kaccidarthena vā dharmaṃ arthaṃ dharmeṇa vā punaḥ । ubhau vā prītilobhena kāmena ca na bādhase ॥

— vālmīkirāmāyaṇe ayodhyākāṇḍe śatatamassargaḥ (63) In this wonderful śloka told by śrīrāma to bharata, he clearly defines the relative importance of the puruṣārthas: śrīrāma commands that our desires and the way we earn wealth both should always be dharmic. This is because, “dharitīti viśvaṁ dharmaḥ“, dharma is the only basis and support for this entire viśvaṁ.…

pitā hi prabhurasmākaṃ daivataṃ paramaṃ hi naḥ | yasya no dāsyati pitā sa no bhartā bhaviṣyati ||

— vālmīkirāmāyaṇe bālakāṇḍe dvātriṃśassargaḥ (22) “Our father is our supreme God and he has complete authority over us. To whomever he gives me shall only be my husband”, this is the righteous reply that the 100 daughters of Kuśanābha give to Vāyudeva in one voice, when he requests them to marry him. Vāyudeva even lures these extremely…