अप्रमत्तश्च यो राजा सर्वज्ञो विजितेन्द्रियः । कृतज्ञो धर्मशीलश्च स राजा तिष्ठते चिरम् ॥२०॥

–श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे त्रयस्त्रिंशस्सर्गः (२० श्लोकम) “One who is always attentive and uses his wits, one who is well-versed with the skills of ruling, one who has control over his mind and body,  one who never forgets the good done to him, one who is dharmic, only he can rule his kingdom long-lastingly”, advised  aptly, though…

अवश्यं लभते जन्तुः फलं पापस्य कर्मणः । घोरं पर्यागते काले द्रुमाः पुष्पमिवार्तवम् ॥८॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे एकोनत्रिंशस्सर्गः (८ श्लोकम) “Like how flowers on trees blossom and transform into fruits as per the season, living beings must invariably experience the misery that is the result of their adharmic deeds as and when the time for it arrives”, advised ShriRaama to Khara.

न चिरं पापकर्माणः क्रूरा लोकजुगुप्सिताः । ऐश्वर्यं प्राप्य तिष्ठन्ति शीर्णमूला इव द्रुमाः ॥७॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे एकोनत्रिंशस्सर्गः (६ श्लोकम) Continuing the advise, ShriRaama spoke to Khara: “This world has a strong aversion for the cruel-minded. Like how even a giant tree slowly dies off if its root is affected, adharmic people will in no time loose even great fortunes (that they obtained because of some good deeds in…

लोभात् पापानि कुर्वाणः कामाद्वा यो न बुध्यते । भ्रष्टः पश्यति तस्यान्तं ब्राह्मणी करकादिव ॥५॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे एकोनत्रिंश्शस्सर्गः (५ श्लोकम) “Like how a Braahmani snake willingly eats a hailstone but then dies miserably, a person who with desire or with lobham does adharmic deeds and does not even repent later, will obtain miserable fate (as result of his own actions)”. Thus ShriRaama advised Khara before slaying him and his…

अनागतविधानं तु कर्तव्यं शुभमिच्छता । आपदं शङ्कमानेन पुरुषेण विपश्चिता ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे चतुर्विंश्शस्सर्गः (११ श्लोक) By observing the evil omen and other clues, ShriRaama assessed the situation well and rightly guessed that Khara-Dushanas would come for war. Hence he made necessarily arrangements for war and took necessary precautions. In this context, ShriRaama spoke this wise verse with Lakshmana: “One who desires good, must forsee…

तर्पयित्वाथ सलिलैस्ते पितॄन् दैवतानि च । स्तुवन्ति स्मोदितं सूर्यं देवताश्च समाहिताः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे षोडशस्सर्गः (४२व श्लोकमु) Valmiki maharshi describes the lifestyle of SitaRamaLakshmanas during chilling winter season. Even in that biting cold, they woke up well before sunrise, reached the banks of Godavari and took bath in its ice-cold waters. The above shloka says, “They then offered Tarpanams to PitruDevatas, and Devatas. They performed dhyaanam of…

भावज्ञेन कृतज्ञेन धर्मज्ञेन च लक्ष्मण । त्वया नाथेन धर्मात्मा न संवृतः पिता मम ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे पञ्चादशस्सर्गः (२९ श्लोक) Raama says “O Lakshmana! You are a dharmagnya, krutagnya. You even can understand my feelings and thought. As long as you are protecting Me, I will assume My father Dasharatha is not dead.”  This gem of a shloka not only illustrates the great service of Lakshmana, but also showcases the…