Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXIV

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 116 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

सुनत बिभीषन बचन राम के। हरषि गहे पद कृपाधाम के।।
बानर भालु सकल हरषाने। गहि प्रभु पद गुन बिमल बखाने।।
बहुरि बिभीषन भवन सिधायो। मनि गन बसन बिमान भरायो।।
लै पुष्पक प्रभु आगें राखा। हँसि करि कृपासिंधु तब भाषा।।
चढ़ि बिमान सुनु सखा बिभीषन। गगन जाइ बरषहु पट भूषन।।
नभ पर जाइ बिभीषन तबही। बरषि दिए मनि अंबर सबही।।
जोइ जोइ मन भावइ सोइ लेहीं। मनि मुख मेलि डारि कपि देहीं।।
हँसे रामु श्री अनुज समेता। परम कौतुकी कृपा निकेता।।
दो0-मुनि जेहि ध्यान न पावहिं नेति नेति कह बेद।
कृपासिंधु सोइ कपिन्ह सन करत अनेक बिनोद।।117(क)।।
उमा जोग जप दान तप नाना मख ब्रत नेम।
राम कृपा नहि करहिं तसि जसि निष्केवल प्रेम।।117(ख)।।

As soon as Vibhishan heard the words of blessings from Shri Ram, he promptly grabbed feet of the Lord, the abode of mercy. Monkeys and bears were all happy too and they too grabbed the feet of the Lord and mentioned the glorious virtues of Him. Vibhishan shortly afterwards left for palace and loaded an air-craft with lots of gems and clothes; he then placed Pushpak, the flying vehicle, before the Lord. Shri Ram, the Lord and an ocean of mercy, then smiled and gave instructions, O My Friend vibhishan, get on to this flying machine and reach the sky and shower down the clothes and ornaments that you have brought.” Vibhishan did as instructed and dropped the piles of clothes and gems from above.

The monkeys picked whatever they fancied and liked. They began to try to chew the gems and spit them out when could not do it. This amused Shri Ram as well as Sita and the younger brother Lakshman; Shri Ram, the merciful one, displayed that while He is the ultimate Supreme Lord, He is no less in capacity to be playful.

Who is described by Vedas as being ‘not this, not this and not that’ (meaning the Lord is different from the various visible things and phenomenon) and who is not captured entirely in their meditation even by the Munis (who have glimpsed Him as they are more mature and can exercise better control of mind and intellect), the same very Lord is being playful among the monkeys (the Lord doesn’t mind reducing Himself to the level of His Bhaktas and admirers). Lord Shiv tell Parvati, “Uma, Yoga (the practices for uniting with the Lord), Japa (muttering/repeating His name), Dana (the attitude of charity), Tapa (the austerity) and other practices like performing various Yagnas, fasting for purity, and other avowed commitments in line with religious observances do not work as much to make Ram, the Lord, be ready to shower His mercy as does the simple devotion and love towards Him.”

We have now covered up to Doha 117 of Lanka Kand.

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

Hari Om,
Krishna Khandelwal


Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXVIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Rm,

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 116 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

करि बिनती जब संभु सिधाए। तब प्रभु निकट बिभीषनु आए।।
नाइ चरन सिरु कह मृदु बानी। बिनय सुनहु प्रभु सारँगपानी।।
सकुल सदल प्रभु रावन मार् यो। पावन जस त्रिभुवन बिस्तार् यो।।
दीन मलीन हीन मति जाती। मो पर कृपा कीन्हि बहु भाँती।।
अब जन गृह पुनीत प्रभु कीजे। मज्जनु करिअ समर श्रम छीजे।।
देखि कोस मंदिर संपदा। देहु कृपाल कपिन्ह कहुँ मुदा।।
सब बिधि नाथ मोहि अपनाइअ। पुनि मोहि सहित अवधपुर जाइअ।।
सुनत बचन मृदु दीनदयाला। सजल भए द्वौ नयन बिसाला।।

When Lord Shiv left after offering his prayers, Vibhishan came forward to submit to Lord and bowed down at His feet then began to speak in soft tone, “O Lord, kindly listen to my submission while You are beholden of Shrang (the bow); You have killed Ravan along with his family and his team-mates which has spread Your sacred and purifying fame all over the world. You extended Your gracious kindness to help me in many ways otherwise I was helpless, malacious, of low intellect and belonged to low caste. Lord, I invite You now to make my home sacred by stepping there and have Your body cleansed, massaged and bathed so that the war-borne fatigue may be lost. Kindly also have a look at the treasury, the palaces and other wealth which may be distributed to monkeys with pleasure (Vibhishan meant that the soldiers from the winning side deserve to get share in wealth of the defeated king). Then O Master, You must accept me as Your own in every way before You leave for Ayodhya along with me. The polite words of Vibhishan stirred the heart of Shri Ram, the ever kind Lord towards the poor and downtrodden, bringing tears to His large and beautiful eyes.

दो0-तोर कोस गृह मोर सब सत्य बचन सुनु भ्रात।
भरत दसा सुमिरत मोहि निमिष कल्प सम जात।।116(क)।।
तापस बेष गात कृस जपत निरंतर मोहि।
देखौं बेगि सो जतनु करु सखा निहोरउँ तोहि।।116(ख)।।
बीतें अवधि जाउँ जौं जिअत न पावउँ बीर।
सुमिरत अनुज प्रीति प्रभु पुनि पुनि पुलक सरीर।।116(ग)।।
करेहु कल्प भरि राजु तुम्ह मोहि सुमिरेहु मन माहिं।
पुनि मम धाम पाइहहु जहाँ संत सब जाहिं।।116(घ)।।

Shri Ram responded saying, “Your declaration that your wealth etc and the property is mine too and I believe your statement as being true, O Brother. But when I reflect on the condition that my Brother is passing through, a moment becomes like a Kalpa (a whole cycle of time) for me. He is only remembering me continuously living like an ascetic and keeping frail body. My Friend, I beseech you to device means that would make me see him forthwith. The period of exile is nearing end and beyond that time I don’t expect to see my brother Bharat alive (as this is his resolve).”

Recollecting His younger brother’s love for Himself, the Lord had thrills in His body repeatedly (nothing moves the Lord as much as devotion with love for Him by His Bhaktas).

Lastly Shri Ram, the Lord, advised Vibhishan, “You will rule for a long period of time but you must keep remembering me and keeping my image in your heart. Later you will surely deserve to get to stay with me in my place where all saints go and stay (this is how Lord endorsed the fact of Vibhishan being a saint in reality though committed to discharge duties as king. If anyone carries out duties that come his way while remembering the Lord all the time then it does not matter what he does, he will still be destined to stay with Lord in His abode).

We have now covered up to Doha 116 of Lanka Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXVII

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 114 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

छं0-मामभिरक्षय रघुकुल नायक। धृत बर चाप रुचिर कर सायक।।
मोह महा घन पटल प्रभंजन। संसय बिपिन अनल सुर रंजन।।1।।
अगुन सगुन गुन मंदिर सुंदर। भ्रम तम प्रबल प्रताप दिवाकर।।
काम क्रोध मद गज पंचानन। बसहु निरंतर जन मन कानन।।2।।
बिषय मनोरथ पुंज कंज बन। प्रबल तुषार उदार पार मन।।
भव बारिधि मंदर परमं दर। बारय तारय संसृति दुस्तर।।3।।
स्याम गात राजीव बिलोचन। दीन बंधु प्रनतारति मोचन।।
अनुज जानकी सहित निरंतर। बसहु राम नृप मम उर अंतर।।4।।
मुनि रंजन महि मंडल मंडन। तुलसिदास प्रभु त्रास बिखंडन।।5।।
दो0-नाथ जबहिं कोसलपुरीं होइहि तिलक तुम्हार।
कृपासिंधु मैं आउब देखन चरित उदार।।115।।

Lord Shiv began to offer his prayer unto Shri Ram and praise Him in a wise manner saying, “O the Leader of the Raghu’s Family, be specially protective to me, You already are holding a nice bow and have an arrow in hand (he meant to say that You, in the present form of avatar as Ram are not just a neutral God but seem to be ready to punish the miscreants). You are able to smash the thick veil of misunderstanding and can burn down the jungle of doubts, O the Delighter of the Gods.

“Though You are the same God without attributes yet have appeared in form with attributes and housing beautiful qualities and virtues. You act as mighty sun to dispel the darkness of deluding profound confusions. Like a lion to kill the elephantine lust, anger and stupor, You permanently stay in peoples’ heart (ever ready to be invoked).

“You work as frost for the destruction of the bed of lotuses that is born out of desires generated in minds and are generous to extent that can’t be easily grasped by mind. In the ocean of being that might drown anyone, You appear as Mount Mandar which can churn it but also can rescue from this difficult to put up with mundane existence.

“You have swarthy body and lotus like eyes; You are ever a friend of helpless and save suppliants from miseries and woes. O Ram, You must continuously remain in deep recesses of my heart along with Your younger brother and Janki Sita.”

Tulsidas says that Shri Ram, his Lord, amuses the Munis and has made the globe a better place by changing the conditions that brought misery to people (by killing Ravan).

Lord Shiv lastly left telling Shri Ram, “O Master, when your coronation ceremony will take place in Ayodhya (upon Your return post 14 years period in exile), I will come there to further have glimpse of Your magnificent ways of conduct and course of generous behaviour, O Most Merciful Lord.”

We have now covered up to Doha 115 of Lanka Kand.

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

Krishna Khanddelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXVI

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 114 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

सुनु सुरपति कपि भालु हमारे। परे भूमि निसचरन्हि जे मारे।।
मम हित लागि तजे इन्ह प्राना। सकल जिआउ सुरेस सुजाना।।
सुनु खगेस प्रभु कै यह बानी। अति अगाध जानहिं मुनि ग्यानी।।
प्रभु सक त्रिभुअन मारि जिआई। केवल सक्रहि दीन्हि बड़ाई।।
सुधा बरषि कपि भालु जिआए। हरषि उठे सब प्रभु पहिं आए।।
सुधाबृष्टि भै दुहु दल ऊपर। जिए भालु कपि नहिं रजनीचर।।
रामाकार भए तिन्ह के मन। मुक्त भए छूटे भव बंधन।।
सुर अंसिक सब कपि अरु रीछा। जिए सकल रघुपति कीं ईछा।।
राम सरिस को दीन हितकारी। कीन्हे मुकुत निसाचर झारी।।
खल मल धाम काम रत रावन। गति पाई जो मुनिबर पाव न।।
दो0-सुमन बरषि सब सुर चले चढ़ि चढ़ि रुचिर बिमान।
देखि सुअवसरु प्रभु पहिं आयउ संभु सुजान।।114(क)।।
परम प्रीति कर जोरि जुग नलिन नयन भरि बारि।
पुलकित तन गदगद गिराँ बिनय करत त्रिपुरारि।।114(ख)।।

Shri Ram then told Indra, “O King of Gods, the moneys and beers who fought on our side and were killed by demons are lying on ground. They lost lives for my cause, you may now bring them back to life, O Wise Head of Gods.”

Kaakbhushundi explained here for benefit of Garudaa saying, “O King of Birds, pay attention to what Lord said to Indra; it has a lot of depth in it and the knowledgeable Munis only catch what it tells. The Lord is capable of destroying all three worlds and bring them to existence again but here He is just giving importance and glory to Indra.” Indra then showered nectar over the dead bodies of monkeys and beers and brought them back to life; regaining life they came near the Lord. Though the nectar rained over the dead from both sides, it gave life back only to monkeys and bears and not to demons. It was due to the fact that demons while fighting against Ram had their minds concentrating on Ram hence were liberated while dying and were relieved of getting tangled in process of rebirth (if the Lord is in thought immediately before death one gets liberated, this principle worked for such culmination of life). The moneys and beers had some degree of presence of the gods in them while coming on earth (to help the Lord in fight against Ravan) and lived on, as Ram so wished (gods are supposed to never die and therefore Shri Ram, the Lord wished none of beers and monkeys get killed).

There is none as welfare oriented for the burdened and distressed people as Ram (both as the son of Dashrath and as the Supreme Lord) that He liberated the entire army of demons (relieving from life of curse and liberating from rebirth). The vile Ravan, a heap malice, was mired in lustfulness; he also had opportunity to fare in such direction after death that is hard to be availed even by great Munis.

Later the gods left in a happy mood after showering flowers, in their decorated aerial vehicles. After melee when quietness prevailed, Lord Shiv, the wise one among the Gods, approached the Lord. Killer of Tripurasur (Lord Shiv), with lots of love in heart and wetness in eyes, having thrill in body and with hands folded, began to extoll and submit to the Lord in voice that was surcharged with emotion.

We have now covered up to Doha 114 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shanakar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXV

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 111 in Lanka Kand of Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

तेहि अवसर दसरथ तहँ आए। तनय बिलोकि नयन जल छाए।।
अनुज सहित प्रभु बंदन कीन्हा। आसिरबाद पिताँ तब दीन्हा।।
तात सकल तव पुन्य प्रभाऊ। जीत्यों अजय निसाचर राऊ।।
सुनि सुत बचन प्रीति अति बाढ़ी। नयन सलिल रोमावलि ठाढ़ी।।
रघुपति प्रथम प्रेम अनुमाना। चितइ पितहि दीन्हेउ दृढ़ ग्याना।।
ताते उमा मोच्छ नहिं पायो। दसरथ भेद भगति मन लायो।।
सगुनोपासक मोच्छ न लेहीं। तिन्ह कहुँ राम भगति निज देहीं।।
बार बार करि प्रभुहि प्रनामा। दसरथ हरषि गए सुरधामा।।
दो0-अनुज जानकी सहित प्रभु कुसल कोसलाधीस।
सोभा देखि हरषि मन अस्तुति कर सुर ईस।।112।।

After Brahma left offering his prayers, King Dashrath appeared on the scene (he was in the form that one gets after death for enjoying the heaven etc) and had tears in eyes looking at his son. Shri Ram and younger brother Lakshman paid homage to father displaying reverence for him and also received blessings of the father. Shri Ram then said, “Taat (father), its all result of your good deeds that you performed while living on earth that I have been able to establish win over the King of Demons (Ravan) who otherwise happened to be unwinnable (the good deeds of father help the progeny too).” Listening to the words of the son Dashrath had his body’s hair stand up while his heart felt a sudden surge of love for his son. Shri Ram then reflected on how much father had loved him while alive that he could not cling to life any more after getting separated from him; Shri Ram, the Lord, then glanced in the direction of Dashrath in a way that imparted him real knowledge (about who he as Ram in reality is) that would stay because every time when this fact emerged before Dashrath he used to ignored it and thought of Ram as just his dear son.

At this stage Lord Shiv tells Parvati, “Uma, Dashrath did not get liberation though he deserved because he had put his heart totally in devotion placing himself as one who loves and Lord as beloved and not appreciating oneness of Jeeva and Brahman (beings and the Lord). In fact those who devotedly worship the Lord’s manifested forms (as avatars) do not accept Moksha (the total liberation after which coming to earth as beings stops) and they are therefore rewarded by Shri Ram, the Lord, His blessings giving them permanent devotion towards Himself which the devotees think as more enjoyable that Moksha itself.”

Dashrath, now equipped with real knowledge, did Pranam (reverential obeisance) time and again and left for heavenly abode.

Lord Indra, the king of gods, appreciated that Kaushaladheesh Shri Ram was unhurt and watched the lord standing with younger brother Lakshman and consort Sita, the daughter of King Janak, presenting a beautiful sight which made him immensely happy and he too began to offer his prayers.

We have now covered up to Doha 112.

छं0-जय राम सोभा धाम। दायक प्रनत बिश्राम।।
धृत त्रोन बर सर चाप। भुजदंड प्रबल प्रताप।।1।।
जय दूषनारि खरारि। मर्दन निसाचर धारि।।
यह दुष्ट मारेउ नाथ। भए देव सकल सनाथ।।2।।
जय हरन धरनी भार। महिमा उदार अपार।।
जय रावनारि कृपाल। किए जातुधान बिहाल।।3।।
लंकेस अति बल गर्ब। किए बस्य सुर गंधर्ब।।
मुनि सिद्ध नर खग नाग। हठि पंथ सब कें लाग।।4।।

Lord Indra prayed as follows:

“There be glory to You as You are abode of beauty and charm. You are provider of comfort to those who come under your refuge. You hold a nice bow and arrows, Your mighty arms are very capable.

“There be glory to You as opponent of Dushan and Khar (the demon brothers) and as one who earlier annihilated the whole army of demons. Now you have finished this rascal too, O Master, the gods have a patron and a savior in You.

“There be glory to You as one who reduced the burden of earth and displayed limitless and bountiful compassion. O Kindhearted One, there be glory to You for killing Ravan and decimating the demons.

“This king of Lanka was totally mired in arrogance born of his strength with which he ruled over the gods and the Gandharvas (the celestial beings). He even did not leave alone the Munis, the Siddhas, the ordinary mortals, the birds or the Nagas and stubbornly blocked their activities and progress.

परद्रोह रत अति दुष्ट। पायो सो फलु पापिष्ट।।
अब सुनहु दीन दयाल। राजीव नयन बिसाल।।5।।
मोहि रहा अति अभिमान। नहिं कोउ मोहि समान।।
अब देखि प्रभु पद कंज। गत मान प्रद दुख पुंज।।6।।
कोउ ब्रह्म निर्गुन ध्याव। अब्यक्त जेहि श्रुति गाव।।
मोहि भाव कोसल भूप। श्रीराम सगुन सरूप।।7।।
बैदेहि अनुज समेत। मम हृदयँ करहु निकेत।।
मोहि जानिए निज दास। दे भक्ति रमानिवास।।8।।

“He (Ravan) was always scheming against the people being very vile and hence that sin oriented character has now met the right kind fate. Now, O Friend of the Meek, kindly listen and see it all with Your large lotus eyes where I actually stand. I have been very arrogant myself thinking that none is as superior as me being the head of gods. But now I don’t have carry that kind of arrogance anymore when I have seen Your lotus feet which make one lose his arrogance which is the real reason behind ones’ troubles and sorrows.

“Some meditate upon formless and attributeless Brahman who is mentioned as invisible by the Vedas but my preferred Lord is You who is the King of Kaushala and is known as Shri Ram and is very much present in a beautiful form before me. Now make my heart itself as Your own place of living along with Sita, the daughter of Videh (the king who is beyond the body centric ego and attachment) and with Your younger brother Lakshman (the Sheshanaag on whom You rest as Lord Vishnu). Taking me Your own servant give me Your devotion as reward, O Ramaniwas (in whose heart Rama, that is Lakshmi, stays and who stays in Rama’s heart.

दे भक्ति रमानिवास त्रास हरन सरन सुखदायकं।
सुख धाम राम नमामि काम अनेक छबि रघुनायकं।।
सुर बृंद रंजन द्वंद भंजन मनुज तनु अतुलितबलं।
ब्रह्मादि संकर सेब्य राम नमामि करुना कोमलं।।
दो0-अब करि कृपा बिलोकि मोहि आयसु देहु कृपाल।
काह करौं सुनि प्रिय बचन बोले दीनदयाल।।113।।

“Give me Your devotion, O Ramaniwas, You only can remove all that causes trouble, You only can provide relief to shelter seekers. O Blissful Ram, I bow down to You, You posses charm equalling many cupids as Raghunayak Shri Ram. In Your avatar in human form too You posses immeasurable power and look charming to us gods and You destroy any kind of conflicts nursed in mind. O Lord Ram, I bow down to You as You display a very soft side drenched in compassion, You are the same one who is worshipped by Lord Shiv and Brahma, the creator, and others like him.

“Kindly throw Your merciful glance towards me and allow me to leave while instructing me what I may do next.” Listening to decent words of Indra, the ever gracious Shri Ram also responded in endearing words.

(It is subtly indicated here that though Brahman as Nirgun and as Sagun is the same yet worshipping Nirguna is dry and difficult process while worshipping Saguna is sweet and interesting process.)

We have now covered up to Doha 113 of Lanka Kand.

