Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXIV

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

 

We covered up to Doha 99 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

छं0-जब कीन्ह तेहिं पाषंड। भए प्रगट जंतु प्रचंड।।
बेताल भूत पिसाच। कर धरें धनु नाराच।।1।।
जोगिनि गहें करबाल। एक हाथ मनुज कपाल।।
करि सद्य सोनित पान। नाचहिं करहिं बहु गान।।2।।
धरु मारु बोलहिं घोर। रहि पूरि धुनि चहुँ ओर।।
मुख बाइ धावहिं खान। तब लगे कीस परान।।3।।
जहँ जाहिं मर्कट भागि। तहँ बरत देखहिं आगि।।
भए बिकल बानर भालु। पुनि लाग बरषै बालु।।4।।
जहँ तहँ थकित करि कीस। गर्जेउ बहुरि दससीस।।
लछिमन कपीस समेत। भए सकल बीर अचेत।।5।।
हा राम हा रघुनाथ। कहि सुभट मीजहिं हाथ।।
एहि बिधि सकल बल तोरि। तेहिं कीन्ह कपट बहोरि।।6।।
प्रगटेसि बिपुल हनुमान। धाए गहे पाषान।।
तिन्ह रामु घेरे जाइ। चहुँ दिसि बरूथ बनाइ।।7।।
मारहु धरहु जनि जाइ। कटकटहिं पूँछ उठाइ।।
दहँ दिसि लँगूर बिराज। तेहिं मध्य कोसलराज।।8।।

When Ravan deployed his power of deceptive warfare it created many dreadful predators and ghosts like creature appeared with bows and arrows in their hands. The goblins came with human skulls in hand; drinking fresh blood they began to dance and  sing in myriad ways. Shouts asking for grabbing and killing filled the atmosphere and all of them began to chase monkeys with mouths open to devour them. This was too much for the contingent of moneys who began to run away rather than face them but where ever they went they saw raging fire. The monkeys and beers were now very distressed and at that point Ravan managed to pour down sand and dust from above clouding their vision i e judgement. Ravan, the ten headed monster made hapless monkeys very tired and also made roaring noise. Even Lakshman, Sugreev  and other brave warriors also fainted and those who didn’t called out for help saying  ‘Ahh Ram, O Raghunth’ and rubbed palms in desperation. In this manner making all drained of strength, Ravan further deceptively created many Hanumans who rushed with stones in hand and surrounded Shri Ram forming many groups; they raised their tales and gnashed teeth and shouted ‘don’t let him escape, just catch him’. There were apes on all sides while Shri Ram, the king of Kaushala was trapped in their middle.
छं0-तेहिं मध्य कोसलराज सुंदर स्याम तन सोभा लही।
जनु इंद्रधनुष अनेक की बर बारि तुंग तमालही।।
प्रभु देखि हरष बिषाद उर सुर बदत जय जय जय करी।
रघुबीर एकहि तीर कोपि निमेष महुँ माया हरी।।1।।
माया बिगत कपि भालु हरषे बिटप गिरि गहि सब फिरे।
सर निकर छाड़े राम रावन बाहु सिर पुनि महि गिरे।।
श्रीराम रावन समर चरित अनेक कल्प जो गावहीं।
सत सेष सारद निगम कबि तेउ तदपि पार न पावहीं।।2।।
दो0-ताके गुन गन कछु कहे जड़मति तुलसीदास।
जिमि निज बल अनुरूप ते माछी उड़इ अकास।।101(क)।।
काटे सिर भुज बार बहु मरत न भट लंकेस।
प्रभु क्रीड़त सुर सिद्ध मुनि ब्याकुल देखि कलेस।।101(ख)।।

Kaushalraj Shri Ram, though trapped in middle of hostile monkeys of Ravan’s illusive creation, looked very beautiful in His swarthy body resembling the top of Tamal tree in the midst of many rainbows. The gods watched this spectacle and had feeling of happiness as well as remorse but hailed the Lord by repeatedly proclaiming victory for Him. Raghveer Shri Ram, displaying His indignation at this stage about the Mayic illusion created by Ravan destroyed it with a single arrow instantly. Coming out of Mayic spell the monkeys became happy again and resumed fighting using trees and rocks as weapons. Shri Ram, the Lord, once again released a volley of arrows making heads and arms of Ravan fall to ground. Those who will sing the accounts of war between Shri Ram and Ravan over the Kalpas like host of Sheshas and Sharadas, and Vedas or the Kavis (learned poets) they may not capture all that these episodes have to tell (one may wonder that while the Lord of universe is fighting a leader of evil-minded but is failing to register a wwin quickly but the whole point is that this is kind of fight within ones’ own psychic space where the tendencies seeking pleasure are so deeply embedded that the divinity which is part of every soul in the body is not able to uproot them; our own thoughts falsely justify the wrong leanings and this impart life to them while it is true also that the divinity within will win so long as the Lord will be in sight).

Tulsidas says that though it is not easily fathomable but he as one with little understanding has tried to bring to light some of the important aspects of the same as one might have noticed that a fish not competent to fly  still does to reach the sky and drops back in to water.

Though even loss of heads and arms, many a times, did not bring end to life of the warrior King of Lanka. This was however a game being played by the Lord but gods, Siddhas and Munis were upset with this kind of troublesome happenings (when the right minded ponder over the tenacity of evil thoughts in mind they get perturbed).

We have now covered up to Doha 101 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shanar ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayaatey!

Pawwansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Saamaj Ko Pranaam!

