Ramcharit Charcha DCV

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

कोटि बिप्र बध लागहिं जाहू। आएँ सरन तजउँ नहिं ताहू।।
सनमुख होइ जीव मोहि जबहीं। जन्म कोटि अघ नासहिं तबहीं।।
पापवंत कर सहज सुभाऊ। भजनु मोर तेहि भाव न काऊ।।
जौं पै दुष्टहदय सोइ होई। मोरें सनमुख आव कि सोई।।
निर्मल मन जन सो मोहि पावा। मोहि कपट छल छिद्र न भावा।।
भेद लेन पठवा दससीसा। तबहुँ न कछु भय हानि कपीसा।।
जग महुँ सखा निसाचर जेते। लछिमनु हनइ निमिष महुँ तेते।।
जौं सभीत आवा सरनाई। रखिहउँ ताहि प्रान की नाई।।
दो0=उभय भाँति तेहि आनहु हँसि कह कृपानिकेत।
जय कृपाल कहि चले अंगद हनू समेत।।44।।

We covered up to Doha 43 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

The Lord told also, “Even if someone is guilty of killing millions of Vipras (the learned Brahmins), I do not refuse him extension of my protection should he come seeking refuge in me. The fact is that when someone comes face to face with me without any pretensions and plainly accepts what he has been, right then all his sins committed over innumerable past lives get destroyed.

“Those who are still mired in sinful activities and sinful thoughts, as per their very nature they do not like to worship me, remember me. If one retains a callous heart and keeps thinking of evil designs, would he ever want to come face to face with me (so Vibhishan must not be a vile person in reality).

“Those who have pure hearts and wish to be my servant and devotee, they do get to come near me and attain me; the moot point is that I do not like deceit, artifice or attitude of finding faults in others.

“Even if it is presumed that Dashanan Ravan has sent Vibhishan to find out our secrets, then too there is nothing to worry about any loss or have fear of any thing. My brother Lakshman is capable of slaying all the demons in the entire world in matter of seconds (Lord meant that demons have all the faults because of their passions and vile interests and Lakshman is the one who is dispassion personified, so those tendencies can’t stay in front of him and bereft of such tendencies none is a bad person any more). Reversely, if he has come to seek my shelter due to some kind fear plaguing his mind, then I would like to protect him as one protects own life.”

After explaining the logic behind His view the merciful Lord laughed and said, “Let him come to me, whatever the case be.” Immediately afterwards all including Hanuman and prince Angad went back hailing the merciful Lord, to bring Vibhishan.

(Here we can see that though in very high position as a member of a King’s family and as the Lord of universe, Shri Ram did not just give an straight order to his people to bring Vibhishan to meet Himself. He explained the logic behind his view in detail for there was not any constraint of time at the present juncture. This is how the respect of the people is earned and this is how they get to be educated and trained.)

We have now covered up to Doha 44 of Sundar Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hauman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj KO Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DCIV

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

एहि बिधि करत सप्रेम बिचारा। आयउ सपदि सिंधु एहिं पारा।।
कपिन्ह बिभीषनु आवत देखा। जाना कोउ रिपु दूत बिसेषा।।
ताहि राखि कपीस पहिं आए। समाचार सब ताहि सुनाए।।
कह सुग्रीव सुनहु रघुराई। आवा मिलन दसानन भाई।।
कह प्रभु सखा बूझिऐ काहा। कहइ कपीस सुनहु नरनाहा।।
जानि न जाइ निसाचर माया। कामरूप केहि कारन आया।।
भेद हमार लेन सठ आवा। राखिअ बाँधि मोहि अस भावा।।
सखा नीति तुम्ह नीकि बिचारी। मम पन सरनागत भयहारी।।
सुनि प्रभु बचन हरष हनुमाना। सरनागत बच्छल भगवाना।।
दो0=सरनागत कहुँ जे तजहिं निज अनहित अनुमानि।
ते नर पावँर पापमय तिन्हहि बिलोकत हानि।।43।।

We covered up to Doha 42 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

While Vibhishan had been thinking of irresistible sweet times ahead when he would meet the Lord in person, he quickly came across the sea. The monkeys noticed Vibhishan coming and thought he might be some special messenger form the side of Ravan hence they put him under watch  and came to their king Sugreev to convey to him this news. Sugreev in turn told Shri Ram, “O Ram, please note that brother of Dashanan Sugreev has to see you (Sugreev emphasized on the fact that he was someone close to Ravan hence must be as much an enemy).”

Lord Shri Ram took the news with equanimity and responded by saying, “O Friend, what is there to take confirmation from me, just get him here.” Sugreev, not taking the opinion of Shri Ram as considered one reverted, “O King of Men (addressing Lord as an ordinary king in the present circumstances only to make Him see the worldly side of the possibilities), the Mayic ways (i e the stealth and deceit) of the demons are hard to be known; it is therefore difficult to judge what for this Kamruup (a person with capacity to assume desired forms and personalities) has come here. This hard nosed fool might have come to explore and get our secrets, to assess our strengths. What i prefer is to keep him here tied and watched over.”

Shri Ram appreciated the point of view and replied, “Friend, you have applied the appropriate principles of policy but i am resolved to steal the fear of those who seek my shelter.” This statement of the Lord amused and pleased Hanuman (as he was aware of the real character of Vibhishan) and thought that Bhagwaan Shri Ram has not forgotten to be soft and affectionate towards those who seek His shelter (in His avatar form too).

The words of the Lord that reverberated through mind of Hanuman were, “It is in fact even ordinarily so that  those who shun and turn away those seeking refuge from them fearing that it might not be in their best interest, such poor people are the worst sinners themselves; it is harmful even to look at them (i e it is futile even to try and find some good in their refusal to help the asylum seeker).”

We have now covered up to Doha 43 of Sundar 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 DCIII

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

अस कहि चला बिभीषनु जबहीं। आयूहीन भए सब तबहीं।।
साधु अवग्या तुरत भवानी। कर कल्यान अखिल कै हानी।।
रावन जबहिं बिभीषन त्यागा। भयउ बिभव बिनु तबहिं अभागा।।
चलेउ हरषि रघुनायक पाहीं। करत मनोरथ बहु मन माहीं।।
देखिहउँ जाइ चरन जलजाता। अरुन मृदुल सेवक सुखदाता।।
जे पद परसि तरी रिषिनारी। दंडक कानन पावनकारी।।
जे पद जनकसुताँ उर लाए। कपट कुरंग संग धर धाए।।
हर उर सर सरोज पद जेई। अहोभाग्य मै देखिहउँ तेई।।
दो0= जिन्ह पायन्ह के पादुकन्हि भरतु रहे मन लाइ।
ते पद आजु बिलोकिहउँ इन्ह नयनन्हि अब जाइ।।42।।

We covered up to Doha 42 of Sundar kand in Ramcharit Mans of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Right after Vibhishan left Ravan’s place, badly hurt and dishonored, declaring as he did lastly, all the ones left behind had their fate sealed, only awaiting the impending death. “It isn’t unusual, Bhavani (Parvati), ” said Lord Shiv, “whenever a Sadhu (saint) is ill treated and brushed off disrespectfully, it invariably results in loss of every thing and takes away all kind of blessings. Ravan, in that light, became devoid of all his opulence, riches and power immediately up on forsaking Vibhishan in an undeserved manner.”

Vibhishan on the other hand set on a course, with great aplomb and delight, to meet Raghunayak Shri Ram; he nursed very many heartfelt wishes for this occasion. He hoped to have a glimpse of lotus feet of Shri Ram which he knew would be pinkish being unsullied and soft and which always are source of immense pleasure for servants and devotees. Vibhishan was reminded of the episode when Ahalya, consort of Rishi Gautam, got liberated after touch of those feet of the Lord which had sanctified the cursed Dandak forest while He walked across. He hoped to see the very same feet of the Lord which Janaksuta Sita used to rest on her bosom and keeps in her heart all the time; which also chased the deceptive deer (up on Sita’s insistence). He praised his own luck at the prospect of having look of the same feet of the Lord which remain present like lotus in the heart’s lake of Lord Shiv.

Vishishan’s resolve was only this that he would fix his gaze on those feet of the Lord which had worn those sandals which gave Bharat reason to stay back in Ayodhya and helped his heart find solace (in times of separation and resulting hardship).

(Vibhishan relished the Leelas of the Lord in his heart while going to meet the Lord. The various actions and deeds of Shri Ram have a deep meaning and mark of righteousness and the ultimate Dharma but all this reflects in ones’ heart when pondered over and over again. When this is done i e the Katha of Shri Ram is remembered continuously, a time comes when the devotee happens to meet the Lord.)

We have now covered up to Doha 42 of Sundar 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 DCII

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

बुध पुरान श्रुति संमत बानी। कही बिभीषन नीति बखानी।।
सुनत दसानन उठा रिसाई। खल तोहि निकट मुत्यु अब आई।।
जिअसि सदा सठ मोर जिआवा। रिपु कर पच्छ मूढ़ तोहि भावा।।
कहसि न खल अस को जग माहीं। भुज बल जाहि जिता मैं नाही।।
मम पुर बसि तपसिन्ह पर प्रीती। सठ मिलु जाइ तिन्हहि कहु नीती।।
अस कहि कीन्हेसि चरन प्रहारा। अनुज गहे पद बारहिं बारा।।
उमा संत कइ इहइ बड़ाई। मंद करत जो करइ भलाई।।
तुम्ह पितु सरिस भलेहिं मोहि मारा। रामु भजें हित नाथ तुम्हारा।।
सचिव संग लै नभ पथ गयऊ। सबहि सुनाइ कहत अस भयऊ।।
दो0=रामु सत्यसंकल्प प्रभु सभा कालबस तोरि।
मै रघुबीर सरन अब जाउँ देहु जनि खोरि।।41।।

We covered up to Doha 40 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Though Vibhishan told Ravan all those finer points of Niti (policy) which would find endorsement from the wise as well as mention in the Puranas and the Vedas too (which are taken as final word) yet Dashanan Ravan got up much angered and said, “O Rascal, it seems your end has come near; you have lived always with my support and have enjoyed life because I let you enjoy, O Stupid. Now, you, a dimwit, find the stand of my enemy as good. Why don’t you, O Fool, tell who is left to be won over by the might of my arms.

“You live in my kingdom but have affection for those ascetics, why not then you, a dumb fellow, go and join them and tell what is right policy to follow.”

Saying so (and abusing Vibhishan in every sentence) Ravan hit Vibhishan with his foot but Vibhishan, the younger brother, on the contrary kept trying to hold his feet showing reverence. Lord Shiv tells Parvati at this point, “O Uma, this is way of saints (which is appreciated all over) that they wish to ensure welfare of also those who treat them horribly (their intention remains to extend positive help even to those who hurt them and belittle them).”

At last Vibhishan could only say, “You have hit me (and I take no offence) as I hold you no less than my father but I would still say, O Master, that your well-being and your real interest lies only in adoring and worshiping Lord Ram.” With these words Vibhishan left along with his confidant taking sky route and telling loudly for everyone to listen also, “Ram is the same Lord who is ever resolved to uphold truth while your entire court is now in grip of death (for siding with what is against the essence of truth); I am leaving you and going to seek shelter under Rabhveer Shri Ram, you must not ever blame me for this in future (the worldly providers may go against any time, the real protection comes from only the Lord).”

We have now covered up to Doha 41 of Sundar 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 DCI

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

माल्यवंत अति सचिव सयाना। तासु बचन सुनि अति सुख माना।।
तात अनुज तव नीति बिभूषन। सो उर धरहु जो कहत बिभीषन।।
रिपु उतकरष कहत सठ दोऊ। दूरि न करहु इहाँ हइ कोऊ।।
माल्यवंत गृह गयउ बहोरी। कहइ बिभीषनु पुनि कर जोरी।।
सुमति कुमति सब कें उर रहहीं। नाथ पुरान निगम अस कहहीं।।
जहाँ सुमति तहँ संपति नाना। जहाँ कुमति तहँ बिपति निदाना।।
तव उर कुमति बसी बिपरीता। हित अनहित मानहु रिपु प्रीता।।
कालराति निसिचर कुल केरी। तेहि सीता पर प्रीति घनेरी।।
दो0-तात चरन गहि मागउँ राखहु मोर दुलार।
सीत देहु राम कहुँ अहित न होइ तुम्हार।।40।।

We covered up to Doha 40 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

There was a minister by name of Malyavant (he was an elder relative of Ravan through his mother) and was very insightful and intelligent, he felt very happy listening to words of wisdom coming from Vibhishan and said, “O Taat, your younger brother Vibhishan is like an outstanding ornament in your family and understands the crux of policy (at personal level as well as state level) hence you must take seriously what he has said and accept it.”

The words of Malyavant enraged Ravan and he shouted, “These two fools remain busy only in spelling out the greatness and superiority of my enemy, is there some one there to remove them out of my sight.” This was enough of a signal for Malyavant to leave the place and therefore he left for home. But Vibhishan being younger, once again came forward with hands folded to tell Ravan, “Master, wisdom and sense as well as stupidity and bad ideas form part of every one’s psyche, the Vedas and Puranas so speak; where there is wisdom and sense there awaits riches and prosperity but reversely where there is inept and nonsensical attitude ruling one’s heart the result ought to be as only bad and misfortune to be faced in the end.

“In your own heart the wrong kind of thinking has become embedded only to bring adversity to the fore; you have taken what is in your interest as some thing against your interest and therefore you now take those who love you and are affectionate towards you as enemies of yours. You have become obsessed with Sita who in fact is like the night of death for the family of demons.

“O Brother, I grab your feet and beg you to give respect to my affection for you; I only wish that return Sita back to Shri Ram so that no harm or hurt comes your way.”

(Here we can see that those who really love, particularly a family member, will never let harm come to the loved ones but there is limit to what they can do in absence of total lack of wisdom and appreciation at the other end.)

We have now covered up to Doha 40 of Sundar Kand.

Bhavani Shanakr ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranaam!

Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DC

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

तात राम नहिं नर भूपाला। भुवनेस्वर कालहु कर काला।।
ब्रह्म अनामय अज भगवंता। ब्यापक अजित अनादि अनंता।।
गो द्विज धेनु देव हितकारी। कृपासिंधु मानुष तनुधारी।।
जन रंजन भंजन खल ब्राता। बेद धर्म रच्छक सुनु भ्राता।।
ताहि बयरु तजि नाइअ माथा। प्रनतारति भंजन रघुनाथा।।
देहु नाथ प्रभु कहुँ बैदेही। भजहु राम बिनु हेतु सनेही।।
सरन गएँ प्रभु ताहु न त्यागा। बिस्व द्रोह कृत अघ जेहि लागा।।
जासु नाम त्रय ताप नसावन। सोइ प्रभु प्रगट समुझु जियँ रावन।।
दो0-बार बार पद लागउँ बिनय करउँ दससीस।
परिहरि मान मोह मद भजहु कोसलाधीस।।39(क)।।
मुनि पुलस्ति निज सिष्य सन कहि पठई यह बात।
तुरत सो मैं प्रभु सन कही पाइ सुअवसरु तात।।39(ख)।।

We covered up to Doha 38 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Vibhishan further told Ravan, “O Brother, Ram is not just a man as he appears nor is just a satrap; He is the Lord of universe and more than that he is the one who is master of time itself, the time might last but he remains. He is the Brahman who has no afflictions or weakness of any kind, He is the same unborn person whom we know as God; so therefore He pervades all over, is unwinnable, has no beginning or an end. The real purpose of His coming as avatar on earth in the form of a human is to save the earth itself (who once prayed taking form a cow to be protected from excesses of the wicked), to save also the Brahmins, the cows, and the gods and ensure their welfare and why not He is the ocean of mercy (and therefore can never remain unconcerned regarding the woes of all those mentioned earlier).

“As Ram He delights people and particularly His devotees and is always ready to destroy the spell of the immoral and perverse. Know Him to be savior of the spirit of Vedas and the Dharma enshrined in them, My Dear Brother. You must drop the attitude of animosity towards Him and must bow down to Him; He as Raghunath, the Superior one among Raghus, always removes the woes and troubles of those who take refuse under Him.

“O Master, send back Vaidehi Sita to her Lord and worship Shri Ram who is affectionate towards all without expectations. Not only this He is such a Lord who never shuns a person who comes to take shelter under Him even if he be a big sinner like a tormentor of masses. Whose name itself is enough to destroy afflictions of all three type (of body, of mind and related to environment), the same Lord has manifested Himself as Ram, understand this thoroughly, O Ravan (here Vibhishan did not mince words to convey to Ravan what Vibhishan thought really was i e the one at the root of all troubles of all in those times).”

Vibhishan then applied balm to the hurt ego of Ravan thinking that angered too much he might not take the advice by politely saying, “O Dashsheesh Ravan, I am ready to bow down at your feet time and again and tell you most humbly that you must get over your vanity, your stupor and delusions and pray to Shri Ram, the Lord of Kaushala (Vibhishan practically demonstrated before Ravan that though he knew his reality but was still bowing down to him subsiding his own ego, an act of a well wisher).

“Muni Pulatsya (our grand sire), had conveyed this to me through one of his disciples and I have told the same message promptly to you, My Master, finding an opportune moment (Vibhishan acted as a gentleman by disowning to be an author of this message of wisdom though what he said was his own view and belief too, and also for Ravan could reject it out rightly taking it be an advice from a junior and a younger relative. Such thinking is sign of a real wellwisher).”

We have now covered up to Doha 39 of Sundar 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 DXCIX

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

सोइ रावन कहुँ बनि सहाई। अस्तुति करहिं सुनाइ सुनाई।।
अवसर जानि बिभीषनु आवा। भ्राता चरन सीसु तेहिं नावा।।
पुनि सिरु नाइ बैठ निज आसन। बोला बचन पाइ अनुसासन।।
जौ कृपाल पूँछिहु मोहि बाता। मति अनुरुप कहउँ हित ताता।।
जो आपन चाहै कल्याना। सुजसु सुमति सुभ गति सुख नाना।।
सो परनारि लिलार गोसाईं। तजउ चउथि के चंद कि नाई।।
चौदह भुवन एक पति होई। भूतद्रोह तिष्टइ नहिं सोई।।
गुन सागर नागर नर जोऊ। अलप लोभ भल कहइ न कोऊ।।
दो0- काम क्रोध मद लोभ सब नाथ नरक के पंथ।
सब परिहरि रघुबीरहि भजहु भजहिं जेहि संत।।38।।

We covered up to Doha 37 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last and this is further to it.

The practice of listening to what Ravan wished for became the order of the day and everyone of his minister kept pleasing him by praises and misplaced appreciation. Vibhishan however was one who was different type and came forward finding a suitable moment and bowed down at feet of his brother Ravan; he then bowed again standing up before taking his seat.

Vibhishan first sought permission to speak and then began to advice Ravan, “O gracious brother, in response to what you have wanted us to give opinion about, i will explain it according to what I believe in and what would be in your interest and welfare. Who ever wishes to ensure his well being and auspicious times, his fame and righteous wisdom stay unharmed and his continued welfare and comforts, should shun attraction for the forehead of a woman belonging to another, my lord, it should be seen as inauspicious as the moon of the forth night of waxing period (as it is commonly considered to be bringing bad luck and bad name).

“A sole master and lord of the fourteen spheres also has never been able to stay safe and happy by resorting to harm and harass the subjects and living beings.. A person might be an ocean of virtues and very civilized, he would still not be called a gentleman and honorable if he has even a slight touch of greed in his personality.

“O Master, lust, anger, arrogance and greed etc are verily such ways that lead to hell only hence get over all these appalling defects and engage in worship of Raghuveer Shri Ram who is adored by the saints all the time.”

we have now covered up to Doha 38 of Sundar 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 DXCVIII

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
श्रवन सुनी सठ ता करि बानी। बिहसा जगत बिदित अभिमानी।।
सभय सुभाउ नारि कर साचा। मंगल महुँ भय मन अति काचा।।
जौं आवइ मर्कट कटकाई। जिअहिं बिचारे निसिचर खाई।।
कंपहिं लोकप जाकी त्रासा। तासु नारि सभीत बड़ि हासा।।
अस कहि बिहसि ताहि उर लाई। चलेउ सभाँ ममता अधिकाई।।
मंदोदरी हृदयँ कर चिंता। भयउ कंत पर बिधि बिपरीता।।
बैठेउ सभाँ खबरि असि पाई। सिंधु पार सेना सब आई।।
बूझेसि सचिव उचित मत कहहू। ते सब हँसे मष्ट करि रहहू।।
जितेहु सुरासुर तब श्रम नाहीं। नर बानर केहि लेखे माही।।
दो0-सचिव बैद गुर तीनि जौं प्रिय बोलहिं भय आस।
राज धर्म तन तीनि कर होइ बेगिहीं नास।।37।।

We covered up to Doha 36 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Ravan, the fool, heard what Mandodari said employing his ears (at least displaying an apparent courtesy but without minding what she said) and laughed in line with his reputation of being high-headed person and brushed her off by saying, “truly a woman has a timid and fearful temperament that she fears for some mishap even at an auspicious moment and suffers from weakness of heart and mind. If the army of monkeys does invade, it will only be the food for the demons enhancing their life. Fearing whom the guardians placed in all quarters for protection by gods shiver, the consorts of the same one should live in fear of something or someone makes me laugh in a big way.”

Immediately afterwards Ravan embraced Mandodari smilingly showing great affection for her to please her and left to attend his court. Back in the palace Mandodari worried intensely because she now felt that Brahma, the creator, had turned against her husband (as he had ignored even a possibility that was becoming a certainty).

When Ravan got settled in his throne in the court, he received information that a whole army had assembled on the other shore across the ocean. He then routinely asked his ministers and lieutenants for their considered advice; they in turn just said in a light mood, “have no qualms, remain upbeat; you won over the gods and rascals too without getting fatigued, what then an army of humans and monkeys holds a threat or should be taken note of.”

Ravan seemed to have forgotten the cardinal principle that if a minister, a doctor or a Guru happen to speak to please the master being in his fear or for some gain or favor for themselves, it destroys the empire, the body and the Dharma very quickly (Ravan used to keep his advisers in fear for any opinion that did not confirm his own as well as used to reward for speaking what he liked; he will be destroyed in all three ways shortly for this attitude).

We have now covered up to Doha 37 of Sundar 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 DXCVII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

Hari Om,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DXCVI

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

प्रभु पद पंकज नावहिं सीसा। गरजहिं भालु महाबल कीसा।।
देखी राम सकल कपि सेना। चितइ कृपा करि राजिव नैना।।
राम कृपा बल पाइ कपिंदा। भए पच्छजुत मनहुँ गिरिंदा।।
हरषि राम तब कीन्ह पयाना। सगुन भए सुंदर सुभ नाना।।
जासु सकल मंगलमय कीती। तासु पयान सगुन यह नीती।।
प्रभु पयान जाना बैदेहीं। फरकि बाम अँग जनु कहि देहीं।।
जोइ जोइ सगुन जानकिहि होई। असगुन भयउ रावनहि सोई।।
चला कटकु को बरनैं पारा। गर्जहि बानर भालु अपारा।।
नख आयुध गिरि पादपधारी। चले गगन महि इच्छाचारी।।
केहरिनाद भालु कपि करहीं। डगमगाहिं दिग्गज चिक्करहीं।।

We covered up to Doha 34 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

The mighty bears and monkeys bowed their heads down at the lotus feet of the Lord and made roaring noise. Shri Ram first took stock of the army of monkeys and then looked at them with a gracious glance with His lotus eyes. Armed with the grace of Shri Ram the monkeys became mountain like and looked like they now had wings. Shri Ram then happily set out along with His army of monkeys when many auspicious omens occurred and why not as an expedition of some one whose all actions involve good of all is ought to signal only good times ahead in the end.

Vaidehi Sita also had inkling about the commencement of Lord’s journey, all her left side limbs began to throb confirming the same.  While left limbs of Janki throbbed and were good omens for her being a woman, the left side limbs of Ravan also throbbed but were bad omens for him being a man (as popular belief is like that only). The army that was on march was of immense proportion and beyond description; the members of that army, the bears and monkey, made an unending roar all through. These warriors had nails, trees and mountain rocks as arms and moved as if flying in all directions as they willed. The roaring of bears and monkeys like lions made the divine elephants, standing as guards in all directions, trumpeted loudly as response.
छं0-चिक्करहिं दिग्गज डोल महि गिरि लोल सागर खरभरे।
मन हरष सभ गंधर्ब सुर मुनि नाग किन्नर दुख टरे।।
कटकटहिं मर्कट बिकट भट बहु कोटि कोटिन्ह धावहीं।
जय राम प्रबल प्रताप कोसलनाथ गुन गन गावहीं।।1।।
सहि सक न भार उदार अहिपति बार बारहिं मोहई।
गह दसन पुनि पुनि कमठ पृष्ट कठोर सो किमि सोहई।।
रघुबीर रुचिर प्रयान प्रस्थिति जानि परम सुहावनी।
जनु कमठ खर्पर सर्पराज सो लिखत अबिचल पावनी।।2।।
दो0-एहि बिधि जाइ कृपानिधि उतरे सागर तीर।
जहँ तहँ लागे खान फल भालु बिपुल कपि बीर।।35।।

The guarding elephants trumpeted, the earth began to rock and the oceans churned on account of march of the army of Shri Ram. This made the Gandharvas, the gods, the Munis, the Nagas and the Kinnars joyful for they now felt that end of their troubles was in sight. Monkeys as formidable soldiers numbering millions ground their teeth as they rushed to climb up and down. They sang the glories and virtues of Koshalnath Shri Ram and hailed Him for His immense influence, might and valor in their own way.

The powerful Sheshnag, the king of serpents, found himself insufficient to balance the earth disturbed on account of movement of troops and got confused every now and then (as it was phenomenon never experienced by him) and time and again wanted to catch hold of the back of the celestial tortoise but failed as it was hard to pierce. The scratch mark on the back of tortoise seemed to be scripting the lovely and sacred story of the expedition of Raghubeer Shri Ram as a permanent imprint.

This is how the most merciful Lord arrived at the sea shore and camped there; the large bodied bears and monkeys, all of them brave, saw it an occasion to satiate hunger and began eating fruits (no fighting force will be effective on an empty stomach after all).

We have now covered up to Doha 35 of Sundar Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal