Ramcharit Charcha DCLIX

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

We covered up to Doha 83 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulida in the last post and this is further to it.

जानु टेकि कपि भूमि न गिरा। उठा सँभारि बहुत रिस भरा।।
मुठिका एक ताहि कपि मारा। परेउ सैल जनु बज्र प्रहारा।।
मुरुछा गै बहोरि सो जागा। कपि बल बिपुल सराहन लागा।।
धिग धिग मम पौरुष धिग मोही। जौं तैं जिअत रहेसि सुरद्रोही।।
अस कहि लछिमन कहुँ कपि ल्यायो। देखि दसानन बिसमय पायो।।
कह रघुबीर समुझु जियँ भ्राता। तुम्ह कृतांत भच्छक सुर त्राता।।
सुनत बचन उठि बैठ कृपाला। गई गगन सो सकति कराला।।
पुनि कोदंड बान गहि धाए। रिपु सन्मुख अति आतुर आए।।

Hit by Ravan, Hanuman, the monkey, did not fall to ground rather he managed to get up carefully taking weight on his knee and was now very furious. Hanuman, the monkey, hit back Ravan a blow which landed on body of Ravan as bolt from blue on a mountain. Ravan felt dizzy first then recovered and appreciated the immensity of strength possessed by Hanuman, the monkey. Hanuman on the other hand felt ashamed of himself and of his valour that the adversary of gods was still alive even after his punch. So reflecting, Hanuman, the monkey, brought Lakhman back and this surprised Ravan (because Ravan had failed to move body of Lakhman but Hanuman did it ordinarily; Hanuman as a celibate and an abstainer and servant of the Lord could well carry the burden of the dispassion embodied in person of Lakhman).

Raghubeer Shri Ram just went near Lakhman and whispered in his ear, “O Brother, just reflect within that you are none else than eater of death itself and you are the saviour of god (thus Lakhman was reminded who he really was).” Lakhman, the kind-hearted, got up as soon as he listened the words of Ram, the Lord (a kind-hearted person never sits back after being reminded of duty of helping those who are in trouble) and the effect of the fierce Shakti (weapon and potential) used by Ravan went back to heaven where it came from. Lakhman rushed once again with bow and arrow in hand and reached in front of enemy (Ravan) with a lot of anxiousness.

छं0-आतुर बहोरि बिभंजि स्यंदन सूत हति ब्याकुल कियो।
गिर् यो धरनि दसकंधर बिकलतर बान सत बेध्यो हियो।।
सारथी दूसर घालि रथ तेहि तुरत लंका लै गयो।
रघुबीर बंधु प्रताप पुंज बहोरि प्रभु चरनन्हि नयो।।
दो0-उहाँ दसानन जागि करि करै लाग कछु जग्य।
राम बिरोध बिजय चह सठ हठ बस अति अग्य।।84।।

Lakhman later badly hurt the charioteer and destroyed the chariot which made Ravan fall to ground and further increased his discomfort by piercing his chest with hundred arrows. The charioteer managed to bring another chariot and putting Ravan in it promptly took him to Lanka. The most glorious brother of Raghuveer then bowed at feet of the Lord.

Back in Lanka Ravan regained consciousness and set down to perform some ritualistic exercise (Yagna); the unknowing stubborn fool wished for victory though was acting against Ram, the Lord (the victory can finally come only to those who act in consonance with Lord’s will).

(The war in Lanka is representative of the war within; some times the vile tendencies rule the heart and some time the divine qualities win. If one remembers true nature of self the divine side gets back its fighting power and when one comes under influence of the world and its attractions, the vile tendencies get emboldened.)

We have now covered up to Doha 84 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawanut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Praanam!
Goswami Tulidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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Ramcharit Charcha DCLVIII

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

We covered up to Doha 82 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

रे खल का मारसि कपि भालू। मोहि बिलोकु तोर मैं कालू।।
खोजत रहेउँ तोहि सुतघाती। आजु निपाति जुड़ावउँ छाती।।
अस कहि छाड़ेसि बान प्रचंडा। लछिमन किए सकल सत खंडा।।
कोटिन्ह आयुध रावन डारे। तिल प्रवान करि काटि निवारे।।
पुनि निज बानन्ह कीन्ह प्रहारा। स्यंदनु भंजि सारथी मारा।।
सत सत सर मारे दस भाला। गिरि सृंगन्ह जनु प्रबिसहिं ब्याला।।
पुनि सत सर मारा उर माहीं। परेउ धरनि तल सुधि कछु नाहीं।।
उठा प्रबल पुनि मुरुछा जागी। छाड़िसि ब्रह्म दीन्हि जो साँगी।।
छं0-सो ब्रह्म दत्त प्रचंड सक्ति अनंत उर लागी सही।
पर्यो बीर बिकल उठाव दसमुख अतुल बल महिमा रही।।
ब्रह्मांड भवन बिराज जाकें एक सिर जिमि रज कनी।
तेहि चह उठावन मूढ़ रावन जान नहिं त्रिभुअन धनी।।
दो0-देखि पवनसुत धायउ बोलत बचन कठोर।
आवत कपिहि हन्यो तेहिं मुष्टि प्रहार प्रघोर।।83।।

Challenging Ravan, Lakshman said, “O Fool, what purpose you are hitting and killing these bears and monkeys, look at me as I am your death not them.” Listening so Ravan replied, “O Killer of My Son, I have really been looking for you, today I will breath easy after finishing you off.” Ravan then sent forth very deadly arrows which however were converted in to small pieces by Lakshman. Ravan then dropped other kinds of weapon on Lakshman in innumerable numbers which too were reduced to dust by Lakshman.

