Ramcharit Charcha DCXXVI

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

सुनु सठ सोइ रावन बलसीला। हरगिरि जान जासु भुज लीला।।
जान उमापति जासु सुराई। पूजेउँ जेहि सिर सुमन चढ़ाई।।
सिर सरोज निज करन्हि उतारी। पूजेउँ अमित बार त्रिपुरारी।।
भुज बिक्रम जानहिं दिगपाला। सठ अजहूँ जिन्ह कें उर साला।।
जानहिं दिग्गज उर कठिनाई। जब जब भिरउँ जाइ बरिआई।।
जिन्ह के दसन कराल न फूटे। उर लागत मूलक इव टूटे।।
जासु चलत डोलति इमि धरनी। चढ़त मत्त गज जिमि लघु तरनी।।
सोइ रावन जग बिदित प्रतापी। सुनेहि न श्रवन अलीक प्रलापी।।
दो0-तेहि रावन कहँ लघु कहसि नर कर करसि बखान।
रे कपि बर्बर खर्ब खल अब जाना तव ग्यान।।25।।

We covered up to Doha 24 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Angad mentioned names of arch-nemeses of Ravan, forcing Ravan to uphold his pride and Ravan began to brag, “I am the same powerful Ravan, strength and miracle of whose arms is known to Mount Kailash (the mount where Lord Shiv stays, once Ravan had lifted it by arms and had danced); the Lord of Uma i e Shiv too is aware of the god-like supremacy of mine as I have worshiped him by offering my own heads as flowers, not once but many times I cut my lotus like heads with my hands for purpose of his worship.

“The story of my might doesn’t stop there, the guardian deities in all directions are fully aware of it, there chest still hurts by the impact meted out to them by these arms, do you get it O Fool. The elephants engaged in keeping the earth stable have experienced the toughness of my chest as when i forcefully charged against them, their very ivory teeth, strong and fierce, which never suffered by impact of any thing on earth, did get broken like reddish.

“Have you not listened about the Ravan, the world renowned strongman, who when walks, the earth shakes like a small boat that is boarded by a mad elephant, you are just an unconventional loudmouth and a baseless blabberer.

“You term Ravan as small and meaningless entity and speak volumes for a human being. O Monkey, O Savage Monkey, O Tiny Rascal, I now know the depth of your knowledge.”

We have now covered up to Doha 25 of Lanka Kand.
सुनि अंगद सकोप कह बानी। बोलु सँभारि अधम अभिमानी।।
सहसबाहु भुज गहन अपारा। दहन अनल सम जासु कुठारा।।
जासु परसु सागर खर धारा। बूड़े नृप अगनित बहु बारा।।
तासु गर्ब जेहि देखत भागा। सो नर क्यों दससीस अभागा।।
राम मनुज कस रे सठ बंगा। धन्वी कामु नदी पुनि गंगा।।
पसु सुरधेनु कल्पतरु रूखा। अन्न दान अरु रस पीयूषा।।
बैनतेय खग अहि सहसानन। चिंतामनि पुनि उपल दसानन।।
सुनु मतिमंद लोक बैकुंठा। लाभ कि रघुपति भगति अकुंठा।।
दो0-सेन सहित तब मान मथि बन उजारि पुर जारि।।
कस रे सठ हनुमान कपि गयउ जो तव सुत मारि।।26।I

Angad, enraged after hearing Ravan speak like this, angrily responded, “O Damnable Egoist, speak with sense. Whose axe burned down with its fire the thick jungle of arms of Sahatrabahu (this king had thousand arms hence was called Sahastrabahu), whose Parashu (an arm with curved edge) drowned many a kings, many a times, with the flow of its sharp edge like a stream in to sea created by it, that Rishi Parashuram had to lose all arrogance and pride just when he had sight of someone, would you consider such a one just a man, a human being, O Dashsheesh Ravan, you have now run out of luck.

“O Egoistic Fool, how can Ram be seen as someone ordinarily born, is Kaamdev an ordinary archer, is Ganga just a river, is Kaamdhenu (divine wish-granting cow) just an animal, is Kalptaru (wish-grating tree) just a tree, is offering food to needy an ordinary act of charity, is the nectar a liquid only, is Garuda (the carrier bird of Lord Vishnu) just a bird, is Sahasanan (the thousand mouths serpent on whose coil the Vishnu rests) is a reptile only and is Chintamani (special kind of gem that fulfills wishes) a stone only. O Dimwit, is Vaikuntth (the abode of Lord Vishnu) just one of ordinary worlds and lastly is there a benefit like having devotion towards Raghupati Shri Ram, that makes one free of dilemma and puzzled mentality.

“Now pay attention, O Dumb, would you still consider Hanuman a monkey only who destroyed your garden, charred your city, crushed your and your army’s pride and safely went away after killing your son.”

We have now covered up to Doha 26 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

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Ramcharit Charcha DCXXV

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

धन्य कीस जो निज प्रभु काजा। जहँ तहँ नाचइ परिहरि लाजा।।
नाचि कूदि करि लोग रिझाई। पति हित करइ धर्म निपुनाई।।
अंगद स्वामिभक्त तव जाती। प्रभु गुन कस न कहसि एहि भाँती।।
मैं गुन गाहक परम सुजाना। तव कटु रटनि करउँ नहिं काना।।
कह कपि तव गुन गाहकताई। सत्य पवनसुत मोहि सुनाई।।
बन बिधंसि सुत बधि पुर जारा। तदपि न तेहिं कछु कृत अपकारा।।
सोइ बिचारि तव प्रकृति सुहाई। दसकंधर मैं कीन्हि ढिठाई।।
देखेउँ आइ जो कछु कपि भाषा। तुम्हरें लाज न रोष न माखा।।
जौं असि मति पितु खाए कीसा। कहि अस बचन हँसा दससीसा।।

We covered up to Doha 23 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Ravan further said, “Plaudits for a monkeys who carry out tasks assigned by their Lord and dance aimlessly all over unashamedly; dancing and jumping thus they amuses the onlookers and this is how they serve the cause of their master and there ends their expertise in and commitment for prescribed duty. So, Angad, your specie is known to be committed to serve the master hence why would you not speak of virtues of your Lord like this.

“I know enough and observe and value the qualities in people and therefore have not heeded the offensive utterances on your part.”

Angad then replied, “I have listened enough about your tendency to appreciate merit from Pawansut (Hanuman, the son of wind-god). He destroyed the garden, killed your son and burned down your city and you considered none of it as an act of confrontation. Keeping in mind the same amiable nature of yours, O Dashkandhar (ten shouldered demon) I have also picked up an attitude of brazenness and boldness. I have now observed with own two eyes what Hanuman, the monkey, told me; you have no shame, no anger and no bitterness either.”

