Ramcharit Charcha DLXXII

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

त्रिजटा नाम राच्छसी एका। राम चरन रति निपुन बिबेका।।
सबन्हौ बोलि सुनाएसि सपना। सीतहि सेइ करहु हित अपना।।
सपनें बानर लंका जारी। जातुधान सेना सब मारी।।
खर आरूढ़ नगन दससीसा। मुंडित सिर खंडित भुज बीसा।।
एहि बिधि सो दच्छिन दिसि जाई। लंका मनहुँ बिभीषन पाई।।
नगर फिरी रघुबीर दोहाई। तब प्रभु सीता बोलि पठाई।।
यह सपना में कहउँ पुकारी। होइहि सत्य गएँ दिन चारी।।
तासु बचन सुनि ते सब डरीं। जनकसुता के चरनन्हि परीं।।
दो0-जहँ तहँ गईं सकल तब सीता कर मन सोच।
मास दिवस बीतें मोहि मारिहि निसिचर पोच।।11।।

We covered up to Doha 10 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Among the women entrusted with job of intimidating Sita there was one called Trijata (she is believed to be daughter of Vibhishan); she happened to have affection for Lord Shri Ram’s feet and was expert in carrying out the tasks assigned to her but also had discretion and understanding of right and wrong. She called everyone’s attention and told them what she had seen in her dream. She said, “All of you must serve Sita (and not trouble her), I have seen in my dream that a monkey burnt down Lanka, all the army of demons has been killed; I have also seen Ravan, the ten-headed one, astride a pony, totally naked,head shaven and his twenty arms cut off. In this condition he was going in the direction of south (south is supposed to be the direction where Yama, the god of death, lives).”

“It seemed to me that Vibhishan had accessed to throne of Lanka and the whole city reverberated with shouts hailing Shri Ram celebrating his win with loud beating of drum. The Lord then asked for Sita to be brought to him. I declare to you all that this dream of mine is only going to be true with in a matter of days.”

(Those with spiritual strength and devotion for the Lord have inkling about the coming events, Trijata was one such person though in a wrong place.)

The words of Trijata had impact on all (as her Ajna Chakra might have been awakened which gives one power to make others follow their advice). The group of the vicious women then fell at the feet of Sita (such people hardly have courage to face danger to themselves, when their savior was to meet a total ruin, their fear made them surrender easily).

All of them left Sita and went to places of their choice but Sita thought that if she was going to be killed by that lowly barbarian after a month only then this period of separation from Shri Ram is going to be very agonizing to her.

We have now covered up to Doha 11 of Sundar Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki jai!
Jankivallabho Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXXI

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

सीता तैं मम कृत अपमाना। कटिहउँ तव सिर कठिन कृपाना।।
नाहिं त सपदि मानु मम बानी। सुमुखि होति न त जीवन हानी।।
स्याम सरोज दाम सम सुंदर। प्रभु भुज करि कर सम दसकंधर।।
सो भुज कंठ कि तव असि घोरा। सुनु सठ अस प्रवान पन मोरा।।
चंद्रहास हरु मम परितापं। रघुपति बिरह अनल संजातं।।
सीतल निसित बहसि बर धारा। कह सीता हरु मम दुख भारा।।
सुनत बचन पुनि मारन धावा। मयतनयाँ कहि नीति बुझावा।।
कहेसि सकल निसिचरिन्ह बोलाई। सीतहि बहु बिधि त्रासहु जाई।।
मास दिवस महुँ कहा न माना। तौ मैं मारबि काढ़ि कृपाना।।
दो0-भवन गयउ दसकंधर इहाँ पिसाचिनि बृंद।
सीतहि त्रास देखावहि धरहिं रूप बहु मंद।।10।।

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

Ravan angrily told Sita, “Sita, you have  insulted me, I will not hesitate to cut off your head with my tough sword. Either you agree to what I say or your life is going to be extinguished, O Lady with a beautiful face.”

Sita replied promptly, “My Lord’s arms are like a string of blue lotuses, His arms are strong and shapely like an elephant’s trunk. I will have His arms only around my neck or it will be severed by your fierce sword. You are foolish as you have ten pair of shoulders only (and no head over them to think), listen attentively, this is my solemn resolve.” Sita then addressed the sword in Ravan’s hand, “O Chandrahaas (a sword curved like crescent moon), why don’t you steal the heat troubling my heart which is generated by the fire of separation from Raghupati Shri Ram, your edge is cool like a stream and with it you may end my woes.”

With such response coming from Sita, Ravan once again posed to killed Sita but Mandodari, daughter of Mayadanav, interjected by explaining the finer points of Niti (the discipline of behavior with ladies) and quietened him down. Ravan then summoned all those demonesses who were guarding Sita in confinement and told them, “harass Sita employing all possible tricks. If Sita doesn’t agree to my proposal within next thirty days, I am going to kill her taking out my sword.

Making this declaration Ravan, the ten-shouldered one, left for his mansion. Here in Ashokvan, the devilish female characters present there took many ugly and dreadful forms  and began to subdue and scare Sita.

We have now covered up to Doha 10 of Sundar Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXX

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

तरु पल्लव महुँ रहा लुकाई। करइ बिचार करौं का भाई।।
तेहि अवसर रावनु तहँ आवा। संग नारि बहु किएँ बनावा।।
बहु बिधि खल सीतहि समुझावा। साम दान भय भेद देखावा।।
कह रावनु सुनु सुमुखि सयानी। मंदोदरी आदि सब रानी।।
तव अनुचरीं करउँ पन मोरा। एक बार बिलोकु मम ओरा।।
तृन धरि ओट कहति बैदेही। सुमिरि अवधपति परम सनेही।।
सुनु दसमुख खद्योत प्रकासा। कबहुँ कि नलिनी करइ बिकासा।।
अस मन समुझु कहति जानकी। खल सुधि नहिं रघुबीर बान की।।
सठ सूने हरि आनेहि मोहि। अधम निलज्ज लाज नहिं तोही।।
दो0- आपुहि सुनि खद्योत सम रामहि भानु समान।
परुष बचन सुनि काढ़ि असि बोला अति खिसिआन।।9।।

We covered up to Doha 8 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Hanuman, very distressed after looking at condition of Sita, kept sitting hiding behind the leaves on the tree and thought what should he do next. Right at that time Ravan, the villain, enter the precinct along with many women who were heavily made up. Ravan tried in many ways to convince Sita that it was good for her to agree to what he wanted and used all kinds of means including persuasion, enticement, intimidation and threat, and schism and alienation (though these are pillars of state policy but he foolishly tried them even here). Ravan said, “O Sita, you have a beautiful face and are wise; I promise to bring Mandodari (Ravan’s queen consort) and other concubines in your servitude, you have just to glance once in my direction.”

Vaidehi Sita, remembering her beloved Shri Ram, the king of Awadh, without looking at Ravan and keeping her attention fixed on a blade of grass held in her own hand, said, “Listen O Ten Headed Rascal, can it ever be the case that a lotus flower will open under glow of a fire-fly (lotus flowers bloom when the sun rises; she applied metaphor, sun for Shri Ram as scion of sun-dynasty Shri Ram, and fire-fly for Ravan as a small insignificant person).”

Janki Sita further told Ravan, “O You, wretched fool, just try to think seriously, you seem to be unaware of the arrow of Shri Ram (which took life of Bali, the other one, who had tried to infringe modesty of a woman and was killed by His arrow). O You, Dumb and Depraved, you carry no shame for abducting me when there was none around (neither my husband nor his brother).

Incensed and exasperate at being equated to a fire-fly himself and Shri Ram to sun and listening to Sita’s angry words, Ravan drew out his sword and prepared himself to reply back.

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

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabhi Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DLXIX

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

जानतहूँ अस स्वामि बिसारी। फिरहिं ते काहे न होहिं दुखारी।।
एहि बिधि कहत राम गुन ग्रामा। पावा अनिर्बाच्य बिश्रामा।।
पुनि सब कथा बिभीषन कही। जेहि बिधि जनकसुता तहँ रही।।
तब हनुमंत कहा सुनु भ्राता। देखी चहउँ जानकी माता।।
जुगुति बिभीषन सकल सुनाई। चलेउ पवनसुत बिदा कराई।।
करि सोइ रूप गयउ पुनि तहवाँ। बन असोक सीता रह जहवाँ।।
देखि मनहि महुँ कीन्ह प्रनामा। बैठेहिं बीति जात निसि जामा।।
कृस तन सीस जटा एक बेनी। जपति हृदयँ रघुपति गुन श्रेनी।।
दो0-निज पद नयन दिएँ मन राम पद कमल लीन।
परम दुखी भा पवनसुत देखि जानकी दीन।।8।।

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

Hanuman lastly told Vibhishan,”knowing Shri Ram to be such (considerate and benign) Master, if someone turns away from Him or forgets to remember Him then why he would not be unhappy and in a sorry state.” Deliberating in this manner over the virtues of Shri Ram, both (Vibhishan and Hanuman) had such taste of peace and rest of the kind that is difficult to be verbalized (the God is beyond description and so is the pleasure of devotee drawn through reflecting on Him and His virtues).

Vibhishan now took up the matter concerning Sita and told all about how and where she was being kept in confinement. Hanuman then expressed his wish to visit Janki Sita, the mother. Vibhishan then gave him all the clues about locating her and finding way leading to her; without wasting further time Pawansut Hanuman took leave of Vibhishan and left in search of Sita.

Once again Hanuman reduced himself in to a tiny form and reached Ashik Van where Sita now lived in confinement. When Hanuman had first glimpse of her, he mentally did Pranam to her. Hanuman then observed that Sita  spent the rest of night sitting only; he found her bodily weak and having her matted hair, singularly braided, arranged over her head. She was all the time engaged in thinking of the virtues of Raghupati Shri Ram, one after the other.

Throughout keeping her own eyes fixed on her own feet with head bent, she was only mentally engaged in visualizing the lotus feet of Shri Ram. This pitiable condition of Sita made Pawansut Hanuman extremely sad (particularly because he had strength to rescue Sita then and there but had to control his emotion having been warned by Jamvant earlier that he was not to exceed the brief; also for a son it is most painful to see his mother in any kind of bondage or helplessness).

We have now covered up to Doha 8 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 DLXIII

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

सुनहु पवनसुत रहनि हमारी। जिमि दसनन्हि महुँ जीभ बिचारी।।
तात कबहुँ मोहि जानि अनाथा। करिहहिं कृपा भानुकुल नाथा।।
तामस तनु कछु साधन नाहीं। प्रीति न पद सरोज मन माहीं।।
अब मोहि भा भरोस हनुमंता। बिनु हरिकृपा मिलहिं नहिं संता।।
जौ रघुबीर अनुग्रह कीन्हा। तौ तुम्ह मोहि दरसु हठि दीन्हा।।
सुनहु बिभीषन प्रभु कै रीती। करहिं सदा सेवक पर प्रीती।।
कहहु कवन मैं परम कुलीना। कपि चंचल सबहीं बिधि हीना।।
प्रात लेइ जो नाम हमारा। तेहि दिन ताहि न मिलै अहारा।।
दो0-अस मैं अधम सखा सुनु मोहू पर रघुबीर।
कीन्ही कृपा सुमिरि गुन भरे बिलोचन नीर।।7।।

Now it was turn of Vibhishan to pour his heart out before a Bhakta of the Lord, “O Pawansut, listen what is my plight, its like poor tongue held between teeth (every moment it fears being crushed and cut by teeth i e Vibhishan lived among demons fearing trouble for himself all the time). O Taat , would the Guardian of the Sun Dynasty Shri Ram, ever be gracious and merciful towards me knowing me to be helpless and without a master genuinely interested in my welfare. I know that I have a body which has enough of Tamas (the lower tendencies because I have been born in family of demons) and further more I do not have luxury of right means that may lift me up (due to the constrain of place I have to reside in). I also can’t validly claim to be having affection for the lotus feet of Him (here Vibhishan displayed his humility, a very helpful quality in a seeker though he had already developed devotion towards the feet of Shri Ram). However, Hanuman, I have now some confidence because it is the only the grace behind the meeting with a saint in the life of an individual; just see that you have arrived here as His messenger and have contacted me of your own accord as a token of His grace.”

Hanuman then reassured Vibhishan saying, “Listen, O Vibhishan, truly its the practice of the Lord, He is ever inclined towards His servant and loves him. If you think low on account of your family or lineage, I am also not a claimant of being born in a high family, after all I am too just a monkey, always playful and fickle in mind and without knowledge about the right methods that would lead to Him. It is popularly believed that who ever has thought of us in the mornings goes without food for the whole day (i e he loses concentration and meets failure in his endeavors as we have no good virtues to influence him).

“So listen, O Friend, I am such a hopeless and worthless person yet Raghuveer Shri Ram showered graces on me.” Concluding with these word, Hanuman got reminded of the virtues of Shri Ram and tears welled up in his eyes.

(The message is that status, circumstances and training etc have but little role, the real thing is to have love for the feet of the Lord and contemplate over His virtues while keeping faith; eventually He accepts, loves and does every thing to improve the condition of devotee.)

We have now covered up to Doha 7 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 DLXII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Shri 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

लंका निसिचर निकर निवासा। इहाँ कहाँ सज्जन कर बासा।।
मन महुँ तरक करै कपि लागा। तेहीं समय बिभीषनु जागा।।
राम राम तेहिं सुमिरन कीन्हा। हृदयँ हरष कपि सज्जन चीन्हा।।
एहि सन हठि करिहउँ पहिचानी। साधु ते होइ न कारज हानी।।
बिप्र रुप धरि बचन सुनाए। सुनत बिभीषण उठि तहँ आए।।
करि प्रनाम पूँछी कुसलाई। बिप्र कहहु निज कथा बुझाई।।
की तुम्ह हरि दासन्ह महँ कोई। मोरें हृदय प्रीति अति होई।।
की तुम्ह रामु दीन अनुरागी। आयहु मोहि करन बड़भागी।।
दो0-तब हनुमंत कही सब राम कथा निज नाम।
सुनत जुगल तन पुलक मन मगन सुमिरि गुन ग्राम।।6।।

We covered up to Doha 6 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Having seen a mansion which had a Lord’s temple too, Hanuman thought that Lanka is a place occupied by only the night roaming demons, how then it is possible for a gentleman to have a place to stay. While the monkey was busy thinking about the possibility applying different logic within his mind, right then Vibhishan got up from his sleep. The first thing he did was to remember the Lord uttering Ram..Ram.. . This delighted the heart of monkey and he could now have conviction that Vibhishan was surely a noble soul (as otherwise it is impossible for people with corrupted minds to remember the Lord even before they are fully awake, uttering Ram’s name is this way is only possible for those who have been regularly doing it most of the time). “I must now get acquainted whatever way be it possible; a Sadhu (gentle person with God orientation) does no harm to any one’s cause,” this is how Hanuman resolved and took form of a Vipra (learned brahmin).  He then sought attention of Vibhishan speaking courtesies; when Vibhishan noticed some one speak, he came to look for him and did Pranam (act of obeisance) first. Vibhishan then asked Hanuman’s welfare (this is how a noble person deals with an stranger without a prejudiced opinion against him) and asked, “O Vipra, tell me more about yourself in detail and what brings you here; my heart leans towards you, are you one of the servants of Lord Hari. Or you are that Ram Himself who is known to be kind towards the helpless and loves them, so have come here simply for me too be counted among the most fortunate.”

After interaction in such way with Vibhishan, Hanuman told his name and the entire story (Katha) of Shri Ram; this made both, the teller and the listener, become bodily thrilled and mentally relaxed and overjoyed as they reflected on the host of virtues of Shri Ram (this is the common refrain when two devotees meet).

We have now covered up to Doha 6 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 Manas DLXI

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

प्रबिसि नगर कीजे सब काजा। हृदयँ राखि कौसलपुर राजा।।
गरल सुधा रिपु करहिं मिताई। गोपद सिंधु अनल सितलाई।।
गरुड़ सुमेरु रेनू सम ताही। राम कृपा करि चितवा जाही।।
अति लघु रूप धरेउ हनुमाना। पैठा नगर सुमिरि भगवाना।।
मंदिर मंदिर प्रति करि सोधा। देखे जहँ तहँ अगनित जोधा।।
गयउ दसानन मंदिर माहीं। अति बिचित्र कहि जात सो नाहीं।।
सयन किए देखा कपि तेही। मंदिर महुँ न दीखि बैदेही।।
भवन एक पुनि दीख सुहावा। हरि मंदिर तहँ भिन्न बनावा।।
दो0-रामायुध अंकित गृह सोभा बरनि न जाइ।
नव तुलसिका बृंद तहँ देखि हरषि कपिराइ।।5।।

Lankini later told Hanuman,” You may now enter the city and carry out all that you have come to accomplish while keeping the image of the Shri Ram, the King of Kaushala, in your heart.”

Kakbhushundi said to Garuda, “Whoever is looked up on with kind glance by Ram, the Lord, poison turns in to nectar for him, the enemy comes forward to become his friend, the ocean remains no bigger than the foot impression of cow, the fire becomes cool for him, O Garud, the big mountain Sumeru also becomes like a grain of sand for him (we must note that all of this either has happened already for Hanuman or is going to happen).”

Coming back to a very small form, Hanuman entered Lanka while remembering the Lord. He went in from house to house and explored, what he found was that innumerable fight ready soldiers were placed all over. Finally he entered the palace of the ten-headed Ravan, it was very different and hard to describe in terms of opulence and construction. The monkey lastly saw Ravan sleeping soundly but in the entire house Vaidehi Sita was not to be seen. Coming out of Ravan’s palace he saw an attractive living quarter where a Mandir of Lord Hari was separately maintained.

This house was decorated with the weapons and insignia related to Ram, the Lord and its  charming beauty was beyond description. Finding many tender plants of Tulsi carefully planted there, the great monkey felt very upbeat and pleased (since this could not have been done to misguide him as his coming to Lanka could not have been long known to any body).

We have now covered up to Doha 5 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 DLX

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

मसक समान रूप कपि धरी। लंकहि चलेउ सुमिरि नरहरी।।
नाम लंकिनी एक निसिचरी। सो कह चलेसि मोहि निंदरी।।
जानेहि नहीं मरमु सठ मोरा। मोर अहार जहाँ लगि चोरा।।
मुठिका एक महा कपि हनी। रुधिर बमत धरनीं ढनमनी।।
पुनि संभारि उठि सो लंका। जोरि पानि कर बिनय संसका।।
जब रावनहि ब्रह्म बर दीन्हा। चलत बिरंचि कहा मोहि चीन्हा।।
बिकल होसि तैं कपि कें मारे। तब जानेसु निसिचर संघारे।।
तात मोर अति पुन्य बहूता। देखेउँ नयन राम कर दूता।।
दो0-तात स्वर्ग अपबर्ग सुख धरिअ तुला एक अंग।
तूल न ताहि सकल मिलि जो सुख लव सतसंग।।4।।

We covered up to Doha 3 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Mamas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Hanuman, the money, reduced himself to size of a mosquito and left to enter Lanka while remembering the Narhari Shri Ram, the Lord in form of a human. He was obstructed by Lankini, a demoness, who called out, “how dare you enter Lanka ignoring me; aren’t you aware what purpose I am placed here, O Fool. All the thieves who wish to break in are my food only.”

Hanuman immediately took the form of a formidable monkey that he really was and struck a blow right in her face (he was once again face to face  with someone who told him that he was their food; Surasa the first one, with no real malignant intention was cleverly dealt with respect, the second unnamed and working to harm through unseen ways was at once neutrilized and now the third one who was discharging her duty without any ill-intention personal to her was simply hurt; this is how we must make progress for achieving life’s goal employing a suitable response to ward of threats to our commitments).

Oozing blood, Lankini fell to ground by the impact of the blow. Lankini then collected herself and rose up and joined her palms together; unsure of herself yet respectful, she submitted, “right after Brahma gave Ravan the desired boon, I was given a clue that whenever I would feel agonizing pain getting stricken by a money, it has to be considered a signal of impending destruction of the demons.

“O Taat, its really effect of my noble deeds, done in abundance, that I am seeing the messenger of Ram, the Lord, with my own two eyes.

“O Brother, if the all pleasures of heaven and of other kinds including mundane and real, are put together on one side of scale and the pleasure of having a moment’s company of a saint i e just a temporary association with a noble person, is put on the other side, the later would outweigh the other, of this I am sure.”

(Lakini had had to perform the task of guarding Lanka perforce but had a noble back ground; she could therefore tell in a nutshell what the saints’ company is worth. Lankini represents Rajasik Maya (the action oriented delusion that is prompted by the sense organs) and this was defeated by Hanuman by clubbing the five sense organs in a fist i e refusing the sense organ freedom in action and hit Lankini with it i e refusing its influence and keeping his sense organs only directed towards cause of the God and passed this test too.)

We now have covered up to Doha 4 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 DLIX

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

निसिचरि एक सिंधु महुँ रहई। करि माया नभु के खग गहई।।
जीव जंतु जे गगन उड़ाहीं। जल बिलोकि तिन्ह कै परिछाहीं।।
गहइ छाहँ सक सो न उड़ाई। एहि बिधि सदा गगनचर खाई।।
सोइ छल हनूमान कहँ कीन्हा। तासु कपटु कपि तुरतहिं चीन्हा।।
ताहि मारि मारुतसुत बीरा। बारिधि पार गयउ मतिधीरा।।
तहाँ जाइ देखी बन सोभा। गुंजत चंचरीक मधु लोभा।।
नाना तरु फल फूल सुहाए। खग मृग बृंद देखि मन भाए।।
सैल बिसाल देखि एक आगें। ता पर धाइ चढेउ भय त्यागें।।
उमा न कछु कपि कै अधिकाई। प्रभु प्रताप जो कालहि खाई।।
गिरि पर चढि लंका तेहिं देखी। कहि न जाइ अति दुर्ग बिसेषी।।
अति उतंग जलनिधि चहु पासा। कनक कोट कर परम प्रकासा।।

We covered up to Doha 2 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

There used dwell in the ocean an evil spirit capable of catching, by employing some tricks, the birds flying across sky while remaining in depth of ocean. All those creatures up in the sky were caught through their reflection in water by her as soon as it noted it making them incapcitated to fly any further and devour them. She employed same trick in case of Hanuman as soon as she sighted his reflection but the wise monkey could immediately detect what he was up against. Brave son of wind-god immediately dived and killed it and Hanuman with help of his stable mind could soon make it across the ocean successfully.

(Many times some shadowy but evil characters who otherwise have no direct connection but still have tendencies to kill the effort of those who are engaged any important expedition just for their vile pleasure. They praise them profusely for some initial successes when they are with in ear shot and distract them. It is important to kill such tendencies in the very first opportunity without engaging with them.)

Up on reaching the other end of the ocean, Hanuman found himself in a forest and observed that it was charming and the humming bees were busy gathering money there. The trees of many varieties were laden with fruits and flowers and were very appealing; the animals and birds also had attraction about them. With no further in interest in what he saw (though for a money there was every thing that could have kept it there longer), Hanuman selected a big mountain standing in front and climbed it without a trace of fear in mind (while in an alien territory one has to remain free of fear where it has to be necessarily explored for determination of further action). Lord Shiv told Parvati, “it has nothing to do with the special power the money had; here he simply relied on the God’s glory, will and grace because he knew that He only has power to control the death and fail its design.”

while on top of the mountain Hanuman saw the whole spread of Lanka; its fortification was remarkable and extraordinary. It was surrounded by ocean and by high walls which shined to spread light all around due to being coated with gold.

छं=कनक कोट बिचित्र मनि कृत सुंदरायतना घना।
चउहट्ट हट्ट सुबट्ट बीथीं चारु पुर बहु बिधि बना।।
गज बाजि खच्चर निकर पदचर रथ बरूथिन्ह को गनै।।
बहुरूप निसिचर जूथ अतिबल सेन बरनत नहिं बनै।।1।।

The golden walls were studded with shining jewels and the whole place inside was thickly populated. The whole inner city had lanes, cross roads, bazaars and divisions of many kind and was beautifully constructed. There were elephants, horses, mules and host of soldiers on foot and innumerable chariots were there too. The demons in many forms and dresses roamed about in groups and the army also had huge presence, all of it hard to describe.

बन बाग उपबन बाटिका सर कूप बापीं सोहहीं।
नर नाग सुर गंधर्ब कन्या रूप मुनि मन मोहहीं।।
कहुँ माल देह बिसाल सैल समान अतिबल गर्जहीं।
नाना अखारेन्ह भिरहिं बहु बिधि एक एकन्ह तर्जहीं।।2।।

Big gardens and small parks, ponds and wells etc, all very charming and could be seen there. Humans, Nagas, gods (in captivity) were to be seen there as well the daughters of Gandharvas (the celestial singers) having beauty that could attract even Mnunis’ hearts were present. At other places the big bodied wrestlers were making noises about their might and grit. They were engaged in fight in various arenas defying each other.

करि जतन भट कोटिन्ह बिकट तन नगर चहुँ दिसि रच्छहीं।
कहुँ महिष मानषु धेनु खर अज खल निसाचर भच्छहीं।।
एहि लागि तुलसीदास इन्ह की कथा कछु एक है कही।
रघुबीर सर तीरथ सरीरन्हि त्यागि गति पैहहिं सही।।3।।

Many brave and able bodied soldiers were there to guard the city in all corners with special attention and skills. The demons could be seen eating flesh of buffaloes, humans, cows, donkeys and goats (i e the people there had no discretion about what to eat). Tulsidas says that he has just given a brief account of their activities, what is important is that all these demons would be losing life at the Teerth of volley of arrows Raghuveer Shri Ram and thereby achieve state of liberation i e the final beatitude.

दो0-पुर रखवारे देखि बहु कपि मन कीन्ह बिचार।
अति लघु रूप धरौं निसि नगर करौं पइसार।।3।।

Observing the activities of the defenders of the city, Hanuman, the money, reflected and thought, “it would be best for me to assume a very small form and try to enter in the city only during the hours of night (although it is not right to enter someone’s place without announcing and particularly not in the night but its not unethical to enter the house of a thief in this manner for unearthing what he he stole and concealed).”

(Sinhika represents Tamasik Maya (the delusion born of stupor and interest for vile type of pleasures. It is a great impediment in progress and never helpful; hence Hanuman straight away killed it and passed this test too.)

we have now covered up to Doha 3 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 DLVIII

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

जात पवनसुत देवन्ह देखा। जानैं कहुँ बल बुद्धि बिसेषा।।
सुरसा नाम अहिन्ह कै माता। पठइन्हि आइ कही तेहिं बाता।।
आजु सुरन्ह मोहि दीन्ह अहारा। सुनत बचन कह पवनकुमारा।।
राम काजु करि फिरि मैं आवौं। सीता कइ सुधि प्रभुहि सुनावौं।।
तब तव बदन पैठिहउँ आई। सत्य कहउँ मोहि जान दे माई।।
कबनेहुँ जतन देइ नहिं जाना। ग्रससि न मोहि कहेउ हनुमाना।।
जोजन भरि तेहिं बदनु पसारा। कपि तनु कीन्ह दुगुन बिस्तारा।।
सोरह जोजन मुख तेहिं ठयऊ। तुरत पवनसुत बत्तिस भयऊ।।
जस जस सुरसा बदनु बढ़ावा। तासु दून कपि रूप देखावा।।
सत जोजन तेहिं आनन कीन्हा। अति लघु रूप पवनसुत लीन्हा।।
बदन पइठि पुनि बाहेर आवा। मागा बिदा ताहि सिरु नावा।।
मोहि सुरन्ह जेहि लागि पठावा। बुधि बल मरमु तोर मै पावा।।
दो0-राम काजु सबु करिहहु तुम्ह बल बुद्धि निधान।
आसिष देह गई सो हरषि चलेउ हनुमान।।2।।

We covered up to Doha 1 of Sunder Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

The gods noted Hanuman going apace towards Lanka and wished to test his might, intelligence and what he excelled in.  For this they summoned the mother of snakes known as Surasa and sent her forth to judge Hanuman’s abilities. She then came across Hanuman and said, “I have been given food by the gods today.” To this Hanuman, the son of wind god, replied with perfect cool, “Let me go and I will comeback after accomplishing the task assigned to me by Ram and tell my Lord the condition and whereabouts of Mother Sita. Finishing this much I would come back and voluntarily get in to your mouth hence let me go O Mother, I am telling this truthfully.”

(When we embark on an important task, no challenges thrown by others in our way should be picked up; best is to get around such impediments keeping cool and talking submissively.)

Surasa did not buy the offer given by Hanuman and stopped Hanuman’s progress though he employed many tricks. At last giving up the reconciliatory approach Hanuman defied her and said, “why not better eat me up then.” Surasa then spread her mouth as much as a Yojan (about eight mile), Hanuman then expended his own body double of it; Surasa immediately expended her mouth to 16 Yojans and Hanuman responded by getting as big as 32 Yojans. This game between Surasa and Hanuman went on for a while each expending by more and more in response. When Surasa expended her mouth to 100 Yojanas; it was now clear to Hanuman that none was any lesser and at this stage he decided to be small and assumed a minuscule size, entered her mouth and came out. Then Hanuman asked to be left to go while bowed his head down before Surasa. Surasa also then disclosed what she had been commissioned to find out by the gods and said that she now knew the reality about the extent of Hanuman’s wisdom and strength etc.

(When someone engages us in game of one-upmanship then as soon as we realize it, surrender is the best policy since the other important matters of life need attention.)

Surasa then blessed Hanuman and told him that she was sure that he would accomplish all that Ram, the Lord, wants him to do and that he was abundantly wise and strong.

(Surasa (as representative of gods) represents Satvik Maya (the delusion resulting from righteousness) and Hanuman did not kill it but passed in test refusing to succumb to it. For the higher spiritual achievements the ritualistic routine also has limitation.)

We have now covered up to Doha 2 of Sunder Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawan Putra Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal