Shri Kanak Bihari-BihariNi Ju
श्री कनक बिहारी बिहारिणी जू
1. Āpadāmapahartāraṃ dātārāṃ sarvasampadām।
lōkābhirāmaṃ śrīrāmaṃ bhūyō-bhūyō nāmāmyaham॥1॥
लोकाभिरामं श्रीरामं भूयो-भूयो नामाम्यहम्॥१॥)
Who removes all types of adversity and agony of Jiva (living beings); Who bestows all types of favour, honour and wealth;
By looking at whom, the world feel very pleased; to that Shri Rama, I bow again and again.
2. Rāmāya rāmabhadrāya rāmacandrāya vēdhasē।
raghunāthāya nāthāya sītāyāḥ patayē namaḥ॥2॥
रघुनाथाय नाथाय सीतायाः पतये नमः॥२॥ )
My salutations to Lord Rama; To Shri Ramabadhra, To Shri Ramachandra, To the lord of Vedas,
To the chief of Raghu clan, To the lord of all worlds, And to the Lord of Sitā.
3. Neelāmbujaśyāmalakōmalāṅgaṃ sītāsamārōpitavāmabhāgama।
pāṇau mahāsāyakacārūcāpaṃ namāmi rāmaṃ raghuvaṃśanāthama॥3॥
पाणौ महासायकचारूचापं नमामि रामं रघुवंशनाथम॥३॥ )
Who has complexion and softness like that of a blue lotus, whose body parts are very soft; On whose left side resides his dear consort Sita;
Who has a divine arrow and a beautiful bow in His hands, I pray to that Shri Rama who is the Lord of Raghu dynasty.
Above three Mantra-s of Lord Rama should be recited every morning as regular prayer before chanting the Guru-Mantra. The first Mantra is infallible Mantra in removing all kinds of sufferings of Jiva and bestows the grace of all merciful Lord Rama, the most superior. The second Mantra is one of the greatest Mantra-s of Lord Rama. It can be repeated as many times a devotee want with pleased mind. 3rd Mantra is Dhyan Mantra i.e. meditation Mantra on all attractive form of Lord Rama. During chanting this mantra, one should meditate on Lord Rama as described in the Mantra. This Mantra has a very deep meaning too. It represents whole Ramayana in one single verse.
How does it reflect the entire Ramayana?
Neelāmbuja Shyāmal Komalāngam : The blue lotus like soft body parts are of child Rama, thus it is the description of the Baal-Leela of Lord Rama.
Sītā Samāropita vāma Bhāgam : By sages and saints, Sita was given seat on left Side of Lord Rama during their marriage, it is the description of the Vivah-Leela of Lord Rama.
Pānau Mahāsāyak Chāru chāpam : By taking arrows and beautiful bow in hands, Lord Rama slayed all the evil demons, It is the description of exploits of Lord Rama in war i.e. Rann Leela.
Namāmi Rāmam Raghuvansh Nātham : After killing Ravana, the coronation (पत्ताभिषेकं) of Lord Rama was done on the throne of Ayodhya, then Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and all deities made salutations in lotus feet of Lord Rama. Thus it is the description of Lord Rama's Rajya-Leela. It unveils how Lord Rama becomes the delight of all the worlds. Whole world became the world of Lord Rama.
After the Guru-Mantra or Ram Naam chanting, one should do Dvaya-Mantra (द्वय-मन्त्र) of Bhagavan Shri Ram at least nine times.
Okay, It is a very good prayer to Lord Rama.
But why to pray Lord Rama?
Why to take the refuge of Lord Rama, alone?
Such questions may arise in the minds of beginners who want to learn the science of supreme one, Lord Rama. Why should one pray to Lord Rama? Why should one take the refuge of Lord Rama, alone? Answers of these questions are really not based upon some emotional appeals but verily backed upon clear declarations of all Vedic-scriptures and Vedic-philosphy. Veda-s clearly instruct us to pray and love one supreme personality and that is none other than lord Rama. Let's have some light on what vedic scriptures and VedAvatAr ShrI-mad VAlmIki-RAmAyana answers on above questions:-
Lord Rama is the only one fit to be taken shelter of for all the worlds. Yes, it is very much true and approved by Godly sage Brahmarshi Valmiki through the mouth of Maharaj VibheeshaNa in Yuddha Kaand of Shri-Mad Valmiki Ramayana.
sarva loka sharaNyaaya vibhiiSaNam upasthitam ||
(निवेदयत मां क्षिप्रं राघवाय महात्मने ।
सर्वलोकशरण्याय विभीषणमुपस्थितम् ॥ )
[Valmiki Ramayana 6.17.17]
Please inform immediately to high soled Rama, who is the only one fit to be taken shelter of for all the worlds. So I have come to him (to take his refuge).
