Kishkinda Kanda 27…When the Lord was in Vaman Avatar

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Jo naghayi sat jojan sagar/ Karayi so Ram kaaj mati aagar//

Mohi biloki dharahu mann dheera/ Ram kripa kas bhayavu sareera//

The one who can cross one hundred yojanans ( four hundred kos) and is a repository of wisdom, only he can fulfill Lord Ram’s task.

Do not get upset!  Look at me and take courage! Due to Sri Ram’s blessings see how my body has regained its wings!

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Papivu jaa kar naam sumirahim/ Athi apaar bhavsagar tarahim//

Taasu doot tumh taji kadarayi/ Ram hriday dhari karahu upayi//

‘Even a sinner can cross the formidable ocean of life (bhavsagar) easily on remembering His name!

And you are His messengers! Forget your trepidations; meditate on Lord Ram and think of a way!’

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As kahi garud geedh jab gayavu/ Tinh kem mann athi bismay bhayavu//

Nij nij bal sab kahu bhasha/ Par jaayi kar samsay raakha//

(Kakabishundi says) : ‘Hey Garudji! When the vulture left after saying thus, the monkeys were left marveling!’

‘Each spoke of his strengths but expressed the lack of confidence in crossing the ocean.’

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Jarad   bhayavu ab kahayi richesa/ Nahim tan raha pradham bal lesa//

Jabahim tribikram bhaye kharari/ Tab mai tarun rahevu bal bhari//

(The king of bears Jambavan said )  ‘I have grown too old. The initial strength is no longer left in my body.

When the enemy of Khar (Lord Vishnu in Ram avatar) was in the Vaman incarnation, I was young and very strong!’

Note:  (Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vaman, Parasu Ram, Sri Ram, Bal Ram, Krishna, Kalki:  10 avatars of Lord Vishnu)

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Doha

Bali bandhat prabhu badevu so tanu barni na jaayi/

Ubhay khari mah deenhi saat pradacchin dhaayi//

(Jambavan said )‘When he vanquished King Maha Bali the Lord was gigantic in form: I cannot express in words;

Yet in two hours, I ran and completed seven pradakshinas (circumambulations) of that divine avatar!’

Note:  In his fifth incarnation, Lord Vishnu as Vaman avatar measured one step on the earth, another step on the skies; and the great King Mahabali ( literally  The Strongest of All) offered him his head for the third step.

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Angad kahayi javu mai paara/ Jiyam samsay kachhu firthi baara//

Jamavant kah tumh sab layak/ Padayia kimi sabahi kar nayak//

Prince Angad said: ‘I can cross the ocean easily. But I am not confident about my return.’

Jambavan replied: ‘You are absolutely eligible in all ways. But you are the leader of the team and we cannot let you go.’

Note:  Jambavan is wise in elucidating the art of leadership: leading from the front is not a choice when it comes to undertaking dangerous missives single-handed. The leader has to stay back to strategize and plan for contingencies often.

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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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24 Kishkinda Kanda…A woman meditating

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(Rare photoes of Balmik Ramayan translated from Sanskrit to Persian by Sumer Chand…1715 A.D.  Reference: Raza Library, Rampur, Uttar Pradesh)

Doha:

Bachan sunat sab banar jah tah chale turant/

Tab Sugreev bolaye Angad Nal Hanumant//

Hearing Sugreev’s command, the monkeys dispersed to various directions to search for Sitaji.

Then Sugreev called his most important soldiers like Angad, Nal, Hanuman (Neel, Jambavan et al) to his side.

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Sunahu Neel Angad Hanumana/Jambavat matidheer sujana//

Sakal subhat mili dacchin jaahu/ Sita sudhi puchehu sab kaahu//

Hey brave and valorous Neel, Angad, Hanuman, Jambavan!

All of you extraordinary warriors should move south and ask everybody about Sitaji.

