Ram Katha London Day 9: 20/8/17

The last day of Manasmahimna was the summery of the last six sopanas of Ramcharitmanas. But the summery was interspersed with its spiritual overtones as explained by Bapu.

Describing the intense and all round happiness for the people of Ayodhya, Bapu commented that too much of happiness usually ends in misery and suffering . This happened in Ayodhya and the joy of Rama being crowned as the yuvraj was followed by his exile to the forest. The only way by which we can avoid such a situation is to share our happiness with all around us. That is why Indian ideal was to wish for the happiness of all.

Bapu said sumati was the precondition of happiness and kumati would lead to difficulties of various sorts. If we cultivate the sumati and share our happiness with all we need not do any pujas or any pathas. To share our happiness with all is the real and true worship of the Divine. To demand that we may not crave for too much of happiness is the real bravery. But such bravery needs Sadhana and tapasya. Bapu quotes a poetess who declared that she is confident of divine grace because she has an unshakable faith and would wait for all her life. Bapu said such faith would move the divinity. He advised his shrotas to give donations as quickly as possible.

Bapu pointed out that Ramkatha is relevant all the time like the rays of sun. Ramkatha describes the glory of the past explains the present and leads on to the right path in future. Manas is the story of human dignity and i s a bridge between jiva and shiva. Bapu's katha is not a religious discourse it is a premsabha. Ramkatha is being described during ages immemorial and will continue for ever.

Bapu then described the padyatra of Rama begging Kevat for a boat and he visited Bhardwaj who pointed out the 14 places where Divinity resides. Bhardwaja advised Rama to stay at Chitrakuta.

All the while things were happening at Ayodhya. Dasharath died and Bharat denounced his mother for sending Rama in to exile. He refused to accept the throne of Ayodhya and decided to visit Rama at Chitrakuta. Bapu said that this is how Gandhiji's idea of Trustee ship originate
Rama moved away from Chitrakuta and stayed at panchvati from where Sita was abducted by Ravan and Rama searched for her everywhere. In course of his travels, Rama visited Shabri and discussed the nine types of Bhakti.

Then followed the meeting with Hanuman and Sugriva and Hanuman led the monkey group to search out Sita.

Hanuman entered Lanka but he could not find Sita in any of the palaces. He finally came to the home of Vibhishan who directed him to Sita. In this connection Bapu observed that usually in life solutions arrive earlier than the problems but we are not aware of them. Bapu said that one who gives is always at a higher level than the receiver. The burning of Lanka was interpreted by Rama to signify that Hanuman burnt away the ideology of Lanka.
Bapu explained that Rama built a bridge before invading Lanka and he tried his best to negotiate peace but all talks failed and the war became inevitable. Ravan was killed and his teja got united with Rama. Bapu argued that the best sadhna is where there is no fear, no worries and no impurity. Such Sahdana is bound to be very fruitful.

In the end Bapu referred to the seven questions asked by Garuda and the answers given by Kagbhushandi. He ended the Katha by expressing his goodwill and blessings for all. His parting advice to his shrotas was that we should remember Rama sing of Rama and do the Namjapa because in Kalikal nam is the only way for spiritual advancement.

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