Laghu Tapas Kar Bagbilaasa (47):The Young Mendicant’s Prowess With Words!

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Ravan and His Spy  (Sundar Kanda continued)

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Ram tej bal buddhi bipulayi/Sesh sahas sakahim na gayi//

Sak sar ek soshi sat sagar/tav bratahi poochevu nay nagar//

Even a lakh Seshnags(with thousand tongues) cannot fully sing about the glories of SreeRamji’s  ability, strength and brilliance

With a single arrow he can cause hundreds of oceans to dry up, but the Lord, an expert in law and justice, queried for a solution to your own brother

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Taasu bachan suni sagar pahim/magat pandh kripa mann mahim//

Sunat bachan bihasa Dasseesa/Jaum asi mati sahay krit keesa//

Listening to your brother’s advice, SreeRamji is asking the ocean for a path, His mind is full of kindness ( so He is not drying it up)

Hearing the spy’s words, Ravan burst out laughing (and said-) When his intelligence is like that, no wonder he has got monkeys as helpers!

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Sahaj bheeru kar bachan dridayi/sagar san dani machalayi//

Mood mrisha ka karasi badayi/ripu bal buddhi dhah mai payi//

Listening to Vibheeshan, who is cowardly by nature, he has decidedly to make a fool of himself with the ocean( he would be sulking soon enough!)

Hey Fool! Why are you falsely praising the enemy? Enough! I have got an idea of the enemy’s strength and intelligence (which you have been exaggerating)

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Sachiv sabheet Bibheeshan jakem/bijay bibhuti kahan jag takem//

Sunu khal bachan doot risi badee/samay bichari patrika kadee//

The one who has a minister like Vibheeshan, how can he be victorious or prosperous in this world?

Listening to wicked Ravan, the spy’s anger grew steadily, seeking the opportune moment, he took out Laxman’s missive

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Ramanuj deenhi yah paathy/nadh bachayi judavahu chaathy//

Bihasi baam kar leenhi Ravan/ Sachiv boli sad laag bachavan//

(And he said-) The younger brother of SreeRamji had given this message for you, Hey Lord! Please read it and cool your temper

Laughing all the while, Ravan took it with his left hand and gave it to his minister, and asked that fool to read it aloud

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Doha:

Baatanh manahi ricchayi sad jani khalasi kul khees//

Ram birodh na ubarasi saran bishnu aj ees//

(It read as follows-) Hey Fool! Just by confounding your mind with words, do not cause the utter destruction of your clan

By making an enemy of SreeRamji, you will not be saved even if you seek refuge with Vishnu, Brahma or Shiv!

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Ki taji man anuj iv Prabhu pad pankaj bringh/

Hohi ki Ram saranal khal kul sahit patangh//

Either you let go of your false pride and become a bee around the lotus feet of the Lord like your younger brother

Or, You Evil One! Burn with your family like moths in the fire of SreeRamji’s arrow!

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Sunat sabhay mann mukh musukayi/kahan Dasanan sabahi sunayi//

Bhumi para kar gahat aakasa/laghu tapas kar bagh bilaasa//

Hearing the message Ravan was terrified but not displaying it, he smiled and said to everyone-

As if someone is trying to touch the skies with his mere hand that is lying on the earth, this younger mendicant(Laxman) is trying out his wordplay( trying to intimidate with  prowess of his words- vaagvilaasa)

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Kah suk nadh satya sab baani/samuchahu cchady prakriti abhimaani//

Sunahu bachan mam parihari krodha/nadh Ram san tajahu birodha//

Shuk(the spy) said- Lord! Please understand that the words in the message are true, leave aside your pride

Please listen to me, letting go of your anger, Lord! Give up your enemity with SreeRamji

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Janaksuta Raghunadhahi deeje/etna kaha mor Prabhu keeje//

Jab tehim kaha den Baidehi/charan prahar keenh sad tehi//

Please give Janakiji to SreeRaghunathji, Lord! Please listen to me and do it

When the spy asked him to give back Sita, then the wicked Ravan kicked him away

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Nayi charan siru chala so taham/Kripasindhu Raghunayak jaham//

Kari pranamu nij kadha sunayi/Ram kripam aapani gati payi//

He too(The spy) bowed his head at Ravan’s feet and (like Vibheeshan) left for SreeRamji’s abode

He narrated his story, and with the blessing of SreeRamji he obtained moksha from his curse ( recovered his original sage form)

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Rishi Agasthi keem saap Bhawani/racchas bhayavu raha muni gyani//

Bandi Ram pad barahim bara/muni nij aashram kahu pagu dhara//

(Lord Shiv says-) Hey Bhawani! He( the spy) was once a learned sage, due to the curse of Rishi Agastya, he had turned into a Rakshasa

After repeatedly praying obeisance at SreeRamji’s feet, the sage returned to his ashram

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(Note:If one counts the number of opportunities given to Ravan to seek the right path, one would be astonished! Not counting Jatayu, Sita herself, Hanuman, Mandodari, Vibheeshan, Malyavaan, Laxman, the spy…and later Kumbakaran…but certain souls do not learn from wise counsel)

 

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