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Man kram bachan so jatan bicharehu/ Ramchandra kar kaaju samvarehu//

Bhanu peedi seyia ur aagi/ Swamihi sabr bhav chal tyagi//

Your minds, words and deeds shall focus on getting information about Sitaji. Ensure that the task given to us by Sri Ramji gets done successfully.

We turn out backs to the sun and we always face the fire. The task of the Lord deserves total dedication with no hypocrisy in one’s self (mind, words or deeds!)

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Taji maya seyia parloka/ Mitahim sakal bhavsambhav soka//

Deh dhare kar yeh bhal bhai/ Bhajia Ram sab kam bihai//

Rejecting the desires created by Maya, one should try to serve the divine Lord. That shall erase the interminable fears associated with the birth and death cycles.

The very purpose of obtaining a mortal body is to leave aside all desires and to meditate on the Lord!

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Soyi gunagya soyi badbhaagi/ Jo Raghbeer charan anuraagi//

Aayasu maagi charan siru naayi/Chale harashi sumirat Raghuraayi//

The one filled with good qualities and the one is most fortunate is that person who is Lord Ram’s devotee (who holds onto His feet)

After bowing their heads and getting the command, all of them left, reflecting on Lord Ram’s grace.

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Pachem pavan tanay siru naava/ Jaani kaaj prabhu nikat bolava//

Parsa sees saroruh paani/ Karmudrika deenhi jan jaani//

Hanuman was last in the line. The Lord called him to his side.

He touched Hanuman’s head with his blessed hand. He removed the ring from his finger and gave it to Hanuman knowing him to be a great devotee.

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Bahu prakar seetahi samuchayehu/ Kahi bal birah begi tumh aayehu//

Hanumat janm subhal kari maana/ Chaleyu hridayam dhari kripanidhaana//

‘Explain to Sita about my love for her (how much I miss her) and about my strength (I shall retrieve her) and return soon.

Hanumanji felt that his birth was fulfilled. Carrying the Lord of Compassion in his heart, he left the place.

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Jadhapi prabhu jaanat sab baata/ Rajneeti rakhat surtraata//

Though the Lord of all Devas is omniscient, he is protecting the Rajneeti aka The Art of Ruling.

(He knows everything yet in his human avatar, he is a just king following the lawful dictates of ruling and statecraft.)

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Doha

Chale sakal ban khojat sarita sar giri khoh/

Ram kaaj layleen man bisra tan kar choh//

The monkeys searched high and wide in the forests, rivers, lakes, mountains and caves.

Their minds are utterely immersed in the divine task assigned by Lord Ram. They have forgotten even their bodily attachment.( Even the thirst and hunger of their bodies do not deter them for a moment.)

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Katahu hoyi nisichar saim bheta/ Pran lehim eke k chapeta//

Bahu prakar giri kanan herahim/ Kovu muni milayi taahi sab gherahim//

Wherever they encountered a rakshasa, they took his life in one blow.

They started searching the forests and mountains relentlessly. If they meet a wandering sage, they immediately surround him to enquire about Sitaji’s whereabouts.

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Laagi trisha atisay akulane/ Milayi na jal ghan gahan bhulane//

Man Hanuman keenh anumana/ Maran chahat sab binu jal pana//

All were thirsty and consequently were under stress. They could not find water anywhere.

In the forests they were almost lost. Hanumanji understood that they would all die without drinking water.

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Chadi giri sikhar chahu dekha/ Bhoomi bibar ek kautuk pekha//

Chakrabaak bak hans udaahim/ Bahutak khag prabisahim tehi maahim//

He leapt up the mountain peak and looked around. Then he saw a curious sight.

Many birds were entering an opening into the earth, and chakravak, swans, cranes etc were flying out through the entrance.

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Giri te uteri pavansuta aava/ Sab kahu lai soyi bibar dekhava//

Aagem kai Hanumantahi leenha/ Paide bibar bilambu na keenha//

Hanuman descended and took all the monkeys to the great opening.

There without delay, he entered the cave, leading from the front.

