Ramcharit Charcha DXXXV

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 320 of Ayodhya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post learned that Shri Ram and Lakshman met all. They expressed their love and respect to them all before they, the people of Ayodhya and Mithila left. Sita met her parents to whom she was as dear as life and Sita also met her mothers in law with great compassion and love and received their valuable advice and abundant blessings. Shri Ram then asked for the well equipped comfortable palanquins and helped His mother mount the same. The whole contingent of people from Ayodhya and Mithila then moved with a heavy heart but also keeping the images of Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman in hearts. Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman lastly paid respects to Guru and Guru Mata and returned  to their abode with a sense of loss as well as of relief.

बिदा कीन्ह सनमानि निषादू। चलेउ हृदयँ बड़ बिरह बिषादू।।
कोल किरात भिल्ल बनचारी। फेरे फिरे जोहारि जोहारी।।
प्रभु सिय लखन बैठि बट छाहीं। प्रिय परिजन बियोग बिलखाहीं।।
भरत सनेह सुभाउ सुबानी। प्रिया अनुज सन कहत बखानी।।
प्रीति प्रतीति बचन मन करनी। श्रीमुख राम प्रेम बस बरनी।।
तेहि अवसर खग मृग जल मीना। चित्रकूट चर अचर मलीना।।
बिबुध बिलोकि दसा रघुबर की। बरषि सुमन कहि गति घर घर की।।
प्रभु प्रनामु करि दीन्ह भरोसो। चले मुदित मन डर न खरो सो।।
दो0-सानुज सीय समेत प्रभु राजत परन कुटीर।
भगति ग्यानु बैराग्य जनु सोहत धरें सरीर।।321।।

Shri Ram then honored Nishad and sent him off too who carried a lot of pain in heart for being separated from Shri Ram. The Kols, the hunters, the aboriginals and those who had made forest home for Tapasya also went away calling out to Shri Ram respectfully. Lord Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman then sat under the Vat tree and lamented about parting from their loved ones. Shri Ram took this occasion to recount in detail the affectionate nature of Bharat in presence of younger brother Lakshman and His beloved Sita; He told them, lost in fond memory of Bharat, explaining the soft feelings of Bharat, his profound faith that was reflected in his speech, thinking and action. The gods observed that all at Chitrakoot whether birds, animals, the beings who live in water like fishes i e all the animate beings and even the inanimate ones had become unhealthy and weak finding Raghuver Shri Ram in such state of grieving and telling all about this common affliction prevalent everywhere they showered flowers in acknowledgement. Shri Ram reverentially responded to gods and reassured them (that He was aware of the requirement of gods that the demons need to be killed); the gods then left cheerfully without a trace of dread in their hearts.

Lord Shri Ram began to spend days with comfort and grace in His hut made of leaves along with Sita and younger brother Lakshman, it presented a glorious sight as if Bhakti personified as Sita (her level of devotion to Shri Ram was exemplary), truth personified as Shri Ram (the Lord is known to be the ultimate truth and knowing Him is like knowing all) and dispassion personified as Lakshman (having no desire other than to serve the Lord which is possible only when a person it totally with drawn from attraction of the mundane world) now lived there.

(Bhakti can exist only there where there is dispassion and where there is Bhakti the Lord in never absent).

We have now covered up to Doha 321 of Ayodhya Kand.

मुनि महिसुर गुर भरत भुआलू। राम बिरहँ सबु साजु बिहालू।।
प्रभु गुन ग्राम गनत मन माहीं। सब चुपचाप चले मग जाहीं।।
जमुना उतरि पार सबु भयऊ। सो बासरु बिनु भोजन गयऊ।।
उतरि देवसरि दूसर बासू। रामसखाँ सब कीन्ह सुपासू।।
सई उतरि गोमतीं नहाए। चौथें दिवस अवधपुर आए।
जनकु रहे पुर बासर चारी। राज काज सब साज सँभारी।।
सौंपि सचिव गुर भरतहि राजू। तेरहुति चले साजि सबु साजू।।
नगर नारि नर गुर सिख मानी। बसे सुखेन राम रजधानी।।
दो0-राम दरस लगि लोग सब करत नेम उपबास।
तजि तजि भूषन भोग सुख जिअत अवधि कीं आस।।322।।

Munis, Brahmins, Guru Vashishttha and King Janak as well as all the rest were upset and distressed on account of being separated from Shri Ram; they all, just recounting the many virtues of Shri Ram in their hearts, were walking along the way. They first crossed river Yamuna and went without food that day, next day they crossed the divine river Ganges and halted for rest. Nishad, the friend of Shri Ram made arrangements for them there and tried his best to make all needed thing available for them. Next they crossed river Sai and had bath in river Gomati. On the fourth day of journey they arrived at Avadhpuri.

King Janak stayed for a few days there and helped in conduct of administration and paid attention in smooth functioning of various departments of governance. King Janak, after discharging his duty as an elder, decided to hand over the responsibility of the state to ministers and Bharat and shortly thereafter he prepared to leave for Tirhut, his own kingdom.The citizens now lived happily in the capital city of Ayodhya following the directions of Guru.

The citizens observed the regimen of fasting and other prescribed practices in hope of having an occasion to see Shri Ram later in their lives. They shunned luxuries and consumption orientation and spent days in hope of passing the period of exile of Shri Ram (they knew that disciplined life and simple living along with needed patience while being guided by a competent Guru was sure to reunite them with the Lord).

We have now covered up to Doha 322 of Ayodhya Kand.

सचिव सुसेवक भरत प्रबोधे। निज निज काज पाइ पाइ सिख ओधे।।
पुनि सिख दीन्ह बोलि लघु भाई। सौंपी सकल मातु सेवकाई।।
भूसुर बोलि भरत कर जोरे। करि प्रनाम बय बिनय निहोरे।।
ऊँच नीच कारजु भल पोचू। आयसु देब न करब सँकोचू।।
परिजन पुरजन प्रजा बोलाए। समाधानु करि सुबस बसाए।।
सानुज गे गुर गेहँ बहोरी। करि दंडवत कहत कर जोरी।।
आयसु होइ त रहौं सनेमा। बोले मुनि तन पुलकि सपेमा।।
समुझव कहब करब तुम्ह जोई। धरम सारु जग होइहि सोई।।
दो0-सुनि सिख पाइ असीस बड़ि गनक बोलि दिनु साधि।
सिंघासन प्रभु पादुका बैठारे निरुपाधि।।323।।

Bharat gave well intended instructions to his ministers and servants who discharged their respective duties as per advice. Then Bharat called his younger brother Shatrughan and entrusted him with responsibility to look after mothers and serve them well.

Bharat also called the Brahmins, the gods on earth, and after doing Pranam he pleaded for having their favor; he asked them to be open about asking him for doing whatever they pleased whether they considered it to be worthy of him or otherwise, he told them he was ready to receive their instructions hence they should not have any reservation.

Bharat also summoned his family members and the citizens and resolved their problems and paved way for their comfortable living. Lastly Bharat went to the Guru’s residence along with brother and after prostration asked him to be allowed to live with practices befitting an ascetic (thinking that while Shri Ram was not living a life of a prince he should not also). Muni delightfully responded to his submission and lovingly told him, “Whatever you think,say and do is going to be taken as the very gist of all Dharma in the whole world.”

Bharat now had Muni’s approval, he also took some valuable advice from Muni and received his liberal blessings too. Consulting the astrologers he fixed an auspicious hour and day and placed the wooden sandals of Shri Ram on the throne of Ayodhya.

We have now covered up to Doha 323 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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