Ramcharit Charcha DLXXI

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

सीता तैं मम कृत अपमाना। कटिहउँ तव सिर कठिन कृपाना।।
नाहिं त सपदि मानु मम बानी। सुमुखि होति न त जीवन हानी।।
स्याम सरोज दाम सम सुंदर। प्रभु भुज करि कर सम दसकंधर।।
सो भुज कंठ कि तव असि घोरा। सुनु सठ अस प्रवान पन मोरा।।
चंद्रहास हरु मम परितापं। रघुपति बिरह अनल संजातं।।
सीतल निसित बहसि बर धारा। कह सीता हरु मम दुख भारा।।
सुनत बचन पुनि मारन धावा। मयतनयाँ कहि नीति बुझावा।।
कहेसि सकल निसिचरिन्ह बोलाई। सीतहि बहु बिधि त्रासहु जाई।।
मास दिवस महुँ कहा न माना। तौ मैं मारबि काढ़ि कृपाना।।
दो0-भवन गयउ दसकंधर इहाँ पिसाचिनि बृंद।
सीतहि त्रास देखावहि धरहिं रूप बहु मंद।।10।।

We covered up to Doha 9 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Ravan angrily told Sita, “Sita, you have  insulted me, I will not hesitate to cut off your head with my tough sword. Either you agree to what I say or your life is going to be extinguished, O Lady with a beautiful face.”

Sita replied promptly, “My Lord’s arms are like a string of blue lotuses, His arms are strong and shapely like an elephant’s trunk. I will have His arms only around my neck or it will be severed by your fierce sword. You are foolish as you have ten pair of shoulders only (and no head over them to think), listen attentively, this is my solemn resolve.” Sita then addressed the sword in Ravan’s hand, “O Chandrahaas (a sword curved like crescent moon), why don’t you steal the heat troubling my heart which is generated by the fire of separation from Raghupati Shri Ram, your edge is cool like a stream and with it you may end my woes.”

With such response coming from Sita, Ravan once again posed to killed Sita but Mandodari, daughter of Mayadanav, interjected by explaining the finer points of Niti (the discipline of behavior with ladies) and quietened him down. Ravan then summoned all those demonesses who were guarding Sita in confinement and told them, “harass Sita employing all possible tricks. If Sita doesn’t agree to my proposal within next thirty days, I am going to kill her taking out my sword.

Making this declaration Ravan, the ten-shouldered one, left for his mansion. Here in Ashokvan, the devilish female characters present there took many ugly and dreadful forms  and began to subdue and scare Sita.

We have now covered up to Doha 10 of Sundar Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal


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