What do we learn from Kevat’s story in Shri Ram Charit Manas
On the seventh day of Shri Ram Katha, Pujya Bhaishri spoke on the episode of Kevat from Shri Ram Chant Manas.
When Kevat brought Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sitaji across the river Ganga, Lord Ram presents a gold ring to Kevat in return for his favour. However, Kevat does not accept this saying that all his sorrows and poverty have now vanished. “All my desires have been fulfilled, therefore with your grace, I do not want anything my Lord,” says Kevat.
“I have worked hard in labour all my life but never gained what I have attained today,” says Kevat.
Then, what was the outcome for Kevat?
When one’s desires are destroyed, one becomes the king of kings. When you desire something, put this forward to God and you attain it, this is God’s ordinary grace upon you. However, when you are free from desires totally, this is extra-ordinary grace by God upon you.
There is a rule that you reap what you sow. However here, we see that Kevat has performed an action out of devotion for Lord Ram but does not want the fruit from the outcome. Then did Lord Room let Kevat go empty- handed?
Tulsidasji clarifies that that is not the case. Lord Ram gave Kevat the boon of devotion. Hence this teaches us to perform our actions without attachment to the results.