Thereafter Lakshman hit Ravan with his own arrows and killed the charioteer of Ravan as well as destroyed his chariot. Lakshman then embedded hundred arrows in each of the ten heads of Ravan presenting a site like serpents hissing at mountain peaks. Later Lakshman hit with a hundred arrows the middle of Ravan’s chest making him unconscious and fall to ground. Ravan was however strong and therefore recovered quickly and used the mighty weapon that had been given to him by Brahma, the creator as reward for his Tapasya to please Brahma.

The potential weapon gifted by Brahma hit the heart region of Anant Lakshman and that brave fighter fell getting badly hurt by its impact. Ten-Mouthed Ravan, who carried reputation of having immense strength, tried to lift Lakshma’s body but miserably failed. Ravan, a veritable fool, didn’t know that Lakshman as Sheshnag was the one who happened to be balancer of all the three spheres and this universe rested over one of his heads like a small spec of dust.

When Hanuman saw all this happening he rushed to save Lakshman while speaking in loud challenging words but Ravan gave the monkey a hard hit with his fist.

(Here the message is that the creator has given every one present in this world a tendency that lusts for consumption and pleasure and this is that powerful weapon in hand of Ravan; the creator has also given a weakness to everyone who has come in human form and can be made to fall for allurements, it might affect for a while even those who have divine connection and are servants of the Supreme Lord but would be helped out of its influence by another one of the same category.)

We have now covered up to Doha 83 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami tulsias Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLVII

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

We covered up to Doha 81 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharan Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

धायउ परम क्रुद्ध दसकंधर। सन्मुख चले हूह दै बंदर।।
गहि कर पादप उपल पहारा। डारेन्हि ता पर एकहिं बारा।।
लागहिं सैल बज्र तन तासू। खंड खंड होइ फूटहिं आसू।।
चला न अचल रहा रथ रोपी। रन दुर्मद रावन अति कोपी।।
इत उत झपटि दपटि कपि जोधा। मर्दै लाग भयउ अति क्रोधा।।
चले पराइ भालु कपि नाना। त्राहि त्राहि अंगद हनुमाना।।
पाहि पाहि रघुबीर गोसाई। यह खल खाइ काल की नाई।।
तेहि देखे कपि सकल पराने। दसहुँ चाप सायक संधाने।।
छं0-संधानि धनु सर निकर छाड़ेसि उरग जिमि उड़ि लागहीं।
रहे पूरि सर धरनी गगन दिसि बिदसि कहँ कपि भागहीं।।
भयो अति कोलाहल बिकल कपि दल भालु बोलहिं आतुरे।
रघुबीर करुना सिंधु आरत बंधु जन रच्छक हरे।।
दो0-निज दल बिकल देखि कटि कसि निषंग धनु हाथ।
लछिमन चले क्रुद्ध होइ नाइ राम पद माथ।।82।।

Ravan then rushed to fight getting in to most heightened angry mood; the monkeys also confronted with cheerful giggle. They picked trees and mountain rocks and hurled them all together on Ravan. The rocks broke in to pieces after hitting Ravan’s firm body; Ravan did not flinch rather stayed put with his car, he was now angry as well was badly intoxicated with fever of fighting. He challenged and threatened monkey warriors on his left and right and began to crush them with reckless fury gripping his psyche.

The monkeys and bears now had to run to escape and they called Angad and Hanuman to save them. They sought refuge in ultimate Master Raghubeer Shri Ram asking for being rescued as Ravan  was eating them away like Kaal i e death does. Ravan also noted that all the monkeys were running away from him and therefore readied all his ten bows with arrows in place.

Ravan then discharged volley of arrows from his bows which hit the monkeys like flying reptiles; the arrows filled all ten directions and earth and heaven leaving no quarter for escape for monkeys. Now it was hue and cry all around when the bears and monkeys cried in pain and panic calling out to Raghubeer, the ocean of mercy, describing him as helper of the dismayed, saviour of all and capable of stealing away discomfiture of any kind.

When Lakshman took note of plight of soldiers on his own side, he tied quiver to waist and took bow in hand and bowed down at feet of Shri Ram before he left the place sufficiently angered.

(Some anger is necessary when one has to physically fight but being madly furious is not helpful; Lashman knows this but Ravan does not; the dispassionate can control anger, the passionate can not.)

We have now covered up to Doha 82 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut hanuman ki jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLVI

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

We covered up to Doha 80 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

सुर ब्रह्मादि सिद्ध मुनि नाना। देखत रन नभ चढ़े बिमाना।।
हमहू उमा रहे तेहि संगा। देखत राम चरित रन रंगा।।
सुभट समर रस दुहु दिसि माते। कपि जयसील राम बल ताते।।
एक एक सन भिरहिं पचारहिं। एकन्ह एक मर्दि महि पारहिं।।
मारहिं काटहिं धरहिं पछारहिं। सीस तोरि सीसन्ह सन मारहिं।।
उदर बिदारहिं भुजा उपारहिं। गहि पद अवनि पटकि भट डारहिं।।
निसिचर भट महि गाड़हि भालू। ऊपर ढारि देहिं बहु बालू।।
बीर बलिमुख जुद्ध बिरुद्धे। देखिअत बिपुल काल जनु क्रुद्धे।।

Lord Shiv tells Parvati, “O Uma, Brahma (the creator) and rest of the gods together with Siddhas and Munis were watching the spectacle that war presented from above in their sky-crafts; I too was among them for watching the interesting activities of Shri Ram on the battleground.