Doha

Deekh jaayi upban bar sar bigasith bahu kanj/

Mandir ek ruchir tah baidi naari tap punj//

When they went inside, they saw a beautiful garden and lake resplendent with lotuses. There was a temple nearby and a woman deep in meditation was found seated there.

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23 (Kishkinda Kanda) Then the Lord smiled…

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Lobh paas jehi gar na bandhaya/ So nar tumh samaan Raghuraya//

Yeh gun sadhan tem nahim hoyi/ Tumhari kripa paav koyi koyi//

The mortal who has not donned the noose of greed- for worldy possessions- around his neck is akin to you, Sri Ram himself!

That quality is not acquired by striving or penance. Only by your blessings can a person acquire that sort of detachment.

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Tab Raghupathy bole muskurayi/ Tumh priy mohi Bharat jimi bhayi//

Ab soyi jatanu karahu man laayi/ Jehi bidhi Sita kai sudhi payi//

Then Lord Ram smiled and said: ‘Brother!  To me, you are beloved like Bharat himself!’

‘Now focus your mind to discover ways to get information about Sitaji.’

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Doha:

Ehi bidhi hoth bathkahi aaye banar joodh/

Nana baran sakal disi dekhia kees baroodh//

As the conversation continued, troops of monkeys of various colours could be seen arriving from different directions.

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Banar katak Uma mai dekha/ So murukh jo karan chah lekha//

Aayi Ram pad navahim maadha/ Nirakhi badanu sab hohim sanadha//

(Lord Shiv says) ‘Hey Uma! I saw the monkey army assembling! Only a fool would have dared to start counting!’

‘They came and bowed at Sri Ramji’s feet one by one. On getting to catch a glimpse of the Lord- the epitome of beauty and sweet compassion- every one of them felt that Sri Ramji was theirs!’

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As kapi ek na sena mahim/ Ram kusal jehi poochi nahim//

Yeh kachu nahim prabhu kahi adhikayi/ Biswaroop vyapak Raghurayi//

The Lord spoke warmly to each monkey and enquired after his welfare.

It is not anything extraordinary , since Lord Sri Ram is the incarnation of the omnipresent and omniscient divinity.

Note: We also learn the art of benevolent leadership from the Lord’s care for each member of his army!

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Tade jah tah aayasu payi/ Kah Sugreev sabahi samuchayi//

Ram kaju aru mor nihora/ Banar joodh jahu chahu ora//

On hearing the orders, the monkey army froze to its position. Then Sugreev spoke thus:

‘This is the task given to us by Lord Ram and my request to you…Spread in all four directions…’

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Janaksuta kahu khojahu jaayi/ Maas diwas mah aayehu bhayi//

Avadhi meti jo binu sudhi paye/ Aavai banihi so mohi maraye//

‘Go and search for Janakiji! Brothers, return in a month’s time!

If someone returns without any information, I will have no other option but to finish him off!’

Note: Ironically, the leadership style of Sugreev seems to be extensively in use  in the world of ours, metaphorically speaking!

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Kishkinda Kanda…Hearing about a furious Laxman…22

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Charan nayi siru binate keenhi/Lacchiman abhay baah tehi deenhi//

Krodhvanth Lacchiman suni kaana/ Kah kapees ati bhay akulaana//

Angad paid obeisance at the feet of Laxman. Then Laxman pulled him up warmly and reassured him. (Do not fear!)

Sugreeva, meanwhile, heard about the anger of Laxman and became petrified.

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Sunu Hanumant sangh lai Tara/ Kari binate samuchayi kumara//

Tara sahit jaayi Hanumana/ Charan bandi prabhu sujas bakhana//

(Sugreeva said ) ‘Listen Hanuman, take Queen Tara with you! Apologise to the Lord and appease him!

Hanumanji and Tara went to Laxman and bowing before him,  sincerely praised the greatness of Lord Ram.

