Shri Ram ji has infinite characters. Since ages Devta, Rishi and Muni have narrated the character of Shri Ram and many poets and writers in this Kaliyug also. Among these categories of characters, Shri Ram Charitra composed by Goswami Tulsidas ji has a special importance. This character written by Tulsidas ji is famous all over the world by the name of Shriramcharitmanas. In Manas, Tulsidas ji has described the character of Shri Raghunath ji with great love and devotion. Manas Granth is organized into seven parts which are called Kand. These are the seven kands; Balkand, Ayodhyakand, Aranyakand, Kishkindhakand, Sundarkand, Lankakand and Uttarkand.
Every word of this Ramcharitra is like the aarti of Prabhu Shri Ram in itself. There is a unique combination of knowledge and devotion, Shriramcharitmanas. It is well known that the entire Manas is divine but Sundarkand has a special significance. Even today Hindus have unwavering faith in Sundarkand. Even though the recitation of the entire Shriramcharitmanas is difficult in today’s busy times, but in many homes the recitation of Sundarkand is definitely done. Reading Sundarkand is as rewarding as reciting the entire Shriramcharitmanas. It is said about Sundarkand that,
सुन्दरे सुन्दरो रामः सुन्दरे सुन्दरं वनम्।
सुन्दरे सुन्दरी सीता सुन्दरे किं न सुंदरम्।।
That is, in Sundarkand there is beautiful Shri Ram, there is a beautiful forest, there is beautiful Shri Sita ji, so what is not beautiful in Sundarkand, it means, everything is beautiful.
Whether there are problems in life or the time of any festival or family function, the recitation of Sundarkand keeps on being organized. Sundarkand has been recited regularly on Tuesdays or Saturdays in many Hindu families over the years.
Let us know why we should recite Sundarkand. This important part of the Shriramcharitmanas should not only be recited, but its Hindi translation should also be read. The study of Sundarkand is also necessary because in today’s time every person is losing thy values by getting trapped in depression and misogyny, in such a situation there can be no simpler and better solution than Sundarkand.
Ideal Character of Hanuman ji:
The most fascinating part of Sundarkand is the character of Shri Hanuman Ji Maharaj. The great power of Hanuman ji has been described in Sundarkand. The presence of this great power and incomparable force also keeps Hanuman ji gentle and calm. Many motivational speakers also describe this egolessness of Hanuman ji. Through Sundarkand, Hanuman ji teaches how to stay away from ego despite having infinite power. Hanuman ji’s intense devotion to Prabhu Shri Ram is also described in Sundarkand. The entire Sundarkand is full of examples of Hanuman ji’s tact, wit and intelligence. When Hanuman ji burns Lanka and reaches Lord Shri Ram after taking information of Mata Sita, Prabhu asks him about the courage done by him in Lanka, then Hanuman ji directly says,
सो सब तव प्रताप रघुराई। नाथ न कछू मोरि प्रभुताई।।
The same specialty of Hanuman ji is seen in Sundarkand that every time Hanuman ji considers Shri Ram as the inspiration for his might and power.
Bhaktavatsal Sri Raghunath ji:
However, Goswami Tulsidas ji also apologized a lot before explaining the character of Shri Ram that he is portraying the character of the leader of universe, Shri Ram. There is something similar here as well. The character of Prabhu Shri Ram is described very well and nothing remains after him, but now that the article is being written, then some lines have to be written about the Prabhu. There are three episodes in Sundarkand where the bhaktavatsal form of the Prabhu Shri Ram is visible. First, when Hanuman ji returns from Lanka after taking information of Mata Sita ji, then Shri Ram embraces Hanuman ji in his heart and praises him very much. That dialogue of Shri Ram and Hanuman ji must be read and understood by all of us.
Second, when Vibhishan renounces Lanka and comes to the refuge of Shri Ram, then the Prabhu not only accepts him, but at that very moment he is coronated and declares him the emperor of Lanka. Even after the fear of Sugriva and other ministers that Vibhishan has come to take the difference, Prabhu Shri Ram bestows upon Vibhishan the title of his best friend.
The third episode is related to Shuk, the messenger of Ravan, when Shuk also leaves Ravan’s splendor and comes to the shelter of Shri Ram, then the Prabhu gives their gross blessings to him and he gets free from the curse and attains the supreme abode.
The lotus flower blooms only in the mud :
There are descriptions of many such characters in Sundarkand, who kept their Dharm alive even under the shadow of unrighteousness. It is very difficult to remember Prabhu and stick to human values even in the atmosphere of demonic Maya, but there are many examples of such great personalities in Sundarkand.
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First of all, Vibhishan presents a great example. Even after being the brother of Ravan, he did not renounce the path of Dharm. His entire clan had become unrighteous and traitor to Shri Ram, but Vibhishan found it appropriate to renounce his family and state, but did not stand against Prabhu Shri Ram. Till the last moment, he tried to convince his brother and finally in that great war of Dharm and Adharm, Vibhishan chosen the chariot of Dharm. When Hanuman ji was on his first journey to Lanka, he himself was surprised that how a gentleman was living in Lanka, the city of Asurs.
Malyavant and Trijata were also two pious human beings living in that demonic kingdom. It is said about Malyavant that he was very intelligent. When Vibhishan suggested Ravan to apologize to Shri Ram and send Mata Sita safely near him, Malyavant was the only member who supported Vibhishan.
Regarding Trijata, Tulsidas ji has said that,
त्रिजटा नाम राच्छसी एका। राम चरन रति निपुन बिबेका।।
That is, among the demons, there was a demon named Trijata, who had love at the feet of Shri Ramchandra ji and she was adept in wisdom.
Apart from these, Ravan’s wife Mandodari and her messenger Shuk also did not become irrational despite being in the kingdom of that unrighteousness. Both tried their best to make Ravan aware of the power and might of Shri Ram, but Ravan could not understand the warnings of both of them in ego. Mandodari became the laughing stock of Ravan and Shuk was expelled from his kingdom by Ravan. Shuk also did not go anywhere else, but he also took shelter of Shri Ram.
It is to say that Sundarkand is a complete moral education in itself. In Sundarkand, where Hanuman ji has devotion to Ram, valor, tact, intelligence and egolessness, while on the other hand Ravan has his ignorance and stupidity, arrogance.
In Sundarkand, where on one hand Mandodari is worried about her husband, on the other hand Prabhu Shri Ram has love for Mata Sita and later has a feeling of separation from Prabhu Shri Ramchandra ji. In Sundarkand, where on one hand there is the piety of demons like Vibhishan and Shuk, on the other hand there is also the sycophancy of other members of Ravan.
Sundarkand is a part of Manas Granth where there is cruel behavior and audacity of Ravan towards Mata Sita and Shri Raghunath ji, while there is also a sense of friendship towards Shri Ram ji towards Vibhishan and compassion towards Shuk.
Sundarkand is full of all human emotions. It is based on morality and truth. It tells the great saga of Ram Bhakti. It contains in itself the expressions of love and compassion. If any kind of negativity is flourishing in us, then we should definitely recite Sundarkand. To become a good human being and to get the total blessings of Shri Ram, the recital of Sundarkand is very important.
So what’s your point? If you still do not recite Sundarkand then start and infuse positivity in your life.