Goswami tulsidas ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

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Ramcharit Charcha DCLXXIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 99 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

अस कहि बहुत भाँति समुझाई। पुनि त्रिजटा निज भवन सिधाई।।
राम सुभाउ सुमिरि बैदेही। उपजी बिरह बिथा अति तेही।।
निसिहि ससिहि निंदति बहु भाँती। जुग सम भई सिराति न राती।।
करति बिलाप मनहिं मन भारी। राम बिरहँ जानकी दुखारी।।
जब अति भयउ बिरह उर दाहू। फरकेउ बाम नयन अरु बाहू।।
सगुन बिचारि धरी मन धीरा। अब मिलिहहिं कृपाल रघुबीरा।।
इहाँ अर्धनिसि रावनु जागा। निज सारथि सन खीझन लागा।।
सठ रनभूमि छड़ाइसि मोही। धिग धिग अधम मंदमति तोही।।
तेहिं पद गहि बहु बिधि समुझावा। भौरु भएँ रथ चढ़ि पुनि धावा।।
सुनि आगवनु दसानन केरा। कपि दल खरभर भयउ घनेरा।।
जहँ तहँ भूधर बिटप उपारी। धाए कटकटाइ भट भारी।।

After comforting Sita in many ways, Trijata went home. Sita on the other hand reflected on benign nature of Shri Ram and it made her suffer from separation of her master all the more (in times of great distress when one begins to reflect on virtues of the Lord, and feels anguished at being some distance away from Him, the comfort is bound to come and feeling of nearness to Him is surely to be felt again) . Sita cursed the night and the moon which had enhanced her pangs of separation and exclaimed, “this night has extended it self as much as a Yuga and doesn’t seem to be ending.” In this manner Janki Sita lamented within her heart excessively on account of separation from Ram. When the agony affected her inner feelings too much, her left eye and left arm pulsated which was a good sign and this let her regain some confidence; she thought probably the time has come when Raghupati, her merciful master, would join her back again.

At the hour past midnight Ravan regained his consciousness and woke up and began to irritably tell his charioteer, “O Fool, you made me leave battlefield, shame on you, O Dimwit.” The charioteer grabbed Ravan’s feet and tried to explain the circumstances that forced him to do what he did. Ravan, right in the morning, mounted his chariot and left for the theatre of war. The news of coming back of Ravan made the monkeys rustle up and get busy in preparation to counter him. They picked rocks and trees and gnashing their teeth charged ahead.
छं0-धाए जो मर्कट बिकट भालु कराल कर भूधर धरा।
अति कोप करहिं प्रहार मारत भजि चले रजनीचरा।।
बिचलाइ दल बलवंत कीसन्ह घेरि पुनि रावनु लियो।
चहुँ दिसि चपेटन्हि मारि नखन्हि बिदारि तनु ब्याकुल कियो।।
दो0-देखि महा मर्कट प्रबल रावन कीन्ह बिचार।
अंतरहित होइ निमिष महुँ कृत माया बिस्तार।।100।।

 

The monkeys and beers holding rocks in hand menacingly attacked and the demons hastily withdrew. When the army of demons were dismissed, the powerful monkeys formed a circle around Ravan and began to punch and slap him from all sides and wounded him with their nails.

Observing monkeys in great fury and causing substantial harm to him, Ravan thought that he must now make disappearing act and spread the net of Maya, the illusive means of warfare.

We have now covered p to Doha 100 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 DCLXXII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 98 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

तेही निसि सीता पहिं जाई। त्रिजटा कहि सब कथा सुनाई।।
सिर भुज बाढ़ि सुनत रिपु केरी। सीता उर भइ त्रास घनेरी।।
मुख मलीन उपजी मन चिंता। त्रिजटा सन बोली तब सीता।।
होइहि कहा कहसि किन माता। केहि बिधि मरिहि बिस्व दुखदाता।।
रघुपति सर सिर कटेहुँ न मरई। बिधि बिपरीत चरित सब करई।।
मोर अभाग्य जिआवत ओही। जेहिं हौ हरि पद कमल बिछोही।।
जेहिं कृत कपट कनक मृग झूठा। अजहुँ सो दैव मोहि पर रूठा।।
जेहिं बिधि मोहि दुख दुसह सहाए। लछिमन कहुँ कटु बचन कहाए।।
रघुपति बिरह सबिष सर भारी। तकि तकि मार बार बहु मारी।।
ऐसेहुँ दुख जो राख मम प्राना। सोइ बिधि ताहि जिआव न आना।।
बहु बिधि कर बिलाप जानकी। करि करि सुरति कृपानिधान की।।
कह त्रिजटा सुनु राजकुमारी। उर सर लागत मरइ सुरारी।।
प्रभु ताते उर हतइ न तेही। एहि के हृदयँ बसति बैदेही।।

While charioteer was trying to bring Ravan back to consciousness on the battleground, Trijata, the demoness responsible to keep Sita confined, approached Sita and told her all about that had happened on the battle front. When Sita learned of the heads and arms of Ravan growing back again and again every time Shri Ram cut them off, she felt very concerned and upset. The worries within the heart of Sita reflected on her face as it became pale and she then spoke to Trijata, “O Mother, what is going to happen, how this tormentor of the whole world is going to die after all. He doesn’t die even when Raghupati Shri Ram cuts off his heads and he thus defies the rules put in place by the creator himself. Is it my own cursed fate that is keeping him alive on account which I am suffering separation from the lotus feet of Shri Ram, the Lord (who is an avatar of Lord Hari Himself).