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Kari binate mandir lai aaye/ Charan pakhari palank baidaye//

Tab kapees charananhi naava/ Gahi bhuj Lacchiman kand lagaava//

They ushered him to the palace politely. After washing Laxmanji’s feet (welcoming ritual) they offered him a seat.

Sugreeva came in and lay prostrate at Laxman’s feet. Laxmanji got up and embraced him.

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Nadh bishay sam mad kachu nahim/ Muni mann moh karayi chan mahim//

Sunat bineet bachan such paava/ Lacchiman tehi bahu bidhi samuchaava//

(Sugreeva said) ‘Lord, there is nothing as addictive as sensual pleasures. Flesh and its pleasures can provoke even the greatest of saints in a moment!’ (And I am such a worldly creature who got caught by these entanglements and foolishly forgot my assigned task!)

Laxmanji was calmed by the sincerity and politeness of those words. He consoled Sugreeva.

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Pavan tanay sab kadha sunaayi/ Jehi bidhi gaye doot samudaayi//

Then Hanuman appraised Prince Laxman about how groups of messengers had been dispatched to various directions to search for allies.

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Doha

Harashi chale Sugreev tab Angadadi kapi sath/

Ramanuj aagem kari aaye jeah Raghunath//

Laxman led the way and following him, Sugreev, Angad and others went to meet Lord Ram.

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Nayi charan siru kah kar jori/ Nadh mohi kachu naahin khori//

Atisay prabal dev tav maya/ Chutayi Ram karahu jaum daaya//

Bowing before Lord Ram’s feet and folding his hands Sugreev said as follows…

‘ Lord, I am not to be blamed for my stupidity! Your worldly maya (illusion) is so strong; and one can escape from its clutches only when you take compassion on your devotee!’

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Bishay basya sur nar muni swami/ Mai paavar pasu kapi ati kaami//

Naari nayan sar jaahi na laaga/ Ghor krodh tam nisi jo jaaga//

‘Hey Lord! The Devas, the humans and the sages are enraptured by maya! And I am nothing but an inferior animal and that too a lowly monkey!’

‘Only the one who cannot be conquered by the arrow tip of a woman’s glance can remain untouched by blind fury.’ (He will stay awake even in the dark night of anger.)

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Kishkinda Kanda…Using the same arrow…21

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Jehi sayak maara mai Baali/ Tehi sar hatau mood kah kaali//

Jaasu kripa chutahi mad moha/ Ta kahu Uma ki sapnehu koha//

‘Using the same arrow  with which I killed Bali, shall I finish off that foolish Sugreeva too?’

(Lord Shiv says) ‘Hey Uma! The One with whose grace, the mind evades the clutch of   ego and desires, can He ever become angry even in his dreams?’ (This is mere Lila or the Divine Game)

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Jaanahim yeh charitra muni gyaani/ Jinh Raghubeer charan rati maani//

Lacchiman krodhvanth Prabhu jaana/ Dhanush chadayi gahe kar baana//

Only learned sages whose hearts are surrendered at the Lord’s feet have fathomed the secrets of the divine Lila.

On seeing his furious brother, Laxman sprang up, battle ready with his bow and quiver of arrows.

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Doha

Tan anujahi samuchava Raghupati karuna seenv/

Bhay dekhayi lai avahu tat sakha Sugreev//

The Lord of Compassion then made Laxman understand that to kill Sugreev was not his aim.

‘Bring Sugreev to me, after showing him the meaning of fear!’

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Iham pavansut hridayam bichara/ Ram kaju Sugreevah bisara//

Nikat jaayi charanahi siru naava/ Chaarahi bidhi tehi kahi samuchaava//

In Kishkinda, Hanumanji was getting worried that Sugreeva had forgotten about the task assigned by Lord Ram.

He went to the King and bowed at his feet. By elaborating on the four ways of justice (Sam, daan, bhed, danda) he tried to bring Sugreev to his senses.

