25 Kishkinda Kanda…The Lord bestowed on her unflinching faith

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(From the Persian Ramayan. Ref: Raza Library, Rampur, U.P.)

Doori te taahi sabanhi sairu naava/ Puchem nij britanth sunaava//

Tehim tab kaha karahu jal paana/ Khahu suras sundar bhal nana//

Everybody paid respects to her from afar by bowing low. When the woman asked them, they narrated the story of their journey.

Then she asked them to drink water and to relish the delectable, attractive fruits.

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Majjanu keenh madhur bhal khaye/ Taasu nikat puni sab chali aaye//

Tehim sab aapani kadha sunayi/ Mai ab jab jahan Raghurayi//

Getting the permission, all of them took a dip in the lake, drank water and enjoyed the fruits. Then they went near her.

The woman told them her story. Then she said, ‘Now I shall depart to meet Lord Ram.’

Note: Swayamprabha was the daughter of sage Mersavarni. She resided in the magical cave which used to belong to Hema an apsara and her consort the asura architect Maya. They were also Ravan’s  wife Mandodari’s parents.

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Mudahu nayan bibar taji jaahu/ Paihahu Sitahi jani pachitahu//

Nayan mudi puni dekhahim beera/ Tade sakal sindhu kem teera//

‘Close your eyes and move out of this cave. You will find Sitaji, so do not get frustrated.’

When they closed their eyes and moved out, they found that they were standing at the shores of the ocean.

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So puni gayi jahan Raghunadha/ Jaayi kamal pad nayesi madha//

Nana bhaant binay tehim keenhi/ Anpaayani bhagati prabhu deenhi//

Swayamprabha went to Lord Ram. She bowed at the Lord’s lotus-feet and prayed for his blessings.

Lord Ram bestowed on her unflinching faith in Him.

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Doha

Badariban kahu so gayi Prabhu aagya dhari sees/

Ur dhari Ram charan jug je bandath aj ees//

Swayamprabha proceeded to Badarik ashram (following the Lord’s guidance) carrying the image of the Lord’s divine feet in her heart.

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Iham bicharahim kapi man mahim/ Beeti avadhi kaaj kachu naahim//

Sab mili kahahim paraspar baata/ Binu sudhi laye karab ka braata//

The monkey army was worried that time had elapsed but they had not fulfilled their assignment.

They discussed amongst themselves about the futility of returning without getting news of Sitaji.

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 Kah Angad lochan bhari baari/ Duhu prakar bhayi mrityu hamaari//

Iham na sudhi Sita kai paayi/ Uham gaye maarihi kapiraayi//

Angad said with moistened eyes that death had come in two ways.

‘There was no news of Janakiji as yet. On return, Sugreev was sure to kill him.’

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Pita badhe par maarat mohi/ Raakha Ram nihor na ohi//

Puni puni Angad kah sab paahim/ Maran bhayavu kachu samsay naahim//

‘(Sugreev) He would have killed me at the time of my father’s death. It was no favour of Sugreev’s that I am alive. Lord Ram saved my life.’

Angad was repeating to everyone that he had no more doubts about his impending death.

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Angad bachan sunat kapi beera/ Bolin a sakahim nayan bah neera//

Chan ek soch magan hoyi rahe/ Puni as bachan kahat sab bhaye//

The valiant monkeys listened to Angad with tear filled eyes but did not respond.

All of them became immersed in thought for a moment. Then they all started speaking…

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Hum Sita kai sudhi leenhe bina/ Nahim jaihem jubraaj prabina//

As kahi lavan sindhu tat jaayi/ Baide kapi sab darbh dasaayi//

‘Eminent prince! We shall not return without finding Sitaji.’

They proceeded to the edge of the ocean and sat down after spreading darbha grass.

Jamavant Angad dukh dekhi/ Kahim kadha upades biseshi//

Taat Ram kahu nar jani maanahu/ Nirgun Brahma ajit aj jaanahu//

Seeing the sad, dispirited Angad, Jamavan started giving sagacious advice (in the form of stories).

(He said) ‘Hey son! Do not consider Ram as a mere human being. He is the incarnation of Nirgun Brahma: unconquerable and without beginning.’

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Hum sab sevak athi bad bhaagi/ Santat sagun Brahma anuraagi//

We servants are so fortunate that we can adore (Lord Ram) the one who is sagun Brahma himself.

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Doha

Nij ichham prabhu avatarayi sur mahi go dwij laagi/

Sagun upasak sang tah rahahim mocch sab tyaagi//

For the sake of Devas, earth, animals and evolved beings the Lord has donned his incarnation (Not due to any karma). The devotees let go of desires for all forms of salvation and subject themselves in His service.

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