Ramcharit Charcha DXCVII

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

उहाँ निसाचर रहहिं ससंका। जब ते जारि गयउ कपि लंका।।
निज निज गृहँ सब करहिं बिचारा। नहिं निसिचर कुल केर उबारा।।
जासु दूत बल बरनि न जाई। तेहि आएँ पुर कवन भलाई।।
दूतन्हि सन सुनि पुरजन बानी। मंदोदरी अधिक अकुलानी।।
रहसि जोरि कर पति पग लागी। बोली बचन नीति रस पागी।।
कंत करष हरि सन परिहरहू। मोर कहा अति हित हियँ धरहु।।
समुझत जासु दूत कइ करनी। स्त्रवहीं गर्भ रजनीचर धरनी।।
तासु नारि निज सचिव बोलाई। पठवहु कंत जो चहहु भलाई।।
तब कुल कमल बिपिन दुखदाई। सीता सीत निसा सम आई।।
सुनहु नाथ सीता बिनु दीन्हें। हित न तुम्हार संभु अज कीन्हें।।
दो0–राम बान अहि गन सरिस निकर निसाचर भेक।
जब लगि ग्रसत न तब लगि जतनु करहु तजि टेक।।36।।

We have covered up to Doha 35 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this further to it.

The night roaming demons were anxious on the other side of sea and lived in fear since the time a monkey had burned down Lanka. All of them, in side their homes, discussed as they saw that now their families have no real savior and were in danger; they raised a point that whose messenger had such strength that can’t be assessed how then the descent of the master himself can be taken as helpful (they could not openly talk so out in public for fear of Ravan).

Mandodari (Ravan’s queen) however learned from the her female attendants who used to bring news from the city, that such was the popular belief and all were worried (the female workers discharging household chores were experts in exchanging information between themselves). A worried Mandodari stood before her husband with hands folded and bowed at his feet and began to tell him words that were totally in alignment with policy (that reliable information of such damaging magnitude should not be ignored by a good administrator).

She said, “Kant (lovely husband), you must stop bickering and wrangling with Hari, the Lord. Mind my words which are meant for your ultimate good. When the ladies in demon households learned of what the messenger of Him had done, they could not hold fetuses from falling out. Best is to send back with your confidant, a minister, if you are interested in your own welfare, My Dear.

“Sita has descended like a winter night only to wither the lotuses in your family (i e our lovely children are going to suffer on account of her presence). O Master, listen carefully to what i say; unless Sita goes back, your interest can’t be ensured even by Lord Shiv (Ravan’s preferred deity) and even by Brahma (the creator of all of us).”

Mandodari then wished to instill fear in Ravan so that he would pay heed and said, “the arrows of Shri Ram are like serpents while the whole lot the demons is like frogs; only till the time those serpents swallow those frogs you have chance to make an attempt to save yourself hence quit being stubborn.”

(We can see here how Mandodari demonstrated being an alert queen, a good wife, a knowledgeable and far sighted woman, a precise communicator and a sane person. On account of these qualities she is respected as being one of the most revered women mentioned in our scriptures.

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

Hari Om,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

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