“The great warriors on both sides performed interesting feat, the monkeys however were winning mostly because they had been strengthened by the might of Ram, the Lord. They were challenging each other and fighting as duos with intention of one smashing and pushing the other to ground. Hitting and wounding, catching and smashing, even tearing ones’ head apart and banging another’s head with it was going on. Bellies were being ripped open, the arms were being pulled off the bodies and the bodies were being hurled over the ground by grabbing soldiers by their legs. The bears were burying demons underneath the ground and covering the spot with lot of sand. The monkeys were confronting the enemies and looked like giants in death-like fury.”
छं0-क्रुद्धे कृतांत समान कपि तन स्त्रवत सोनित राजहीं।
मर्दहिं निसाचर कटक भट बलवंत घन जिमि गाजहीं।।
मारहिं चपेटन्हि डाटि दातन्ह काटि लातन्ह मीजहीं।
चिक्करहिं मर्कट भालु छल बल करहिं जेहिं खल छीजहीं।।
धरि गाल फारहिं उर बिदारहिं गल अँतावरि मेलहीं।
प्रहलादपति जनु बिबिध तनु धरि समर अंगन खेलहीं।।
धरु मारु काटु पछारु घोर गिरा गगन महि भरि रही।
जय राम जो तृन ते कुलिस कर कुलिस ते कर तृन सही।।
दो0-निज दल बिचलत देखेसि बीस भुजाँ दस चाप।
रथ चढ़ि चलेउ दसानन फिरहु फिरहु करि दाप।।81।।

Resembling Yamraj (the god of death) the furious monkeys were bleeding profusely but were smashing soldiers of demon’s army and roaring like dense clouds in the sky. Through punching, bashing, biting with teeth and kicking, the monkeys intimidated the enemies. The bears and monkeys made harsh and shrill noise and deployed tricks to diminish strength of the vile force of demons. Playing in the theater of war the monkeys tore the cheeks, cut open stomachs and hung their (demon’s) guts over their necks in a way what the Lord of Bhakt Prahlad, Lord Vishnu, had done by taking combined form of lion and human (Narhimh Avatar). Catch, hit, cut and pull down were the calls ranting the atmosphere; victory must belong to Ram, the Lord, who has power to convert a blade of grass in to a deadly weapon and a deadly weapon into a blade of grass (very often we see that weak force wins and strong force is brought to naught, all by the will of the Lord, none can claim that victory is his for taking).

The one holding ten bows in his twenty arms i e Ravan saw his side losing ground and disarrayed and therefore he got on to his car and loudly called out to them ‘come back – come back’.

We have now covered up to Doha 81 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki jai!

Shri Jankivallabho vijayatey!

Pawansut hanuman ki jai!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami tulsidas ki jai!

 

Hariom,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLV

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

We covered up to Doha 80 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.
रावनु रथी बिरथ रघुबीरा। देखि बिभीषन भयउ अधीरा।।
अधिक प्रीति मन भा संदेहा। बंदि चरन कह सहित सनेहा।।
नाथ न रथ नहिं तन पद त्राना। केहि बिधि जितब बीर बलवाना।।
सुनहु सखा कह कृपानिधाना। जेहिं जय होइ सो स्यंदन आना।।
सौरज धीरज तेहि रथ चाका। सत्य सील दृढ़ ध्वजा पताका।।
बल बिबेक दम परहित घोरे। छमा कृपा समता रजु जोरे।।
ईस भजनु सारथी सुजाना। बिरति चर्म संतोष कृपाना।।
दान परसु बुधि सक्ति प्रचंड़ा। बर बिग्यान कठिन कोदंडा।।
अमल अचल मन त्रोन समाना। सम जम नियम सिलीमुख नाना।।
कवच अभेद बिप्र गुर पूजा। एहि सम बिजय उपाय न दूजा।।
सखा धर्ममय अस रथ जाकें। जीतन कहँ न कतहुँ रिपु ताकें।।
दो0-महा अजय संसार रिपु जीति सकइ सो बीर।
जाकें अस रथ होइ दृढ़ सुनहु सखा मतिधीर।।80(क)।।
सुनि प्रभु बचन बिभीषन हरषि गहे पद कंज।
एहि मिस मोहि उपदेसेहु राम कृपा सुख पुंज।।80(ख)।।
उत पचार दसकंधर इत अंगद हनुमान।
लरत निसाचर भालु कपि करि निज निज प्रभु आन।।80(ग)।।

The fight between Ravan and Ram was now to take place but Ravan had a chariot but while Raghuveer Shri Ram was without one and this puzzled Vibhishan. For whom one has excess of love, one tends to get worried for their safety and this was the case with Vibhishan here (though Vibhishan knew that Ram as Lord had no threat from any quarter but was still worried and concerned). Vibhishan prayed at feet of Shri Ram first and then affectionately told Shri Ram, “O Master, you neither have a chariot, nor armour for body and have no protection for feet (i e suitable shoes). Kindly tell how the brave and strong brother of mine is going to be conquered by you.”

Shri Ram then replied, “Listen, O Friend, the chariot that brings victory is a different type of chariot, it has to have valour and patience as its wheels. Further truthfulness and right sober conduct have to form its banner and strong support for banner. Strength and power, discretion and distinction, self control and resilience and inclination for other’s cause and interest in welfare of all should be horses of this chariot that I am talking about.

