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…

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!…

रथस्थः स हि धर्मात्मा भरतो भ्रातृवत्सलः । नन्दिग्रामं ययौ तूर्णं शिरस्याधाय पादुके ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे पञ्चदशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१२ श्लोक) “Bharata travelled to Nandigrama while carrying ShriRaama’s Paadukas on his head.” This shloka illustrates the love and bhakti Bharata had towards His brother (who was also His Guru). More importantly, like Bharata, we should always keep God on our head (in our mind) and follow His instructions (dharma).

आसनं पूजयामास रामायाभि प्रणम्य च । वालव्यजनमादाय न्यषीदत् सचिवासने ॥

() श्रीमद्रामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे एकनवतितमस्सर्गः (३८ श्लोकम) Using his incredible Tapashshakti, Bharadwaja maharshi invited Vishvakarma and built a heavenly palace for the night stay of Bharata and His army. “Bharata entered the palace (after His purohits entered) and did pooja for the most-glorious aasana present inside (that meant for the King of the palace), imagining that ShriRaama is…

व्यसनी वा समृद्धो वा गतिरेष तवानघ । एष लोके सतां धर्मो यज्ज्येष्ठवशगो भवेत् ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे चतुर्विंशस्सर्गः (६) “O Lakshmana! Whether ShriRaama is in difficulties or is not, you must always abide by him. Abiding to one’s elder brother is the duty of the younger”, advices Sumitra. Such shlokas must be eye-openers for the present society that is filled with atomic families living far away from family relations.