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Suni Sugreev param bhay maana/ Bishaya mor hari leenhevu gyaana//

Ab marutsut doot samooha/ Padavahu jah tah banar jooha//

Hearing Hanumanji’s words, Sugreeva became terrified. (He said) ‘Sensual pleasures made me blind! (I forgot my duty). Please send our messengers to wherever our monkey allies reside!’

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Kahahu paakh mahu aav na joyi/ Morem kar ta kar badh hoyi//

Tab Hanumant bolaye doota/ Sab kar kari sanman bahoota//

(Sugreeva said) ‘Warn the messengers that those who do not return within fifteen days shall meet their ends at my hands.’

Hanuman called the messengers to his side. He showed them a great deal of respect.

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Bhay aru preeti neeti dekharayi/ Chale sakal charanahi sar nayi//

Ehi avasar Lacchiman pur aaye/ Krodh dekhi jah tah kapi dhaaye//

Hanuman ji told them about their task with a proper mix of the fearful consequences, with due benevolence and elucidated on the ways of duty!

Meanwhile Laxman had reached the city gates. Seeing his fury, the monkeys scattered hither and thither.

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Doha

Dhanush chadayi kaha tab jaari karau pur tchar/

Byakul nagar dekhi tab aayavu Balikumar//

Laxman armed with his bow and arrow, spoke with belligerence: ” I will burn down the city into ashes!”

Then Prince Angad, son of Bali, came to his side, getting news of the panic stricken denizens.

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Kishkinda Kanda…20 The fishes in the depths…

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Sukhi meen je neer agadha/ Jimi Hari saran na ekavu badha//

Phoolem kamal soh sar kaisa/ Nirgun Brahma sagun bhaiye jaisa//

Those fishes which are swimming in the depths of the waters are safe; like the devotees of Sri Hari who are hindered by nothing.

The blooming lotus makes the lake glorious; the Nirgun Brahma ( neither good or bad qualities) becomes magnificent on attaining Saguna ( good qualities)

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Gunjat madhukar mukhar anoopa/ Sundar khag rav nana roopa//

Chakrabak man dukh nisi pekhi/ Jimi durjan par sampati dekhi//

The honey bees are buzzing around making unique sounds. The beautiful birds can be heard making multitude of cooing sounds.

On seeing the night the Chakravaka bird (Brahmini Goose) is so unhappy; like the envious person is filled with misery on seeing another’s prosperity!

Note: The Chakravaka bird pair is supposed to fly together during the day and separate at night owing to a curse.

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Chatak ratath trisha athi ohi/ Jimi sukhi lahai na sankardrohi//

Sardatap nisi sasi apaharayi/ Sant daras jimi patak tarayi//

The Chatak bird is calling out as if in throes of thirst.  It is akin to those foes of  Lord Shiv shrieking helplessly for peace.

The fierce heat of the Sarad is conquered by the cool moon at night. It is similar to sins disappearing at the sight of saints.

Note: Papiha or Chatak bird is the common hawk-cuckoo also known as the brain-fever bird for its incessant piping notes.

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Dekhi indu chakor samudai/ Chitavahi jimi harijan hari paayi//

Masak dams beete him traasa/ Jimi dwij droh kiyem kul naasa//

The group of Chakor birds is gazing at the moon with such intensity which brings to mind the devotees of Hari getting a darsan of Lord Vishnu himself!

The mosquitoes and night bugs have fled in terror of the impending cold. If one troubles an evolved being, the whole clan can come to nought.

Note: Chakor bird or Chukar patridge is famed to be in love with the moon. Poets sing about its unrequited love and how it drinks the moon beams!

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Doha:

Bhumi jeev sankul rahe gaye sarad ritu paayi/

Sadgur mile jaahi jimi samsay bhram samudayi//

The flurry   of living organisms which thrived in the rainy season has disappeared at the onset of the autumn.

It is akin to the clutter of doubts and queries disappearing  when one gains a true Guru.

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Barsha gat nirmal ritu aayi/ Sudhi na tat sita kai paayi//

Ek baar kaisehu sudhi janau/ Kalahu jeeti nimish mahu aanau//

(Lord Ram says) ‘The monsoons have gone; the serene autumn has set in. Yet there is no news about the whereabouts of Sitaji.

