रामलक्ष्मणयो राजन् गोदानं कारयस्व ह । पितृकार्यं च भद्रं ते ततो वैवाहिकं कुरु ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे एकसप्ततितमस्सर्गः (२२-२३) Janaka decided that Raama-Lakshmanas are the best match for Seetha and Urmila, by seeing the i) valour and strength of them (Raama broke the Bow of Lord Shiva) ii) dharmic nature of Dasharatha’s dynasty. Similarly, Dasharatha and his Guru, ministers decided that this was indeed the best match because of…

तस्मै दत्वा तदा सिद्धं सर्वं विप्राय निश्चितः । निश्शेषितेन्ने भगवान् अभुक्त्वैव महातपाः ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे पञ्चषष्टितमस्सर्गः (६) After completing 1000 years of severe Vratam (tapas), without taking food, water, and even air, Vishwaamitra prepared सिद्धान्नम् (cooked food as per shaastras, performed naivedyam to God and prepared the food for consumption). In order to complete the Vratam, he was about to eat this सिद्धान्नम्. Then, in order to test…

अवज्ञया न दातव्यं कस्यचिल्लीलयाऽपि वा । अवज्ञया कृतं हन्यात् दातरं नात्र संशयः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे त्रयोदशस्सर्गः (३०) During the course of preparations for पुत्रकामेष्टि, people responsible for the various activities reported their progress to sage Vasishtha. The sage, who was very pleased with their work, spoke this beautiful verse “when you are giving something, you should never show even the slightest of disrespect towards the taker. Also, you should never give things…