Ramcharit Charcha DXXX

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 310 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that as per the direction of Muni Attri, Bharat asked his men to carry the pots containing the water brought from various Teerthas from all over to the point suggested by Muni and went there himself along with all Sadhus and younger brother Shatrughan. At that sacred spot there was a large source of water but over time it was forgotten. A large well then was dug up and the water of all sacred places was deposited in that holy well which even other wise could grant accomplishments was now able to provide to people the same religious benefit that people visit  Teerthas for. Muni told glories of that sacred spot, now to be known as ‘Bharat Koop’, to all and also to Raghunath Shri Ram up on returning. Everyone accompanying Bharat now had the feel of the special water of the well and enjoyed and praised it’s beneficial effect.

कहत धरम इतिहास सप्रीती। भयउ भोरु निसि सो सुख बीती।।
नित्य निबाहि भरत दोउ भाई। राम अत्रि गुर आयसु पाई।।
सहित समाज साज सब सादें। चले राम बन अटन पयादें।।
कोमल चरन चलत बिनु पनहीं। भइ मृदु भूमि सकुचि मन मनहीं।।
कुस कंटक काँकरीं कुराईं। कटुक कठोर कुबस्तु दुराईं।।
महि मंजुल मृदु मारग कीन्हे। बहत समीर त्रिबिध सुख लीन्हे।।
सुमन बरषि सुर घन करि छाहीं। बिटप फूलि फलि तृन मृदुताहीं।।
मृग बिलोकि खग बोलि सुबानी। सेवहिं सकल राम प्रिय जानी।।
दो0-सुलभ सिद्धि सब प्राकृतहु राम कहत जमुहात।
राम प्रान प्रिय भरत कहुँ यह न होइ बड़ि बात।।311।।

Up on return, the people spent the whole night talking of the matters relating to religion, the history pertaining to religion and other connected history (with important issue now almost settled and in the midst of enlightened Munis, none wanted to forgo this opportunity). In the morning the two brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan first attended to their morning time routine and rituals and then taking permission from Shri Ram, Muni Attri and Guru Vashishttha, they left for visit in to the deeper regions of the jungles on foot together with rest of the people and equipped with needed paraphernalia.

That Bharat and Shatrughan wakled bare foot though they had tender sole. The earth became soft with her heart filled with consideration for them, she concealed all harsh object like thorns and pointed pebbles etc. In this way the mother earth made the tracks and ruts smooth and pleasure giving; the cool and fragrant breeze pleased the brothers. The gods showered flowers and clouds concealed sun, the trees provided fruits and flowers and also dropped their soft leaves for making the ground comfortable. The birds sang songs for them and the animals eyed them with love. In fact every department of forest came forward to serve them knowing them to be darlings of Shri Ram,

When all kinds of Siddhis (supernatural powers) come to a person who utters Ram Naam (Lord’s name ‘Ram’) even while yawning, its no wonder that those Siddhis came to please Bharat, he is after all most dear to Shri Ram.

We have now covered up to Doha 311 of Ayodhya Kand.

एहि बिधि भरतु फिरत बन माहीं। नेमु प्रेमु लखि मुनि सकुचाहीं।।
पुन्य जलाश्रय भूमि बिभागा। खग मृग तरु तृन गिरि बन बागा।।
चारु बिचित्र पबित्र बिसेषी। बूझत भरतु दिब्य सब देखी।।
सुनि मन मुदित कहत रिषिराऊ। हेतु नाम गुन पुन्य प्रभाऊ।।
कतहुँ निमज्जन कतहुँ प्रनामा। कतहुँ बिलोकत मन अभिरामा।।
कतहुँ बैठि मुनि आयसु पाई। सुमिरत सीय सहित दोउ भाई।।
देखि सुभाउ सनेहु सुसेवा। देहिं असीस मुदित बनदेवा।।
फिरहिं गएँ दिनु पहर अढ़ाई। प्रभु पद कमल बिलोकहिं आई।।
दो0-देखे थल तीरथ सकल भरत पाँच दिन माझ।
कहत सुनत हरि हर सुजसु गयउ दिवसु भइ साँझ।।312।।

This is how Bharat now roamed about in the forest but his discipline and affectionate care made even the Munis look at him with appreciation. Pious and pure water bodies, the godly lands and its various departments, the birds and animals. the trees and grass lands, the hillocks, tracts of forest and beautiful gardens all of which had charm and attraction beside being pure and pristine made Bharat look at them with keen interest and notice divinity of the place. Bharat with joyful heart listened to Muni who explained the benign influence of all that was visible and what those places were called and stood for. Bharat went about enjoying what was there at some points and bowed down in reverence at some other places. He just keenly looked at some of the heart stealing beautiful spots.

At some spots both brothers stayed for a while with Munis permission and spent time remembering Bhagwati Sita and Lord Shri Ram. The guardian deities of the forest gave them blessing when they noted them having an attitude of love and service for all. Brothers used to remain in forest till some time before the dusk and then return back to have glimpse of the feet of the Lord (Shri Ram).

Bharat visited all the interesting places and the sacred spots (the Teerthas) in five days. Discussing the glories of Lord Hari and Mahadev Shiv during this last day too Bharat found that the evening hour was now approaching.

(We should learn from Bharat how he visited the natural spots, we should learn that all such places should be visited with least disturbance and with much care and attention. The sanctity of such regions should be maintained as a matter of duty. The modern society is forgetting it and that’s a crime.)

We have now covered up to Doha 312 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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