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

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXXIV

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 110 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

छं0-जय राम सदा सुखधाम हरे। रघुनायक सायक चाप धरे।।
भव बारन दारन सिंह प्रभो। गुन सागर नागर नाथ बिभो।।
तन काम अनेक अनूप छबी। गुन गावत सिद्ध मुनींद्र कबी।।
जसु पावन रावन नाग महा। खगनाथ जथा करि कोप गहा।।
जन रंजन भंजन सोक भयं। गतक्रोध सदा प्रभु बोधमयं।।
अवतार उदार अपार गुनं। महि भार बिभंजन ग्यानघनं।।
अज ब्यापकमेकमनादि सदा। करुनाकर राम नमामि मुदा।।
रघुबंस बिभूषन दूषन हा। कृत भूप बिभीषन दीन रहा।।
गुन ग्यान निधान अमान अजं। नित राम नमामि बिभुं बिरजं।।
भुजदंड प्रचंड प्रताप बलं। खल बृंद निकंद महा कुसलं।।
बिनु कारन दीन दयाल हितं। छबि धाम नमामि रमा सहितं।।
भव तारन कारन काज परं। मन संभव दारुन दोष हरं।।

Brahma, the creator, then began to sing praises of Shri Ram, the Supreme Lord as follows:

“Victory to You O Shri Ram, You are the real abode of bliss and steal sense of displeasure; You as Raghunayak, the leader of Raghus, hold bow and arrow for protection of saints!

“You kill the elephant, that the world is in terms of our intoxicating existence, as a lion being very swift at it, O Lord; You are an ocean of virtues and are very sophisticated, O Omnipresent and Most Exalted Lord.

“You have a body that has glamour and charm like that of many cupids together; Your virtues are known to and sung by the Siddhas, the Great Munis and intelligent people.

“Your glorious fame is sacred too, You killed Ravan, the big villain, like a large serpent would be caught and killed by the angry Garuda, the king of birds.

“You are the cause of happiness and pleasure of the people, and take away their sense of grief and of fear while You Yourself never have any kind of anger but remain totally calm with real understanding.

“This avatar of Yours (as Ram) is very magnanimous and reflects most of Your limitless virtues; it has been taken by You to lighten the burden of earth and display the essence of Your qualities and virtues.

अज ब्यापकमेकमनादि सदा। करुनाकर राम नमामि मुदा।।
रघुबंस बिभूषन दूषन हा। कृत भूप बिभीषन दीन रहा।।
गुन ग्यान निधान अमान अजं। नित राम नमामि बिभुं बिरजं।।
भुजदंड प्रचंड प्रताप बलं। खल बृंद निकंद महा कुसलं।।
बिनु कारन दीन दयाल हितं। छबि धाम नमामि रमा सहितं।।
भव तारन कारन काज परं। मन संभव दारुन दोष हरं।।

“O Ocean of Mercy, O Shri Ram, I bow down to You with maximum delight knowing full well that You are since ever hence unborn, You are all-pervading, You are the only one of Your kind and will ever be when nothing else remains.

“You are the ornament of the family of Raghu and annihilated the demon known as Dushan (literal meaning fault) and made Vibhishan the king of Lanka while he too was a demon by birth and also helpless but displayed saintly qualities.

“I bow down to You, O Ram, daily as the Lord without any thing mundane about You; You are most virtuous, most knowledgeable, without an ego and without any beginning in reality.

“Your arms are very strong, Your might is substantial and You are expert in the art of wiping out the hosts of vile characters.

“Most of all You are merciful towards the helpless and meek as well ensure their welfare but without looking for a reason to do so; O Abundantly Beautiful One, I bow down to You along with Your consort Rama as You both together seem to be more charming.

“You only can take us beyond the world and You are real reason for whom we need to leave the world behind; You only can steal the vices that are born due to play of mind when mind is directed to meditate upon You.

सर चाप मनोहर त्रोन धरं। जरजारुन लोचन भूपबरं।।
सुख मंदिर सुंदर श्रीरमनं। मद मार मुधा ममता समनं।।
अनवद्य अखंड न गोचर गो। सबरूप सदा सब होइ न गो।।
इति बेद बदंति न दंतकथा। रबि आतप भिन्नमभिन्न जथा।।
कृतकृत्य बिभो सब बानर ए। निरखंति तवानन सादर ए।।
धिग जीवन देव सरीर हरे। तव भक्ति बिना भव भूलि परे।।
अब दीन दयाल दया करिऐ। मति मोरि बिभेदकरी हरिऐ।।
जेहि ते बिपरीत क्रिया करिऐ। दुख सो सुख मानि सुखी चरिऐ।।
खल खंडन मंडन रम्य छमा। पद पंकज सेवित संभु उमा।।
नृप नायक दे बरदानमिदं। चरनांबुज प्रेम सदा सुभदं।।

“O Ram, The Great King, You possess a set of beautiful bow, arrows and quiver, while Your eyes have a reddish tinge like that of a red

“O Shri Ram, You delight Shree (Lakshmi) and get delighted in Her company (as Vishnu), and this makes You an abode of bliss and You kill the arrogance in people as well as kill their sense of attachment and uncalled for sense of ownership.

“It is difficult do enough while praising You and You are a seemless entity without parts and Your reality is beyond comprehension through the senses, it is possible when one transcends beyond their scope; while You reflect in all forms but hardly ever become that Yourself.

“What I have said is not a gossip but it has been stated by Vedas; You and Your manifestation should be taken as sun and the heat generated by sun, as one and as different too as per the context.

“These monkeys have received sumptuous reward for what they did for You as they now have the fortune of having a look at Your face with reverence (because the real reward for what we do as Jeevas lies in having glimpse of the Lord).

“Even the lives lived having ethereal bodies of gods is not so worthy, O Hari, because it is lived without devotion towards You and without remembering Yo, (but humans can do it).