If one gets any clue about the location, I will fight the Lord of Death, Kaal himself and bring Janakiji back in a moment!’

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Katahu rahau jaum jeevit hoyi/ Tat jatan kari aanau soyi//

Sugreevahu sudhi mori bisaari/ Paava raj kos pur naari//

‘If she is alive and living on any part of the world, I shall endeavour to bring her back, brother!

Sugreev has forgotten my request for his assistance since obtaining his kingship,  the treasury, the city and the woman.’

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17. Kishkindha Kanda…Hoyi Achal Jimi Jiv Hari Paayi

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Chhudra nadim bhari chali torayi/Jas dhorehu dhan khal itarayi//

Bhumi parat bha dhabur paani/ Janu jeevahi maya lapataani//

The small streams are destroying the shores as they make their way forward, similar to wicked men losing their sense of decency on acquiring even small amounts of wealth (they become arrogant with power).On falling on the earth, the  rain water has become muddy; like a pure soul getting trapped in illusion or Maya!

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Samiti samiti jal bharahi talaava/ Jimi sadgun sajjan pahim aava//

Sarita jal jalnidhi mahu jaayi/ Hoyi achal jimi jiv Hari paayi//

The water is accumulating in ponds, like spiritual qualities, one by one, become part of a good man. The water from the rivers merges with the ocean and becomes finally serene and still; like the soul on attaining SreeHari, gets freed  from the birth and death cycles and achieves stillness.

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Doha:

Harit bhumi trin sankul samucchi parahim nahi pandh/

Jimi pakhand baad tem gupt hohim satgrandh//

The earth has become covered with grass and has turned green all over, and the pathways have disappeared.  It is similar to a hedonistic approach taking over, and the teachings of the spiritual books becoming ignored or sidelined.

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Dadur dhuni chahu disa suhayi/ Bed padahi janu battu samudayi//

Nav pallav bhaye bitap aneka/ Sadhak man jas mile bibeka//

The croaks of frogs resound from all four sides in tandem, as rhythmic as a group of  young initiates reciting the Vedas

The trees are looking splendid with new, green leaves; like a devotee’s mind becomes resplendent on acquiring true wisdom

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Ark jawas paat binu bhayavu/ Jas suraj khal udyam gayavu//

Khojat katahu milayi nahi dhuri/ Karayi krodh jimi dharmahi doori//

The Madar and Jawasa trees have shed their leaves, like the wiles of the wicked cannot continue under a good king’s reign. One cannot discover dust even on searching; it is akin to Dharma getting driven away when anger takes over the mind

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Sasi sampan soh mahi kaisi/ Upkari kai sampati jaisi//

Nisi tam ghan khagoth biraja/ Janu dambhinh kar mila samaja//

The earth is luxuriant with harvest crops, radiant like a good man’s prosperity. The fireflies group together in the heavy darkness of the night, similar to boastful coxcombs having a meeting.

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16. Kishkindha Kanda…Khal Kai Preeti Jadha Dhir Naahim

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Sundar ban kusumit ati sobha/Gunjat madhup nikar madhu lobha//

Kand mool bhal patra suhaye/ Bhaye bahut jab te Prabhu aaye//

The luxuriant forest on the mountain was full of flowers and resplendence. In the hunger for honey, groups of bees were buzzing around the vicinity. Ever since the Lord arrived, there was a great abundance in  herbs, fruits, leaves and roots in the forest.

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Dekhi manohar sail anoopa/Rahe tah anuj sahit surbhupa//

Madhukar khag mrig tanu dhari deva/Karahim siddhi muni Prabhu kai seva//

Charmed by the beautiful and unique mountain, the Lord along with his younger brother started dwelling there. The Gods, Siddhass and sages took the forms of honey bees, birds and animals in order to serve Lord Sreeram.

