Ramcharit Charcha DXXXI

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


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।।

We covered up to Doha 312 of Ayodhya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Bharat concluded his five day long sojourn in the forest along with his younger brother and other people. He observed all kinds of discipline and made least disturbance in the quiet and pristine regions of the forest. He spent time in remembrance of Bhagwati Sita and Shri Ram and visited all sacred spots while enjoying the serene and beautiful surroundings there and earned respect of the guardians of forest. Lastly singing and listening the glories of Lord Hari and Mahadev Shiv, the last day there passed too and evening time approached.

भोर न्हाइ सबु जुरा समाजू। भरत भूमिसुर तेरहुति राजू।।
भल दिन आजु जानि मन माहीं। रामु कृपाल कहत सकुचाहीं।।
गुर नृप भरत सभा अवलोकी। सकुचि राम फिरि अवनि बिलोकी।।
सील सराहि सभा सब सोची। कहुँ न राम सम स्वामि सँकोची।।
भरत सुजान राम रुख देखी। उठि सप्रेम धरि धीर बिसेषी।।
करि दंडवत कहत कर जोरी। राखीं नाथ सकल रुचि मोरी।।
मोहि लगि सहेउ सबहिं संतापू। बहुत भाँति दुखु पावा आपू।।
अब गोसाइँ मोहि देउ रजाई। सेवौं अवध अवधि भरि जाई।।
दो0-जेहिं उपाय पुनि पाय जनु देखै दीनदयाल।
सो सिख देइअ अवधि लगि कोसलपाल कृपाल।।313।।

After the night passed all the people, including Bharat, Brahmins and King of Mithila, assembled after taking bath etc . Aware that it was good for all to return to homes, Shri Ram was still reluctant to broach the subject. Shri Ram glanced in the direction of Guru, King Janak and Bharat and then towards rest of the people only to turn his gaze looking at the ground with a bit of unease. All were appreciative of His civility and thought that none was as considerate and meekly patient as a master as Shri Ram was. Intelligent Bharat however could notice precisely what Shri Ram had in mind and he very patiently rose up with an attitude of politeness and prostrated before Shri Ram and then said, “O Lord, O Master, You have taken care of my preferences and wishes entirely. Just for my sake all have had to undergo a lot of discomfort and inconvenience; You yourself also have had to suffer in many ways on my account. I wish now, my lord, that you give Your consent for me to leave here and go back to Ayodhya and serve it and manage its affairs till the end of the period of exile.

“I also want to know of the practices that will enable me to have the glimpse of the feet of You, the merciful one towards the humble and poor, once again. You as the real savior of and provider for Kaushala may give me such counsel and instructions that will see me through this trying period.”

We have now covered up to Doha 313 of Ayodhya Kand.

पुरजन परिजन प्रजा गोसाई। सब सुचि सरस सनेहँ सगाई।।
राउर बदि भल भव दुख दाहू। प्रभु बिनु बादि परम पद लाहू।।
स्वामि सुजानु जानि सब ही की। रुचि लालसा रहनि जन जी की।।
प्रनतपालु पालिहि सब काहू। देउ दुहू दिसि ओर निबाहू।।
अस मोहि सब बिधि भूरि भरोसो। किएँ बिचारु न सोचु खरो सो।।
आरति मोर नाथ कर छोहू। दुहुँ मिलि कीन्ह ढीठु हठि मोहू।।
यह बड़ दोषु दूरि करि स्वामी। तजि सकोच सिखइअ अनुगामी।।
भरत बिनय सुनि सबहिं प्रसंसी। खीर नीर बिबरन गति हंसी।।
दो0-दीनबंधु सुनि बंधु के बचन दीन छलहीन।
देस काल अवसर सरिस बोले रामु प्रबीन।।314।।

Bharat also said, ” Master, all citizens, the family members and the subjects of the state are of pure character and rejoice in their affectionate relationship with You. For Your sake it is good to suffer the miseries of the world but without You it is not good even to have the highest position, here in this world or in the world beyond.

“O Swami, You know of every ones’ interest, leanings and preferred ways of living and know what prevails in hearts of your servants and devotees; You as protector of the ones who surrender and as provider, take care of them, whether in this world or in the next world. I am now totally confident in every way when I assess the whole situation and it leaves me with little worry. My troubles and Your love and kindness, both mix up and force me to become stubborn (for I thought that my troubles would be taken care of by You because you have love for me but forgot for a while what precisely is my duty). By removing this fault in me and by having no other reservation You may now instruct and guide me, knowing me as Your obedient follower.”

Listening to Bharat’s humble request, all those who were present there praised him, they acknowledged that Bharat had showed quality of a cygnet which could separate the milk from water ( i e Bharat displayed the ability to identify the substance and discard the superfluous).

Shri Ram, the friend of underpriviledged, attentively listened to the humble submission of brother Bharat which had no trace of deception; Shri Ram, then wisely addressed keeping in mind the sanctity of place, time and  occasion.

We have now covered up to Doha 314 of Ayodhya kand.

Bhavani Shanmkar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal


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