Ramchrit Charcha DXXXIII

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

राजधरम सरबसु एतनोई। जिमि मन माहँ मनोरथ गोई।।
बंधु प्रबोधु कीन्ह बहु भाँती। बिनु अधार मन तोषु न साँती।।
भरत सील गुर सचिव समाजू। सकुच सनेह बिबस रघुराजू।।
प्रभु करि कृपा पाँवरीं दीन्हीं। सादर भरत सीस धरि लीन्हीं।।
चरनपीठ करुनानिधान के। जनु जुग जामिक प्रजा प्रान के।।
संपुट भरत सनेह रतन के। आखर जुग जुन जीव जतन के।।
कुल कपाट कर कुसल करम के। बिमल नयन सेवा सुधरम के।।
भरत मुदित अवलंब लहे तें। अस सुख जस सिय रामु रहे तें।।
दो0-मागेउ बिदा प्रनामु करि राम लिए उर लाइ।
लोग उचाटे अमरपति कुटिल कुअवसरु पाइ।।316।।

We covered up to Doha 316 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Shri Ram explained to Bharat what constituted their precise duty as a responsible ruler of a state. Shri Ram tried it in many ways but Bharat did not feel any inner satisfaction (he only had in mind what should he do to please Shri Ram). Shri Ram, though all for Bharat, could not think of any thing that he could do more in presence of elders like Guru and Janak, and the ministers. Lastly as an expression of His grace He gave Bharat his wooden sandals which Bharat happily received and kept over his head as symbol of savior of people, as basis of his love, as the two letters representing the Lord’s name (‘Ra’ and ‘Ma’), as protector of family’s noble deeds, as provider of vision to see what constituted service and prescribed duty; Bharat now felt as happy as being with Sita and Ram even when away from them. He wished to leave now and Shri Ram embraced him, the gods pushed the people in disenchanted mood finding this as an opportune moment.

सो कुचालि सब कहँ भइ नीकी। अवधि आस सम जीवनि जी की।।
नतरु लखन सिय राम बियोगा। हहरि मरत सब लोग कुरोगा।।
रामकृपाँ अवरेब सुधारी। बिबुध धारि भइ गुनद गोहारी।।
भेंटत भुज भरि भाइ भरत सो। राम प्रेम रसु कहि न परत सो।।
तन मन बचन उमग अनुरागा। धीर धुरंधर धीरजु त्यागा।।
बारिज लोचन मोचत बारी। देखि दसा सुर सभा दुखारी।।
मुनिगन गुर धुर धीर जनक से। ग्यान अनल मन कसें कनक से।।
जे बिरंचि निरलेप उपाए। पदुम पत्र जिमि जग जल जाए।।
दो0-तेउ बिलोकि रघुबर भरत प्रीति अनूप अपार।
भए मगन मन तन बचन सहित बिराग बिचार।।317।।

The foul trick applied by the chief of gods worked for benefit of people instead, they now had hope of surviving through the period of exile otherwise the separation from Lakshman, Sita and Shri Ram would have marred them like an hard to treat affliction. By the Lord’s grace a problem defying solution now had been got over; the adverse instance of gods had now worked as a beneficial tool.

At this precise moment Shri Ram meeting Bharat with arms wrapped around him presented a sight where the Ram’s intoxicating love for Bharat went beyond possibility of being described. His body, mind and speech became inspired due to affection and He, the one so mighty in exercising patience also had to become impatient. His eyes that were like lotus, a flower born out of water, were now oozing water and this condition of His swayed the gods and they too felt remorseful.

(It is to be absorbed here that relationship of unparalleled intense love between Shri Ram and Bharat is the same that exists between the Supreme Lord of Universe and the Jeevas. When Jeeva forgets the Lord he forgets this relationship of love too but the Lord never ever falls short in reciprocating as soon as Jeeva gets reminded of it.)

The Munies and the Guru who characteristically keep control over emotions and King Janak, always profoundly patient, these people whose minds had become pure like gold after going through the treatment under fire of knowledge, who in fact were brought down on earth by Brahma, the creator, only to remain unaffected by weaknesses in the mundane world like the lotus leaves remain dry though born in a pond of water, even such people after observing the unworldly and limitless love between Shri Ram and Bharat were now overwhelmed in body, mind and speech forgetting dispassion and rational approach.

We have now covered up to Doha 317 of Ayodhya Kand.

जहाँ जनक गुर मति भोरी। प्राकृत प्रीति कहत बड़ि खोरी।।
बरनत रघुबर भरत बियोगू। सुनि कठोर कबि जानिहि लोगू।।
सो सकोच रसु अकथ सुबानी। समउ सनेहु सुमिरि सकुचानी।।
भेंटि भरत रघुबर समुझाए। पुनि रिपुदवनु हरषि हियँ लाए।।
सेवक सचिव भरत रुख पाई। निज निज काज लगे सब जाई।।
सुनि दारुन दुखु दुहूँ समाजा। लगे चलन के साजन साजा।।
प्रभु पद पदुम बंदि दोउ भाई। चले सीस धरि राम रजाई।।
मुनि तापस बनदेव निहोरी। सब सनमानि बहोरि बहोरी।।
दो0-लखनहि भेंटि प्रनामु करि सिर धरि सिय पद धूरि।
चले सप्रेम असीस सुनि सकल सुमंगल मूरि।।318।।

Which can make the thinking and wit of people like King Janak and Guru Vashishttha puzzled and confounded, to call such love as mundane or worldly is not right.

To describe in detail the event of separation of Bharat from Shri Ram and its impact would make the poet be seen as heartless hence for this the poet (i e Tulsi) also leaves the essence of it untold, the power to speak is reluctant to express considering that the delicacy of time and and the quality of affectionate exchange would make the listener feel intense pain too.

Shri Ram met and consoled Bharat first and later brought Shatrughan cheerfully in to embrace. In the mean time taking cue from Bharat the servants and the ministers went about their business of preparing for journey back home. When the people on two sides representing Ayodhya and Mithila noticed this they too, though very much in a state of shock and grief, began to get equipped to leave for journey.

The two brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan, prayed at the lotus feet of Shri Ram together and honoring the will of Shri Ram left the place; they also sought blessings from the Munies, the ascetics and the guardian deities of the forests and well as paid their own respects to them.

Then Bharat and Shatrughan met Lakshman and Shatrughan did Pranam to his elder brother Lakshman; both then picked up the dust of feet of Bhagwati Sita and received her affectionate blessings which would nourish their welfare and well being like root nourishes a plant.

We have now covered upt o Doha 318 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal


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