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…

ततः पुष्पबलिं कृत्वा शान्तिं च स यथाविधि । दर्शयामास रामाय तदाश्रमपदं कृतम् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे पञ्चादशस्सर्गः (२५ श्लोक) Lakshmana built a beautiful ashram for SeetaRaama at Panchavati. After that He took bath in the holy Godavari river near-by and brought some Padmams. The above shloka says that He then offered those flowers to God and performed (Vastu) pooja and Shaanti as per the Shastras. He then showed the…

परवानस्मि काकुत्स्थ त्वयि वर्षशतं स्थिते । स्वयं तु रुचिरे देशे क्रियतामिति मां वद ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे पञ्चादशस्सर्गः (७व श्लोकमु) After reaching Panchavati, ShriRaama wanted to construct a hut in a place that has abundance of Samidhas, Pushpams, Kushas, and water (materials used in daily Pooja). He then asks His learned brother Lakshmana to decide a suitable place for construction. Lakshmana then replies with the above dharmic verse:  “O Raama!…

यथैषा रमते राम इह सीता तथा कुरु । दुष्करं कृतवत्येषा वने त्वामनुगच्छती ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे त्रयोदशस्सर्गः (४ श्लोक) In this shloka Bhagavan Agastya tells ShriRaama: “O Raama! This SeetaDevi followed the near impossible to follow dharma of following You to the forests. Please take good care of Her and do as per Her wish”.  The glory of Bharateeya culture is well-portrayed in such gems of shlokas. Here Agastya…

अग्निं हुत्वा प्रदायार्घ्यमतिथीन् प्रतिपूज्य च । वानप्रस्थ्येन धर्मेण स तेषां भोजनं ददौ ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे द्वादशस्सर्गः (२७ श्लोकम) After completing Agnihotra (naivedya, Vaisvadevam), Agastya performed Atithipooja of Seeta-Raama-Lakshmanas by offering Arghya-paadyams and then offering food as per his ashrama-dharma, which is Vaanaprastham. Through this shloka Valmiki Maharshi is teaching us the sequence of things that need to be done in Atithi Pooja. First the host must finish his…

नात्र जीवेन्मृषावादी क्रूरो वा यदि वा शठः । नृशंसः कामवृत्तो वा मुनिरेष तथाविधः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे एकादशस्सर्गः (९० श्लोक) Highlighting the greatness of Agastya, ShriRaama spoke the above shloka to Lakshmana: “One who does not follow the path of truth, one who commits un-necessary Himsa, and is cruel, one who cheats others, and one who acts as per his will, cannot live in this sacred ashram”. In addition to…