Sri Lakshmanagita From Sri Ramacharitamanas In English

॥ Lakshmanagita from Ramacharitamanas English Lyrics ॥

॥ shreelakshmanageetaa raamacharitamaanasase ॥

siya sumantra bhraataa sahita kanda moola phala khaai ।
sayana keenha raghubamsamani paaya palot’ata bhaai । 89 ।
Having partaken of the bulbs, roots and fruits along with Sita, Sumantra and His brother (Lakshmana), the Jewel of Raghu’s race lay down to sleep, while His brother kneaded His feet. (89)


ut’he lakhanu prabhu sovata jaanee । kahi sachivahi sovana mri’du baanee ।
kachhuka doori saji baana saraasana । jaagana lage bait’hi beeraasana । 1 ।
guham’ bolaai paaharoo prateetee । t’haavam’ t’haavam’ raakhe ati preetee ।
aapu lakhana pahim bait’heu jaaee । kat’i bhaathee sara chaapa charhaaee । 2 ।
sovata prabhuhi nihaari nishaadoo । bhaya_u prema basa hri’dayam’ bishaadoo ।
tanu pulakita jalu lochana bahaee । bachana saprema lakhana sana kahaee । 3 ।
bhoopati bhavana subhaayam’ suhaavaa । surapati sadanu na pat’atara paavaa ।
manimaya rachita chaaru chaubaare । janu ratipati nija haatha samvaare । 4 ।

When Lakshmana perceived that his lord had fallen asleep, he rose and asked the minister in soft accents to retire. As for himself he got ready his bow and arrows and sitting at some distance in the posture of a hero he kept watch. Guha called his trusted watchmen and stationed them at different points with great love; while he himself went and took his seat beside Lakshmana with a quiver fastened to his waist and an arrow fitted to his bow. When the NiShada chief saw his lord lying (on a bed of grass and leaves) he felt great sorrow in his heart due to excess of love; the hair on his body bristled, tears flowed from his eyes and he addressed the following affectionate words to Lakshmana: `The king’s palace is naturally charming; even Indra’s residence can hardly stand comparison with it. Its beautiful antics are built of precious gems and are so lovely as though the god of love has constructed them with his own hands.’ (1-4)


suchi subichitra subhogamaya sumana sugandha subaasa ।
palam’ga ga manju manideepa jaham’ saba bidhi sakala supaasa ॥ 90 ॥

`Free from impurities, exceedingly marvelous of design, abounding in exquisite luxuries and scented with the fragrance of flowers, they are furnished with lovely beds and lighted with gems and are full of amenities of every description.’ (90)

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bibidha basana upadhaana turaaeem । chheera phena mri’du bisada suhaaeem ।
taham’ siya raamu sayana nisi karaheem । nija chhabi rati manoja madu haraheem । 1 ।
te siya raamu saathareem soe । shramita basana binu jaahim na joe ।
maatu pitaa parijana purabaasee । sakhaa suseela daasa aru daasee । 2 ।
yogavahim jinhahi praana kee naaeem । mahi sovata tei raama gosaaeem ।
pitaa janaka jaga bidita prabhaaoo । sasura suresa sakhaa raghuraaoo । 3 ।
raamachandu pati so baidehee । sovata mahi bidhi baama na kehee ।
siya raghubeera ki kaanana jogoo । karama pradhaana satya kaha logoo । 4 ।

Again they are equipped with coverlets and sheets, pillows and cushions of various kinds-all soft, white and charming as the froth of milk. It is in such attics that Sita and Rama used to sleep at night and humbled by their beauty the pride of Rati and her consort, the god of love. Those very Sita and Rama are now lying on a pallet, exhausted and uncovered, a sight one cannot bear to see. The same Lord Rama whom his father and mother, his own family and the people of the city, his good-natured companions, men- servants and maid-servants, all cherished as their own life, sleeps on the ground! Nay, Sita, whose father Janaka is famed throughout the world, whose father-in-law is King Dasharatha, the chief of Raghu’s and an ally of Indra (the lord of immortals) and whose spouse is Ramacandra, is lying on the ground! An adverse fate spares none. Do Sita and the Hero of Raghu’s race deserve to be exiled to the woods? They rightly say: `Fate is supreme.’ (1-4)


kaikayanandini mandamati kat’hina kut’ilapanu keenha ।
yehim raghunandana jaanakihi sukha avasara dukhu deenha । 91 ।

`The foolish daughter of Kekaya has wrought cruel mischief in that she has brought trouble on Sita and the Delighter of Raghu’s race at a time of enjoyment.’ (91)

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bha_i dinakara kula bit’apa kut’haaree । kumati keenha saba bisva dukhaaree ।
bhaya_u bishaadu nishaadahi bhaaree । raama seeya mahi sayana nihaaree । 1 ।
bole lakhana madhura mri’du baanee । gyaana biraaga bhagati rasa saanee ।
kaahu na kou sukha dukha kara daataa । nija kri’ta karama bhoga sabu bhraataa । 2 ।
yoga biyoga bhoga bhala mandaa । hita anahita madhyama bhrama phandaa ।
yanamu maranu jaham’ lagi jaga jaaloo । sampati bipati karamu aru kaaloo । 3 ।
dharani dhaamu dhanu pura parivaaroo । saragu naraku jaham lagi byavahaaroo ।
dekhia sunia gunia mana maahee । moha moola paramaarathu naahee । 4 ।

`The wicked woman has played the axe in felling the tree of the solar race and plunged the whole universe in woe.’ The Nishada chief was sore distressed to see Rama and Sita sleeping on the ground. Lakshmana spoke to him sweet and gentle words imbued with the nectar of wisdom, dispassion and devotion: ‘No one is a source of delight or pain to another; everyone reaps the fruit of one’s own actions, brother. Union and separation, pleasurable and painful experiences, friends, foes and neutrals-snares of delusion are these. Even so birth and death, prosperity and adversity, destiny and time and all the illusion of the world; lands, houses, wealth, town and family, heaven and hell, and all the phenomena of the world; nay, whatever is seen, heard or thought of with the mind has its root in ignorance: nothing exists in reality.’ (1-4)


sapanem hoi bhikhaari nri’pu ranku naakapati hoi ।
yaagem laabhu na haani kachhu timi prapancha jiyam’ joi । 92 ।

`Suppose in a dream a king becomes a pauper and a pauper becomes the lord of paradise; on waking, the one does not gain nor does the other lose anything. So must you look upon this world.’ (92)


asa bichaari nahim keejia rosoo । kaahuhi baadi na deia dosoo ।
moha nisaam’ sabu sovanihaaraa । dekhia sapana aneka prakaaraa । 1 ।
ehim jaga jaamini jaagahim jogee । paramaarathee prapancha biyogee ।
yaania tabahim jeeva jaga jaagaa । jaba saba bishaya bilaasa biraagaa । 2 ।
hoi bibeku moha bhrama bhaagaa । taba raghunaatha charana anuraagaa ।
sakhaa parama paramaarathu ehoo । mana krama bachana raama pada nehoo । 3 ।
raama brahma paramaaratha roopaa । abigata alakha anaadi anoopaa ।
sakala bikaara rahita gatabhedaa । kahi nita neti niroopahim bedaa । 4 ।

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`Reasoning thus be not angry nor blame anyone in vain. Everyone is slumbering in the night of delusion, and while asleep one sees dreams of various kinds. In this night of mundane existence, it is Yogis (mystics) alone who keep awake-Yogis who are in quest of the highest truth and remain aloof from the world. A soul should be deemed as having awoken from the night of the world only when he develops and aversion for the enjoyments of the world of sense. It is only when the right understanding comes that the error of delusion disappears and then alone one develops a love for the feet of Rama (the Lord of Raghu’s). O friend, the highest spiritual goal is this: to be devoted to the feet of Rama in thought, word and deed. Rama is no other than Brahma (God), the supreme Reality, unknown, imperceptible, beginningless, incomparable, free from all change and beyond all diversity. The Vedas ever speak of Him in negative terms (not this).’ (1-4)


bhagata bhoomi bhoosura surabhi sura hita laagi kri’paala ।
karata charita dhari manuja tanu sunata mit’ahim jaga jaala । 93 ।

`For the sake of His devotees, Earth, the Brahmanas, cows and gods, the gracious Lord takes the form of a man and performs actions by hearing of which the snares of the world are broken asunder.’ (93)


sakhaa samujhi asa parihari mohoo । siya raghubeera charana rata hohoo ।
kahata raama guna bhaa bhinusaaraa । jaage jaga mangala sukhadaaraa । 1 ।

`Realizing this, O friend, shed all infatuation and be devoted to the feet of Sita and the Hero of Raghu’s race.’

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