In a context Tulsidas Ji expounds about Lanka in ‘Ramcharitmanas’- ‘एहीं बिधि कृपा रूप गुन धाम राम आसीन I धन्य ते नर एहिं ध्यान जे रहत सदा लयलीन II’ He says – I can’t resist myself from the inbred fascination for the context of Shri Ram arrival in Lanka and taking rest on the top of Subel Mountain. Why is it so special and fascinating to me? You must be wandering about the reason. Elucidating the reason, Tulsidas Ji says – if I contemplate about Ayodhya’s Shri Ram, then I have to transform my heart to Ayodhya. If I contemplate upon your ‘Madhur Bhao’ leelas in Mithila, then my heart should be in ‘madhur’ (sweet-tempering) state. Similarly when I contemplate upon chitrakoot’s leela, it is very difficult for the heart to be in the dire state of abstinence to serve solitaire Shri Ram. But surprisingly when I hear about your arrival in Lanka and the way you ensconce yourself there, my spirit gets strengthened by the thought that I don’t have to prepare the state of ‘Lanka’ in my heart, but it’s innate nature is that of ‘Lanka’. He says when I behold the reverie of your leelas, I observe that wherever you have appeared, someone or other has solemnly called for your arrival. In Ayodhya leela, Dasrath Ji invited You, Janak Ji’s heartiest calling was there for Your Mithila arrival, similarly in Chitrakoot leela Valmiki Ji ceaselessly pleaded for your coming. Moreover, Valmiki Ji is a ‘Karma Yogi’, Janak Ji is a ‘Gyan Yogi’ and Dasrath Ji is a ‘Bhakti Yogi’. On the prayers of these great personalities, You arrived to their places. But in Lanka..!! No one had invited you formally or informally and in fact even on the contrary, the king did not wish your arrival, instead of that he was making scheme to sustain you from coming, still you forcefully got there . Outrageously!! Tulsidas Ji says,- ‘this is what I only desire of!! I don’t have so much potency to invite you. I am not even so an estimable devotee that listening to my prayer or seeing my devotional effort, you will arrive. But You can do one thing- You forcefully ensconce yourself in ‘Lanka-alike’ heart of mine without any formal or informal invitation, at your endeavour. This will bring welfare for me, there is no other alternative!!
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