Ramcharit Charcha DCXIV

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

तुरत नाइ लछिमन पद माथा। चले दूत बरनत गुन गाथा।।
कहत राम जसु लंकाँ आए। रावन चरन सीस तिन्ह नाए।।
बिहसि दसानन पूँछी बाता। कहसि न सुक आपनि कुसलाता।।
पुनि कहु खबरि बिभीषन केरी। जाहि मृत्यु आई अति नेरी।।
करत राज लंका सठ त्यागी। होइहि जब कर कीट अभागी।।
पुनि कहु भालु कीस कटकाई। कठिन काल प्रेरित चलि आई।।
जिन्ह के जीवन कर रखवारा। भयउ मृदुल चित सिंधु बिचारा।।
कहु तपसिन्ह कै बात बहोरी। जिन्ह के हृदयँ त्रास अति मोरी।।
दो0–की भइ भेंट कि फिरि गए श्रवन सुजसु सुनि मोर।
कहसि न रिपु दल तेज बल बहुत चकित चित तोर।।53।।

We covered up to Doha 52 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

The messengers of Ravan bow down before Lakshman and left for Lanka as soon as they got letter and other instructions from him; they kept recounting with appreciation the whole sequence of events. They reached Lanka while singing praises of Shri Ram all along the way. Coming to the court of Ravan they put their head at the feet of Ravan merely to observe protocol; Ravan in turned smiled and asked what message they brought. Getting no instant answer he asked again, “O Shuk (name of one of the messengers), you seem to be unduly quiet, what’s wrong, are you OK? Also tell the news regarding Vibhishan who seems to have closed distance between his death and himself. The fool decided to leave Lanka while he was enjoying as its ruler; now he will only have the same fate as that of an insect, a bug, in the pile of grain (to be eventually crushed).

“Then also give me details of the army of bears and monkeys who on account of call of the lord of death have assembled there. It is in fact the soft-heartedness of the poor ocean itself that it has kept them alive (by coming in middle of me and them). Lastly also tell about the ascetic brothers who might be feeling miserably on account of fear of mine plaguing their hearts.

“Did you have occasion to meet them or they have returned back after listening to accounts of my fame (as a strong and well equipped person). You seem to be aghast at something (Ravan could not make out that their behavior was different because they had had the glimpse of the Lord, it was hard for them to reconcile between this master who was totally embroiled in selfish pursuits and the other Master, the Supreme Lord of Universe and His magnificence and simplicity, His protective attitude and friendliness).

In the end Ravan came to point of his interest and asked, “why don’t you tell all about the strength and prowess at command of the enemy camp?”

We have now covered up to Doha 53 of Sundar Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsodas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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