Lord Rama, alone is the ultimate refuge for all, whether one is a god, a demon, a human being (a man, a woman or a child), or a creature other than human-being such as a beast or bird, or belong to differnt social status such as poor or rich etc.
aartaanaam sa.mshrayaH caiva yashasaH ca eka bhaajanam |
(निवासवृक्षः साधूनामापन्नानां परा गतिः।
आर्तानां संश्रयश्चैव यशसश्चैकभाजनम्।। )
[Valmiki Ramayana 4.15.19]
( साधूनाम् to the virtuous people, निवासवृक्षः a sheltering tree, आपन्नानाम् to the destitutes, परा ultimate / supreme, गतिः refuge, आर्तानाम् to the distressed, संश्रयश्चैव protector, यशसः fame, एकभाजनम् sole repository. )
Lord Rama is like a sheltering tree to the virtuous, an ultimate (supreme) refuge for the destitutes and a protector of the distressed. He is the only personality who deserves to be famous.
So who else apart from Lord Rama is suitable to be taken as ultimate refuge for Jiva-s?
Lord Rama is Ishta-Deva of all deities including Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, Lord Brahma, Lord Krishna etc. Proof from the self sufficient authority (Pramana), Shri-Mad VAlmIki RAmAyana:- इष्ट: सर्वस्य लोकस्य राम: (IshTa Sarvasya Lokasya Ramah)- means Lord Rama is the IshTa-Deva of all the worlds. Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman, etc have become the worthy of worship by chanting 'Rama' Naam alone.
All the deities reside in Lord Rama as Lord Rama is Sarva-Devamayam which means Shri Rama is the origin of all the deities (demi-gods and Vishnu-Tattva-s).
It means "All the deities reside in Śrī Rāma or Śrī Rāma is the original root of everyone . Śrī Rāma destroys all type of agonies of his devotees."
So it is sufficient to serve lord Rama, the original cause of all causes, the origin of all, the original root which supports all. The leaves and branches of a tree which gets support and existence from the root, similarly Lord Rama is the root (origin) and support of the entire creation. There is none who has independent existence beyond Lord Rama. When one will worship the god of gods, Lord Rama, then there is no need of worshiping other gods. All the deities will be automatically pleased just by taking refuge into lotus feet of Lord Rama. Even the god of death fears from lord Rama. No one in whole world, not even Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesha can do any harm to the devotee of Lord Rama, once devotee asked the refuge at the lotus feet of Lord Rama. So it is said "give respect to all deities but Love Lord Rama alone".
रामात् नास्ति परोदेवो रामात् नास्ति परंव्रतम् ।
न हि रामात् परोयोगो न हि रामात् परोमखः ।।
(- श्रीपद्मपुराण , पातालखण्ड ३५।५१)
No God is superior than Lord Rama; No penance has greater fruit than Lord Rama (the penance which is done for Lord Rama); no Yoga exists beyond Lord Rama (means Param-Yoga is to get the nearness of Lord Rama only); No sacrifice (Yajna) is greater than (that Yajna which is done for Lord Rama) Shri Rama. [...so said by - Padma Purāna 5.35.51]
So it is any time better to be devotee of Lord Rama alone and thus, be praying and worshiping the most superior god.
Okay, That's so nice to be a devotee of Rama as he is the Parabrahman, the most superior Lord, the root of all gods and who alone is fit to be taken as our refuge.
So how can one take refuge of Lord Rama?
How can one become his devotee?
It is very simple to take refuge of Lord Rama. You need not have to abandon your duties towards your family or world, but you have to establish relation with Lord Rama.(How?)
Just say O' Lord Rama, "I am Yours", only by this much You can take refuge of Lord Rama or You can become devotee of Lord Rama and Lord Rama will be Yours. Then there would be no fear of anything as soon Rama become yours. This is also solemn pledge of Lord Rama in Shri-Mad Valmiki Ramayana.
abhayam sarvabhUtebhyo dadAmyetat vratam mama |
(सकृद् एव प्रपन्नाय तव अस्मि इति च याचते ||
अभयम् सर्व भूतेभ्यो ददामि एतद् व्रतम् मम | )
[Valmiki Ramayana 6.18.33B-34A]
He who seeks refuge in me just once, telling me that "I am yours", I give him assurance of safety against all types of beings. This is my solemn pledge".
Above verse is also known as Charama Shloka of Valmiki Ramayana. Once Jiva takes the shelter of the most superior Lord Rama, it has no need to worry about anything as Lord Rama has taken vow to protect him from all kind of fears.
To feel the bliss of being in loving relation with the supreme one, a devotee should recite these SharaNagati Mantra-s at the end of their daily prayer:
Take SharaNagati (refuge) of the Supreme Lord Rama with following two Mantra-s
shrIrAmachandra charaNau shirasA namAmi | shrIrAmachandra charaNau sharaNam prapadye ||
(श्रीरामचंद्रचरणौ मनसा स्मरामि। श्रीरामचंद्रचरणौ वचसा गृणामि।
श्रीरामचंद्रचरणौ शिरसा नमामि । श्रीरामचंद्रचरणौ शरंणम् प्रपघे॥ )
O' My Lord Shri Rama, I remember your lotus feet in my mind, I praise them by my speech, I bow to them with my head, I take resort in them!
