अप्रमत्तश्च यो राजा सर्वज्ञो विजितेन्द्रियः । कृतज्ञो धर्मशीलश्च स राजा तिष्ठते चिरम् ॥२०॥

–श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे त्रयस्त्रिंशस्सर्गः (२० श्लोकम) “One who is always attentive and uses his wits, one who is well-versed with the skills of ruling, one who has control over his mind and body,  one who never forgets the good done to him, one who is dharmic, only he can rule his kingdom long-lastingly”, advised  aptly, though…

क्षत्रियाणां तु वीराणां वनेषु निरतात्मनाम् । धनुषा कार्यमेतावत् आर्तानां अभिरक्षणम् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे नवमस्सर्गः (२६व श्लोकमु) With humility SeetaDevi spoke this dharmic verse to ShriRaama: “It is the primary duty of a Kshatriya to protect Tapasvis, who lead a completely Ahimsa-ic life in the forests, using their valour”.

नैवमर्हथ मां वक्तुं आज्ञाप्तोहं तपस्विनाम् ।

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे षष्ठस्सर्गः (२२ श्लोक) ShriRaama spoke the above shloka while replying to Rushis who came to Him seeking protection: “O great sages! You requesting me is un-appropriate. I must follow your orders instead.”  This beautiful shloka not only teaches that protecting Saadu-rushis is a primary duty of the king, but also glorifies the humble…

न्यस्तदण्डा वयं राजन् जितक्रोधा जितेन्द्रियाः । रक्षितव्यास्त्वया शश्वत् गर्भभूतास्तपोधनाः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे प्रथमोध्यायः (२० श्लोक) Requesting ShriRaama to protect them from deadly rakshasas, the rushis of Dandakaranya spoke this memorable shloka: “O great Rama! We have left all weapons (we shall not use them even for self-defense!). We have also left anger (hence cannot give shaapams). And we are doing Tapas with Indriya-nigraham. So you…

ब्राह्मणो ह्येकपार्श्वेन नरान् रोद्धुमिहार्हति । न तु मूर्धाभिषिक्तानां विधिः प्रत्युपवेशने ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे एकादशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१७ श्लोक) Realizing that there are no more ways to persuade ShriRaama to come back to Ayodhya, Bharata helplessly resorted to doing a niraahaaradeeksha (fasting) and obstructing ShriRaama. Then ShriRaama spoke this dharmic verse and stopped Bharata: “In order to fight injustice, a Brahmin can resort to niraahaaradeeksha, by sleeping on one…

सत्यं च धर्मं च पराक्रमं च भूतानुकम्पां प्रियवादितां च । द्विजाति देवातिथिपूजनं च पन्थानमाहुः त्रिदिवस्य सन्तः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (३१ श्लोक) The ideals for a Kshatriya are being listed in this memorable shloka by ShriRaama: “Following Satyam, Svadharmam; having Paraakramam, Daya; being soft-spoken; worshipping Vedic-scholars, Devatas and Atithis”.

नह्यस्माभिः प्रतिग्राह्यं सखे! देयं तु सर्वदा । इति तेन वयं राजन् अनुनीता महात्मना ॥

— श्रीमद्रामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे सप्तातीतिशमस्सर्गः (१६ श्लोकम) While narrating to Bharata the episode where ShriRaama did not accept the food offered by him, illustrating how ShriRaama is a firm follower of Dharma, Guha spoke these words: “ShriRaama, who is a Mahatma, spoke in a very smooth and convincing tone, the following words to make me understand…