Dashanan Ravan only said, “This kind of thinking only made you the reason of death of your father, O Monkey,” and laughed.

पितहि खाइ खातेउँ पुनि तोही। अबहीं समुझि परा कछु मोही।।
बालि बिमल जस भाजन जानी। हतउँ न तोहि अधम अभिमानी।।
कहु रावन रावन जग केते। मैं निज श्रवन सुने सुनु जेते।।
बलिहि जितन एक गयउ पताला। राखेउ बाँधि सिसुन्ह हयसाला।।
खेलहिं बालक मारहिं जाई। दया लागि बलि दीन्ह छोड़ाई।।
एक बहोरि सहसभुज देखा। धाइ धरा जिमि जंतु बिसेषा।।
कौतुक लागि भवन लै आवा। सो पुलस्ति मुनि जाइ छोड़ावा।।
दो0-एक कहत मोहि सकुच अति रहा बालि की काँख।
इन्ह महुँ रावन तैं कवन सत्य बदहि तजि माख।।24।I

Angad retorted saying, “After being cause of my father’s death, I would have caused your death too but something struck me. You are the pot carrying my father’s unsullied reputation hence I decided to not finish you, O Damned Arrogant Rascal.”

“Tell me, Ravan, how many Ravans are there in the world; I have heard about many and you may count them too; one had gone to the sphere below the surface to win Bali, the king who ruled there but was tied down by children playing there and kept in a stable. Sportingly they used to hit him and enjoy, feeling pity on him King Bali got him released.

“Another one was seen by Sahatrabhuj and he found him to be a strange kind of beast. He brought him home just for curiosity sake and his freedom was secured by Muni Pulatsya (an ancestor of Ravan).

“Yet another one was one held by Bali, my father, under his arm and i speak this with much hesitation (because here is someone related to me). Now truthfully tell me, O Ravan, without being upset, which one these happened to be you.”

(Angad reminded Ravan all three instances where Ravan had tasted defeat. He wanted to shatter the confidence of adversary to bring him round to accept the reasonable demand made by him and avoid war.).

We have now covered up to Doha 24 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 DCXXIV

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

सिव बिरंचि सुर मुनि समुदाई। चाहत जासु चरन सेवकाई।।
तासु दूत होइ हम कुल बोरा। अइसिहुँ मति उर बिहर न तोरा।।
सुनि कठोर बानी कपि केरी। कहत दसानन नयन तरेरी।।
खल तव कठिन बचन सब सहऊँ। नीति धर्म मैं जानत अहऊँ।।
कह कपि धर्मसीलता तोरी। हमहुँ सुनी कृत पर त्रिय चोरी।।
देखी नयन दूत रखवारी। बूड़ि न मरहु धर्म ब्रतधारी।।
कान नाक बिनु भगिनि निहारी। छमा कीन्हि तुम्ह धर्म बिचारी।।
धर्मसीलता तव जग जागी। पावा दरसु हमहुँ बड़भागी।।
दो0-जनि जल्पसि जड़ जंतु कपि सठ बिलोकु मम बाहु।
लोकपाल बल बिपुल ससि ग्रसन हेतु सब राहु।।22(क)।।
पुनि नभ सर मम कर निकर कमलन्हि पर करि बास।
सोभत भयउ मराल इव संभु सहित कैलास।।22(ख)।।

We covered up to Doha 21 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Angad continued saying, “Lord Shiv, Brahma, other gods and host of Munis look for a chance to serve at the feet of whom, I as an emissary of the same one and will be drowning my own family, when you have such thinking why didn’t your heart burst in to pieces.”

Ravan, the demon with ten mouths, reacted by revolving his eyes menacingly, he was hurt by banter coming from Angad and angrily replied, “O Rascal, I have digested your hurtful words only because I care for discipline in diplomacy which need to be religiously followed.”

Angad, the monkey, couldn’t wait to react sharply as response to this and said, “I have also heard about your religiosity, it only must have made you steal someone’s woman. I have also noted how you have been keeping the messengers safe (he referred to attack on himself by Ravan’s son now and on Hanuman also earlier). Is it better for you to commit suicide by drowning rather than keep your vow to uphold the religious propriety.

“You saw your sister with her nose and ears chopped off and you out of your commitment to save your Dharma decided to forgive and forget the event (while as brother you should have seen that those who harmed your sister were punished). Now your dutifulness is known all over the world, i am happy and very lucky to have seen it too.”

Now it was turn of Ravan and he retorted, “Stop blabbering, O Monkey, O senseless animal, look at my arms you fool; these mighty arms of mine are capable to engulf the guardians deities of the worlds around just as Rahu swallows moon.

“Further more, I have rested on my lotus like hands, Lord Shiv and his abode Kailash to present a beautiful sight like swans (Lord Shiv is pure white in complexion and Mount Kailash is covered by snow hence they have been compared with swans, the whitee water birds) in the lake like sky.”

We have now covered up to Doha 22 of Lanka Kand.

तुम्हरे कटक माझ सुनु अंगद। मो सन भिरिहि कवन जोधा बद।।
तव प्रभु नारि बिरहँ बलहीना। अनुज तासु दुख दुखी मलीना।।
तुम्ह सुग्रीव कूलद्रुम दोऊ। अनुज हमार भीरु अति सोऊ।।
जामवंत मंत्री अति बूढ़ा। सो कि होइ अब समरारूढ़ा।।
सिल्पि कर्म जानहिं नल नीला। है कपि एक महा बलसीला।।
आवा प्रथम नगरु जेंहिं जारा। सुनत बचन कह बालिकुमारा।।
सत्य बचन कहु निसिचर नाहा। साँचेहुँ कीस कीन्ह पुर दाहा।।
रावन नगर अल्प कपि दहई। सुनि अस बचन सत्य को कहई।।
जो अति सुभट सराहेहु रावन। सो सुग्रीव केर लघु धावन।।
चलइ बहुत सो बीर न होई। पठवा खबरि लेन हम सोई।।

Challenging Angad, Ravan further said,”Angad, tell me who in your army do you find as warrior fit to engage with me in fight. Your so called Lord is weak due to separation from his woman and his younger brother is worried and sad on account of his bad condition.

“You and Sugreev can only stand and watch like like trees on banks of rivers and will be washed away when action starts; as for my brother (Vibhishan), better not to talk of him as he is a coward of worst kind. Jamvant, the advisor, is very old and will find it hard to enagage in actual fighting.

“Nal and Neel however are smart architects and there is another one who possesses immense strength; the one who had come earlier and had put city to fire.”

Angad, the son of Bali, listened and weighed the words of Ravan and replied, “O King of Demons, what you have said is true, the money had really burned down your city but the point is, O Ravan, a small monkey could do it, who on earth will believe it as a fact (by your logic that none is capable in our army to challenge you). Ravan, Whom you praise as a champion warrior, is only an errand boy who works for Sugreev. One who walks a lot is not really someone brave for that quality, he had been dispatched only to obtain information etc. by us.”

दो0-सत्य नगरु कपि जारेउ बिनु प्रभु आयसु पाइ।
फिरि न गयउ सुग्रीव पहिं तेहिं भय रहा लुकाइ।।23(क)।।
सत्य कहहि दसकंठ सब मोहि न सुनि कछु कोह।
कोउ न हमारें कटक अस तो सन लरत जो सोह।।23(ख)।।
प्रीति बिरोध समान सन करिअ नीति असि आहि।
जौं मृगपति बध मेड़ुकन्हि भल कि कहइ कोउ ताहि।।23(ग)।।
जद्यपि लघुता राम कहुँ तोहि बधें बड़ दोष।
तदपि कठिन दसकंठ सुनु छत्र जाति कर रोष।।23(घ)।।
बक्र उक्ति धनु बचन सर हृदय दहेउ रिपु कीस।
प्रतिउत्तर सड़सिन्ह मनहुँ काढ़त भट दससीस।।23(ङ)।।
हँसि बोलेउ दसमौलि तब कपि कर बड़ गुन एक।
जो प्रतिपालइ तासु हित करइ उपाय अनेक।।23(छ)।।

Angad went on and said, “The fact of the matter is that the monkey you mentioned had put your city aflame without being so ordered by the Lord. He therefore didn’t dare go back and face wrath of Sugreev and went in to hiding. Just think in this light whether there is some one or not in our army who is fit to fight with you.

“The norm is to have a relationship of friendship or as an adversary only with someone equal in stature and authority; would anyone appreciate if a lion, the king of animals, kills turtles. In the same way it doesn’t behoove Shri Ram to kill you and people will see it as unbecoming of him but listen O Ravan, you have ten heads, the Kshtriyas as a race have extraordinary kind of anger (against the wrong doers).”

The words of the monkey, delivered like piercing arrows from the bow of sarcasm, embedded in the enemy’s heart deeply hurting him which the brave Ten Headed Monster decided to pick out by using repartee as forceps. Ravan, the one with ten foreheads, said with a smile, “A monkey possesses a great quality that he ensures to maintain the interest and to honor commands in all possible ways of the one who is his provider and trainer.”

We have now covered up to Doha 23 of Lanka Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXXIII

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

कह दसकंठ कवन तैं बंदर। मैं रघुबीर दूत दसकंधर।।
मम जनकहि तोहि रही मिताई। तव हित कारन आयउँ भाई।।
उत्तम कुल पुलस्ति कर नाती। सिव बिरंचि पूजेहु बहु भाँती।।
बर पायहु कीन्हेहु सब काजा। जीतेहु लोकपाल सब राजा।।
नृप अभिमान मोह बस किंबा। हरि आनिहु सीता जगदंबा।।
अब सुभ कहा सुनहु तुम्ह मोरा। सब अपराध छमिहि प्रभु तोरा।।
दसन गहहु तृन कंठ कुठारी। परिजन सहित संग निज नारी।।
सादर जनकसुता करि आगें। एहि बिधि चलहु सकल भय त्यागें।।
दो0-प्रनतपाल रघुबंसमनि त्राहि त्राहि अब मोहि।
आरत गिरा सुनत प्रभु अभय करैगो तोहि।।20।।

We covered up to Doha 19 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Ravan, the demon with ten throats, also turned his attention towards Angad and asked, “Monkey, who are you.” To this Angad replied, “O Ten Shouldered Ravan, I am an emissary of Raghuveer Shri Ram. My father and you were friends hence I have come to maintain your interest and welfare, O Brother. You are lucky to have been born in  high class family of Rishi Pulatsya besides you have worshiped Lord Shiv and Brahma in many ways. You have also secured boons from them and have accomplished all that was dear to your heart. You have decidedly won over the guardian deities and also all the kings of the time.

“Now yourself a king, you might have been carried away by kingly pride and have abducted Sita, the mother of world (being consort of Shri Ram, the Supreme Lord). Now is the time that you listen to my benevolent advice; the Lord will condone all your misdeeds. Hold straw between your teeth and hang an axe by your neck, take your woman and other family members along, keep Sita, the daughter of King Janak respectfully in front  of yourself and proceed like this to meet Shri Ram. Reaching near Him call out ‘O Shri Ram, You are Gem in Raghu’s Line and You nurse the beseecher, save me, save me,’ listening your dire call, the Lord will surely rid you of fear and put you at ease.”

(We can easily see here that Angad’s reply to Ravan had all ingredients of diplomacy, first he established a kind of kinship, then hailed his high background, acknowledged his accomplishments, belittled his misdemeanor simultaneously conveying the gravity of same and suggested an easy way out while impressing up on him that whom he had harmed is no ordinary person but would not mind to condone if approached in spirit of surrender.)

We have now covered up to Doha 20 of Lanka Kand.
रे कपिपोत बोलु संभारी। मूढ़ न जानेहि मोहि सुरारी।।
कहु निज नाम जनक कर भाई। केहि नातें मानिऐ मिताई।।
अंगद नाम बालि कर बेटा। तासों कबहुँ भई ही भेटा।।
अंगद बचन सुनत सकुचाना। रहा बालि बानर मैं जाना।।
अंगद तहीं बालि कर बालक। उपजेहु बंस अनल कुल घालक।।
गर्भ न गयहु ब्यर्थ तुम्ह जायहु। निज मुख तापस दूत कहायहु।।
अब कहु कुसल बालि कहँ अहई। बिहँसि बचन तब अंगद कहई।।
दिन दस गएँ बालि पहिं जाई। बूझेहु कुसल सखा उर लाई।।
राम बिरोध कुसल जसि होई। सो सब तोहि सुनाइहि सोई।।
सुनु सठ भेद होइ मन ताकें। श्रीरघुबीर हृदय नहिं जाकें।।
दो0-हम कुल घालक सत्य तुम्ह कुल पालक दससीस।
अंधउ बधिर न अस कहहिं नयन कान तव बीस।।21।

Ravan then retorted, “O tiny monkey, speak sensibly, do you not me as an enemy of gods, O Fool. First tell your name and your father’s too and why would I be a friend of his.”

Angad politely replied, “My name is Angad and I am son of Bali; you might recall once meeting him.” This made Ravan a little distraught (for he had been defeated by Bali in an encounter) and he replied soberly, “I know there was monkey known as Bali, are you child of that Bali, are you like fire born in the jungle of bamboos, would you be the one to destroy your family. Why didn’t you die while in womb and have taken birth without any purpose. Is it not bad enough to introduce yourself a messenger of an ascetic. Now tell me the well being of Bali and where is he.”

Angad laughed and said the following words, “Just after ten days from now, you will have occasion to go to Bali and there you may ask his welfare while embracing him as friend. What is the result of being an adversary of Shri Ram, he will tell you in detail. O Stupid, you may instill doubts in mind of someone who has does not keep image of Raghuveer Shri Ram, the Lord, in his heart (i e the belief in God comes only when doubts are totally gone from ones heart and mind).

“Truly I am the one to destroy my family and you are the savior of your family,” Angad said sarcastically at first and then seriously warned him saying, “even a blind or deaf person will not speak like this while you have twenty eyes and twenty ears.”

We have now covered up to Doha 21 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 DCXXII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Ji Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

बंदि चरन उर धरि प्रभुताई। अंगद चलेउ सबहि सिरु नाई।।
प्रभु प्रताप उर सहज असंका। रन बाँकुरा बालिसुत बंका।।
पुर पैठत रावन कर बेटा। खेलत रहा सो होइ गै भैंटा।।
बातहिं बात करष बढ़ि आई। जुगल अतुल बल पुनि तरुनाई।।
तेहि अंगद कहुँ लात उठाई। गहि पद पटकेउ भूमि भवाँई।।
निसिचर निकर देखि भट भारी। जहँ तहँ चले न सकहिं पुकारी।।
एक एक सन मरमु न कहहीं। समुझि तासु बध चुप करि रहहीं।।
भयउ कोलाहल नगर मझारी। आवा कपि लंका जेहीं जारी।।
अब धौं कहा करिहि करतारा। अति सभीत सब करहिं बिचारा।।
बिनु पूछें मगु देहिं दिखाई। जेहि बिलोक सोइ जाइ सुखाई।।
दो0-गयउ सभा दरबार तब सुमिरि राम पद कंज।
सिंह ठवनि इत उत चितव धीर बीर बल पुंज।।18।।

Venerating Lord’s feet and fully aware of His glory and supreme status, Angad gestured expressing respect for all present and left for meeting Ravan. Assured of infallible protection of the Lord, Angad, a deft warrior himself, the smart son of Bali, felt naturally secured and kept worries at bay. Right at the entrance of the city, he came across son of Ravan (Prahast) who was playing out there. Their brief conversation led to friction as both were bodily very strong and on top of it were young. Son of Ravan tried to hit Angad with his leg and Angad caught him by his leg itself and circling him overhead smashed him to the ground. The onlooking demons, present in hoards there, noted Angad to be a formidable warrior and ran helter-skelter without even shouting for help. They even did not talk to each other while they had known about the instant death of the son of Ravan and preferred to feign ignorance.

As it was no small matter, there was commotion through out the city with loud cries that the same monkey who had burnt down Lanka was back again. ‘What would we now do, O God,’ was what everyone was thinking with great sense of fear. Angad did not have to ask for direction leading to Ravan’s court, whoever he met voluntarily showed way and who so ever he set his glance at seemed ashen and went paler.

Ultimately he, remembering the lotus feet of Shri Ram, the Lord, reached the gate of the Ravan’s assembly-hall. There he stood in a pose like a lion and looked around; every one noted him to be very calm and patient, very brave, and very strong.

We have now covered up to Doha 18 of Lanka Kand.

तुरत निसाचर एक पठावा। समाचार रावनहि जनावा।।
सुनत बिहँसि बोला दससीसा। आनहु बोलि कहाँ कर कीसा।।
आयसु पाइ दूत बहु धाए। कपिकुंजरहि बोलि लै आए।।
अंगद दीख दसानन बैंसें। सहित प्रान कज्जलगिरि जैसें।।
भुजा बिटप सिर सृंग समाना। रोमावली लता जनु नाना।।
मुख नासिका नयन अरु काना। गिरि कंदरा खोह अनुमाना।।
गयउ सभाँ मन नेकु न मुरा। बालितनय अतिबल बाँकुरा।।
उठे सभासद कपि कहुँ देखी। रावन उर भा क्रौध बिसेषी।।
दो0-जथा मत्त गज जूथ महुँ पंचानन चलि जाइ।
राम प्रताप सुमिरि मन बैठ सभाँ सिरु नाइ।।19।।

Angad then sent one demon who conveyed the news of his arrival to Ravan. The ten-headed Ravan laughed and told, “Bring him, let me see where this monkey has come from and what he stands for.” So instructed, many of Ravan’s attendants ran and came back together with the elephantine monkey (as he walked in gait of an elephant while entering and was large in body). Angad seemed to Ravan as if he was a living mountain of collyrium (dark powder); Ravan saw his arms like trees, his head like mountain peak, his body hair like creepers, his mouth, nose, eyes and ears like deep mountain caves and fissures. Angad entered the court, absolutely unflinching, after all he happened to be the son of Bali and possessed immense strength and was totally alert and agile. Perforce, the members of Ravan court got up when they saw the monkey and this particularly enraged Ravan within.

Recalling glory and might of Shri Ram, Angad went in the midst of assembled people and set down courteously in manner of a fearless lion going in midst of mad elephants.

We have now covered up to Doha 19 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 DCXXI

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

बिहँसा नारि बचन सुनि काना। अहो मोह महिमा बलवाना।।
नारि सुभाउ सत्य सब कहहीं। अवगुन आठ सदा उर रहहीं।।
साहस अनृत चपलता माया। भय अबिबेक असौच अदाया।।
रिपु कर रुप सकल तैं गावा। अति बिसाल भय मोहि सुनावा।।
सो सब प्रिया सहज बस मोरें। समुझि परा प्रसाद अब तोरें।।
जानिउँ प्रिया तोरि चतुराई। एहि बिधि कहहु मोरि प्रभुताई।।
तव बतकही गूढ़ मृगलोचनि। समुझत सुखद सुनत भय मोचनि।।
मंदोदरि मन महुँ अस ठयऊ। पियहि काल बस मतिभ्रम भयऊ।।
दो0-एहि बिधि करत बिनोद बहु प्रात प्रगट दसकंध।
सहज असंक लंकपति सभाँ गयउ मद अंध।।16(क)।।
सो0-फूलह फरइ न बेत जदपि सुधा बरषहिं जलद।
मूरुख हृदयँ न चेत जौं गुर मिलहिं बिरंचि सम।।16(ख)।।

We covered up to Doha 15 of Lanka Kan in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Ravan laughed at what he learned from Mandodari and exclaimed, “Ohh, the spell of women’s delusion and concern for husband is really strong always. But the reality here is that women have eight fold defects in their character and thinking.They are very bold at times, resort to false pretenses and rely on non-facts, have fickle mind and restless bodies, create an atmosphere of imagination. They are afflicted by unknown fears, lack rationality and faculty of distinction, have difficulty in maintaining hygiene and purity, and they are also known to be very ruthless and unkind.

“You have described in detail the form of the enemy and find it to be very magnanimous and tried to instill in me intense fear of him. But, O Dear, what you detailed is very much under my control, by your grace I now learn and understand the extent of my influence. My Dear, I appreciate your wittiness, you have only expounded my greatness and superiority. Your verbalization carries deep meaning, O Lady with eyes as charming as that of a deer, it is very gratifying to understand it and it liberates the listener, of fear (here Ravan gave inkling that he knew the worth of Mandodari’s worth but his indulgence in Tamasic activities would not let him accept it by heart).”

With this kind of response coming from Ravan, Mandodari could conclude that her darling was now under spell of death hence his mental equilibrium was totally gone.

Dashkandh Ravan, however, spent the whole night in small talk and cheap fun till break of dawn and then the King of Lanka, carefree by nature went straight to his court totally blinded by his egoistic pride.

The plant of reed doesn’t flower or fructify even though the clouds shower nectar on it, similarly a fool would not have any spark of wisdom or enhancement of conscience though he might have a Guru like Brahma.

(What Ravan told about women might be true in case of some women, at some point in specific situations, it wasn’t applicable to Mandodari one bit. It however gave Mandodari a peep in to Ravan psyche and she knew it for sure now that he wouldn’t listen if he had such opinion about women. One only accepts sermons from those whom he respects not from those in whom he finds faults.)

We have now covered uo to Doha 16 of Lanka Kand.

इहाँ प्रात जागे रघुराई। पूछा मत सब सचिव बोलाई।।
कहहु बेगि का करिअ उपाई। जामवंत कह पद सिरु नाई।।
सुनु सर्बग्य सकल उर बासी। बुधि बल तेज धर्म गुन रासी।।
मंत्र कहउँ निज मति अनुसारा। दूत पठाइअ बालिकुमारा।।
नीक मंत्र सब के मन माना। अंगद सन कह कृपानिधाना।।
बालितनय बुधि बल गुन धामा। लंका जाहु तात मम कामा।।
बहुत बुझाइ तुम्हहि का कहऊँ। परम चतुर मैं जानत अहऊँ।।
काजु हमार तासु हित होई। रिपु सन करेहु बतकही सोई।।
सो0-प्रभु अग्या धरि सीस चरन बंदि अंगद उठेउ।
सोइ गुन सागर ईस राम कृपा जा पर करहु।।17(क)।।
स्वयं सिद्ध सब काज नाथ मोहि आदरु दियउ।
अस बिचारि जुबराज तन पुलकित हरषित हियउ।।17(ख)।।

On the other side, Raghuraj Shri Ram woke up in the morning and he summoned all his advisors and promptly asked them for their opinions as to what was now imperative and needed attention before action. Jamvant, the elder bear, bowed down and said, “Listen, O Omniscient Lord, You are present in everyone’s heart, Your have abundance of intellect, strength, glories, righteousness and virtues (hence I should not speak before you) but would still i give you piece of my mind. You may send Angad, the son of Bali, as your messenger (he is fit to talk to Ravan being an heir to throne himself).”

Everyone endorsed what Jamvant said and siding with consensus, the Merciful Lord told Angad, “O Angad, you as son of Bali have intelligence and strength besides you have a lot of virtues, O Taat, would you go to Lanka for my sake. I need not explain any thing in detail because I know you as someone very wise and thorough. The whole intention of mine is to secure what we need and also keep his (Ravan’s) welfare in sight (Lord never takes any one as enemy and cares for welfare of all). You may talk to enemy in this light.”

(When important and lasting commitments have to be made, the emissary should be someone in high position in terms of hierarchy and be wise and should exudes power.)

Honoring command of the Lord and praying at His feet, Angad got up to leave saying, “O Ram, You are Ishwar i e God, the ocean of virtues is only him who has been favored by You and has had Your gracious blessings.”

Angad thought that His task and purpose all get accomplished right when He think of the same, that the Master had given him the honor of attempting towards that end (in reality without needing his help); Angad now felt elated,thrilled and happy within.

We have covered up to Doha 17 of Lanka Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXX

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

कंप न भूमि न मरुत बिसेषा। अस्त्र सस्त्र कछु नयन न देखा।।
सोचहिं सब निज हृदय मझारी। असगुन भयउ भयंकर भारी।।
दसमुख देखि सभा भय पाई। बिहसि बचन कह जुगुति बनाई।।
सिरउ गिरे संतत सुभ जाही। मुकुट परे कस असगुन ताही।।
सयन करहु निज निज गृह जाई। गवने भवन सकल सिर नाई।।
मंदोदरी सोच उर बसेऊ। जब ते श्रवनपूर महि खसेऊ।।
सजल नयन कह जुग कर जोरी। सुनहु प्रानपति बिनती मोरी।।
कंत राम बिरोध परिहरहू। जानि मनुज जनि हठ मन धरहू।।
दो0-बिस्वरुप रघुबंस मनि करहु बचन बिस्वासु।
लोक कल्पना बेद कर अंग अंग प्रति जासु।।14।।

We covered up to Doha 13 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this further to it.

All who were enjoying the evening along with Ravan worriedly thought that there has been no gush of air neither there was any earthquake, also no kind of arm or weapon was seen hence this was surely some kind of very dreadful bad omen that had taken place. Ravan noticed that the entire assemblage was struck by spell of fear on account of what had happened and needed to bring normalcy back there hence smiled first and then tried to make little of what had happened. He said,”for whom even the fall of heads (his own heads that he had offered to Lord Shiv to please Him and obtain boons from) brought good-luck and assurance of well being for all time to come, if his crown falls to the ground why then it should portend ill. Now all may leave for their homes and have restful sleep.” All then left as told bowing their heads before Ravan.

Mandodari, always a thorough thinker, had deep concern right since her ear-ring had dropped on the ground. She had tears in eyes now and with hands joined she addressed Ravan, “O Master of My Life, pay attention to my submission; My Darling Husband, you must refrain from having confrontation with Shri Ram, the Lord. You must not stubbornly carry any ill conceived notion that He is just an human being.

“Shri Ram,the gem in the family of Raghu, is the one who appears manifested in form of this world, believe my words. Also the Vedas have surmised that innumerable Lokas (worlds) exist in each limb of the one whom we know as Supreme Lord of Universe and Shri Ram is the same one (she meant to say that the worlds get born out of Him and exist in Him only).”

We have now covered up o Doha 14 of Lanka Kand.

पद पाताल सीस अज धामा। अपर लोक अँग अँग बिश्रामा।।
भृकुटि बिलास भयंकर काला। नयन दिवाकर कच घन माला।।
जासु घ्रान अस्विनीकुमारा। निसि अरु दिवस निमेष अपारा।।
श्रवन दिसा दस बेद बखानी। मारुत स्वास निगम निज बानी।।
अधर लोभ जम दसन कराला। माया हास बाहु दिगपाला।।
आनन अनल अंबुपति जीहा। उतपति पालन प्रलय समीहा।।
रोम राजि अष्टादस भारा। अस्थि सैल सरिता नस जारा।।
उदर उदधि अधगो जातना। जगमय प्रभु का बहु कलपना।।
दो0-अहंकार सिव बुद्धि अज मन ससि चित्त महान।
मनुज बास सचराचर रुप राम भगवान।।15 क।।
अस बिचारि सुनु प्रानपति प्रभु सन बयरु बिहाइ।
प्रीति करहु रघुबीर पद मम अहिवात न जाइ।।15 ख।।

Mandodari further said, “The persona of the Lord is so conceived that His feet form Patal (the regions below the visible), His head is the abode of Brahma, the creator and the middle worlds rest in His different limbs. Turn of eye-brows is known to be the dreaded Kaal, the element of time that devours every thing, His eye is the sun itself and His hairs are the clouds. His breathing channels are to be known as Ashwanikumaras (the twin gods, the healers), days and nights are blinks of eyelids and remain in continuity, the faculty of listening extends in all ten direction that Vedas mention, the air is His breath and the Vedas are to be known as His voice. The lips represent the greed itself and Yama, the lord of death, fierce and dreadful, perceived to be His teeth only; Maya, the delusiveness, is His smile and His arms are the guardians of quarters. His mouth is fire and Varun, the lord of water is His tongue. This is how the equation of birth, sustenance and annihilation is to be seen. The hair coming out of pores of His skin are to be seen as different vegetation, the mountains are His bones and the rivers form His veins. The oceans are His belly and the troubles of the world are like limbs of excretion. What is there to think much, the Lord is the world itself.

“The aggregate of ego of all is represented by Lord Shiv, the intellect by Brahma and the mind is the moon (which waxes and wanes) and the all pervading Vishnu is the cosmic consciousness. In a way this entire visible universe can be taken to be the form of the Lord that functions like a human body.

“In this light, O lord of my life, forget the animosity that you nurse against the Lord and develop affection instead, at the feet of the Raghuveer Shri Ram, the Lord, so that you may live on and my fortune stays safe.”

(The macrocosm and human body have similarity in the sense that both have organs and system that keep it functional; macrocosm is manifestation of the Lord as we humans have bodies.)

we have now covered up to Doha 15 of Lanka Kand.

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

Hariom,
Krsishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCXIX

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Rm Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

पूरब दिसि गिरिगुहा निवासी। परम प्रताप तेज बल रासी।।
मत्त नाग तम कुंभ बिदारी। ससि केसरी गगन बन चारी।।
बिथुरे नभ मुकुताहल तारा। निसि सुंदरी केर सिंगारा।।
कह प्रभु ससि महुँ मेचकताई। कहहु काह निज निज मति भाई।।
कह सुग़ीव सुनहु रघुराई। ससि महुँ प्रगट भूमि कै झाँई।।
मारेउ राहु ससिहि कह कोई। उर महँ परी स्यामता सोई।।
कोउ कह जब बिधि रति मुख कीन्हा। सार भाग ससि कर हरि लीन्हा।।
छिद्र सो प्रगट इंदु उर माहीं। तेहि मग देखिअ नभ परिछाहीं।।
प्रभु कह गरल बंधु ससि केरा। अति प्रिय निज उर दीन्ह बसेरा।।
बिष संजुत कर निकर पसारी। जारत बिरहवंत नर नारी।।
दो0-कह हनुमंत सुनहु प्रभु ससि तुम्हारा प्रिय दास।
तव मूरति बिधु उर बसति सोइ स्यामता अभास।।12(क)।।
नवान्हपारायण।। सातवाँ विश्राम
पवन तनय के बचन सुनि बिहँसे रामु सुजान।
दच्छिन दिसि अवलोकि प्रभु बोले कृपा निधान।।12(ख)।।

Lord, philosophizing in light mood, further said, “it has its dwelling in mountain cave in the direction of east, its strength and glory is represented by its great luminosity; this lion in form of moon is walking through ski pompously after smashing the pot of thick darkness that was there resembling a mad elephant. The stars in sky are spread like pearls as if they are there to enhance the beauty of the elegant ladylike night.”

Asking all to join in the Lord said, “what is this darkness that appears on face of the moon, all of may explain it to me according their own judgement.” Sugreev was first to make his point and said,”O Raghuraj Shri Ram, listen to my idea, it is reflection of earth that appears on the moon (as earth has dark green cover of vegetation).”

Another one replied saying, “it is wound caused by Rahuwhen it hit the moon that has become dark.” Yet another said, “when Bhrahma came to give Rati (the beautiful consort of Kaamdev) her face he procured the needed material from the heart region of moon, it is that gap through which the blue sky is lurking.”

The Lord Shri Ram also put his own view across saying, “the moon has poison as his brother (they both were born when the Samudra Manthan i e the agitation of sea by gods and demons had taken place) and is therefore very dear to him and he has placed him right in his heart. Its rays mixed with this poison spread all over making the separated men and women suffer intensely the pangs of separation (Shri Ram indicated that what one intensely feels reflects in all his thinking).”

Now Hanuman came forward and said (confirming that dominant emotion reflects in ones’ thinking), “Listen My Lord, moon is your own servant and dear to you too; he keeps your image in his heart all the time and it is that bluish tinge of yours reflecting there.”

Listening to words of Hanuman, the son of wind-god, the all-knowing Shri Ram smiled and knew that Hanuman wished to praise Him and others might do the same hence looked in the direction of south before speaking further (establishing also that in war-like situation all directions should be paid attention to and indulgence in self-praise should be avoided).

(We must note here that Shri Ram established that good leaders do not wear their badge of superiority on lapel all the time, they are open to share lighter moments like a friend with all alike occasionally.)

This covers up to Doha 12 of Lanka Kand and brings us to seventh rest for a nine day long recital of Ramayan.

देखु बिभीषन दच्छिन आसा। घन घंमड दामिनि बिलासा।।
मधुर मधुर गरजइ घन घोरा। होइ बृष्टि जनि उपल कठोरा।।
कहत बिभीषन सुनहु कृपाला। होइ न तड़ित न बारिद माला।।
लंका सिखर उपर आगारा। तहँ दसकंघर देख अखारा।।
छत्र मेघडंबर सिर धारी। सोइ जनु जलद घटा अति कारी।।
मंदोदरी श्रवन ताटंका। सोइ प्रभु जनु दामिनी दमंका।।
बाजहिं ताल मृदंग अनूपा। सोइ रव मधुर सुनहु सुरभूपा।।
प्रभु मुसुकान समुझि अभिमाना। चाप चढ़ाइ बान संधाना।।
दो0-छत्र मुकुट ताटंक तब हते एकहीं बान।
सबकें देखत महि परे मरमु न कोऊ जान।।13(क)।।
अस कौतुक करि राम सर प्रबिसेउ आइ निषंग।
रावन सभा ससंक सब देखि महा रसभंग।।13(ख)।।

Shri Ram told Vibhishan, “Look towards south, thick clouds are gathering and profuse lightning is noticeable. The intense clouds seem to be making soft sounds and it might rain and even turn in to hail storm.”

Vibhishan then replied, “Listen O Merciful Lord, it is nither lightning nor it is chain of clouds. It is an arena right on top of the high hill in Lana where Ravan, the ten shouldered one, is enjoying events of dance and music. He has a big overhead canopy that looks like dark low lying water laden cloud chain.

“Lord, what looks like flash of lightning is the brightness of ornaments that hang in the ears of Mandodari. The sound coming of different musical instruments is giving impression of soft rumbling in distance, O King of gods.”

Shri Ram, the Lord, now could make out that it was all display of arrogance by Ravan (that he was showing carefree attitude though the army of his enemy had now settled nearby) and He sent forth an arrow placing it on the bow (in most cases the Lord ensures that egoist persons have a cue to impending disaster and be wiser before the event).

That single arrow brought down Ravan’s crown, his umbrella and also the ornaments worn by Mandodari in her ears, to the ground in a flash and none could make out what had happened.

Performing such a miracle the arrow of Shri Ram came back to rest in the quiver itself. The whole assembly of Ravan, now askance, watched the big spoilage of the great entertainment orgy.

We have now covered up to Doha 13 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar ki Jai!
Shri Janki Vallabho vijayatey!
Pawansut Hanuman ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas ki Jai!

Hariom,
Krishna Khandelwal

Rancharit Charcha DCXVIII

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

यह मत जौं मानहु प्रभु मोरा। उभय प्रकार सुजसु जग तोरा।।
सुत सन कह दसकंठ रिसाई। असि मति सठ केहिं तोहि सिखाई।।
अबहीं ते उर संसय होई। बेनुमूल सुत भयहु घमोई।।
सुनि पितु गिरा परुष अति घोरा। चला भवन कहि बचन कठोरा।।
हित मत तोहि न लागत कैसें। काल बिबस कहुँ भेषज जैसें।।
संध्या समय जानि दससीसा। भवन चलेउ निरखत भुज बीसा।।
लंका सिखर उपर आगारा। अति बिचित्र तहँ होइ अखारा।।
बैठ जाइ तेही मंदिर रावन। लागे किंनर गुन गन गावन।।
बाजहिं ताल पखाउज बीना। नृत्य करहिं अपछरा प्रबीना।।
दो0-सुनासीर सत सरिस सो संतत करइ बिलास।
परम प्रबल रिपु सीस पर तद्यपि सोच न त्रास।।10।।

We covered up to Doha 9 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Ravan’s son Prahast further told him, ”  O lord, if you take this advice of mine, you will have your renown spread far and wide in both ways (i e for trying to make peace or for fighting as a matter of duty).”

Ravan, the one who had ten throats, retorted angrily and told his son, “O fool, who implanted this kind of thought in your mind. You have doubts so early (i e even before fighting has commenced); you have proved to be a prickly plant at the root of a tall bamboo (to bring its destruction).

Listening to angry words spoken very loudly by his father, Prahast was left with no choice and left for his residential quarters in the palace but only after speaking equally scathing words (as insulting and bad words might bring out rebellion even in a son), “a valid and wise counsel does not appeal to you in the same way as medicine does not work for someone awaiting inevitable kiss of death.”

As it was now evening, Ravan, the ten headed one, left for his palace appreciating his twenty arms (which could collect for him interesting feed to be enjoyed by ten mouths, pleasures to be enjoyed with ten fold intensity). There was an arena at the top of the highest hill in Lanka where wondrous plays and events used to be performed. Ravan went straight to that stadium and settled himself to enjoy; the Kinnaras immediately began to sing his praises while the expert danseuse hailing from haven began to dance to tune of music coming out of variety of instruments.

In this manner Ravan used to enjoy extravaganzas as much as a hundred Indras would, on a regular basis; he remained engrossed in that way this time too unmindful of the danger hovering right over his head that was posed by a strong enemy and remained unruffled though being vulneable (his pleasure seeking tendency had eaten in to his rationality, as is mostly the case).

We have now covered up to Doha 10 of Lanka Kand.
इहाँ सुबेल सैल रघुबीरा। उतरे सेन सहित अति भीरा।।
सिखर एक उतंग अति देखी। परम रम्य सम सुभ्र बिसेषी।।
तहँ तरु किसलय सुमन सुहाए। लछिमन रचि निज हाथ डसाए।।
ता पर रूचिर मृदुल मृगछाला। तेहीं आसान आसीन कृपाला।।
प्रभु कृत सीस कपीस उछंगा। बाम दहिन दिसि चाप निषंगा।।
दुहुँ कर कमल सुधारत बाना। कह लंकेस मंत्र लगि काना।।
बड़भागी अंगद हनुमाना। चरन कमल चापत बिधि नाना।।
प्रभु पाछें लछिमन बीरासन। कटि निषंग कर बान सरासन।।
दो0-एहि बिधि कृपा रूप गुन धाम रामु आसीन।
धन्य ते नर एहिं ध्यान जे रहत सदा लयलीन।।11(क)।।
पूरब दिसा बिलोकि प्रभु देखा उदित मंयक।
कहत सबहि देखहु ससिहि मृगपति सरिस असंक।।11(ख)।।

On the other side Shri Ram, the brave Raghu, disembarked and settled on the Subel hill along with his sizable army. There Shri Ram selected a very high spot which was very charming and still lighted enough with sunlight (selection of good spot in the wild is necessary). There Lakshman spread, carefully with his own hands, soft tree leaves and charming flowers and placed over this bed a deerskin (one should make most of available material). On that comfortable sitting spot Shri Ram, the merciful one, became seated. Sugreev, the lord of monkeys, then placed the head of the Lord on his own lap while Shri Ram set in reclining position (its nice to have support of an obliged satrap) placing His bow and quiver on the left side. Shri Ram then began to improve the arrows with his two hands (signalling that while rest is needed before a big expedition but equally important is to take care of the equipment). At this moment Vibhishan was quiet close conversing and discussing strategies and speaking right in to his ears (as secrecy of strategy is important before it is unfolded for action).

Angad and Hanuman were busy in massaging Lords legs and were most fortunate for it (competent and trusted servants give peace of mind). Right behind the Lord, Lakshman had sat in Veerasan (a pose with alertness) ready with the quiver tied to waist and bow and arrow in hand (in enemy territory no chances should be taken).

In this manner the very form of kindness and mercy and the home of all virtues, Shri Ram, rested there; who ever is able to keep there unhindered mental attention placed on this picture of Shri Ram are surely blessed and lucky (for they will be learning the art of relaxation and preparedness in midst of crisis).

A little while later Lord Shri Ram turned his gaze in direction of east and saw that moor had risen up in the sky and drew attention of all to it and said, “Just look at the moon, it seems as fearless as a lion, the king of animals, when it comes out of his den.”

 

We have now covered up to Doha 11 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 DCXVII

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

तब रावन मयसुता उठाई। कहै लाग खल निज प्रभुताई।।
सुनु तै प्रिया बृथा भय माना। जग जोधा को मोहि समाना।।
बरुन कुबेर पवन जम काला। भुज बल जितेउँ सकल दिगपाला।।
देव दनुज नर सब बस मोरें। कवन हेतु उपजा भय तोरें।।
नाना बिधि तेहि कहेसि बुझाई। सभाँ बहोरि बैठ सो जाई।।
मंदोदरीं हदयँ अस जाना। काल बस्य उपजा अभिमाना।।
सभाँ आइ मंत्रिन्ह तेंहि बूझा। करब कवन बिधि रिपु सैं जूझा।।
कहहिं सचिव सुनु निसिचर नाहा। बार बार प्रभु पूछहु काहा।।
कहहु कवन भय करिअ बिचारा। नर कपि भालु अहार हमारा।।
दो0-सब के बचन श्रवन सुनि कह प्रहस्त कर जोरि।
निति बिरोध न करिअ प्रभु मत्रिंन्ह मति अति थोरि।।8।।

We covered up to Doha 7 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Maya-suta (daughter of Maya Rakshas i e Mandodari) was then asked to get up by Ravan as he now wished to leave; the villainous by character began to make tall claims about his own capacity and strength while leaving. Ravan said, “O Dear, listen, you have purposelessly become fearful, just think, is there a warrior as great as me in the entire world.

“Varun, the deity in charge of water, Kuber, the deity in charge of treasury of gods, Pawandev, the deity controlling air and Yama, the deity who administers death, have all been won over by me solely by strength of my own arms, including the guardians of the four quarters. In this way all the gods, the demons and the humans have come under my dictate, why then should you have fear rising up in your heart. ” In this manner Ravan tried to placate the concerns of Mandodari in many different ways and later went to court and seated himself there.

Mandodari, a lady with vision, could easily see that Ravan’s misplaced ego could be due to his impending death.

Ravan while sitting in court inquired of his ministers as to what should be our combating strategy against the enemy. The ministers too in a manner pleasing the lord said, “O the Master of Demons, kindly listen, there is nothing to ponder over the same issue time and again, what cause of fear should we take in to account to think deeply. The monkeys, the bears and humans are simply our food.”

Prahast, one of the sons of Ravan, was listening to what the ministers were saying and sought to interfere by submitting with hands folded and said,”O lord, don’t do any thing which goes against the established norms of policy, these ministers have little wisdom to tell what’s right.”

We have now covered up to Doha 8 of Lamka Kand.
कहहिं सचिव सठ ठकुरसोहाती। नाथ न पूर आव एहि भाँती।।
बारिधि नाघि एक कपि आवा। तासु चरित मन महुँ सबु गावा।।
छुधा न रही तुम्हहि तब काहू। जारत नगरु कस न धरि खाहू।।
सुनत नीक आगें दुख पावा। सचिवन अस मत प्रभुहि सुनावा।।
जेहिं बारीस बँधायउ हेला। उतरेउ सेन समेत सुबेला।।
सो भनु मनुज खाब हम भाई। बचन कहहिं सब गाल फुलाई।।
तात बचन मम सुनु अति आदर। जनि मन गुनहु मोहि करि कादर।।
प्रिय बानी जे सुनहिं जे कहहीं। ऐसे नर निकाय जग अहहीं।।
बचन परम हित सुनत कठोरे। सुनहिं जे कहहिं ते नर प्रभु थोरे।।
प्रथम बसीठ पठउ सुनु नीती। सीता देइ करहु पुनि प्रीती।।
दो0-नारि पाइ फिरि जाहिं जौं तौ न बढ़ाइअ रारि।
नाहिं त सन्मुख समर महि तात करिअ हठि मारि।।9।।

Pahast continued and said, “The ministers are only saying that would please their master and nothing will be achieved with this kind of counsel. Just one monkey had come here crossing over the ocean, they are all amazed and praise too for what he did here within their hearts. Did they have no hunger to satiate then, when the city burned. Why didn’t they catch him then and eat away (and save Lanka). What they said might seem right at the moment but has potential to put us to immense trouble later; the ministers have presented only such hollow advice to their master.

“Who have effortlessly put a bridge across the ocean and have descended on the Subela hill in a little time along with army, such monkeys and humans would be devoured by us, just think. They have only boastfully said whatever they have said.

“Taat, kindly listen to my words most carefully; don’t ever think of me as someone coward. There are hoards of such people in the world who prefer to say and listen as well, the pleasing words but only a few are of the type who dare to speak strong words laden with ultimate benefit and fewer still who have nerve to listen to such advice, O lord!”

“Now take this lesson in state-craft from me; first send an emissary and then return Sita, only later talk of developing friendship (when action is in consonance with intent then only results can be achieved).

“If Shri Ram decides to return after having his woman join him back, then do not aggravate the situation of conflict, otherwise do engage with him on battle ground with full determination and kill or get killed, O Taat (my elder).”

(Its not that Ravan did not have right minded people in his team who were related too and would naturally have his interest at heart but the people with Ravan’s mentality have hardly any regard for even for such people. In a way he was awaiting his total destruction.)

We have now covered up to Doha 9 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho vijayatey!

Pawansut hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam !

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOM,

Krishna khandlwalwal