नवाग्रयणपूजाभिरभ्यर्च्य पितृदेवताः । कृताग्रयणकाः काले सन्तो विगतकल्मषाः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे षोडशस्सर्गः (६व श्लोकमु) Describing the winter season, Lakshmana spoke this memorable shloka to ShriRaama:  “By performing Navaagrayana Pooja and satisfying Pitrudevatas, the good people are being relieved of paapam”. When new bags of rice are brought into a home, they are first offered to Devatas and Pitrudevatas. Navaagrayana Pooja is one such ritual…

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…

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…

सदृशं चानुरूपं च कुलस्य तव चात्मनः । सधर्मचारिणी मे त्वं प्राणेभ्योपि गरीयसी ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे दशमस्सर्गः (२२व श्लोकमु) Praising SeetaDevi for preaching dharmas to Him, ShriRaama says this shloka: “O Janaki! You spoke words that befit your nature and Janaka’s ancestry. You are more dear to me than myself. Now being my Sahadharmacharini, support me in following this critical Dharma (in the forests)”. The lessons for us to be…

परस्पर्शात्तु वैदेह्या न दुःखतरमस्ति मे । पितुर्वियोगात् सौमित्रे! स्वराज्यहरणात् तथा ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे द्वितीयस्सर्गः (२१ श्लोक) When the mighty demon Viraadha took away SitaDevi into his hands, un-able to tolerate the grief, ShriRaama spoke these words to Lakshmana: “O Saumitri! Loss of kingdom did not cause me grief. The gravest event till now was the loss of our father. However, seeing the plight of SeetaDevi is…

धर्मदारान् परित्यज्य परदारान् निषेवताम् । त्यक्तधर्मरतिर्मूढो यस्याऽऽर्योऽनुमते गतः ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे पञ्चसप्ततितमस्सर्गः (52 श्लोक) Bharata spoke this note-worthy verse while pledging before Kausalya that he was not involved in sending ShriRaama to the forests: “If I was involved in sending ShriRaama to the forests, may I get that great sin as one who deserts his wife and desires other women, thus breaking the vow made before Gods…

भर्ता तु खलु नारीणां गुणवान् निर्गुणोऽपि वा । धर्मं विमृशमानानां प्रत्यक्षं देवि! दैवतम् ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे द्विषष्टितमस्सर्गः (८) “For a dharmic wife, her husband is God in human and approachable form.” While this sutra in sanatana dharma is a boon for women, for men it is perhaps the most difficult one to accomplish. Because it is next to impossible for one to show as much karuna and anugraham (on his wife) as paramaatma (shows…