Friday, May 27, 2011

Vinay Patrika: Hymn 174

Raag Sorath

Shri Ram & Janaki Are Very Dear to Us

jaake priya na raam-baidehee |

tajiye taahi koti bairee sam, jadyapi param sanehee ||1||

so chhandhiye

tajyo pitaa prahlaad, bibheeshan bandhu, bharat mahtaaree |

bali guru tajyo kant braj-banitanhi, bhaye mud-mangalkaaree ||2||

naate neh raamke maniyat suhrid susebya jahaan laaun |

anjan kahaa aankhi jehi phoote, bahutak kahaaun kahan laaun ||3||

tulsee so sab bhaanti param hit poojya praante pyaaro |

jaason hoya saneh raam-pad, aito mato hamaaro ||4||

Shri Ram & Janaki Bless Their Devotees

One should discard those people like millions of foes, to whom Shri Ram and Janaki ji are not dear, even if it is someone who is extremely lovable to us ||1||

The Gopis Represent Lord Krishna's Hungering Devotees

(Citing examples we can see)Prahlad abandoned his father (*Hiranyakashipu)-*Vibhishana gave up his brother (Ravana)-Bharat ji renounced his mother (*Kaikeyi)-Raja Bali abandoned his guru (*Shukracharya)-and the *gopis of Vraja renounced their respective husbands (considering them to be impediments in their union with Krishna)But all of them granted religious rapture and worked for the well-being of mankind||2||

The Idols of Shri Ram, Sita & Lakshman in Raghunath Temple

All the people who are good-hearted and worth praying to with dedication, are considered as such only due to their bonding with Shri Raghunath ji and his love. That is all! What more can I say? If the eye ruptures by the application of a certain lampblack, of what worth is that lampblack? ||3||

One Gradually Develops Love for Shri Ram's Feet

O Tulsidas! Because of whom ( either due to his company or spiritual instruction) one develops love for Shri Ramchandra ji's feet, that person is supremely beneficial, venerable and dearer than our very lives. This is precisely our motto||4||

Hiranyakashipu: is the great king of demons, and he had a boon by Brahma, which made it almost impossible for him to be killed.He demanded that people stop worshipping God and start praising him.

Despite this, Hiranyakashipu's own son, Prahlada, was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Prahlada was poisoned but the poison turned to nectar in his mouth, he was to be trampled by elephants yet remained unharmed. He was put in a room with hungry, poisonous snakes and survived. All of Hiranyakashipu's attempts to kill his son failed. Finally, he ordered young Prahlada to sit on a pyre on the lap of his demoness sister, Holika. When the fire started, Holika burnt to death, while Prahlada survived unharmed.

Vibhishana: Due to Vibhishana's differences with Ravana and because he was against the kidnapping of Sita, Ravana exiled him from Lanka. His mother, Kaikesi, advised him to go and serve Shri Rama, who was assembling an army to conquer Ravana and recover Sita. Lord Rama accepted Vibhishana's service and anointed him the Lord of Lanka after Ravana's death.

Kaikeyi: Kaikeyi's desire to retain her status over Kausalya made her demand the two boons granted to her earlier by Dasaratha. In order to ensure that Rama would be no threat to her son Bharata, Kaikeyi demanded the exile of Rama from Ayodhya for 14 long years. She wanted Bharata, born of her, to succeed Dasratha as King of Kosala.

After sending his son into exile, a grief-stricken Dasaratha died six days after Rama left Ayodhya. Furthermore, Bharata swore never to ascend the throne as it was his older brother's birth right. He further blamed her for his father's death and is said never to have addressed her as "Mother" again. Kaikeyi died a lonely woman, estranged from her son, his wife and their two sons, her only grandchildren.

Shukracharya: was the son of Sage Bhrigu and a guru of the Demons.As per the Puranas when Lord Vishnu appeared as Vamana in the yajna of King Bali, Shukracharya sensed an impending danger. He warned King Bali that this dwarf was no ordinary human being but Sri Vishnu in disguise.

But King Bali was pleased to make any offering that the little Vamana asked. He said to King Bali that what more can I achieve when Lord Vishnu is standing before me and asking for Dhana (gift).

King Bali readily agreed to give the three steps of land that was asked by Vamana.

Gopis: means cowherdesses. In Hinduism specifically gopis is used to refer to the group of cow herd girls famous in Vaishnavism for their unconditional devotion to Krishna as described in the stories of Bhagavata Purana.

According to Hindu Vaishnava theology the gopis exemplify the highest form of unconditional love for God' (Krishna). Their spontaneous devotion is described in the later chapters of the Bhagavata Purana, within Krishna's Vrindavan pastimes and also in the stories of sage Uddhava.

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