“O Shri Ram, the Friend of Humble, show mercy and steal the weakness of my own intellect that sees the world as my own creation and as different from You (the spell of Maya is hard to deny even for Brahma who has been entrusted by Lord to create the worlds and he too seeks Lord’s help for being saved).

“I have been doing some things that do not match the mind of Yours at some times because of that weakness and I draw pleasure while it only would be the cause of dissatisfaction and distress ultimately (there seem some phenomenon that are not as per the laws of nature because God is obliged to save His selfless devotees).

“O Destroyer of the Ravenous Rogues, and Saviour of the this beautiful earth, Your feet are worshipped by Lord Shiv and Parvati Uma, now bless me with a boon, O Monarch among kings of earth, that I develop love for Your lotus feet and that way ensure good tidings for self at all times.”

दो0-बिनय कीन्हि चतुरानन प्रेम पुलक अति गात।
सोभासिंधु बिलोकत लोचन नहीं अघात।।111।।

In this manner the four-faced Brahma finished his prayers with a thrilling body and his eyes never seemed to be satisfied enough looking at Shri Ram, the ocean of charm.

(Brahma, the creator, repeatedly confirms that Shri Ram and the Supreme Lord are not different.)

We have now covered up to Doha 111 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXIII

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 109 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

तब रघुपति अनुसासन पाई। मातलि चलेउ चरन सिरु नाई।।
आए देव सदा स्वारथी। बचन कहहिं जनु परमारथी।।
दीन बंधु दयाल रघुराया। देव कीन्हि देवन्ह पर दाया।।
बिस्व द्रोह रत यह खल कामी। निज अघ गयउ कुमारगगामी।।
तुम्ह समरूप ब्रह्म अबिनासी। सदा एकरस सहज उदासी।।
अकल अगुन अज अनघ अनामय। अजित अमोघसक्ति करुनामय।।
मीन कमठ सूकर नरहरी। बामन परसुराम बपु धरी।।
जब जब नाथ सुरन्ह दुखु पायो। नाना तनु धरि तुम्हइँ नसायो।।
यह खल मलिन सदा सुरद्रोही। काम लोभ मद रत अति कोही।।
अधम सिरोमनि तव पद पावा। यह हमरे मन बिसमय आवा।।
हम देवता परम अधिकारी। स्वारथ रत प्रभु भगति बिसारी।।
भव प्रबाहँ संतत हम परे। अब प्रभु पाहि सरन अनुसरे।।
दो0-करि बिनती सुर सिद्ध सब रहे जहँ तहँ कर जोरि।
अति सप्रेम तन पुलकि बिधि अस्तुति करत बहोरि।।110।।

Matali, the charioteer sent by Indra, left after bowing his head down before Raghupati Shri Ram when he got signal to leave (Shri Ram had just respected the wishes of head of gods in accepting the divine chariot but saw no further use of it as war was over; accepting help for a common cause from others is Okay but not for only selfish needs). The gods who are always mired in their own selfish interests came forward now but speaking in a way showing love for the ultimate objectives in life, they said, “O Friend of Humble and Merciful One, O Raghuraj Shri Ram, O Our Benefactor, You have kindly shown mercy towards us. This lustful one and vile one who has been engaged in destroying the world and followed only the evil ways and bad paths, has been finished due to his own sins. You are the imperishable Brahman (the Supreme Lord) and therefore have a balanced disposition, You have an equanimous self which is beyond anger or favor, You are neutral in a natural way. You are not made in parts, You are beyond Gunas (the traits), You are unborn, You are beyond sinning, You are above afflictions, You are unconquerable and invincible, You posses limitless power and most of all You always are compassionate.

“You took avatars in forms as Meen (fish), as Kamatth (tortoise), as Shukar (boar), as Narsimh (half human half lion), as Vaman (in dwarf form) and as Parashuram (weapon wielding Brahmin). When ever we gods were in trouble You came for rescue in various forms as the need be. This villainous rascal was always engaged in tormenting us and was very lustful, greedy, arrogant and most of all very angry and agitated at all times. This principal character among the most vile also got to attain Your world, this is surely most astonishing factor to us. We gods are most deserving for it but O Lord, we forgot to remain devoted to You on account of our selfish nature (the selfish nature turns away from the Lord, when it is true for the gods, it is more true for us mortals). We always flowed with the currents of this world but now the time has come when to seek Your shelter and refuge.”

After their prayer unto the God, the gods remained there and Siddhas too with their hands folded reverentially; then came the turn of Brahma (the creator) to offer praises with intense love and with thrilled body.

We have now covered up to Doha 1110 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallaabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanumaan Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXII

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 108 of Lanka kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post.

प्रभु के बचन सीस धरि सीता। बोली मन क्रम बचन पुनीता।।
लछिमन होहु धरम के नेगी। पावक प्रगट करहु तुम्ह बेगी।।
सुनि लछिमन सीता कै बानी। बिरह बिबेक धरम निति सानी।।
लोचन सजल जोरि कर दोऊ। प्रभु सन कछु कहि सकत न ओऊ।।
देखि राम रुख लछिमन धाए। पावक प्रगटि काठ बहु लाए।।
पावक प्रबल देखि बैदेही। हृदयँ हरष नहिं भय कछु तेही।।
जौं मन बच क्रम मम उर माहीं। तजि रघुबीर आन गति नाहीं।।
तौ कृसानु सब कै गति जाना। मो कहुँ होउ श्रीखंड समाना।।

Sita however did not take any offence about what her Lord Shri Ram said and took His word as command; she, the one who is totally pure and pious at level of mind, of deed as well as of speech, said, ” O Lakshman, you must act as helper in performance of the sacred duty and create a fire for the purpose urgently.” Lakshman listened to words of Sita which were laced with her emotions about separation, were discreet, contained gist of Dharma and honoured propriety; this made him have tears in his eyes and he folded his hands in surrender but dared not raise his voice of protest before the Lord. Lakshman captured mood of Shri Ram and rushed to pick enough of firewood and set it alight to create fire. Vaidehi Sita noted the fire was now ablaze and felt pleased in her heart without a trace of fear. She invoked the lord of fire in her heart and prayed saying, “If I have never had anything to do with anyone else apart from connecting with Raghuveer Shri Ram in terms of my feelings, speech and deeds then O lord of fire, you know what goes on in every ones mind, become as cold for me as sandal-wood paste.

छं0-श्रीखंड सम पावक प्रबेस कियो सुमिरि प्रभु मैथिली।
जय कोसलेस महेस बंदित चरन रति अति निर्मली।।
प्रतिबिंब अरु लौकिक कलंक प्रचंड पावक महुँ जरे।
प्रभु चरित काहुँ न लखे नभ सुर सिद्ध मुनि देखहिं खरे।।1।।
धरि रूप पावक पानि गहि श्री सत्य श्रुति जग बिदित जो।
जिमि छीरसागर इंदिरा रामहि समर्पी आनि सो।।
सो राम बाम बिभाग राजति रुचिर अति सोभा भली।
नव नील नीरज निकट मानहुँ कनक पंकज की कली।।2।।

Sita, the daughter of Mithila, set thoughts on her Lord, Shri Ram, and then entered fire as if applying sandal-wood paste on body while uttering words ‘Glory to Kaushalesh Shri Ram whose feet are worshipped by Lord Shiv, the first among gods, with purest kind of love’. Sita’s unreal form as well as any possible blame or blemish in eyes of the people got burnt in the raging fire. The role of the Lord in what was happening was not seen by any body while the gods, Munis and Siddhas stood witnessing it all from the sky (i e there are some matters concerning the Lord that remain unrevealed before even the most deserving). The god of fire then appeared taking a form and handed Sita with same kind of love to Shri Ram as once the Ksheersagar (the ocean of milk) had done while offering his daughter Indira (Lakshmi) to Lord Vishnu. Sita then took her place on the left side of Shri Ram and was looking very charming and attractive as if a bud of golden lotus was placed near a fresh lotus of bluish hue.

दो0-बरषहिं सुमन हरषि सुन बाजहिं गगन निसान।
गावहिं किंनर सुरबधू नाचहिं चढ़ीं बिमान।।109(क)।।
जनकसुता समेत प्रभु सोभा अमित अपार।
देखि भालु कपि हरषे जय रघुपति सुख सार।।109(ख)।।

The gods showered flower on them and sound of drum beating emerged from sky while Kinnars sang and the consorts of the gods danced riding on their airborne crafts. The monkeys and beers who had never had seen the Lord together with Janak’s daughter Sita were very happy to have this most attractive sight before their eyes and shouted ‘Glory be to Raghupati Shri Ram who is the essence of all pleasure and comfort’.

We have now covered up to Doha 109 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shanakar Ki Jai!
Shri jankivallabho Vijayaty!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sat Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khaandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha CDLXXXI

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram jai jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 107 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

अब सोइ जतन करहु तुम्ह ताता। देखौं नयन स्याम मृदु गाता।।
तब हनुमान राम पहिं जाई। जनकसुता कै कुसल सुनाई।।
सुनि संदेसु भानुकुलभूषन। बोलि लिए जुबराज बिभीषन।।
मारुतसुत के संग सिधावहु। सादर जनकसुतहि लै आवहु।।
तुरतहिं सकल गए जहँ सीता। सेवहिं सब निसिचरीं बिनीता।।
बेगि बिभीषन तिन्हहि सिखायो। तिन्ह बहु बिधि मज्जन करवायो।।
बहु प्रकार भूषन पहिराए। सिबिका रुचिर साजि पुनि ल्याए।।
ता पर हरषि चढ़ी बैदेही। सुमिरि राम सुखधाम सनेही।।
बेतपानि रच्छक चहुँ पासा। चले सकल मन परम हुलासा।।
देखन भालु कीस सब आए। रच्छक कोपि निवारन धाए।।
कह रघुबीर कहा मम मानहु। सीतहि सखा पयादें आनहु।।
देखहुँ कपि जननी की नाईं। बिहसि कहा रघुनाथ गोसाई।।
सुनि प्रभु बचन भालु कपि हरषे। नभ ते सुरन्ह सुमन बहु बरषे।।
सीता प्रथम अनल महुँ राखी। प्रगट कीन्हि चह अंतर साखी।।
दो0-तेहि कारन करुनानिधि कहे कछुक दुर्बाद।
सुनत जातुधानीं सब लागीं करै बिषाद।।108।।

After blessing Hanuman profusely, Sita further told him, “O Taat, now do something so that I am able to have a look at the soft and swarthy body of Shri Ram.” Hanuman then went back to Shri Ram and told Him about wellbeing of Sita, the daughter of King Janak and a message from her. Shri Ram who is like an ornament among the descendents of sun, summoned Angad and Vibhishan to promptly leave along with Hanuman, the son of wind-god, and bring back the daughter of King Janak in a respectable manner. They then hurriedly went to where Sita was and found her being served by humble demonesses with attention and regard. Vibhishan then quickly told them what was needed to be done. Following instructions they helped Sita in cleansing and bathing in all possible ways. They then ornamented her sumptuously and arranged a palanquin which was tastefully decorated. Vaideshi Sita mounted it happily remembering her beloved Shri Ram who really happened to be the sole source of her comforts and pleasures.

The guards holding batons were placed on all four sides for protection who were happy to discharge this duty with great enthusiasm. When the monkeys and beers came near to have a look at Sita the guards angrily pushed them away (as if the roles were reversed now). At this stage Raghuveer Shri Ram suggested by saying, “O Friends, kindly take my advice and let Sita come on foot,” and Raghunath Shri Ram, their master now gleefully added, “let all have glimpse of Sita like they would have of their own mother (here He signified the fact of Sita being the inseparable creative power of Himself that is responsible for creation of the whole world and sustains the Jeevas, and that there is no other way to look at her for anybody).”

The monkeys and beers were delighted to hear the words of the Lord (who would not when father points out the long lost mother to children) and the gods showered flowers from the sky above. Now as real Sita had been made to hide in confines of fire earlier by the Lord, He wanted her to manifest back again.

Keeping in mind the above purpose Shri Ram, the Lord who is ever merciful, spoke some derogatory words of condemnation; as soon as the demonesses heard Him say so they were overtaken by grief (as they knew that none of what Shri Ram was saying had any grain of truth for they had been witnessing all that happened in Lanka as first person themselves).

We have now covered up to Doha 108 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankaar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal

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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 106 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

पुनि प्रभु बोलि लियउ हनुमाना। लंका जाहु कहेउ भगवाना।।
समाचार जानकिहि सुनावहु। तासु कुसल लै तुम्ह चलि आवहु।।
तब हनुमंत नगर महुँ आए। सुनि निसिचरी निसाचर धाए।।
बहु प्रकार तिन्ह पूजा कीन्ही। जनकसुता देखाइ पुनि दीन्ही।।
दूरहि ते प्रनाम कपि कीन्हा। रघुपति दूत जानकीं चीन्हा।।
कहहु तात प्रभु कृपानिकेता। कुसल अनुज कपि सेन समेता।।
सब बिधि कुसल कोसलाधीसा। मातु समर जीत्यो दससीसा।।
अबिचल राजु बिभीषन पायो। सुनि कपि बचन हरष उर छायो।।
छं0-अति हरष मन तन पुलक लोचन सजल कह पुनि पुनि रमा।
का देउँ तोहि त्रेलोक महुँ कपि किमपि नहिं बानी समा।।
सुनु मातु मैं पायो अखिल जग राजु आजु न संसयं।
रन जीति रिपुदल बंधु जुत पस्यामि राममनामयं।।
दो0-सुनु सुत सदगुन सकल तव हृदयँ बसहुँ हनुमंत।
सानुकूल कोसलपति रहहुँ समेत अनंत।।107।I

Lord called Hanuman and instructed him to go to Lanka and tell Janki Sita all about the developments and also to inquire about her own welfare and come back. When Hanuman reached the city centre, all the demons and demonesses rushed to meet him and honored him in many ways and promptly took him to where Sita was. Hanuman, the monkey, paid respects to her from a distance itself while approaching her; Janki Sita could make out that it was none else than the messenger of Raghpati Shri Ram. Upon monkey coming near her she asked, “O Taat, tell me that my Master, the very abode of all mercy, is safe and fine along with his younger brother and the his army of monkeys.” Hanuman answered, “O Mother, be assured of welfare of Kaushaladheesh Ram in every way; He has defeated Ravan after a fierce fight (Hanuman used the word here ‘Anamayam’ literally meaning somesome above afflictions and it is an artribute of the Supreme Lord and this way reminded her that your worry is just an unnecessary worry).” Vibhishan now has the privilege to rule over Lanka without any hindrance.” The words of monkey made her heart joyful and relieved of worries.

With her body and mind now overjoyed and her eyes wet Rama (Sita) time and again asked Hanuman what might she give to him as she didn’t think any such thing is available in the entire three worlds that is worthy as reward for such valuable and comforting information that he gave. To this hanuman answered by saying, “Listen O Mother, I think I have as much as the kingdom of the entire world without a doubt after having the fortune of seeing Shri Ram and his brother unscathed while establishing win over the enemy ranks on the battle front.”

Sita still wanted to bless Hanuman and told him, “Listen O Son, may all the finest virtues remain in your heart for ever. May Shri Ram, the Lord of Kaushala, as also Ananat (Lord of Time) Lakshman, remain supportive and agreeable to you for all time to come, O Hanumant.’

We have now covered uup to Doha 107 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shanakar ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

Krishna Khandelwal