To feel the especial personal relationship with the most superior personality, Lord Rama, say this:
sarvasva me rAmachandro dayAluh | nAnyam jAne naiv jAne na jAne ||
(माता रामो मत्पिता रामचंद्र: । स्वामी रामो मत्सखा रामचंद्र:।
सर्वस्वं मे रामचंद्रो दयालु:। नान्य्ं जाने नैव जाने न जाने ॥ )
O' My Lord Shri Rama, You are my mother, father, master and friend, indeed the kind-hearted Rama is all I have. I don't have any other relation apart from him, I really don't!
Thus as soon as one says "O, Shri Rama, I am Yours and You are mine", one becomes his devotee at that very instant.
So What is the fruit of being devoted to Shri Ram, the supreme personality of Godhead?
When Lord Rama sees a Jiva with his benign look then nothing more remains to be achieved as his look is supremely gracious and infallible (Amogham) for his devotees.
amoghaaste bhaviShyanti bhaktimanto naraa bhuvi ||
(अमोघं दर्शनं राम अमोघस्तव संस्तवः |
अमोघास्ते भविष्यन्ति भक्तिमन्तो नरा भुवि || )
[Valmiki Ramayana 6.117.31]
ye tvaaM devam dhruvaM bhaktaaH puraaNaM puruShottamam |
praapnuvanti sadaa kaamaaniha loke paatra cha ||
ये त्वां देवम् ध्रुवं भक्ताः पुराणं पुरुषोत्तमम् |
प्राप्नुवन्ति सदा कामानिह लोके पात्र च || )
[Valmiki Ramayana 6.117.32]
Lord Brahma says "O' Lord Rama, Your blessed sights on devotees are very powerful and infallible. The songs in praise of you never go invain. Those humans who are full of devotion to you will never be unsuccessful on this earth. Those who are devoted to you, the primeval (the first Lord) and the eternal lord, belonging to ancient times and the Supreme Person, will forever attain their desired objects here as well as hereafter (that even your supreme abode Saket Loka which is full of eternal supreme bliss Brahm-Ananda).
The most compassionate Lord, who loves and cares most his devotees:
Anything done for Sri Rama never goes in vain. Sri Rama is very kind, and He cares most his devotees, it is evident from his disposition that he even cried for his devotees for example in the case of GiddhaRaj (the king of vultures) JatAyu, LakshmaNa, and Sita etc. The vulture-king JatAyu sacrificed his life in the battle with the demon king Ravana for rescuing the beloved consort of Rama from the evil demon. If a devotee (Jatayu here) sacrificed his life, did the supreme service through his material body, and if lord would have just given him the supreme abode without showing any emotions or grief, wouldm't it be a mere heartless unsympathetic rewarding for his service by supreme lord without acknowledging his pain near to death ? But, Our lord Sri Ram is the only personality who is without any blemish, Shri Ram embraced Jatayu, he took him in his laps, and tears flown from the eyes of supreme lord! And then Sri Ram bestowed him the supreme abode Vaikuntha after cremated the bird ritually from his own hands. He bestowed such loving treatment to Jatayu which is rare for others, thus Sri Ram is the personality who reciprocates with his devotees in the best possible way. Lord Sri Ram is pleased even from a small service done for him.
When Ravana abducted Sita, the vulture Jatayu who has been very old, with all its' might, fought with the fierce demom king Ravana. But JatAyu was a mere old bird, How long could JatAyu match against the demon like RAvana in battle. Still, the brave JatAyu tried and exerted all it's might to rescue Sita, the beloved consort of Rama. In last, RAvana cut the wings of Jatayu and JatAyu fell down on the earth. JatAyu was about to die. That time Rama and Lakshmana came there looking for Sita. Rama got to know everything from the brave JatAyu who struggled hard to bear his life for some more moments to convey the information to Shri Rama that ten headed demon king Ravana has abduted your wife. Then Rama whose eyes were filled with tears for JatAyu, affectionately kept him in his lap with all love. Here, the supreme personality of godhead Rama cried for his devotee, JatAyu!
After some moments, JatAyu could no longer maintain his life and died in the lap of the supreme personality. Shri Rama felt so much for Jatayu because for his sake only JatAyu fought with the demon king Ravana. So Rama decided to perform funeral and last ritualistic ceremony for Jatayu. Then Lord Rama gave boon to the soul of JatAyu to go to the supreme abode which is unparalleled i.e. the supreme abode of godhead, Vaikuntha!!! These are the words Rama said to the soul of JatAyu in Valmiki Ramayana:
"O King of vultures, by me cremated ritually and by me aptly consented to, you depart to the unexcelled heavenly worlds, you depart to those worlds that are destined for the virtuosos of Vedic-rituals who perform yajnas for a long time and to those worlds that are destined for the people who worship the Supreme Brahman by five-fires for a long time, and to those that are destined for un-retreating combatants, and to those worlds that destined for the donors of lands. You go to the planet which is unparallelled (i.e. Vaikuntha)".
Shri Rama gave the divine form of 4-handed personality like Lord Vishnu to Jatayu and sent him to the supreme abode of godhead i.e. Vaikuntha, the world which is unparalleled.
Is there any such compassionate Lord like Shri Rama who has even cried for his devotees? Certainly not! There is none like Lord Sri Rama!
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