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Raam, Ram Balaroop, Ram as a child, Tulsidas


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Rāma Bālalīlā

Sometimes Rāma stubbornly asks for the moon, sometimes He gets scared after watching his reflection, sometimes He dances around clapping His hands (or cymbals), and the Mothers are filled with joy on watching this.[1]

Sometimes Rāma gets angry (as a sport) and gets stubborn on what He wants. The four sons of Daśaratha, viz., Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa, Bharata and Śatrughna, always roam inside the temple like heart of Tulasīdāsa.[8]

His teeth look like shiny Jasmine buds and His lips look like twin-petals of flower opening up. The immaculate necklace of pearl at His blue-neck looks like a shiny lightening dancing on the surface of a blue cloud.[9]

The curvy tresses hang over the forehead of Rāma and earrings shine over His cheeks. The poet Tulasīdāsa dedicates his life on the beautiful words spoken by Rāma.[10]

His anklets are enticing, and His shoes are attractive. Rāma is playing with small friends at the decorated banks, decorated by crossings and market, of the River Sarayū.2[11]

O Tulasī! If someone is without respect and passion for a child like Rāma, then what is the use of chanting, Yoga, meditation, and penance? Those persons are like donkeys, pigs, and dogs, and really are living an unworthy life.[12]

Rāma, Who is known as Raghuvīra, roams at the bank of River Sarayū with His friends. He has bow and arrow in His hands, a quiver on shoulder, and is decorated with a new yellow-robe.[13]

At that time, O Tulasīdāsa! when Sarasvatī, the Goddess of knowledge, roamed through the (ten and four) fourteen houses (bhuvan), nine entities (Khaṇḍa), three worlds (Loka), and twenty-one universes (Brahmāṇḍa) 3, but failed to find a metaphor appropriate for the beautiful Rāma.[14]


1 Ayodhyā, where Rāma was born, is on the bank of the River Sarayū.

2 The glossing of bhuvana, khaṇḍa, loka, and brahmāṇḍa to the numbers mentioned is in the hands of the reader. The actual meaning of these numbers is absent in the poetry. This interpretation has been taken from the explanation made in Kavitāvalī published by Gitapress, Gorakhpur. Alternatively, these numbers are also glossed to ten qualities of sweetness, four qualities of valour, nine qualities of dominance, three qualities of nature, and twenty-one qualities of glory.


Poet: Tulasīdāsa

Book: Kavitāvalī

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar


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