“Forgiveness, benevolence and equanimity should be cord joining horses to the chariot. The skillful driver (or the guide) should be remembrance of lord and prayers to Him. Here dispassion and contentment are needed as shield and dagger. Charity would be as the sharp weapon in hand here and the intellect and power to deduce would be grand instruments of power. The in-depth knowledge would be like its formidable bow. Steadiness of mind and unwavering attention are like its quiver. The various kinds of arrows are balance, restraint and abstinence, and observance of right routine.

“The impenetrable chain-armour would be reverence for Brahmins and devotion towards Guru. These are the means that lead to victory and nothing else. Friend, who has such a chariot that is full of righteousness and dutifulness has hardly any enemy to win over  ( i e even the enemies drop their animosity in front of person equipped with the qualities described).

“The world itself is an enemy which can hardly be established a win over and he only is really a brave person who can win it; only the one who has a strong chariot of the kind I mentioned would be that brave person, listen you O Friend of Mine, you have a stable mind and intellect.”

Listening to words of the Lord, Vibhishan grabbed the feet of Him in an upbeat manner and said, “O Ram, you are like concentration of mercy and graces that you have taken this occasion to teach and preach me for my benefit.”

On the battle ground, Ravan challenged from one side and Angad and Hanuman from the other side and fight between demons and the bears and monkeys went on keeping the prestige of their respective masters in mind.

We have now covered up to Doha 80 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut hnuman Ki jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krsishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DCLIV

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

We covered up to Doha 78 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

चलेउ निसाचर कटकु अपारा। चतुरंगिनी अनी बहु धारा।।
बिबिध भाँति बाहन रथ जाना। बिपुल बरन पताक ध्वज नाना।।
चले मत्त गज जूथ घनेरे। प्राबिट जलद मरुत जनु प्रेरे।।
बरन बरद बिरदैत निकाया। समर सूर जानहिं बहु माया।।
अति बिचित्र बाहिनी बिराजी। बीर बसंत सेन जनु साजी।।
चलत कटक दिगसिधुंर डगहीं। छुभित पयोधि कुधर डगमगहीं।।
उठी रेनु रबि गयउ छपाई। मरुत थकित बसुधा अकुलाई।।
पनव निसान घोर रव बाजहिं। प्रलय समय के घन जनु गाजहिं।।
भेरि नफीरि बाज सहनाई। मारू राग सुभट सुखदाई।।
केहरि नाद बीर सब करहीं। निज निज बल पौरुष उच्चरहीं।।
कहइ दसानन सुनहु सुभट्टा। मर्दहु भालु कपिन्ह के ठट्टा।।
हौं मारिहउँ भूप द्वौ भाई। अस कहि सन्मुख फौज रेंगाई।।
यह सुधि सकल कपिन्ह जब पाई। धाए करि रघुबीर दोहाई।।

The endless columns of the army of demons could be seen marching; it was an army with all four wings i e consisting of soldiers on chariots, elephants, horses and foot and enormous in size. The vehicles, carts and chariots of different types and description had flags and banners of different colors fluttering over them. The contingent of furious elephants moved like water laden clouds by force of air. The costumes of soldiers were of different styles and the soldiers were experts in warfare as well as knew variety of tricks and deceptive means of fighting. It looked a strange type of army as if the Vasant (season of flowers) donned the role of brave leader of fighting force. The march of such huge army made the quarter holding elephants quiver, it made the oceans churn and the mountains tilt. So much dust rose up in atmosphere that it hid the sun. Air flow stopped and the entire earth felt uneasy. Beating of drums was so loud that it resembled the thunder of clouds at the time of Pralay (the rain so heavy that would submerge the world and sink it).

The flute type wind instrument of music were blown at high pitch that would enthuse the serious warriors who also roared like lions and spoke highly of their own prowess and strength. Dashnan Ravan called up on the brave soldiers to go ahead and smash the myriad collection of monkeys and bears. Ravan declared that he was going to kill two brothers and prodded his army to move forward. When information about advancing army of demons reached monkeys, they also rushed to fight invoking Lord in their heart and loudly calling out name of their leader Raghuveer Shri Ram.
छं0-धाए बिसाल कराल मर्कट भालु काल समान ते।
मानहुँ सपच्छ उड़ाहिं भूधर बृंद नाना बान ते।।
नख दसन सैल महाद्रुमायुध सबल संक न मानहीं।
जय राम रावन मत्त गज मृगराज सुजसु बखानहीं।।

The awful big sized monkeys and bears hurriedly attacked like messengers of death and flied like mountains with wings. Worrying least, they were ready with their nails, teeth, rocks and big trees as arms and weapons. They praised Shri Ram saying that he would be victorious over Ravan as a lion takes on elephant in the wild.
दो0-दुहु दिसि जय जयकार करि निज निज जोरी जानि।
भिरे बीर इत रामहि उत रावनहि बखानि।।79।।

The calls for victory on both sides ranted the atmosphere and the brave soldiers on both sides engaged in bout with their equals hailing Ram on side and Ravan on the other.

We have now covered up to Doha 79 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Paansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

 

Hariom,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLIII

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

We covered up to Doha 76 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

बिनु प्रयास हनुमान उठायो। लंका द्वार राखि पुनि आयो।।
तासु मरन सुनि सुर गंधर्बा। चढ़ि बिमान आए नभ सर्बा।।
बरषि सुमन दुंदुभीं बजावहिं। श्रीरघुनाथ बिमल जसु गावहिं।।
जय अनंत जय जगदाधारा। तुम्ह प्रभु सब देवन्हि निस्तारा।।
अस्तुति करि सुर सिद्ध सिधाए। लछिमन कृपासिन्धु पहिं आए।।
सुत बध सुना दसानन जबहीं। मुरुछित भयउ परेउ महि तबहीं।।
मंदोदरी रुदन कर भारी। उर ताड़न बहु भाँति पुकारी।।
नगर लोग सब ब्याकुल सोचा। सकल कहहिं दसकंधर पोचा।।
दो0-तब दसकंठ बिबिध बिधि समुझाईं सब नारि।
नस्वर रूप जगत सब देखहु हृदयँ बिचारि।।77।।

The dead body of Meghnad was picked up by Hanuman without much effort and he then placed it out side the gate of Lanka (so that his cremation is done properly by kinsmen thinking that the dead body of even an enemy should be treated with respect).

When the gods and the Gandharvas (the celestial beings) learned of the demise of Meghnad, they came over the battleground in their airborne vehicles and began to blow trumpets and showering flowers while singing praises of Raghunath Shri Ram relating accounts of His pristine glories. They praised Lakshman too by saying, “Anant (Lakshman) may win, Jagadadhar (the very basis of the world, Lakshman) may only win; you as our lord have seen end of woes of us gods (Lashman as lord of time is the best healer). When the gods and the Siddhas (the accomplished beings) left the scene after their prayers, Lakshman returned to see the Merciful Lord (after the assigned task is over the dutiful servant promptly goes back to master and attends to him).

On the other side, as soon as Dashanan Ravan came to know of the fact of his son’s death he fell to ground in an unconscious state; Mandodari also cried vehemently while beating chest and called Meghnad loudly by his various names. The citizens of Lanka uneasily thought of the nature of Dashanan Ravan and described him as unworthy father and thoughtless vile character.

After regaining consciousness Dashkantth Ravan tried to console the women of the household in very many ways and explained that if one really gives a serious thought the entire world is but to decay and end in nothingness.

We have now covered up to Doha 77 of Lanka Kand.
तिन्हहि ग्यान उपदेसा रावन। आपुन मंद कथा सुभ पावन।।
पर उपदेस कुसल बहुतेरे। जे आचरहिं ते नर न घनेरे।।
निसा सिरानि भयउ भिनुसारा। लगे भालु कपि चारिहुँ द्वारा।।
सुभट बोलाइ दसानन बोला। रन सन्मुख जा कर मन डोला।।
सो अबहीं बरु जाउ पराई। संजुग बिमुख भएँ न भलाई।।
निज भुज बल मैं बयरु बढ़ावा। देहउँ उतरु जो रिपु चढ़ि आवा।।
अस कहि मरुत बेग रथ साजा। बाजे सकल जुझाऊ बाजा।।
चले बीर सब अतुलित बली। जनु कज्जल कै आँधी चली।।
असगुन अमित होहिं तेहि काला। गनइ न भुजबल गर्ब बिसाला।।
छं0-अति गर्ब गनइ न सगुन असगुन स्त्रवहिं आयुध हाथ ते।
भट गिरत रथ ते बाजि गज चिक्करत भाजहिं साथ ते।।
गोमाय गीध कराल खर रव स्वान बोलहिं अति घने।
जनु कालदूत उलूक बोलहिं बचन परम भयावने।।
दो0-ताहि कि संपति सगुन सुभ सपनेहुँ मन बिश्राम।
भूत द्रोह रत मोहबस राम बिमुख रति काम।।78।।

Ravan gave others the crux of knowledge while he himself remained at lowest rung of existence in spite of knowing the welfare oriented and purifying stories. There are very many experts at preaching others but hardly to believe in or follow what they say.

After the night, at the time of day-break itself, the bears and monkeys thronged the gates of Lanka on all four sides. At this stage Ravan called his ace warriors and told them, “Those of you who would likely have their determination shaken while confronting enemy on the battleground, may well leave for safer places right now. Trying to run away from the battle field would not be seen kindly; I have picked up fight banking on strength of my own arms and would suitably respond when the enemy has knocked at the door.”

With above declaration Ravan promptly got for himself a car that could match wind in speed. While war-time music was being played, the brave soldiers having unmatched strength moved forward like a storm of soot. A lot of bad omens happened at this time but none cared for it out of arrogance borne of excessive might that their arms possessed.

Power drunk fellows remained unmindful of good omens and also of bad omens like arms slipping out of hands. The soldiers got dropped out of the rushing carts and kept running in midst of horses and elephants which made high-pitched sounds. The jackals, vultures, donkeys and dogs shrieked in unison and the owls gave calls in a menacing manner like the messenger of death would.

Would one ever get riches, be in state of well-being and have good tidings or have rest and comfort even in dreams who happens to be always engaged in exercises detrimental to the cause of beings at large, out of his ill-conceived notions and is an adversary of Ram, the Lord, and has interest only in fulfillment of his lustful cravings.

