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…

चरितब्रह्मचर्यस्य विद्यास्नातस्य धीमतः । धर्मे प्रयतमानस्य को राज्यं मद्विधो हरेत् ॥

— श्रीमद्रामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे द्व्यशीतितमस्सर्गः (११व श्लोकमु) When purohita Vasishtha ordered Bharata to get crowned as the king, as per the promise of his father, Bharata spoke these beautiful words: “O great Guru! Shri Raama, who is an अस्खलित ब्रह्मचारि (askhalita brahmachari), who is well-learned and intelligent, who is always interested in following Dharma alone, is…