) Shri Ram and of the Sevak (the servant and bhakta) Bharat, they found that both had straight approach and well considered resolve as well as their love for each other was selfless and pure; all of them appreciated this according to their own understanding while they possessed an affectionate mood towards them both.

Listening to the exchanges between Shri Ram Bharat  the people from both sides i e Ayodhya and Mithila had feelings of happiness as well as of remorse as some part of it was to their liking and some part hard to digest. Mother of Lord Shri Ram however took it with equanimity, for her it was same both ways i e whether Bharat went in to jungle or Shri Ram went and explained it all to other queens by recounting the virtues of Shri Ram. Now some praised Shri Ram and some laid stress on the gentility and congeniality of Bharat.

Rishi Attri then told Bharat about a well near the mountain where Bharat could place the waters of the Teerthas where it would remain pure like nectar and would become more special.

We have now covered up to Doha 309 of Ayodhya Kand.

भरत अत्रि अनुसासन पाई। जल भाजन सब दिए चलाई।।
सानुज आपु अत्रि मुनि साधू। सहित गए जहँ कूप अगाधू।।
पावन पाथ पुन्यथल राखा। प्रमुदित प्रेम अत्रि अस भाषा।।
तात अनादि सिद्ध थल एहू। लोपेउ काल बिदित नहिं केहू।।
तब सेवकन्ह सरस थलु देखा। किन्ह सुजल हित कूप बिसेषा।।
बिधि बस भयउ बिस्व उपकारू। सुगम अगम अति धरम बिचारू।।
भरतकूप अब कहिहहिं लोगा। अति पावन तीरथ जल जोगा।।
प्रेम सनेम निमज्जत प्रानी। होइहहिं बिमल करम मन बानी।।
दो0-कहत कूप महिमा सकल गए जहाँ रघुराउ।
अत्रि सुनायउ रघुबरहि तीरथ पुन्य प्रभाउ।।310।।

Bharat up on receiving the instructions of Muni Attri, asked his men to carry the vessels containing waters of the holy places and accompanied by younger brother Shatrughan, Muni Attri and other Sadhus in the group reached the spot where the well of immense depth was to be found. The holy water brought from all sacred places was then placed at that sacred and auspicious point. Muni Attri, with pleasure and sweet feelings, began to explain the importance of that place and said, “O Taat (beloved young man), since times immemorial this has been a place having many special qualities and it provides accomplishments easily but with passage of time it had been forgotten and none had idea of its being here. The servants examined the place and found it to be containing water in its depths and to make that pure water available they dug up a well with care. By the grace of lord, entire world had benefit of this substantial gift, due to placement of holy water of many sacred places there, it was now easy to have all benefits, from religious angle as well, of all those distant Teerthas.

This well was now going to be known as Bharat Koop (the well of Bharat) which had become totally sacred and pure because of its having received the waters of Teerthas. Bathing in its water was now going to make one pure in deeds, in heart and mind, and in speech.

All went back to Raghuraj Shri Ram recounting the glories of the well (for they had themselves had the benefit after bathing in its water and felt it working as proclaimed by Muni). Reaching there Muni Attri told Shri Ram all the beneficial effects of that well that had now become a Teertha.

(This well, known as Bharat Koop, is in Banda District of Uttar Pradesh, Inida near mount Chitrakoot. I have visited that place and can endorse the fact that water of that well tastes so good that no other water can compare and its touch gives immense pleasure. The water level is just two-three feet below the ground and one needs no kind of help to get it.)

We have now covered up to Doha 310 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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