Ramcharit Charcha DLVII

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

सुन्दर काण्ड

श्रीजानकीवल्लभो विजयते
पञ्चम सोपान
शान्तं शाश्वतमप्रमेयमनघं निर्वाणशान्तिप्रदं
ब्रह्माशम्भुफणीन्द्रसेव्यमनिशं वेदान्तवेद्यं विभुम् ।
रामाख्यं जगदीश्वरं सुरगुरुं मायामनुष्यं हरिं
वन्देऽहं करुणाकरं रघुवरं भूपालचूड़ामणिम्।।1।।
नान्या स्पृहा रघुपते हृदयेऽस्मदीये
सत्यं वदामि च भवानखिलान्तरात्मा।
भक्तिं प्रयच्छ रघुपुङ्गव निर्भरां मे
कामादिदोषरहितं कुरु मानसं च।।2।।
अतुलितबलधामं हेमशैलाभदेहं
दनुजवनकृशानुं ज्ञानिनामग्रगण्यम्।
सकलगुणनिधानं वानराणामधीशं
रघुपतिप्रियभक्तं वातजातं नमामि।।3।।

The last post ended study of Kishkindha Kand (the fourth descent) in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas, now we begin the study of Sunder Kand (the fifth descent) which is considered as the most popular and is very often sung independently by masses. It is called Sunder (i e beautiful) because of many reasons and after sorrowful events since Ayodhya Kand, this one rekindles hope.

Tulsi begins with prayer in Sanskrit and says, “who is serene, eternal, beyond the scope of knowledge ordinarily, sinless, provider of peace in form of Nirwana (moksha i e ultimate liberation), always served and worshiped by Brahma (the creator), Shankar (the destroyer) and Shesha (the king of serpents), known by and through Vedas, and is present every where and is most powerful, I worship that Hari; known by name of Ram who only is the Lord of whole universe, Guru for the gods, has appeared in form of a human with His own Maya (power of creation) and is great among Raghus while considered to be crown jewel among the kings on earth.”

“Carrying no other cravings or wants in my heart, O Raghupati (master of Raghus), I say this truthfully as well as I know You to be the indwelling as soul in all beings. Kindly enrich me with Your Bhakti, I depend on You, make my mind free of faults that come on account of lustful desires.”

Now Tulsi invokes blessings of Hanuman and prays, “I bow down before Hanuman, son of wind god, who posseses immeasurable strength, whose body shines like mountain of gold, who is like wildfire for the forest of the demons, who is counted as first among the wise and knowledgeable, who has all kinds of virtues, who is leader of the monkeys and most of all is known to be a dear Bhakt of Raghupati Shri Ram.”

जामवंत के बचन सुहाए। सुनि हनुमंत हृदय अति भाए।।
तब लगि मोहि परिखेहु तुम्ह भाई। सहि दुख कंद मूल फल खाई।।
जब लगि आवौं सीतहि देखी। होइहि काजु मोहि हरष बिसेषी।।
यह कहि नाइ सबन्हि कहुँ माथा। चलेउ हरषि हियँ धरि रघुनाथा।।
सिंधु तीर एक भूधर सुंदर। कौतुक कूदि चढ़ेउ ता ऊपर।।
बार बार रघुबीर सँभारी। तरकेउ पवनतनय बल भारी।।
जेहिं गिरि चरन देइ हनुमंता। चलेउ सो गा पाताल तुरंता।।
जिमि अमोघ रघुपति कर बाना। एही भाँति चलेउ हनुमाना।।
जलनिधि रघुपति दूत बिचारी। तैं मैनाक होहि श्रमहारी।।
दो0- हनूमान तेहि परसा कर पुनि कीन्ह प्रनाम।
राम काजु कीन्हें बिनु मोहि कहाँ बिश्राम।।1।।

The advice of Jamvant totally appealed to Hanuman and he appreciated it greatly in his heart and said,”O Brothers, you may now wait for me till I come back after meeting with Sita, you might have to face troubles and have just the stems, roots and fruits that are available here to eat but bear it all. When the task is accomplished, I will be only too pleased (Hanuman at this point recollected that Shri Ram had specially selected him as His messengers and had given the Mudrika i e the ring as token of authenticity).” Saying these words and bowing down giving respect to all there, Hanuman went ahead while happily remembering Raghunath Shri Ram.

Hanuman selected a mountain right at the shore and playfully climbed it. Invoking his Lord, Raghuveer Shri Ram, time and again, the son of wind god took a big jump deploying a big force. The mountain over which Hanuman had placed his foot for support before the jump sank right deep underground due to back-thrust. Hanuman propelled in the same way as the arrows of Shri Ram, that never miss the target, travel.

Some distance away, the ocean called mountain Mainak to come out from its depth and offer Hanuman some respite considering that Hanuman was the messenger of none other than Raghupati Shri Ram (who had been kind to spare the ocean earlier).

Hanuman did not ignore it and gave it mere touch of hand as a token of acknowledgement of his kind gesture.  Hanuman then paid respects to Mainak and told, “I can’t take any rest until the time I complete the assigned task of Shri Ram.”

(There is a message here for the seekers of Bhakti of the Lord; when one embarks on the course of devotion, there will be may temptations to distract. These may well come from the friendly quarters also, such offers must be politely declined and the attention should be kept fixed on the goal and the effort must continue without let up.)

We have now covered up to Doha 1 of Sunder Kand.


Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!



Krishna Khandelwal


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