Saint Tulsidas Teachings to Attain Sri Rama

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Tulsidasji Expresses the Mood of Pure Bhakti

In the Ramcharitmanas, Tulsidasji elaborates very much on the life of Emperor Manu.

He encourages common folks to seek Bhakti in this exalted mood, following the life of Manu Shatarupa.

If one needs to understand Bhakti in the purest mode, one should see the example of Emperor Manu.

In understanding some mellows of Bhakti, Emperor Manu’s path of Devotion is par excellence.

Emperor Manu ruled the entire earthly domain.

Manu had all comforts and riches of this world at his disposal.

He had every convenience at his beck and call.

He had earned the respect of even the Gods who ruled other domains.

What more could Emperor Manu yearn for?

Even after attaining all the possibly attainable, Emperor Manu yearned for more.

In terms of Ambition, no one can match Maharaj Manu.

We only know of the extremely limited, skewed and belittling worldly ambition.

On the other hand, wordily pleasures and success meant nothing to Maharaj Manu’s.

His ambition channelled to a domain, far beyond the material universe.

The desire of the far-reaching inner spirit, tormented him day and night.

Spirit is non-material or “non-matter”.

Hence nothing material can ever satisfy the spirit, even if it means having the entire world at one’s beck and call.

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Not satisfied with the world Emperor Manu along with his better-half Queen Shatarupa relinquished the comforts of their kingdom.

They retired to the forests to attain the highest possible goal.

They had realized that materialistic emotions can never satiate the thirst of the spirit.

The spirit of man, a particle of the super-spirit, has no other means of quenching its thirst other than yearn for its very source, the super-spirit.

The Lord alone represents the ocean of bliss, the super-set of all happiness, joy, fervour, and the source of all embodied living entities.

This, the royal couple realized.

Now, the couple sought to attain that super-spirit, the Lord of Lords Sri Rama.

Only this could give them rest and repose.

They meditated on the original form of Sri Rama, the Supreme Being.

The Lord appeared before the couple and said “Ask for whatever you wish, I shall grant it.”

Manu Claims Ownership on Sri Rama

Manu asked for something unimaginable.

Even the king of desires could not think of such a boon.

Manu sought the Lord Himself!

He desired that Lord Sri Rama must become his own.

Emperor Manu staked a claim on the originator of all desires.

No other higher desire remained, higher than the one on which Emperor Manu staked claim.

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The benediction bore fruits; the same Manu appeared as King Dasharath, the father of Sri Rama in Treta Yuga.

King Manu, now known as Maharaja Dasharath, became the fortunate of all.

Can there be a higher desire than this one?

One stakes claim over every small and big desire.

Man spends his life in useless pursuits without realizing the goal of all goals, to seek the Lord.

What an irony?

What Goswami Tulsidas wants to communicate to the devotees?

Every small or big desire starts and has an end.

However, the Lord is endless.

Seeking Him is the wisest choice, enlightens Goswami Tulsidas.

Bhakti is the Mantra for Kaliyuga

One can bring the story of Maharaja Manu into practical life in more than one ways.

When we move our attention to the highest ideals of the Vedic scriptures, it’s a sign of great intelligence.

Bhakti is the most effective and virtuous practice for Kaliyuga.

If we have devotion in our hearts for our chosen ideal or Ishta Deva, it can build a lot of broken bridges in our life.

On should follow one of the 9 limbs of Bhakti.

This includes chanting the Lord’s name, Hearing His glories, remembering His glories, pastimes and His form, etc.

These forms of Bhakti will elevate our consciousness to such an extent that it will dissolve all the petty problems of life to which we give undue importance.

Writing the Names of the Lord is an effective means of purifying the mind and hinging the fickle mind to the Lord so that the mind is rid of its base propensities.

Discontentment, Sorrow and Envy Plagues Man

The next teaching of Tulsidasji intends to make man aware of his/her suffering.

The spirit of man remains soaked in sorrow because of his/her involvement in this never-ending mirage of life process.

During this process, man undergoes ups and downs.

He goes through myriads of emotional upheavals that distance him from every possibility of relaxation.

Endless desires keeps gnawing man from the inside.

Owing to these very desires man loses sleep and resorts to envy and jealousy, yearning for what the other man possesses.

“The grass always looks greener on the other side”, best conveys the mood.

Envy knows only how to burn.

It cannot differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate.

It causes heartburn and offers no respite.

Hence, many sages compare worldly afflictions to a roaring forest fire.

Better then, to divert these negative triggers (that cause suffering), to something superior.

Wanting the Lord, becomes the highest good, in today’s testing times.

The Supreme Being alone retains the capacity of turning envious desires into fruitful ones.

In fact, this want, if nurtured deeply through practice, can automatically resolve all our problems.

This includes the problems of survival, sustainability, and liveliness.


Seek the Lord with Intense Devotion

The desire of Goswami Tulsidas towards the Lord resembles that of a lusty and the avaricious man, both put together.

Although these emotions are material in nature, the statement possesses deeper connotations.

When applied to the Supreme Lord, it turns into Unyielding Bhakti, insatiable at all times.

This is the objective of Bhakti, says Goswami Tulsidas.

A lusty man goes behind a woman like a maniac.

An avaricious man tries to be miserly as well as becomes utterly desirous of having more and more money.

This intense state of frenzy when applied to Bhakti makes it truly worth nurturing and delightfully fruitful.

In this context, what could be a better state of such a man who is incessantly desirous of Lord Rama?

A true devotee must always possess the mood of a lust man before attaining the Lord.

After attaining the Lord he develops greed to have more of Him, never to be satiated.

Goswami Tulsidas wishes thus.

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He sets this precedent for devotees who wish to follow the path of Bhakti.

He maintains that only Bhakti grows with time and makes the devotee more and more discontented, even after having attained the Lord.

Such an emotion is indeed transcendental and cannot be expressed in words.

Only such Bhakti is desirable and such a devotee is truly venerable.

Bhakti as an expression of the spirit never understands contentment nor can limited, miniscule material happiness satisfy it.

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