Ramcharit Charcha DXLIV

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

 

एवमस्तु करि रमानिवासा। हरषि चले कुभंज रिषि पासा।।
बहुत दिवस गुर दरसन पाएँ। भए मोहि एहिं आश्रम आएँ।।
अब प्रभु संग जाउँ गुर पाहीं। तुम्ह कहँ नाथ निहोरा नाहीं।।
देखि कृपानिधि मुनि चतुराई। लिए संग बिहसै द्वौ भाई।।
पंथ कहत निज भगति अनूपा। मुनि आश्रम पहुँचे सुरभूपा।।
तुरत सुतीछन गुर पहिं गयऊ। करि दंडवत कहत अस भयऊ।।
नाथ कौसलाधीस कुमारा। आए मिलन जगत आधारा।।
राम अनुज समेत बैदेही। निसि दिनु देव जपत हहु जेही।।
सुनत अगस्ति तुरत उठि धाए। हरि बिलोकि लोचन जल छाए।।
मुनि पद कमल परे द्वौ भाई। रिषि अति प्रीति लिए उर लाई।।
सादर कुसल पूछि मुनि ग्यानी। आसन बर बैठारे आनी।।
पुनि करि बहु प्रकार प्रभु पूजा। मोहि सम भाग्यवंत नहिं दूजा।।
जहँ लगि रहे अपर मुनि बृंदा। हरषे सब बिलोकि सुखकंदा।।
दो0-मुनि समूह महँ बैठे सन्मुख सब की ओर।
सरद इंदु तन चितवत मानहुँ निकर चकोर।।12।।

This is further to Doha 11 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Lord, the Ramaniwas (abode of Rama, as Lakshmi is known and the Lord who resides in heart of Rama) delightfully granting the Muni what he wanted said, “so be it,” and happily proceeded to meet Rishi Kumbhaj. Sutikshna accompanied Lord Ram too and retorted, “It has been long since I have seen my Guru (Rishi Kumbhaj) after coming to this ashram. I will come with You, my master, to visit him and it is for this reason that I am going with You, there is nothing that I ask You by way of help.”

Shri Ram, the gracious one, noted the smartness of Muni and both brothers laughed but took him along. On the way Shri Ram, the one who is above the gods, explained to Muni the uniqueness and benefits of the Bhakti at His own feet and finally reached Muni’s ashram. Sutikshna, wasting no time, rushed to see his Guru and told him while prostrating, “O Master, the suns of the King of Ayodhya, the same who provides the basis for survival of the world i e Shri Ram and the other who holds the earth as its base i e Lakshman have come to meet you. Shri Ram, accompanied by younger brother and  Bhagwati Sita, is right out there whom you all the time remember and do Japa for, O My Benefactor.”

Listening to these words, Muni Agastya rushed out side and finding Lord Hari right before him, he had tears in his eyes. The two brothers fell at the feet of Muni as soon as they saw him and Rishi Agastya lifted them up with great affection and brought them close to heart. The learned Muni then respectfully inquired of their welfare and also made them sit at nice seats. Then Muni paid homage to the Lord by worshiping Him in many ways and said, “there is none as lucky as me.” All the Munis who had gathered there felt very pleased at having Darshan of the Lord who at this moment was a like bundle of joy and pleasure for them.

The Lord now seated facing the Munis was being looked at with concentration by Munis  as if a group of Chakores were looking at the moon in the clear skies of night in month of autumn.

(The background of the story is that Sutikshna as young disciple had once been entrusted by Muni Agastya to take care of Shaligram (a small black stone that is worshiped as a form of Lord Vishnu) while he was going out. Up on his return Muni found that Sutikshna had misplaced it. Enraged Muni then asked Sutikshna to leave ashram and come back only when it was found. Sutikshna therefore lived in forest since then only expecting that one day he will have occasion to meet his Guru and it was today that occasion had come; he could not be able to find that small stone which he had misplaced but now had with him the same Lord in person whose presence it symbolized. Thus he had right to report back to Muni and introduce the Lord to him. In this light we can see how Muni Agastya put a non-serious disciple on course to find the Lord and also the determination of the disciple, his faith in Guru and high level of his patience.)

We have now covered up to Doha 12 of Aranya Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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