O my heart! Sing praises of Sri Ram, Who absolves the greatest fears due to the cycle of life and death, and Whose eyes, mouth, hands, and feet are like a newly blooming red lotus.||1||
I bow to Sri Ram, Whose beauty cannot be compared with that of the cupid Kamdev, Whose pleasing appearance is beyond any measures, Whose body is like a newly formed dense blue cloud, Whose yellow robes are shining like lightening (on His cloud like body), Whose beauty is gleaming, and Who is the consort of the daughter of Janak (Sita).||2||
Sing praises of Sri Ram, Who is the friend of poor, Who is the Lord of Sun, Who expurgated the lineage of demons from Danu and Diti¹, Who is the dear one of Raghu, Who is like a cloud of happiness, Who is like a moon for Kausalya, and Who is dear one of Dashrath.||3||
Sing praises of Sri Ram, Who has a beautiful crown on His head, Who is adorned with ear-hoops, Who has a beautiful colored mark (tilak) on His forehead, Who has expanded and beautiful organs decorated by ornaments, Who has long hands reaching His knees, Who holds a bow and an arrow, and Who defeated Khar and Dushan in a fierce battle².||4||
Tulsidas says this; Ram, the enticer of Shiv, Shesh (Sheshnag), and saints, reside in my lotus-like-heart and destroy the evils generated by desire.||5||
¹ Diti —> Daitya; Danu —> Danav.
² In the Forest-Book or Aranyakanda, Surpanakha, the sister of Ravan, Khar, and Dushan, saw Ram. She got mesmerized by Him and proposed Ram for marriage. Ram refused it because of Sita; Surpanakha tried to kill Sita only to lose her nose and ears to the sword of Lakshman. Khar and Dushan came to seek revenge from Ram; Ram alone slayed more than 14,000 demons in a matter of hours.
Poet: Gosvami Tulsidas
Source: Vinay Patrika
© Stutimandal 2006, Mar 24.