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Chritar or Tale One Hundred Two (102) - Extreme Devotion of Queen Kaikaee to her husband Raja Dasrath


Chritar 102

COMPOSITION CHRITROPAKHYAAN has been Composed by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee, and forms a part of Dasam Granth Sahib; which is more than 40 percent of he whole volume of the Granth.

The Instinct of Sex being most powerful, both creative and is most powerful in creation of sensual passions in creatures. It is closely related to the Creative Life Giving Divine Power; if, however it is used as unregulated by the Moral Divine Authority for mere sensual pleasures, it proves to be most destructive and perilous force for self and others too. If this instinct is properly made use of, under the Guidance of the Divine Authority, its proper use leads to all imaginable comforts, prosperity, fame and happiness in life. Keeping in view of the extreme dangers involved in one’s slightest carelessness in handling the situations of his sex life, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee composed this section of the Granth giving about 400 tales of the different aspects of the people of all lands, to make all to beware of the situations, which may lead them to its perilous effect.

In this issue, we shall study CHRITRA (TALE) 102, WHICH RELATES TO THE REVERED GURUS’ OWN ANCESTORS, RAJA DASRATH OF AYUODHIYA, AND HIS QUEEN KAIKAEE.

Raja Dasrath was the son of Raja Ajj, and grandson of Raja Raghu, in whose name the Dynasty of Kings became to be known as Raghubans. Raja Dasrath had wedded three wives, from them was blessed with Four sons, all of them of great merits. The Four sons were – (1) Sri Ram Chander (2) Sri Bharath (3) Sri Lakshman (4) Sri Satrughan.

Sri Ram Chander had two sons, (1) Luv and (2) Kush. The descendents of Luv and Kush picked up some quarrel with regard to their respective jurisdiction of administration of lands. One of the descendent of Luv had a son born from the princess of some Central India King; the son was named Sodhi Rai, and his descendents began to be called Sodhis, it was from the descendent of Sodhi Rai was born Sri Guru Ram Das of Sodhi Clan. The succeeding 5 – 10th Gurus were the descendents of Guru Ram Das.

While the descendents of Kush, who in their fight with descendents of Luv, after having been vanquished, fled to Banares, settled there, and began to study Vedas and preached religion, were called Baidies. It was from the descendents of those Baidis Guru Nanak was born.

The descendents of Sri Bharat began to called of Bhalla Clan, from whom Sri Guru Amar Das Jee was born. The descendents of Sri Lakshman began to called of Trehan Clan, from whom Sri Guru Angad Dev was born. So all the Ten Gurus belong to Raghuvansh Dynasty, and its Baidi, Trehan and Sodhi clans. THEREFORE THE STATEMENT THAT THIS TALE RELATES TO THE GURUS’ OWN ANCESTORS.

The tale begins with the statement that Raja Dasrath, son of Raja Ajj, used to live in the City of Ayodhiya. He was benevolent to the poor and loved his subjects. Once a war broke out between gods and the demons, and Raja Inder sent for Raja Dasrath for the help to fight the war. Raja Inder told the messengers to go as fast as they could and bring with them Raja Dasrath and his army leaving aside all his other engagements, to fight their war. The messengers told Raja Dasrath accordingly. However, Queen Kaikaee came to know of the Inder’s message relating to war participation, which her husband Dasrath was to fight. She told Dasrath that would also accompany him, failing which she would immolate herself and die. As there was great mutual love in them, the Raja agreed to take her with him. She told him that she would serve him in fighting; if he were to get killed, she would also become Sati – immolate herself with him on his pyre. Dasrath accompanied by his wife reached the battlefield where fighting was in progress. (1 -7)

Inder, who was fully armed with weapons entered the battlefield, where other proud gods had been engaged with powerful demons. When the demons discharged rain of deadly arrows, then gods took to their heals. Inder alone found himself fighting with the demons on the battlefield. At that time Raja Dasrath came to god Inder’s help. Inder while fighting, found himself having been besieged by the demons, just like gust of wind engulfs dark clouds, and blows in a storm. (8 – 10)

In such a situation when deadly frightful fighting between gods and demons was in progress, Raja Dasrath, who was known of his greatness in all the seven worlds, and who was son of Raja Ajj, was seen having entered the battlefield and fought with great determination. The demons directed their onslaughts on him from all directions. Thus ensued the deadly battle. One demon, from the army of the demons sprung forth, who could kill the charioteer of Raja Ajj’s coach. (11 – 15)

When Queen Kaikaee, mother of Prince Bharath, came to know of the death of her husband’s charioteer, she disguised herself as the charioteer and replaced herself for the dead one. She drove the chariot in such a masterly way that no enemy’s arrows could hit him; and also wherever the Raja wanted to move, she would take him there. She drove the chariot in such a mastery way, that wherever Raja moved, there he killed the enemies. Although the atmosphere became dusty due to the raising of the dust storm in troop movements, yet the Raja’s Sword shone like the flash of lightening.
(16 – 18)

Raja Dasrath killed demons one by one. It was a very dreadful battle, and many pious persons died, which the poet Shyam (the Guru) was fully aware of. (17 – 30)

Wherever Dasrath’s mind would think of going, there Kaikaee would take him; thus she managed to move the coach in such a way that he did not even have a scratch on his body. Wherever Kaikaee would take him, he would kill the demons. The Raja thus fought the battle so valiantly, that his fame spread amongst Romans and Syrians. The Raja annihilated all the enemies of gods, and thus he removed all worries of god Indra. Kailaee served her Husband in such a way that she became instrumental in saving him when he was put in extreme danger. Kaikaee was blessed with extremely beautiful body and cmplexion; she won not only the battle, but also TWO SOLEMN PROMISES FROM HER HUSBAND LORD. (31 – 34).

It is most regretted that Pritpal Singh Bindra has extremely poorly translated this Composition of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee, with prejudiced mind, incorrectly and poorly translating passages of importance to prove sexy and Brahmanic in nature, to defame SATGURU JEE.

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