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Sri Charitropakhyan Sahib jee Series - Charitar #89

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ਚੌਪਈ ॥


ਮਾਝਾ ਦੇਸ ਜਾਟ ਇਕ ਰਹੈ ॥

ਕਾਜ ਕ੍ਰਿਸਾਨੀ ਕੋ ਨਿਰਬਹੈ ॥

In the country of Majha, a man of Jat clan used to live. He earned his living by farming.

ਰੈਨਿ ਦਿਨਾ ਖੇਤਨ ਮੈ ਰਹਈ ॥

ਰਾਮ ਸੀਹ ਨਾਮਾ ਜਗ ਕਹਈ ॥੧॥

Day in and day out, he kept himself busy in his farm; he was known in the world by the name of Ram Singh.(1)

ਰਾਧਾ ਨਾਮ ਨਾਰਿ ਗ੍ਰਿਹ ਤਾ ਕੇ ॥

ਕਛੂ ਨ ਲਾਜ ਰਹਤ ਤਨ ਵਾ ਕੇ ॥

In his household, he had a woman called Radha; she lacked chastity in her manners.

ਨਿਤ ਉਠਿ ਬਾਗਵਾਨ ਪੈ ਜਾਵੈ ॥

ਭੋਗ ਕਮਾਇ ਬਹੁਰਿ ਗ੍ਰਿਹ ਆਵੈ ॥੨॥

She would daily go to a gardener and come back after making love with him.(2)

ਲੈ ਸਤੂਆ ਪਤਿ ਓਰ ਸਿਧਾਈ ॥

ਚਲੀ ਚਲੀ ਮਾਲੀ ਪਹਿ ਆਈ ॥

When she was bringing the barley-meal for her husband, she came across the gardener.

ਬਸਤ੍ਰ ਛੋਰਿ ਕੈ ਭੋਗ ਕਮਾਯੋ ॥

ਤਿਹ ਸਤੂਆ ਕੀ ਕਰੀ ਬਨਾਯੋ ॥੩॥

Taking her clothes off, she made love with him and, then, (on reaching home) she cooked barley-meal.(3)

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥


ਸਤੂਅਨ ਕਰੀ ਬਨਾਇ ਕੈ ਤਾ ਮੈ ਬਧ੍ਯੋ ਬਨਾਇ ॥

After making the curry of barley she placed in it a statue carved out flour dough.

ਸਤੂਆ ਹੀ ਸੋ ਜਾਨਿਯੈ ਕਰੀ ਨ ਚੀਨ੍ਯੋ ਜਾਇ ॥੪॥

It looked like barley-meal and could not be taken as curry.( 4)

ਚੌਪਈ ॥


ਭੋਗ ਕਰਤ ਭਾਮਿਨਿ ਸੁਖ ਪਾਯੋ ॥

ਜਾਮਿਕ ਤਾ ਸੌ ਕੇਲ ਕਮਾਯੋ ॥

She had felt blessful after enacting the lovemaking and seeking the enjoyment.

ਮਾਲੀ ਕੇ ਗ੍ਰਿਹ ਤੇ ਜਬ ਆਈ ॥

ਬਸਤ੍ਰ ਆਪਨੋ ਲਯੋ ਉਠਾਈ ॥੫॥

When she had returned from the gardener’s house, she fully adorned her clothes.(5)

ਲੈ ਸਤੂਆ ਨਿਜੁ ਪਤਿ ਪਹਿ ਗਈ ॥

ਛੋਰਤ ਬਸਤ੍ਰ ਹੇਤ ਤਿਹ ਭਈ ॥

Whe she offered barely-meal to her husband, abandoning the clothes, she wrapped herself around him

ਹਾਥੀ ਹੇਰਿ ਚੌਕ ਜੜ ਰਹਿਯੋ ॥

ਤੁਰਤ ਬਚਨ ਤਬ ਹੀ ਤ੍ਰਿਯ ਕਹਿਯੋ ॥੬॥

‘Seeing the elephant, I was dreaded.’ she immediately vocalised to her husband. (6)

ਸੋਵਤ ਹੁਤੀ ਸੁਪਨ ਮੁਹਿ ਆਯੋ ॥

ਕਰੀ ਮਤ ਪਾਛੈ ਤਵ ਧਾਯੋ ॥

’I was in deep slumber, when I saw an elephant charging after you.

ਮੈ ਡਰਿ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਲਯੋ ਬੁਲਾਈ ॥

ਜੋ ਉਨ ਕਹਿਯੋ ਸੁ ਕ੍ਰਿਆ ਕਮਾਈ ॥੭॥

‘I was dreaded and immediately called the priest and I ritualised the way he asked me.(7)

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥


ਸਤੂਅਨ ਕਰੀ ਬਨਾਇ ਕੈ ਦੰਤਨ ਚਾਬੇ ਕੋਇ ॥

‘He had told me that whosoever ate the curry made out of barleymeal,

ਤਾ ਕੌ ਗੈਵਰ ਮਤ ਕੋ ਕਬਹੂੰ ਤ੍ਰਾਸ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥੮॥

‘He would never be frightened ofthe elephant.’ (8)

ਫੂਲਿ ਗਯੋ ਜੜ ਬਾਤ ਸੁਨਿ ਭੇਦ ਨ ਸਕਿਯੋ ਪਾਇ ॥

He was pleased after listening to this flattery, but did not comprehend the real secret

ਸਤੂਅਨ ਕਰੀ ਤੁਰਾਇ ਕੈ ਮੁਹਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਯ ਲਯੋ ਬਚਾਇ ॥੯॥

And thought, ‘With the curry of barley-meal the woman has saved my life.’(9)(1)

ਇਤਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਚਰਿਤ੍ਰ ਪਖ੍ਯਾਨੇ ਤ੍ਰਿਯਾ ਚਰਿਤ੍ਰੇ ਮੰਤ੍ਰੀ ਭੂਪ ਸੰਬਾਦੇ ਨਵਾਸੀਮੋ ਚਰਿਤ੍ਰ ਸਮਾਪਤਮ ਸਤੁ ਸੁਭਮ ਸਤੁ ॥੮੯॥੧੫੬੨॥ਅਫਜੂੰ॥

Eighty-ninth Parable of Auspicious Chritars Conversation of the Raja and the Minister, Completed with Benediction. (89)(1560)


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In this charitar I see something that is unusual from the rest of the charitars in that there is a focus on the meal of the husband. The wife has ruined the meal of her husband yet concucts a story to explain why and using superstition or the advice of a Pandit she allays the fears of her husband. Now coming on to her husband. He works day and night, in his fields in a physically exerting job. Is the charitar telling us here that too much focus on work and less time on your spouse/family is not a good thing?

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2 hours ago, chatanga1 said:

The above katha posted by @Soulfinder is a great help in understanding this charitar. Thanks for the post bro. I couldn't understand the elephant bit until I heard the katha of it.

Very glad to share veer ji and am happy that helped understand the meaning

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