We have now covered up to Doha 78 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLII

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

We covered up to Doha 75 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

जाइ कपिन्ह सो देखा बैसा। आहुति देत रुधिर अरु भैंसा।।
कीन्ह कपिन्ह सब जग्य बिधंसा। जब न उठइ तब करहिं प्रसंसा।।
तदपि न उठइ धरेन्हि कच जाई। लातन्हि हति हति चले पराई।।
लै त्रिसुल धावा कपि भागे। आए जहँ रामानुज आगे।।
आवा परम क्रोध कर मारा। गर्ज घोर रव बारहिं बारा।।
कोपि मरुतसुत अंगद धाए। हति त्रिसूल उर धरनि गिराए।।
प्रभु कहँ छाँड़ेसि सूल प्रचंडा। सर हति कृत अनंत जुग खंडा।।
उठि बहोरि मारुति जुबराजा। हतहिं कोपि तेहि घाउ न बाजा।।
फिरे बीर रिपु मरइ न मारा। तब धावा करि घोर चिकारा।।
आवत देखि क्रुद्ध जनु काला। लछिमन छाड़े बिसिख कराला।।
देखेसि आवत पबि सम बाना। तुरत भयउ खल अंतरधाना।।
बिबिध बेष धरि करइ लराई। कबहुँक प्रगट कबहुँ दुरि जाई।।
देखि अजय रिपु डरपे कीसा। परम क्रुद्ध तब भयउ अहीसा।।
लछिमन मन अस मंत्र दृढ़ावा। एहि पापिहि मैं बहुत खेलावा।।
सुमिरि कोसलाधीस प्रतापा। सर संधान कीन्ह करि दापा।।
छाड़ा बान माझ उर लागा। मरती बार कपटु सब त्यागा।।
दो0-रामानुज कहँ रामु कहँ अस कहि छाँड़ेसि प्रान।
धन्य धन्य तव जननी कह अंगद हनुमान।।76।।

The monkeys found Meghnad doing what had been told by Vibhishan; he was using  buffalos and blood as oblation in to the Yagnic fire. The monkeys destroyed what they found at the place and disturbed the unholy ritual but Meghnad kept sitting there concentrating mentally on what he was doing. Seeing him unmoved they began to praise him (as ones’ own praise necessarily stirs up emotions when such words drop in ears of the ordinary people). Meghnad had no effect of it on himself (as he had been very thorough in his pursuits) therefore the monkeys caught him by his hair and began to kick him and run away. Finding it irksome he got up and chased the monkeys with Trishul in hand. The monkeys then rushed back came where Lakshman was waiting.

Meghnad, now greatly infuriated, too came there and was continuously shouting uncontrollably (as he had not been able to control anger, a very grave weakness that spoils matters invariably). Angad and Hanuman confronted him agitatedly but were struck with Trishul on chest which brought them down to ground. Then Meghnad fiercely hurled a trident in direction of the Lord which Anant (Lakshman) converted in two parts with his arrow.

Prince Angad and Hanuman once again got up and angrily hit him but in vain. These brave soldiers had to return as the enemy was not succumbing to their strikes. In turn Meghnad, making harsh sounds, rushed towards them again. Laskshman saw him coming charged like death in fury and sent forth volley of sharp arrows to contain him. When Meghnad saw the thunderbolt like arrows coming in his direction, the obnoxious trickster performed vanishing act. He then began to fight assuming variety of camouflage and appeared and disappeared now and then. The monkeys were now fearful as the enemy was proving to be unwinnable; this condition of monkeys angered Lakshman, the king serpent. Lakshman then made up his mind that enough is enough and that he had been giving this sinner leeway for considerable length of time but final hour had arrived when he should kill him.

Reminding himself of the glory of Kaushaladheesh Shri Ram, he trained an arrow over the bow with a certain determination and released it.  It struck right in middle of his heart. At this precise moment of death, Meghnad shed all false make up and pretences and called out where is younger brother of Ram, where is Ram and finally let life skip out of body.

That Meghnad had name of Lakshman, the embodiment of dispassion and of Shri Ram, the Lord, on his tongue at the time of death and had thoughts of them only, Angad and Hanuman said that his mother is really blessed one to have such a one as her son.

We have now covered up to Doha 76 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri jankivallabho Vijayaetey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit charcha DCLI

II Shree Guruvey Nmaha 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

We covered up to Doha 73 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

चरित राम के सगुन भवानी। तर्कि न जाहिं बुद्धि बल बानी।।
अस बिचारि जे तग्य बिरागी। रामहि भजहिं तर्क सब त्यागी।।
ब्याकुल कटकु कीन्ह घननादा। पुनि भा प्रगट कहइ दुर्बादा।।
जामवंत कह खल रहु ठाढ़ा। सुनि करि ताहि क्रोध अति बाढ़ा।।
बूढ़ जानि सठ छाँड़ेउँ तोही। लागेसि अधम पचारै मोही।।
अस कहि तरल त्रिसूल चलायो। जामवंत कर गहि सोइ धायो।।
मारिसि मेघनाद कै छाती। परा भूमि घुर्मित सुरघाती।।
पुनि रिसान गहि चरन फिरायौ। महि पछारि निज बल देखरायो।।
बर प्रसाद सो मरइ न मारा। तब गहि पद लंका पर डारा।।
इहाँ देवरिषि गरुड़ पठायो। राम समीप सपदि सो आयो।।
दो0-खगपति सब धरि खाए माया नाग बरूथ।
माया बिगत भए सब हरषे बानर जूथ। 74(क)।।
गहि गिरि पादप उपल नख धाए कीस रिसाइ।
चले तमीचर बिकलतर गढ़ पर चढ़े पराइ।।74(ख)।।

Explaining further the mystery behind Lord’s bondage, Lord Shiv told Parvati, “O Bhavani, It is not possible to find a logical explanation, solely depending on strength of intellect, about the various acts of the Lord in the course of His life lived as Ram, the avatar of Him in human form. Knowing this the truly dispassionate Munis who know the reality as it is put aside the all the argumentative stance and devotedly worship Ram, the Lord.”

