Ramcharit Charcha DXXXIV

II Shree Guruvey namah II


Jai Shri Ram,


II Sti 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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 318 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak and Guru Vashishttha also got carried away observing the intensity of love between Shri Ram and Bharat, it was unworldly. So also this moment as parting moment for Bharat separating from Shri Ram is too heart rending and harrowing for a poet to attempt its description. Bharat and Shatrughan met Shri Ram after having received His valuable advice and signaled their minister and servants to arrange for journey back home. The people from both sides also got up to get ready for the journey though they were still under state of shock. Thanking and paying respect to Munies, ascetics and guardians of forest, the two brothers prepared to leave but only after bowing down at feet of Bhagwati Sita and receiving her blessings and meeting brother Lakshman.

सानुज राम नृपहि सिर नाई। कीन्हि बहुत बिधि बिनय बड़ाई।।
देव दया बस बड़ दुखु पायउ। सहित समाज काननहिं आयउ।।
पुर पगु धारिअ देइ असीसा। कीन्ह धीर धरि गवनु महीसा।।
मुनि महिदेव साधु सनमाने। बिदा किए हरि हर सम जाने।।
सासु समीप गए दोउ भाई। फिरे बंदि पग आसिष पाई।।
कौसिक बामदेव जाबाली। पुरजन परिजन सचिव सुचाली।।
जथा जोगु करि बिनय प्रनामा। बिदा किए सब सानुज रामा।।
नारि पुरुष लघु मध्य बड़ेरे। सब सनमानि कृपानिधि फेरे।।
दो0-भरत मातु पद बंदि प्रभु सुचि सनेहँ मिलि भेंटि।
बिदा कीन्ह सजि पालकी सकुच सोच सब मेटि।।319।।

Shri Ram along with Lakshman came to King Janak and bowed down; they acclaimed and honored him for his presence there and felt gratified that he came all the way along with many others but expressed concern that due to providence and because of his this act of kindness he had to suffer a lot. They urged the king to bless them and leave for Mithila, king also keeping his patience decided to leave the place. Both brothers, Shri Ram and Lakshman honored the Munis, the Brahmins and the seekers taking them to be like Lord Hari and Lord Shiv (the guests in Indian tradition are like God). Then both of them went to meet the mother in law and returned after paying respect and getting her blessings.

Muni Vishwamitra, Vamdev and Jabali, and the family members and citizens were also given due respects by both according to status of each one before they left. Men and women who were of same age and were junior and senior, were all given respect and love before Shri Ram, the merciful one, allowed them to leave.

Lastly Lord Shri Ram made it a point to adore the feet of Bharat’s mother, Kaikeyi and met her expressing His pure affection towards her; Shri Ram then saw her off, in a palanquin that was duly decorated and had all needed things, in such a way that made her forget her ignominy and resulting grief.

We have now covered up to Doha 319 of Ayodhya Kand.

परिजन मातु पितहि मिलि सीता। फिरी प्रानप्रिय प्रेम पुनीता।।
करि प्रनामु भेंटी सब सासू। प्रीति कहत कबि हियँ न हुलासू।।
सुनि सिख अभिमत आसिष पाई। रही सीय दुहु प्रीति समाई।।
रघुपति पटु पालकीं मगाईं। करि प्रबोधु सब मातु चढ़ाई।।
बार बार हिलि मिलि दुहु भाई। सम सनेहँ जननी पहुँचाई।।
साजि बाजि गज बाहन नाना। भरत भूप दल कीन्ह पयाना।।
हृदयँ रामु सिय लखन समेता। चले जाहिं सब लोग अचेता।।
बसह बाजि गज पसु हियँ हारें। चले जाहिं परबस मन मारें।।
दो0-गुर गुरतिय पद बंदि प्रभु सीता लखन समेत।
फिरे हरष बिसमय सहित आए परन निकेत।।320।।

Sita also met her family members, her mother and father with love that was pure and pious, she was as dear to them as life. Sita also came to meet mothers in law and did Pranam and embraced them with a lot of affection, it was parting moment too hence the poet has no particular joy in describing it. Sita received advice and desired blessings from both her parents and mothers in law and was now drowned in love of them all.

Shri Ram then called the covered palanquins and after saying soothing but meaningful words helped mothers to sit in. The brothers, Shri Ram and Lakshman, met mothers many times with the same feelings towards them all and saw them go. In duly equipped vehicles and on elephants and horses Bharat and King Janak along with their teams set out on their journeys. All the people only had Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman in their minds and in this way thinking of nothing else, mind with drawn from all else they kept moving. Similarly, the bulls, elephants, horses and other animals with their hearts lost in memory of the Lord kept moving unwillingly but under control of their masters.

Lastly Lord Shri Ram along with Sita and Lakshman adored the feet of Guru Vashishttha and Gurumata Arundhati and returned to His cottage with a mixed feeling of satisfaction and dismay.

We have now covered up to Doha 320 of Ayodhya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Smaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal


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