“The same very fate which brought in to being a deer made of gold (which in fact is not found in the creation of Brahma but appeared to be there) is still working against my interest. Look at the manner in which it is subjecting me to unbearable sufferings and made me speak harsh words un to Lakshman (which otherwise could not ever be spoken by me). My bad fortune is killing me with poisonous arrows, in form of separation from Raghupati Shri Ram, aimed at me by some kind design. Surely if it is keeping me alive under such adverse conditions, it is keeping Ravan alive, there seems no other possible reason.”

In this manner Janki Sita lamented in variety of ways drowning herself in memories of the Lord, the merciful one. Trijata then tried to console her by saying, “O Princess, just listen carefully, this enemy of the gods is going to be killed only when an arrow will hit him right in the middle of his heart region but Shri ram, the Lord, is avoiding to do it because Ravan keeps Vaidehi Sita (who represents Bhakti of the Lord) in his heart all the time.”
छं0-एहि के हृदयँ बस जानकी जानकी उर मम बास है।
मम उदर भुअन अनेक लागत बान सब कर नास है।।
सुनि बचन हरष बिषाद मन अति देखि पुनि त्रिजटाँ कहा।
अब मरिहि रिपु एहि बिधि सुनहि सुंदरि तजहि संसय महा।।
दो0-काटत सिर होइहि बिकल छुटि जाइहि तव ध्यान।
तब रावनहि हृदय महुँ मरिहहिं रामु सुजान।।99।।

Trijata further said, “The Lord knows that Janki Sita is there in the heart of Ravan and in her heart He resides permanently; knows also that worlds, that are numerous, occupy the recesses inside His own belly so the arrow hitting that spot will bring extinction of all at once.” This was listened to by Sita with mixed feelings of joy (that Lord knows that he resides in heart of herself) and of sorrow (that Lord is finding it difficult to kill Ravan); when Trijata noticed this she continued, “O Beautiful One, listen shedding all doubts how this enemy of the world is going to be killed.

“When his heads will be cut off time and again, he will at some stage get distracted and perturbed and would lose to keep his mind concentrated on you, at this precise moment Shri Ram, the knowledgeable one, will pierce his heart region and kill him.”

(Sita is inseparable creative power of the Lord, who want to control that power are still positive as that keeps them connected to the Lord, when total negativity takes charge of an evil mind there remains no connection with the Lord and end becomes imminent.)

We have now covered up to Doha 99 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 DCLXXI

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

सिर भुज बाढ़ि देखि रिपु केरी। भालु कपिन्ह रिस भई घनेरी।।
मरत न मूढ़ कटेउ भुज सीसा। धाए कोपि भालु भट कीसा।।
बालितनय मारुति नल नीला। बानरराज दुबिद बलसीला।।
बिटप महीधर करहिं प्रहारा। सोइ गिरि तरु गहि कपिन्ह सो मारा।।
एक नखन्हि रिपु बपुष बिदारी। भअगि चलहिं एक लातन्ह मारी।।
तब नल नील सिरन्हि चढ़ि गयऊ। नखन्हि लिलार बिदारत भयऊ।।
रुधिर देखि बिषाद उर भारी। तिन्हहि धरन कहुँ भुजा पसारी।।
गहे न जाहिं करन्हि पर फिरहीं। जनु जुग मधुप कमल बन चरहीं।।
कोपि कूदि द्वौ धरेसि बहोरी। महि पटकत भजे भुजा मरोरी।।
पुनि सकोप दस धनु कर लीन्हे। सरन्हि मारि घायल कपि कीन्हे।।
हनुमदादि मुरुछित करि बंदर। पाइ प्रदोष हरष दसकंधर।।
मुरुछित देखि सकल कपि बीरा। जामवंत धायउ रनधीरा।।
संग भालु भूधर तरु धारी। मारन लगे पचारि पचारी।।
भयउ क्रुद्ध रावन बलवाना। गहि पद महि पटकइ भट नाना।।
देखि भालुपति निज दल घाता। कोपि माझ उर मारेसि लाता।।

The beers and monkey became irritated and enraged watching the scene flooded with  cut off heads and arms of Ravan, the stubborn fool who was still not dying; they rushed towards him raising their temper to deal with the rascal. Angad (son of Bali), Hanuman (son of wind-god), Nal, Neel, Sugreev (the king of monkeys) and Dwivid (who possessed strength) kept hitting on with trees and mountain rocks; Ravan used the same rocks and trees to hit back the monkeys. Some of the monkey scraped the skin of body of Ravan with claws and while some other kicked him and ran away. Nal and Neel climbed up the head of Ravan and began to tarnish and defile the forehead of Ravan with their nails. The flowing blood filled Ravan with sense of helplessness and remorse and he spread his arms to catch them (Nal and Neel). They evaded the grip of Ravan and began to hang on to his arms in a manner like the bees linger over the lotuses. At long last Ravan jerked and managed to catch them but they in turn twisted Ravan’s arms and brought him down to earth. Ravan once again used his ten bows and wounded monkeys with arrows under a fit of anger. Now making Hanuman and others lose consciousness, Ravan, the ten-shouldered one, became happy finding himself strong again as it was time of Pradosh (the period approaching the night when demons become stronger). Finding all the brave monkey warriors fainted, Jamvant, a patient fighter, rushed toward Ravan; he had help from fellow beers who were hitting Ravan with tree and mountain rock while also throwing challenge to him. Ravan, now braver, became angry and caught them by legs and smashed to ground. Jamvant, the king of beers, could not hold himself back seeing his fellow beers under severe attack and kicked Ravan right in middle of chest ( a good king never shrugs away responsibility when he finds his people in distress).