Now Meghanad badly harassed the whole army of monkeys and bears, and came out in open to speak profanities against all of them. Jamvant responded to this by saying, “O Rascal, just stand where you are and face me.” Listening this Meghnad had a big surge in his anger and he replied, “O Fool, I left you unpunished taking you to be old and infirm and you, like a dumb, have begun to challenge me.” With these words he sent forth a Trishul, a three pronged weapon, in direction of Jamvant who easily grabbed it and charged back holding it in hand. Jamvant hit the heart region of Meghnad with it and Meghnad, the tormentor of gods, fell spinning down on earth. Jamvant then promptly grabbed Meghnad by his leg and taking a round smashed him to ground once again demonstrating what strength he still possessed.

Since Meghnad was fortified by a boon (from Brahma, the creator), he escaped death; Jamvant finally hurled him over city of Lanka picking by his leg only. On the other end Muni Narad sent Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s carrier bird, to attend to Shri Ram who urgently reached near Him. Garuda then ate away all the serpents which were nothing more than creation of Maya, the delusive power of the demon. When this false bondage was removed the monkeys gathered around and had a sense of relief and rejoiced. Once again they picked trees and mountain rocks for attack and also used stones and nails, their usual weapons, in onslaught. Now the night-roaming demons were more in trouble hence went back over the fort with a view to escape.

We have now covered up to Doha 74 of Lanka Kand.

मेघनाद के मुरछा जागी। पितहि बिलोकि लाज अति लागी।।
तुरत गयउ गिरिबर कंदरा। करौं अजय मख अस मन धरा।।
इहाँ बिभीषन मंत्र बिचारा। सुनहु नाथ बल अतुल उदारा।।
मेघनाद मख करइ अपावन। खल मायावी देव सतावन।।
जौं प्रभु सिद्ध होइ सो पाइहि। नाथ बेगि पुनि जीति न जाइहि।।
सुनि रघुपति अतिसय सुख माना। बोले अंगदादि कपि नाना।।
लछिमन संग जाहु सब भाई। करहु बिधंस जग्य कर जाई।।
तुम्ह लछिमन मारेहु रन ओही। देखि सभय सुर दुख अति मोही।।
मारेहु तेहि बल बुद्धि उपाई। जेहिं छीजै निसिचर सुनु भाई।।
जामवंत सुग्रीव बिभीषन। सेन समेत रहेहु तीनिउ जन।।
जब रघुबीर दीन्हि अनुसासन। कटि निषंग कसि साजि सरासन।।
प्रभु प्रताप उर धरि रनधीरा। बोले घन इव गिरा गँभीरा।।
जौं तेहि आजु बधें बिनु आवौं। तौ रघुपति सेवक न कहावौं।।
जौं सत संकर करहिं सहाई। तदपि हतउँ रघुबीर दोहाई।।
दो0-रघुपति चरन नाइ सिरु चलेउ तुरंत अनंत।
अंगद नील मयंद नल संग सुभट हनुमंत।।75।।

Upon regaining consciousness Meghnad felt very ashamed in front of his father because he had failed to deliver what he promised. Meghnad immediately went to a secluded spot inside a mountain cave with a view to performing some secret Yagna (ritualistic sacrifice) which would make him invincible (it is characteristic of demons to never accept defeat and to resort to unfair, unholy and unacceptable means). Vibhishan could gather the import of what Meghnad had set out do and informed Shri Ram, “O Master, Your might is without a parallel and is hugely helpful for all but vile Meghanad has embarked on an expedition which is unholy, he is expert in Mayic (illusive and false) machinations and has always been tormenting gods. If he accomplishes what he has set out do, O Lord, it would be difficult to reign him in.” Shri Ram, the Lord, felt pleased about this sterling advice coming from Vibhishan and summoned Angad and others and instructed them, “Brothers, you may take Lakshman along and destroy the Yagna undertaken by Meghnad. Later, Lakshman, you must kill him in the battlefield. I am not much happy to see gods fearing worst. You will have to use your wisdom and strength as well as failsafe methods to eliminate him, My Brother. Jamvant, sugreev and vibhishan should be ready with forces at our command.”

Duly instructed by Raghuveer Shri Ram, resilient fighter Lakshman became mindful of the glory of the Lord and arranged his bow and arrow and tied quiver to his waste and seriously spoke in thunder like deep voice, “I might not be taken to be servant of the Raghpati Shri Ram if I fail to come after killing him. I take vow in name of Raghuveer Shri Ram to kill even if a hundred Shankars descend to help him.” With this sombre declaration Lakshman, also known as Anant (the one who is never spent i e lord of time), bowed his head down at feet of Raghupati Shri Ram, the Lord, and left; Angad, Neel, Mayand, Nal, and Hanuman, the great warriors, accompanied him (time can kill anyone but for it act conditions have to be ripe and the Lord should have signalled).

We have now covered up to Doha 75 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman ki Jai!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DCL

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

We covered up to Doha 71 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

दिन कें अंत फिरीं दोउ अनी। समर भई सुभटन्ह श्रम घनी।।
राम कृपाँ कपि दल बल बाढ़ा। जिमि तृन पाइ लाग अति डाढ़ा।।
छीजहिं निसिचर दिनु अरु राती। निज मुख कहें सुकृत जेहि भाँती।।
बहु बिलाप दसकंधर करई। बंधु सीस पुनि पुनि उर धरई।।
रोवहिं नारि हृदय हति पानी। तासु तेज बल बिपुल बखानी।।
मेघनाद तेहि अवसर आयउ। कहि बहु कथा पिता समुझायउ।।
देखेहु कालि मोरि मनुसाई। अबहिं बहुत का करौं बड़ाई।।
इष्टदेव सैं बल रथ पायउँ। सो बल तात न तोहि देखायउँ।।
एहि बिधि जल्पत भयउ बिहाना। चहुँ दुआर लागे कपि नाना।।
इत कपि भालु काल सम बीरा। उत रजनीचर अति रनधीरा।।
लरहिं सुभट निज निज जय हेतू। बरनि न जाइ समर खगकेतू।।
दो0-मेघनाद मायामय रथ चढ़ि गयउ अकास।।
गर्जेउ अट्टहास करि भइ कपि कटकहि त्रास।।72।।

At the end of the day after demise of Kumbhkaran, the two armies went back to their bases; the fighting during the day brought the brave warriors to suffer lot of tiredness. Shri Ram’s grace restored strength of the monkeys like dying fire’s flame gets a boost up on adding straws as fuels. The demons however kept losing power, day and night in the same way as ones’ good deeds and valorous acts lose charm and effect up on repeated recounting of the same by the doer himself.

The ten-headed demon Ravan ranted and lamented badly at the loss of his brother and could only bring the his severed head to bosom again and again. The ladies of his household cried hitting hard their hearts with own hands and spoke of his aura, capacity and immense strength in great detail.

Meghnad also arrived their at that occasion and related many past events to placate and calm down nerves of his father. He then assured saying, “you will see my manliness, my robust strength at play tomorrow, right now its meaningless to boast of it much. I have been gifted a chariot and special kind of power by my preferred deity; there hasn’t been an occasion to demonstrate it before you so far, O Father.”

The night was spent jabbering like this and day broke; the monkeys collected again on the four gates of Lanka in the early hours of morning. On one side the brave monkeys and bears were ready to fight and on the other the more resilient ones of demons were ready too.

Kakbhusundi says, “O Principal Bird (Garud), the warriors were fighting for winning the war for their own sides and it was a war that’s difficult to describe.”

Meghnad riding on his car with special and unworldly features climbed high up in sky and made big noise with his terrible laughter sending shock waves upsetting the army of monkeys.

We have now covered up to Doha 72 of Lanka Kand.

सक्ति सूल तरवारि कृपाना। अस्त्र सस्त्र कुलिसायुध नाना।।
डारह परसु परिघ पाषाना। लागेउ बृष्टि करै बहु बाना।।
दस दिसि रहे बान नभ छाई। मानहुँ मघा मेघ झरि लाई।।
धरु धरु मारु सुनिअ धुनि काना। जो मारइ तेहि कोउ न जाना।।
गहि गिरि तरु अकास कपि धावहिं। देखहि तेहि न दुखित फिरि आवहिं।।
अवघट घाट बाट गिरि कंदर। माया बल कीन्हेसि सर पंजर।।
जाहिं कहाँ ब्याकुल भए बंदर। सुरपति बंदि परे जनु मंदर।।
मारुतसुत अंगद नल नीला। कीन्हेसि बिकल सकल बलसीला।।
पुनि लछिमन सुग्रीव बिभीषन। सरन्हि मारि कीन्हेसि जर्जर तन।।
पुनि रघुपति सैं जूझे लागा। सर छाँड़इ होइ लागहिं नागा।।
ब्याल पास बस भए खरारी। स्वबस अनंत एक अबिकारी।।
नट इव कपट चरित कर नाना। सदा स्वतंत्र एक भगवाना।।
रन सोभा लगि प्रभुहिं बँधायो। नागपास देवन्ह भय पायो।।
दो0-गिरिजा जासु नाम जपि मुनि काटहिं भव पास।
सो कि बंध तर आवइ ब्यापक बिस्व निवास।।73।।

Meghnad then attacked with variety of weapon and arms and showered arrows from above. All the ten directions were filled with arrows and rained torrentially like in the month of Bhadrapad under the constellation of Magha. Only the cries of catch and kill were to be heard but none could make out who was killing without being seen i e Meghnad neither anyone had inkling about who really had the capacity to kill i e the Supreme Lord.

The monkeys tried to reach up in sky holding trees and rocks to strike but were disappointed as they could not locate the source of attack. Meghnad converted entire valley and caves etc in to a big prison surrounding the space with arrows with his Mayic (delusive) power. The disturbed monkeys were at loss to identify places for shelter; they were imprisoned in the same way as Lord Indra had imprisoned the Mandar mountain range. Angad, Nal and Neel as well as Hanuman, the son of wind-god, felt miserable and trapped though all of them were quite strong.

Meghnad did not even leave Lakshman, Sugreev and Vibhishan who were all incapacitated by piercing arrows through the bodies. Shortly afterwards he came in to combative mode against Raghupati Shri Ram and sent forth arrows that converted in to Nagas (serpents); this was application of Vyal-Pash (serpents coil) which captured the slayer of demon Khar (Shri Ram) though He happened to be someone only subject to control by self, a dimensionless entity, only one of His kind and the purest one without faults or blemish. Let’s not surprise because as the one who is unique i e without a second of His type and totally independent being Lord of Universe was only enacting in manner of an actor presenting false moves. It was all but in the interest of making the war interesting and engaging that the Lord got Himself physically bound by the snakes which made gods fearful.

Lord Shiv told Parvati, “O Girija, just think, would one by repeatedly taking whose name the Munis tear done the binding cords of the world ever be tied down Himself; He is present every where and in every thing and also in Him only the whole creation rests, therefore it is not likely that He will be bound in this way.”

We have now covered up to Doha 73 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawantsut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal