Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Vinay Patrika: Hymn 101

Raag Dhanaasree

Shri Ram Darbar

jaaun kahaan taji charan tumhaare |

kaako naam patit-paavan jaga, kehi ati deen piyaare ||1||

kaaun dev baraai birad-hit, hathhi hathhi adham udhaare |

khag, mrig, byaadh, pashaan, bitap jadh, javan kavan sur taare ||2||

dev, danuj, muni, naag, manuj sab, maayaa-bibas bichaare |

tinke haath daastulsee prabhu, kahaa apanapaau haaare ||3||

Shabari was Very Dear to Shri Ram

O *Naath ! Where else should I go apart from your feet ? Who else has the name of 'patit-pavan' in this world ?The wretched and distressed are very dear to whom? (the manner in which they are to you) ||1||

The Beers & Monkeys in Shri Ram's Army Battling Ravana

Which god to be true to form, persistently gave deliverance to the despicable, in particular? Which deity has granted salvation to birds (*Jatayu), animals(*beers and monkeys and soon), hunter (*Valmiki), stone (*Ahilya),

Deliverance of YamlArjun

rooted trees (*Yamla Arjun) and yavanis or Greeks||2||

The Illusory World

All the poor gods, demons, sages, snakes, human beings and others are controlled by *maya or illusion. (Since a person who has been bound himself can not open the bond of others, therefore) O God! What shall this Tulsidas do by entrusting himself in the hands of those people? ||3||

Naath: the Lord as protector

Patit-pavan: one who purifies the sinful, a title of the Supreme Being

Jatayu: in the Hindu epic Ramayana, Jatayu is the son of Aruṇa and nephew of Garuda. A demi-god who has the form of a vulture, is an old friend of Dasharatha (Rama's father). He tries to rescue Sita from Ravana when Ravana is on his way to Lanka after kidnapping Sita. Jatayu fought valiantly with Ravana, but Ravana got the better of him. As Rama and Lakshmana chance upon the dying Jatayu in their search for Sita, he informs them of the fight between him and Ravana and the direction in which Ravana had gone (i.e., south).

Beers and monkeys: when Lord Ram instruction Sugreev to prepare for war against Ravana to free Sita. Sugreev then summoned all the monkeys, bears and brave commanders. Everybody was pleased to serve Lord Ram's cause and thus attained salvation.

Valmiki: The Uttara Khanda, tells the story of Valmiki's early life, a highway robber named Valya Koli. Born as a Dalit, he used to rob people after killing them. Once he tried to rob sage Narada for the benefit of his family. Narada asked him if his family would share the sin.The robber asked his family, but none agreed to bear the burden of his sin. Dejected, the robber finally understood the truth of life and asked for Narada's forgiveness. Narada taught the robber to worship God. The robber meditated for many years and finally, a divine voice declared his penance successful, bestowing him with the name "Valmiki": "one born out of ant-hills" (Valmikam in Sanskrit means Ant-hill).

Ahilya: Ahilya: was the wife of sage Gautama and both lived happily in his ashram. One day during the sage's absence Indra, desirous for the beautiful Ahilya, entered the ashram disguised as Gautama. Vain of her beauty, she yielded to his desire.

When the sin had been committed, she warned Indra of his terrible peril and begged him to leave. Indira was fleeing when he bumped into the rishi who was just returning from his ablutions.The sage cursed Indira that he would loose his manhood immediately.

Then the sage turned to his erring wife said, "living on air, you shall stay here, unseen by anyone. After a long time, Dasaratha's son will pass this way. When he sets foot in this ashram, you will be freed from the curse.”

As years passed by Ahilya remained in the ashram as a stone idol over which vegetation grew up with time. One day Lord Rama, accompaniee by Lakshman happened to pass by on his way to Mithila. And the moment Rama set his foot in the Ashram, the curse was lifted and Ahalya stood before them in all her beauty free from the curse of her husband.

Yaml Arjun: Nalkoobar and Manigreev were the two sons of Shri Kuberji. Once on the banks of the Mandikini River in Mount Kailash, they were passionately making love to women. Sage Narada dropped by and they didn’t even look at him, drunk as they were. Angered at such atrocious behaviour, Narada cursed both of them but assured salvation by Lord Krishna.Born as huge deciduous trees they were known as Yamlarjun. Lord Krishna dragging the mortar he was bound to, passed between the two trees. With a little force he uprooted them and a couple of radiant men evolved and ardently prayed to the Lord. Two deciduous trees adorn the entrance of Nand Bhavan in Mahavan till date.

Maya: the mundane world as perceived by the senses, considered as illusory

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