सदृशं चानुरूपं च कुलस्य तव चात्मनः । सधर्मचारिणी मे त्वं प्राणेभ्योपि गरीयसी ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे दशमस्सर्गः (२२व श्लोकमु)

Praising SeetaDevi for preaching dharmas to Him, ShriRaama says this shloka:

“O Janaki! You spoke words that befit your nature and Janaka’s ancestry. You are more dear to me than myself. Now being my Sahadharmacharini, support me in following this critical Dharma (in the forests)”.

The lessons for us to be learnt:

  1. Though ShriRaama was Himself a scholar and a firm follower of Dharma, note that He did not even slightly get disturbed when adviced by others on Dharma. Infact, He praised SeetaDevi and encouraged Her to support Him in following the (difficult) dharma. This episode clearly illustrates that ShriRaama did not even have the slightest of ego of being a scholarly/dharmic person. Like ShriRaama, we must also listen to dharmic/adhyatmik advices from others even though they may seem familiar.
  2. The extent to which a husband should love his wife must be learnt from ShriRaama. More importantly, though he loved his wife more than himself, his love is not blind love that crosses the barriers of dharma. For e.g., ShriRaama elsewhere mentions that for Dharma’s sake He will not hesitate to leave Seeta and Lakshmana too!
  3. We must also learn from ShriRaama the art of talking softly and lovingly.
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