Ramcharit Charcha DLXXVII

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

सुनि रघुपति के बचन सुहाए। मुनि तन पुलक नयन भरि आए।।
कहहु कवन प्रभु कै असि रीती। सेवक पर ममता अरु प्रीती।।
जे न भजहिं अस प्रभु भ्रम त्यागी। ग्यान रंक नर मंद अभागी।।
पुनि सादर बोले मुनि नारद। सुनहु राम बिग्यान बिसारद।।
संतन्ह के लच्छन रघुबीरा। कहहु नाथ भव भंजन भीरा।।
सुनु मुनि संतन्ह के गुन कहऊँ। जिन्ह ते मैं उन्ह कें बस रहऊँ।।
षट बिकार जित अनघ अकामा। अचल अकिंचन सुचि सुखधामा।।
अमितबोध अनीह मितभोगी। सत्यसार कबि कोबिद जोगी।।
सावधान मानद मदहीना। धीर धर्म गति परम प्रबीना।।
दो0-गुनागार संसार दुख रहित बिगत संदेह।।
तजि मम चरन सरोज प्रिय तिन्ह कहुँ देह न गेह।।45।।

We covered up to Doha 44 of Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Narad appreciated what Lord Raghupati Shri Ram told him and with this understanding he was now bodily thrilled and his eyes were filled with tears. Narad thought who as master has such ways of showering love on his servants and remains so much attached with them; those who do not serve and remember such a Lord, rising above any confusion (which might upset them on account of what temporarily happens to them in course of their lives as per the design of Lord which they think was unjust or not agreeable) are but poor in their understanding, dull of wit and are unfortunate for it.

Narad then began to address Shri Ram with respect, “Listen, O Ram, You are the one who has command over intricate knowledge about every thing knowable; i want to know from You, O Raghuvir, the qualities specific to saints. Kindly tell me that, Master, as You are the one who eliminates the fear of the world from heart of devotees.”

Shri Ram replied, “O Muni, listen from me those special qualities ingrained in saints; these are the very qualities which keep me under their control (i e I never ever think of going against their wishes). Firstly they have conquered over six weaknesses (known as lust, greed, anger, obsessive attachment, egoistic pride and jealousy), are above sinning, are without selfish desires, are of stable mind and intellect, are non-interested in worldly riches, are pure of heart, and are naturally pleased and happy. They have vast knowledge and spiritual wisdom, they are not moved by petty wishes and have limited needs therefore consume minimally, they know the essential truth, they are wise as well as learned and remain engaged in achieving oneness with God. They are alert (about what kind of company they keep and about attacks that may have to be faced on account of wrong kind of thoughts), prefer to respect others while they remain humble themselves and do not crave to be honored, they are mostly patient and are expert in judging and determining the course of righteous practices.

“In this way they are home of virtues, they have no worldly afflictions and have no doubts to clear; nothing is dear to them other than My lotus feet, for them it represents every thing, they have no attachment to their own bodies or to their homes.”

We have now covered up to Doha 45 of Aranya Kand.

निज गुन श्रवन सुनत सकुचाहीं। पर गुन सुनत अधिक हरषाहीं।।
सम सीतल नहिं त्यागहिं नीती। सरल सुभाउ सबहिं सन प्रीती।।
जप तप ब्रत दम संजम नेमा। गुरु गोबिंद बिप्र पद प्रेमा।।
श्रद्धा छमा मयत्री दाया। मुदिता मम पद प्रीति अमाया।।
बिरति बिबेक बिनय बिग्याना। बोध जथारथ बेद पुराना।।
दंभ मान मद करहिं न काऊ। भूलि न देहिं कुमारग पाऊ।।
गावहिं सुनहिं सदा मम लीला। हेतु रहित परहित रत सीला।।
मुनि सुनु साधुन्ह के गुन जेते। कहि न सकहिं सारद श्रुति तेते।।

Shri Ram kept telling Narad the quintessential qualities of saints and said, “The saints are always reluctant about listening to glorified accounts of their own good qualities and always take greater pleasure in listening to virtues of others. They are cool, calm and neutral and always prefer to act on principles. They have straight approach and have love for all in their hearts. They remain engaged in Japa and Tapa, maintain commitments (Vrut), practice control over senses and suppress wrong desires (Dama). They refrain from doing wrong things (Sanyam) and observe prescribed routine (Niyam). They place their love at the feet of the Guru, the Lord and the learned Brahmins.

“They have firm belief (that they will achieve their goal), have quality of forgiveness, are friend of all, are compassionate; they are always in a happy mood, have affection for My feet and they avoid complications of any kind. They are dispassionate by nature, they have discretion, they are submissive and well versed in many fields (especially spiritual knowledge or ultimate knowledge), they rightly understand Vedas and Puranas.

“They refrain from doing any hollow talk, they don’t pose to be important, or become high-headed while dealing with others. They never ever step on wrong path. They love to listen to and sing my Leelas (episodes of my life as Avatar) all the time. They have no selfish interest while they engage in welfare oriented service towards all. O Muni, the fact of the matter is that even Goddess Saraswati and the Vedas can’t recount all the numerous qualities of saints.”

छं0-कहि सक न सारद सेष नारद सुनत पद पंकज गहे।
अस दीनबंधु कृपाल अपने भगत गुन निज मुख कहे।।
सिरु नाह बारहिं बार चरनन्हि ब्रह्मपुर नारद गए।।
ते धन्य तुलसीदास आस बिहाइ जे हरि रँग रँए।।
दो0-रावनारि जसु पावन गावहिं सुनहिं जे लोग।
राम भगति दृढ़ पावहिं बिनु बिराग जप जोग।।46(क)।।
दीप सिखा सम जुबति तन मन जनि होसि पतंग।
भजहि राम तजि काम मद करहि सदा सतसंग।।46(ख)।।
मासपारायण, बाईसवाँ विश्राम
इति श्रीमद्रामचरितमानसे सकलकलिकलुषविध्वंसने
तृतीयः सोपानः समाप्तः।
(अरण्यकाण्ड समाप्त)

As soon as Narad listened that the qualities of saints are not possible to be covered wholly by even Saraswati or by Vedas, he grabbed the feet of the Lord. He thought that the Gracious Lord, the friend of the weak and meek, has kindly explained the virtues of his devotees. This pleased him much and bowing down at Lord’s feet many times, Narad left for his abode in the Brahmapur (the city of Brahma, the creator). Tulsidas says those are always enriched with blessings who have shunned all wishful desires and have no false hopes; and who have decided to drench themselves in love for the Lord Hari.

Whoever listens and sings this glorious saga of Shri Ram, the enemy of Ravan (the one who makes all cry), automatically gets steeped in devotional service of Him without having to make any strenuous efforts for being dispassionate or to do Japa or to practice Yoga.

The female body is like flame of a lamp that attracts mind like insects and burns it, so don’t let it be attracted to it. Best is to remember and serve Lord Shri Ram continuously, shun all lustful tendencies and egoistic mentality by always keeping the company of the noble people and saints (to keep on right track).

This covers up to Doha 46 of Aranya Kand and brings us to 22nd rest in respect of a month long (30 day) study of Ramayana.

This also is the end of the third chapter known as Aranya Kand in Ramcharit Manas that is capable of eliminating all the corruption that Kali Yug is known for.

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

Krishna Khandelwal