Ramcharit Charcha DXLVIII

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

धर्म तें बिरति जोग तें ग्याना। ग्यान मोच्छप्रद बेद बखाना।।
जातें बेगि द्रवउँ मैं भाई। सो मम भगति भगत सुखदाई।।
सो सुतंत्र अवलंब न आना। तेहि आधीन ग्यान बिग्याना।।
भगति तात अनुपम सुखमूला। मिलइ जो संत होइँ अनुकूला।।
भगति कि साधन कहउँ बखानी। सुगम पंथ मोहि पावहिं प्रानी।।
प्रथमहिं बिप्र चरन अति प्रीती। निज निज कर्म निरत श्रुति रीती।।
एहि कर फल पुनि बिषय बिरागा। तब मम धर्म उपज अनुरागा।।
श्रवनादिक नव भक्ति दृढ़ाहीं। मम लीला रति अति मन माहीं।।
संत चरन पंकज अति प्रेमा। मन क्रम बचन भजन दृढ़ नेमा।।
गुरु पितु मातु बंधु पति देवा। सब मोहि कहँ जाने दृढ़ सेवा।।
मम गुन गावत पुलक सरीरा। गदगद गिरा नयन बह नीरा।।
काम आदि मद दंभ न जाकें। तात निरंतर बस मैं ताकें।।
दो0-बचन कर्म मन मोरि गति भजनु करहिं निःकाम।।
तिन्ह के हृदय कमल महुँ करउँ सदा बिश्राम।।16।।

This is further to Doha 15 of Aranya kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas which we covered in the last post.

Bhagwan Shri Ram further told Lakshman, “It is true that by practice of Dharma (i e doing the prescribed duties and refraining from doing the prohibited) will result in dispassion and it is also true that by practice of Ashtang Yog (the Yogic regime that has eight parts) which includes meditations etc one attains wisdom; it is right also that wisdom makes one acquire the real knowledge which according to Vedas is capable of liberating. Brother, what moves me most is My Bhakti (the devotion and love) and therefore Bhaktas who practice it delight me most as well as I am the cause of all happiness for the Bhaktas. That Bhakti is independent and is complete in itself without any outside support required for it, in fact the limited as well as deep knowledge about the Lord Supreme (i e to know Him and aspects of Him in some measure as formless and to know also that He only appears as avatars on earth) are subservient to Bhakti ( i e such knowledge is easily forgotten at times by those who do not have profound devotion towards me).

“Taat, Bhakti is root of incomparable bliss and is available only when some saint is made agreeable through humility and service. I would now tell you about the ways with which to attain my Bhakti, it is also the easiest path following which the interested beings i e noble souls enter my heart. Initially the seekers of bhakti should have unwavering love and respect for the feet of Vipras, the knowledgeable Brahmins; learning from them they should engage in all those prescribed duties in the manner suggested in Vedas. This will lead to natural dispassion and non-interest in indulgence of any kind; with this dispassion resolve to get established in my Bhakti will strengthen and affection for me will grow (as the mind will no more be thinking about the lower kind of pleasures that the world seems to provide and will be free for thinking about me).

“With this background the seeker will have profound adherence in respect of nine ways leading to My Bhakti (which we will come to know in full detail later when Lord meets Shabari and tells her) and would develop interest in and liking for My Leelas (the various interesting episodes that display His supreme conduct and playful activities). His would have deep affection for the lotus feet of saints and would sing and chant for the sake of Lord with his heart, body and speech totally engaged, on a regular basis.

“He would serve Me through profound service rendered to the gods, the parents, family and the Guru believing that they are no different from Me. While singing My glories he would have flow of tears. emotions would reflect in his trembling voice and his entire body would get thrilled. He would get over the lustful desires etc and would be free of egoistic tendencies and fallacy of any kind. I am bound to be under control of such a one at all times i e they might mould Me in any way they like but they do always hold wish of Lord as their command and place their speech, action and heart, all  to conform to My idea and dictate besides doing Bhajan etc (praises and Japa) for My sake without an iota of selfish desires.

We have now covered up to Doha 16 of Aranya Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!



Krishna Khandelwal


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