ततो रामस्य सत्कृत्य विधिना पावकोपमाः । आजह्रुस्ते महाभागाः सलिलं धर्मचारिणः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे प्रथमोध्यायः (१५ श्लोक)

This shloka means “Rushis (of Dandakarnya), who were firm followers of Dharma, whose aura is as bright as fire, performed Atithi-pooja to Sita-Raama-Lakshmanas as per the shastras”.

Note that even after leaving all wordly comforts and performing un-interrupted Tapas, and there-by becoming tri-kaala-vedis, the rushis did not leave following Dharma! Also, this shloka illustrates the importance of Atithi-pooja.

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