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Mangal roop bhayavu ban tab te/Keenh niwas ramapati jab te//

Phatik sila ati subra suhayi/ Sukh aaseen taham dwai bhayi//

When the Lord  of Lakshmi started dwelling there, the forest became a glorious place. There was a brilliant, exquisite crystal rock of extreme beauty; the brothers could be seen seated on it.

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Kahat anuj san kadha aneka/ Bhagati birati nripaneeti bibeka//

Barsha kaal megh nabh chhaye/ Garjat laagat param suhaye//

Sree Ramji used to narrate lots of stories to his brother- about devotion, detachment, art of ruling and knowledge. The  blue black clouds spread across the sky in the rainy season looked enchanting, as thunder roared.

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Doha:

Lacchiman dekhu mor gan naachat baarid pekhi/

Grihi biratirat harash jas Bishnubhagat kahu dekhi//

The Lord said: Look Laxman, at the muster of peacocks! They are dancing in delight on seeing the rain clouds. It is like a householder, who is fascinated by the idea of detachment (aka vairagya), and getting to see a Vishnu bhakt!

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Ghan ghamand nabh garjat ghora/ Priya heen darpat mann mora//

Damini damak rah na ghan maahim/ Khal kai preeti jadha dhir naahim//

In the sky the thunder is growling mightily, and my mind is at a loss without my beloved Sita. The lightning flash does not stay forever in the clouds, it is similar to the unsteady benevolence of a wicked man.

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Barashahim jalad bhumi niarayem/ Jadha navahim budh bidha paayem//

Boond aghat sahahim giri kaise/ Khal ke bachan sant sah jaise//

The clouds are descending  near  the earth before turning into downpour, like a scholar becoming more and more humble with his learning. The mountain is enduring the impact of the furiously falling rain drops, like the sages endure the harsh words of the wicked.

Kishkindha Kanda -13 Bali Speaks…

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Doha:

Sunahu Ram Swami san chal na chaturi mori/

Prabhu ajahu maim paapi anthkaal gati tori//

Bali said: Hey SriRamji! You will not be deceived by my worldly tricks ( explanations)! Tell me, inspite of being near You  at the time of my demise, shall I remain sinful?

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Sunat Ram ati komal baani/Baali sees parasevu nij paani//

Achal karaum tanu rakhavu praana/Baali kaha sunu Kripanidhaana//

Listening to the extremely pleasing words of Bali, the Lord touched the head of Baali gently.

He said, “I can spare your life, keep your body.” Baali said, Listen, Oh, Compassionate One!

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Janam janam muni jatanu karahim/ Anth Ram kahi aavat nahim//

Jasu naam bal Sankar Kasi / Det samahi sam gati abhinasi//

Sages praise You in multiple ways in multiple lives. Yet many are not fortunate to utter thy name, ‘ Ram’ towards their end.

By the radiance of Whose name, in Kashi, Lord Shankara bestows moksha on everyone alike…

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Mam lochan gochar soyi aava/ Bahuru ki Prabhu as banihi banaava//

That glorious SreeRamji himself  is ( You, My Lord ) gracing me with his presence now! Would such a fortunate time occur ever again?

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So nayan gochar jaasu gun nit neti kahi Shruti gavahim//

Jiti pavan mann go niras kari muni dhyan kabahuk pavahim//

Mohi jaani athi abhimaan bas Prabhu kahehu rakhu sareerahi/

As kavan sad hadi kaatu surataru bari karihi baboorahi//

The One whom Shrutis praise  as ‘ Neti Neti’ ( Not this, neither that), The One , whom by meditation, saints  who control all senses, over coming limitations of body and mind, even so rarely attain a glimpse of- that Lord himself stands by my side! Knowing my conceit, you allowed me to keep my body! Tell me, who can be such a fool who chooses to willingly to cut off the Kalpataru( eternal tree) and plant thorny babool trees in its place? ( Why would anyone demand the boon of keeping this mortal body before the Giver of Moksha?)

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