Ramcharit Charcha DCXI

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

Now Lanka Kand, the sixth descent, begins as the last post saw end of Sundar Kan, the fifth descent.

लंका काण्ड

श्री गणेशाय नमः
श्री जानकीवल्लभो विजयते
श्री रामचरितमानस
षष्ठ सोपान
रामं कामारिसेव्यं भवभयहरणं कालमत्तेभसिंहं
योगीन्द्रं ज्ञानगम्यं गुणनिधिमजितं निर्गुणं निर्विकारम्।
मायातीतं सुरेशं खलवधनिरतं ब्रह्मवृन्दैकदेवं
वन्दे कन्दावदातं सरसिजनयनं देवमुर्वीशरूपम्।।1।।

Tuslidas begins narration of Lanka Kand with veneration and admiration of Lord Shri Ram and says that He is worshiped by Lord Shiv, the enemy of lustful desires (i e His bhaktas have no troubling desires), He steals the fear of being born, He can deal like a lion with the intoxicated elephant like element of time that marches on to cause death of everyone (i e His bhaktas sheltered under Him lose fear of being born and of the impending death); He is the Lord and Master of Yogis, only knowledge can reveal Him to the seeker and He is repository of virtues; He has no attributes and has no faults or flaws hence is purest; He is beyond Maya i e is not controlled by Maya but controls Maya itself, He is Lord of gods; He remains engaged in annihilation of the vile and villainous and is the only God for the Brahmins. Lastly Tulsi says that he worships the one who is like cloud laden with water vapors (i e is moist with mercy and has matching swarthy complexion), whose eyes are like lotuses and who has appeared on earth as a king.

शंखेन्द्वाभमतीवसुन्दरतनुं शार्दूलचर्माम्बरं
कालव्यालकरालभूषणधरं गंगाशशांकप्रियम्।
काशीशं कलिकल्मषौघशमनं कल्याणकल्पद्रुमं
नौमीड्यं गिरिजापतिं गुणनिधिं कन्दर्पहं शङ्करम्।।2।।

Next Tulsi pays tribute to Lord Shankar and says, “Whose immensely beautiful body glows like a conchshell, who wears skin of the lion, who is bedecked with fierce snakes as ornaments, who honors Godess Ganga and the moon hence keeps them over his head and forehead, who is lord of Kashi (Ganga represent flow of knowledge and moon represents significance of keeping mind cool), who has power to quell the malice of sins of Kaliyga and is like Kalpavruksha to ensure all kinds of welfare and well being, I bow down to Him, who is known as consort of Parvati, the daughter of mountain king, who abounds in virtues, who had killed Kaamdev, the lord of desire and is known as Shankar (the bestower and the benefactor).

यो ददाति सतां शम्भुः कैवल्यमपि दुर्लभम्।
खलानां दण्डकृद्योऽसौ शङ्करः शं तनोतु मे।।3।।

“May Lord Shambhu, who provides even the state of total liberation that is most difficult to attain, to the noble and saintly souls, who is responsible for all our bliss and who punishes the evil-minded, be favorable to me and bless me.

दो0-लव निमेष परमानु जुग बरष कलप सर चंड।
भजसि न मन तेहि राम को कालु जासु कोदंड।।

“O My Fickle Mind, why would you not remember and concentrate on that Shri Ram, the Lord, who wields like a bow the time that causes death over which are placed the formidable arrows in the form of the minutest fraction of time, the moments, collectively counted in years that form Kalpas, which represent end of the cycle of creation.

सो0-सिंधु बचन सुनि राम सचिव बोलि प्रभु अस कहेउ।
अब बिलंबु केहि काम करहु सेतु उतरै कटकु।।
सुनहु भानुकुल केतु जामवंत कर जोरि कह।
नाथ नाम तव सेतु नर चढ़ि भव सागर तरिहिं।।
यह लघु जलधि तरत कति बारा। अस सुनि पुनि कह पवनकुमारा।।
प्रभु प्रताप बड़वानल भारी। सोषेउ प्रथम पयोनिधि बारी।।
तब रिपु नारी रुदन जल धारा। भरेउ बहोरि भयउ तेहिं खारा।।
सुनि अति उकुति पवनसुत केरी। हरषे कपि रघुपति तन हेरी।।
जामवंत बोले दोउ भाई। नल नीलहि सब कथा सुनाई।।
राम प्रताप सुमिरि मन माहीं। करहु सेतु प्रयास कछु नाहीं।।
बोलि लिए कपि निकर बहोरी। सकल सुनहु बिनती कछु मोरी।।
राम चरन पंकज उर धरहू। कौतुक एक भालु कपि करहू।।
धावहु मर्कट बिकट बरूथा। आनहु बिटप गिरिन्ह के जूथा।।
सुनि कपि भालु चले करि हूहा। जय रघुबीर प्रताप समूहा।।
दो0-अति उतंग गिरि पादप लीलहिं लेहिं उठाइ।
आनि देहिं नल नीलहि रचहिं ते सेतु बनाइ।।1।।

Shri Ram called His lieutenants after He got the cue for action from the ocean and said, “now there is no need for further delay, let’s get engaged in building the bridge to enable our army get across the ocean. Jamvant (the eldest among them) folded hands honorably and said, ” O the Glorious One in the family of sun, kindly listen. O Lord, Your name (Ram) itself is a bridge which the ordinary folk take to get across the ocean of being (which is much more difficult to get across). This collection of water in front of us might hardly take much time therefore (as You are present here in person).”

The comment of Jamvant prompted Pawansut Hanuman to say, “The glory of Lord is itself a big raging fire which had already dried up water in the ocean, what now appears before us is the one that has got filled up by the stream of tears shed by the women of the enemy and hence is saline too.”

This exaggeration by Hanuman made the monkeys laugh and be amused while they looked in the direction of Lord. Jamvant then summoned the two brothers, Nal and Neel, and told them what had transpired between the Lord and the ocean and instructed them to construct the ocean keeping in mind the glory of Shri Ram which will make he task lighter.

Jamvant then called out to all the groups of monkeys and beers to pay heed to his humble request. He told them to reflect on the lotus feet of Lord Shri Ram in their hearts and show magic of their skill by rushing and bringing the uprooted trees and big boulders of the mountains. All the monkeys and beers then made roaring noise and collectively shouted ‘Jai Raghuveer’ capturing the glory of the Lord while marching on.

These committed workers picked up the trees and mountains playfully and dumped them before Nal and Neel who in turn placed them in a manner and order that would create the bridge.

We have now covered up to Doha 1 in Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawantsut Hanuman ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal


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