छं0-उर लात घात प्रचंड लागत बिकल रथ ते महि परा।
गहि भालु बीसहुँ कर मनहुँ कमलन्हि बसे निसि मधुकरा।।
मुरुछित बिलोकि बहोरि पद हति भालुपति प्रभु पहिं गयौ।
निसि जानि स्यंदन घालि तेहि तब सूत जतनु करत भयो।।
दो0-मुरुछा बिगत भालु कपि सब आए प्रभु पास।
निसिचर सकल रावनहि घेरि रहे अति त्रास।।98।।
मासपारायण, छब्बीसवाँ विश्राम

Ravan fell from his chariot due to the huge impact of kick of Jamvant right on his chest and felt anguished but he grabbed in all his twenty palms the beers like bees get caught in side the closing lotuses during nightfall. Jamvant, the king of beers, saw Ravan passed out and kicked him once more out of feeling of disgust for him and later went to see the Lord. Considering that it was night and fight therefore was to stop, the charioteer of Ravan placed him back in the chariot and tried to help him come back to senses.

On the other side when the monkeys and beers regained consciousness, they came back to the Lord while the bewildered demon on side of Ravan hanged around him.

We have now covered up to Doha 98 of Lanka Kand; this also coincides with the 26th pause during a month long recital.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawanssut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulidas Ki Jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXVII

Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 92 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

दसमुख देखि सिरन्ह कै बाढ़ी। बिसरा मरन भई रिस गाढ़ी।।
गर्जेउ मूढ़ महा अभिमानी। धायउ दसहु सरासन तानी।।
समर भूमि दसकंधर कोप्यो। बरषि बान रघुपति रथ तोप्यो।।
दंड एक रथ देखि न परेऊ। जनु निहार महुँ दिनकर दुरेऊ।।
हाहाकार सुरन्ह जब कीन्हा। तब प्रभु कोपि कारमुक लीन्हा।।
सर निवारि रिपु के सिर काटे। ते दिसि बिदिस गगन महि पाटे।।
काटे सिर नभ मारग धावहिं। जय जय धुनि करि भय उपजावहिं।।
कहँ लछिमन सुग्रीव कपीसा। कहँ रघुबीर कोसलाधीसा।।,

Ravan, the monster with ten mouths (this is symbolic of the consumption and pleasure orientation of Ravan), saw the spate of his heads here and there (which were separated from his body), this made him forget about his life’s safety and enraged him in a big way. The fool, hugely intoxicated with ego centric thinking, made a big noise and rushed with bow and arrow ready for action. Giving vent to his anger Ravan covered the chariot of Raghupati Shri Ram making it invisible for some period of time like sun does not appear for some time in foggy atmosphere. Gods cried pitiably and therefore the Lord, now chagrined, picked up His own bow and cut off the veil of arrows and simultaneously cut off Ravan’s multiple heads which spread all around. The severed heads travelled through the skyline making calls for victory of Ravan in a menacing manner. These heads called out names and asked for whereabouts of Lakshman and the leader of monkeys Sugreev and also of Kaushaladheesh Raghuveer Shri Ram.

छं0-कहँ रामु कहि सिर निकर धाए देखि मर्कट भजि चले।
संधानि धनु रघुबंसमनि हँसि सरन्हि सिर बेधे भले।।
सिर मालिका कर कालिका गहि बृंद बृंदन्हि बहु मिलीं।
करि रुधिर सरि मज्जनु मनहुँ संग्राम बट पूजन चलीं।।
दो0-पुनि दसकंठ क्रुद्ध होइ छाँड़ी सक्ति प्रचंड।
चली बिभीषन सन्मुख मनहुँ काल कर दंड।।93।।

The numerous heads crying aloud ‘where is Ram’ and running helter skelter made the monkeys run away, observing so, the jewel in the family of Raghu Shri Ram smiled and pricked those heads with His arrows. The scene looked as if associates of Kalika (goddess Kali) assembling in groups and holding garlands of blood drenched heads were going for the worship of the banyan tree of war.

The ten-headed monster Ravan, angry once more, threw a fierce Shakti (a potential weapon) towards Vibhishan as if it was the sceptre of the lord of death.

We have now covered up o Doha 93 of Lanka Kand.

आवत देखि सक्ति अति घोरा। प्रनतारति भंजन पन मोरा।।
तुरत बिभीषन पाछें मेला। सन्मुख राम सहेउ सोइ सेला।।
लागि सक्ति मुरुछा कछु भई। प्रभु कृत खेल सुरन्ह बिकलई।।
देखि बिभीषन प्रभु श्रम पायो। गहि कर गदा क्रुद्ध होइ धायो।।
रे कुभाग्य सठ मंद कुबुद्धे। तैं सुर नर मुनि नाग बिरुद्धे।।
सादर सिव कहुँ सीस चढ़ाए। एक एक के कोटिन्ह पाए।।
तेहि कारन खल अब लगि बाँच्यो। अब तव कालु सीस पर नाच्यो।।
राम बिमुख सठ चहसि संपदा। अस कहि हनेसि माझ उर गदा।।

Shri Ram took note of Shakti (the potential weapon) shot by Ravan taking aim at Vibhishan and thought that He has avowedly committed to mitigate troubles of His devotee and seeker hence pushed Vibhishan behind Himself and took the impact of the Shakti. Struck by the Shakti He felt dizziness for a while; though it was just a playful act on part of Shri Ram, the gods felt disturbed for it. When Vibhishan saw the Lord had been harassed and hurt, he got enraged and rushed after Ravan holding his mace in hand. Vibhishan challenged Ravan saying, “O Unfortunate One, you are dumb, fool and ill-witted; you have been picking fight with gods, humans, Munis, Nagas and who not, you have reverentially offered your heads to Lord Shiv and have had boon of having million for each one offered to Shiv. O Rascal, you have been evading death on that account so far but now the death is dancing right over your head because you have now turned against Ram, the Lord, Himself and still hope to have good tidings.” With these words Vibhishan hit Ravan right in the middle region of his chest.

छं0-उर माझ गदा प्रहार घोर कठोर लागत महि पर् यो।
दस बदन सोनित स्त्रवत पुनि संभारि धायो रिस भर् यो।।
द्वौ भिरे अतिबल मल्लजुद्ध बिरुद्ध एकु एकहि हनै।
रघुबीर बल दर्पित बिभीषनु घालि नहिं ता कहुँ गनै।।
दो0-उमा बिभीषनु रावनहि सन्मुख चितव कि काउ।
सो अब भिरत काल ज्यों श्रीरघुबीर प्रभाउ।।94।।

Vibhishan’s strike with his mace was severe and hard to bear for Ravan and he therefore fell to ground. Ravan, now bleeding, collected himself and once again charged ahead to fight with Vibhishan and the two engaged with fullest might with each other in a duel trying to kill each other. Vibhishan now armed with strength sourced from Raghuveer Shri Ram considered Ravan as no match to himself.

Lord Shiv tells Parvati continuing the story of Shri Ram, “Uma, could Vibhishan ever look straight in the eye of Ravan earlier and see, since after he has been awash in the glory of Shri Ram and has become his protectee, he is posing danger to Ravan’s life (those who fight for the cause of the Lord become fearless and bold).”

We have now covered up to Doha 94 of Lanka Kand.

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

HariOm,
Krishna Khadelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXVI

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 90 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

कहि दुर्बचन क्रुद्ध दसकंधर। कुलिस समान लाग छाँड़ै सर।।
नानाकार सिलीमुख धाए। दिसि अरु बिदिस गगन महि छाए।।
पावक सर छाँड़ेउ रघुबीरा। छन महुँ जरे निसाचर तीरा।।
छाड़िसि तीब्र सक्ति खिसिआई। बान संग प्रभु फेरि चलाई।।
कोटिक चक्र त्रिसूल पबारै। बिनु प्रयास प्रभु काटि निवारै।।
निफल होहिं रावन सर कैसें। खल के सकल मनोरथ जैसें।।
तब सत बान सारथी मारेसि। परेउ भूमि जय राम पुकारेसि।।
राम कृपा करि सूत उठावा। तब प्रभु परम क्रोध कहुँ पावा।।

Speaking harsh words Ravan, now angry, began to shower thunderbolt like arrows and other weapons of various types and shapes which filled all directions, the sky and the earth.  Raghuveer Shri Ram then released an arrow oozing fire which burned down all the darts and weapons of the demon. Ravan, getting irritated and fed up, sent forth a mighty Shakti which was intercepted by an arrow by the Lord and turned back in direction of Ravan only. Thereafter Ravan hurled numerous discs and tridents which were all cut in to pieces by the Lord and rendered ineffective.  Ravan’s missiles produced no result like the designs of a vile person never see light of day. At last Ravan hit the charioteer of Shri Ram who fell to ground calling out ‘May Shri Ram Win’; Shri Ram showing compassion lifted up the charioteer. Now the Lord was mighty angry (for it was not Him but someone in His service who was hurt by Ravan; Lord’s ire is unstoppable if someone inconveniences His servants and helpers).
छं0-भए क्रुद्ध जुद्ध बिरुद्ध रघुपति त्रोन सायक कसमसे।
कोदंड धुनि अति चंड सुनि मनुजाद सब मारुत ग्रसे।।
मँदोदरी उर कंप कंपति कमठ भू भूधर त्रसे।
चिक्करहिं दिग्गज दसन गहि महि देखि कौतुक सुर हँसे।।
दो0-तानेउ चाप श्रवन लगि छाँड़े बिसिख कराल।
राम मारगन गन चले लहलहात जनु ब्याल।।91।।

Seeing Raghupati angry while confronting enemy on the battlefield, even the arrows in the quivered became restless; the sound of high magnitude came from the bow which took winds out of all. Heart of Mandodari (queen of Ravan) quivered hearing that sound and it shook also the tortoise holding earth and the mountains too. The elephants guarding the directions tried to hold the earth with their teeth; this sight amused gods as they watched the phenomenon.

Ram, the Lord, pulled the string of the bow up to His ear and released formidable and dangerous arrows which sped wavering like the snakes.

चले बान सपच्छ जनु उरगा। प्रथमहिं हतेउ सारथी तुरगा।।
रथ बिभंजि हति केतु पताका। गर्जा अति अंतर बल थाका।।
तुरत आन रथ चढ़ि खिसिआना। अस्त्र सस्त्र छाँड़ेसि बिधि नाना।।
बिफल होहिं सब उद्यम ताके। जिमि परद्रोह निरत मनसा के।।
तब रावन दस सूल चलावा। बाजि चारि महि मारि गिरावा।।
तुरग उठाइ कोपि रघुनायक। खैंचि सरासन छाँड़े सायक।।
रावन सिर सरोज बनचारी। चलि रघुबीर सिलीमुख धारी।।
दस दस बान भाल दस मारे। निसरि गए चले रुधिर पनारे।।
स्त्रवत रुधिर धायउ बलवाना। प्रभु पुनि कृत धनु सर संधाना।।
तीस तीर रघुबीर पबारे। भुजन्हि समेत सीस महि पारे।।
काटतहीं पुनि भए नबीने। राम बहोरि भुजा सिर छीने।।
प्रभु बहु बार बाहु सिर हए। कटत झटिति पुनि नूतन भए।।
पुनि पुनि प्रभु काटत भुज सीसा। अति कौतुकी कोसलाधीसा।।
रहे छाइ नभ सिर अरु बाहू। मानहुँ अमित केतु अरु राहू।।

The flying arrows that resembled snakes with wings, first killed charioteer of Ravan and the horses tied to the chariot, then destroyed the chariot itself and cut off the flag. Ravan made big roaring noise, his strength from within  was now diminished. Ravan, irritated and ashamed, mounted on another chariot and once again began to shoot weapons of various types but all his endeavours met with failure as they mostly do when any one engaged in thoughts of harming others tries tricks. Ravan at this stage shot ten sharp pointed shafts and hurt the four horses of the chariot in service of Shri Ram which fell to ground but were supported back to stand by Shri Ram and He then shot His own arrows displaying an angry mood. The string of arrows of Raghuveer Shari Ram aimed for the head of Ravan like the bees make an attack. Ten arrows embedded in each of the ten  foreheads of Ravan and gushing flow of blood from them could be seen. Ravan, a brave fighter, rushed ahead though bleeding profusely, showing no mercy the Lord once again trained His bows and set arrows over it; He then released thirty arrows which severed Ravan’s ten heads and twenty arms. These severed limbs regenerated which Shri Ram again stole from Ravan. This process of cutting heads and arms went on for awhile as did the regeneration. The Lord did it several times; Ram, the Kaushaladheesh, seemed in a playful mood. The sky was thickly populated with the arms and heads as if multiple of Rahus and Ketus were appearing on the horizon (after their heads were cut by lord Vishnu at the time of Samudra Manthan, the churning of ocean).

छं0-जनु राहु केतु अनेक नभ पथ स्त्रवत सोनित धावहीं।
रघुबीर तीर प्रचंड लागहिं भूमि गिरन न पावहीं।।
एक एक सर सिर निकर छेदे नभ उड़त इमि सोहहीं।
जनु कोपि दिनकर कर निकर जहँ तहँ बिधुंतुद पोहहीं।।
दो0-जिमि जिमि प्रभु हर तासु सिर तिमि तिमि होहिं अपार।
सेवत बिषय बिबर्ध जिमि नित नित नूतन मार।।92।।

The sky presented a sight like many bleeding Rahus and Ketus were going through their trajectory as they were hit by formidable arrows of Raghuveer Shri Ram so were not falling back on ground.  Many flying heads stung by an arrow each seemed like each ray emanating from sun holding a head of angry Rahu.

As soon as the Lord used to cut off Ravan’s head, they used to reappear and counted numberless; it was like having taste of various kinds of pleasure countless times the desire to have more of it never satiates.

We have now covered up to Doha 92 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijyateey!

Pawanut hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsida Ki Jai!

 

HariOn,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXV

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 89 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharitt Mnas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

अस कहि रथ रघुनाथ चलावा। बिप्र चरन पंकज सिरु नावा।।
तब लंकेस क्रोध उर छावा। गर्जत तर्जत सन्मुख धावा।।
जीतेहु जे भट संजुग माहीं। सुनु तापस मैं तिन्ह सम नाहीं।।
रावन नाम जगत जस जाना। लोकप जाकें बंदीखाना।।
खर दूषन बिराध तुम्ह मारा। बधेहु ब्याध इव बालि बिचारा।।
निसिचर निकर सुभट संघारेहु। कुंभकरन घननादहि मारेहु।।
आजु बयरु सबु लेउँ निबाही। जौं रन भूप भाजि नहिं जाहीं।।
आजु करउँ खलु काल हवाले। परेहु कठिन रावन के पाले।।
सुनि दुर्बचन कालबस जाना। बिहँसि बचन कह कृपानिधाना।।
सत्य सत्य सब तव प्रभुताई। जल्पसि जनि देखाउ मनुसाई।।

After instructing the moneys to watch what was going to be unfolded, Raghunath Shri Ram asked for the chariot to be taken forward but only after mentally bowing His head down at the lotus feet of Vipras. This brought Ravan under spell of anger and he confronted Shri Ram shouting and spoke in a threatening manner, “I am not one of those, O Tapaswi (one engaged in Tapasya as a recluse), whom you have so far defeated in the battles. I am known by name of Ravan whose reputation and glory is spread far and wide, I am the one in whose prison the satraps from all over reside. Its true that you killed Khar, Duushan and Viradh in fight but you had to kill helpless Bali like a hunter concealing yourself behind a tree. Also you killed countless demon warriors including Kumbhakaran, my brother and Meghnad, my son. Today I am committed to avenge for death of all of them in everyway possible if you don’t run away from the battleground however, O Prince. I am going to deliver you and all others on your side in hands of death. You are now face to face with Ravan, a tough and formidable fighter.”

Shri Ram patiently listened what Ravan had to say and decided that he was now surely to die; smiling succinctly the Merciful Lord said, “Alright, alright, you have extraordinary prowess and influence but don’t blabber rather show your valour and expertise.”
छं0-जनि जल्पना करि सुजसु नासहि नीति सुनहि करहि छमा।
संसार महँ पूरुष त्रिबिध पाटल रसाल पनस समा।।
एक सुमनप्रद एक सुमन फल एक फलइ केवल लागहीं।
एक कहहिं कहहिं करहिं अपर एक करहिं कहत न बागहीं।।
दो0-राम बचन सुनि बिहँसा मोहि सिखावत ग्यान।
बयरु करत नहिं तब डरे अब लागे प्रिय प्रान।।90।।

Shri Ram further said, “Stop giving boastful account of yourself as it will only reduce your reputation to naught and I want to be excused for asking you to listen to few words of sound advice from me (Shri Ram knew that even beneficial advice is taken only when delivered) . There are three kinds of people in the world in the nature three kind of trees known as Patal (rose), Rasaal (mango and Panas (a tree that bears only fruits); one which gives only flowers, the other which gives flowers as well as fruits and the third which only bears fruits likewise some men only speak but do nothing, some men speak as well as do and some only show by doing but speak not about it (now you may decide which category you belong to).”

Ravan laughed at what Shri Ram said and retorted, “you now want to preach me and tell me what is wisdom; shouldn’t you have had fear while picking animosity with me and now seem to consider your life as dear to yourself.”

We have now covered up to Doha 90 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shanakar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

Hariom,

Krishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXIII

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 Si Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 87 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manass of Tulsida in the last post and this is further to it.

मज्जहि भूत पिसाच बेताला। प्रमथ महा झोटिंग कराला।।
काक कंक लै भुजा उड़ाहीं। एक ते छीनि एक लै खाहीं।।
एक कहहिं ऐसिउ सौंघाई। सठहु तुम्हार दरिद्र न जाई।।
कहँरत भट घायल तट गिरे। जहँ तहँ मनहुँ अर्धजल परे।।
खैंचहिं गीध आँत तट भए। जनु बंसी खेलत चित दए।।
बहु भट बहहिं चढ़े खग जाहीं। जनु नावरि खेलहिं सरि माहीं।।
जोगिनि भरि भरि खप्पर संचहिं। भूत पिसाच बधू नभ नंचहिं।।
भट कपाल करताल बजावहिं। चामुंडा नाना बिधि गावहिं।।
जंबुक निकर कटक्कट कट्टहिं। खाहिं हुआहिं अघाहिं दपट्टहिं।।
कोटिन्ह रुंड मुंड बिनु डोल्लहिं। सीस परे महि जय जय बोल्लहिं।।
छं0-बोल्लहिं जो जय जय मुंड रुंड प्रचंड सिर बिनु धावहीं।
खप्परिन्ह खग्ग अलुज्झि जुज्झहिं सुभट भटन्ह ढहावहीं।।
बानर निसाचर निकर मर्दहिं राम बल दर्पित भए।
संग्राम अंगन सुभट सोवहिं राम सर निकरन्हि हए।।
दो0-रावन हृदयँ बिचारा भा निसिचर संघार।
मैं अकेल कपि भालु बहु माया करौं अपार।।88।।

Spirits, ghosts and incorporeal beings of all kinds had a field day on the battlefield.  Cows and vultures took to skies with severed arms of soldiers and also remained engaged in game of snatching from each other. Some said to others, “O Fools, will you still feel deprived and wanting when such plentiful supply of what we long for is at hand.” Badly wounded and crying, the brave soldiers were lying on the banks of river (the bloody river), half of their bodies out of the flowing liquid and half in (as if expecting liberation in their final hour on earth being near a waterbody); vultures pulled parts out of their open stomachs like the fishermen pick fishes. The birds played sitting on the flowing bodies of dead soldiers as if enjoying boat-ride.

The Yoginis (female Tantriks) collected blood using human skulls while the married female spirits and vamps danced in sky joyfully. Chamundas (associated with Goddess Durga) sung variety songs while clattering with skulls of departed warriors. The hyenas and wolfs yelled and made noise striking their teeth while dragging and tearing in to dead bodies and eating it to their satisfaction. Numerous headless bodies danced while the severed heads fallen on ground still made calls for victory.

It was scene where heads shouted ‘jai jai’ (victory to their side) and the headless bodies danced. The birds engaged themselves with dead bodies while the warriors kept busy felling their counterparts. Strengthened by the might of Ram, the Lord, the monkeys kept crushing hoards of demons. In the battleground many soldiers seemed as if they would now eternally sleep (liberated totally and never to come back) after being slain by the arrows of Shri Ram.

At this stage of fight Ravan thought that it was almost complete annihilation of demons fighting on his side and only he remains to fight hence it would be in fitness of things for him to resort to Mayic machinations i e illusive technique of war, extending it to the maximum extent.

We have now covered up to Doha 88 of Lanka Kand.

 

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut Hanuman Ki Jai!

Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!

Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

 

Haiom,

Kishna Khandelwal

Ramcharit Charcha DCLXII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 86 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

एहीं बीच निसाचर अनी। कसमसात आई अति घनी।
देखि चले सन्मुख कपि भट्टा। प्रलयकाल के जनु घन घट्टा।।
बहु कृपान तरवारि चमंकहिं। जनु दहँ दिसि दामिनीं दमंकहिं।।
गज रथ तुरग चिकार कठोरा। गर्जहिं मनहुँ बलाहक घोरा।।
कपि लंगूर बिपुल नभ छाए। मनहुँ इंद्रधनु उए सुहाए।।
उठइ धूरि मानहुँ जलधारा। बान बुंद भै बृष्टि अपारा।।
दुहुँ दिसि पर्बत करहिं प्रहारा। बज्रपात जनु बारहिं बारा।।
रघुपति कोपि बान झरि लाई। घायल भै निसिचर समुदाई।।
लागत बान बीर चिक्करहीं। घुर्मि घुर्मि जहँ तहँ महि परहीं।।
स्त्रवहिं सैल जनु निर्झर भारी। सोनित सरि कादर भयकारी।।
छं0-कादर भयंकर रुधिर सरिता चली परम अपावनी।
दोउ कूल दल रथ रेत चक्र अबर्त बहति भयावनी।।
जल जंतुगज पदचर तुरग खर बिबिध बाहन को गने।
सर सक्ति तोमर सर्प चाप तरंग चर्म कमठ घने।।
दो0-बीर परहिं जनु तीर तरु मज्जा बहु बह फेन।
कादर देखि डरहिं तहँ सुभटन्ह के मन चेन।।87।।

While Shri Ram was preparing Himself for a big offensive, the army of demons, chagrined and charged, came forward for the fight. Observing the movement of the opposite army the monkey warriors also took positions in front presenting a sight like the clouds of the final day of annihilation. The swords and daggers shined like lightening in all ten directions. Elephants and the horses made big and menacing noises and movement of chariots added to it creating an atmosphere of thundering clouds. The big sized monkeys and apes of different hues jumping up in the sky seemed like beautiful rainbows coming up to decorate sky. The dust rose up like shoots of water and the arrows dropped like raindrops. The mountain rocks were used as weapons by both sides, their impact sounded like lightening striking repeatedly.

Raghupati Shri Ram, now angry, shot arrows in a continuous stream which hurt the hoards of demon; struck by arrows the even the brave among the army of demons screamed and bellowed only to fall to ground badly swayed. Blood oozed from giant bodies of demons like waterfall from mountains creating a river of blood which could have made the cowards very scared and terrified.

The unholy river of blood flowed that would cringe the weaklings; the two warring sides were its banks and the spinning wheels of the chariots formed it whirlpools. The elephants, horses and mules together with the foot soldiers were like the marine animals appearing in the middle of floating hardware of broken carriers. Arms, arrows and maces looked like serpents and tortoises.

The brave soldiers were falling like trees on the banks of the river of blood, the bone marrow formed its froth; while it presented a dreadful sight for the weak and meek but it was some thing to enthuse the strong willed warriors.

We have now covered up to Doha 87 of Lanka Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki jai!

Shri Jankivallabho Vijayatey!

Pawansut hanuman ki Jai!

Sant Samaj ko Pranam!

Goswami tulssidass ki jai!

 

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

 

Ramcharit Charcha DCLX

II Shee Guruvey Namah II

 

Jai Shrri Ram,

 

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

We covered up to Doha 84 of Lanka Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulssidas in the last post and this is further to it.

इहाँ बिभीषन सब सुधि पाई। सपदि जाइ रघुपतिहि सुनाई।।
नाथ करइ रावन एक जागा। सिद्ध भएँ नहिं मरिहि अभागा।।
पठवहु नाथ बेगि भट बंदर। करहिं बिधंस आव दसकंधर।।
प्रात होत प्रभु सुभट पठाए। हनुमदादि अंगद सब धाए।।
कौतुक कूदि चढ़े कपि लंका। पैठे रावन भवन असंका।।
जग्य करत जबहीं सो देखा। सकल कपिन्ह भा क्रोध बिसेषा।।
रन ते निलज भाजि गृह आवा। इहाँ आइ बक ध्यान लगावा।।
अस कहि अंगद मारा लाता। चितव न सठ स्वारथ मन राता।।
छं0-नहिं चितव जब करि कोप कपि गहि दसन लातन्ह मारहीं।
धरि केस नारि निकारि बाहेर तेऽतिदीन पुकारहीं।।
तब उठेउ क्रुद्ध कृतांत सम गहि चरन बानर डारई।
एहि बीच कपिन्ह बिधंस कृत मख देखि मन महुँ हारई।।
दो0-जग्य बिधंसि कुसल कपि आए रघुपति पास।
चलेउ निसाचर क्रुर्द्ध होइ त्यागि जिवन कै आस।।85।।m

Vibhishan got to know all about what Ravan had set out to do through his connections in Lanka and told Shri Ram about it with sense of urgency.; he said, “O Master, Ravan is now doing a Yagna when that gets accomplished, that mean an miserable person would not be killed. The need of hour is to send a contingent of monkey soldiers who can destroy his ill-intentioned ritualistic exercise which will draw him out of his hiding.”

Right in the morning, the Lord sent accomplished soldiers in his team including Hanuman and Angad who could jump over in side Lanka as a matter of play and entered Ravan’s palace without any hesitation or doubt (Hanuman had already become conversant with its lay-out in his earlier visit). There they found Ravan busy with the rituals connected with Yagna and all of them got intensely angry. Angad exclaimed, “O Shameless Ravan, you ran away from the battlefield and are hiding in your home and on top of it now sitting in false kind of meditation like a heron,” and with these words Angad hit Ravan with his foot but the one who had only his self interest guiding him at that moment did not even cast his glance in Angad’s direction (Ravan was a vile person and was very arrogant by nature but still such people are so mired in their self interest as to give their pride a back seat when their self interest is at stake).

When the monkeys noted him remaining unmoved they bit him with teeth to hold and hit with feet duly charged with anger. They then caught Ravan’s women by hair and dragged them out who helplessly and woefully cried. This made Ravan charge like death towards monkeys and hurl them by catching their legs (Ravan could control himself with an eye on his interest earlier but here a one who took no heed for respecting women of others was upset too much when his own protected women suffered as he was very lustful and prospect of being a subject of ridicule by his own women due to not helping them in distress was too much; weakness of any kind brings disaster). In the mean time monkeys got opportunity to destroy all paraphernalia useful for performance of ritual connected with Yagna; this made Ravan have a sense of defeat.

The monkeys returned, unhurt, to Raghupati Shri Ram and Ravan, the night-roaming rascal, on the other hand left for battlefield very enraged and without hoping to live any longer.

We have now covered up to Doha 85 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