कुलक्षये प्रणश्यन्ति कुलधर्माः सनातनाः। धर्मे नष्टे कुलं कृत्स्नमधर्मोऽभिभवत्युत॥ अधर्माभिभवात् कृष्ण प्रदुष्यन्ति कुलस्त्रियः। स्त्रीषु दुष्टासु वार्ष्णेय जायते वर्णसङ्करः॥

In this shloka from Srimad Bhagavad Gita (Arjuna Vishada Yoga/Chapter 1/Shlokas 40,41), Arjuna is worried about the consequences of the war. With widespread death and destruction that the war will wreck, Arjuna worries that several kulas will be destroyed, and with them, the kuladharmas, that have been followed for a very long time. With the…

सङ्करो नरकायैव कुलघ्नानां कुलस्य च। पतन्ति पितरो ह्येषां लुप्तपिण्डोदकक्रियाः॥

In this shloka from Srimad Bhagavad Gita (Arjuna Vishada Yoga/Chapter 1/Shlokas 42), Arjuna continues to worry about the consequences of the war. The intermingling of varnas/kulas results in naraka, for both the kula and the destroyers of the kulas. [More importantly,] the pitṛs of these kulas fall, on being deprived of piṇḍodakakriyāḥ (śrāddham, the offering of food and…

कुलोचितमतिः क्षात्रं धर्मं स्वं बहुमन्यते । मन्यते परया कीर्त्या महत् स्वर्गफलं ततः ॥

– श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे प्रथमस्सर्गः (१६) This outstanding shloka by Valmiki maharshi says “Shri Raama, who has great regard and respect towards Kula-dharmas (Varna-dharmas), used to believe that his own kula dharma, which is Kshatriya Dharma (that his dynasty always followed), is the ultimate and best dharma for him. He used to believe that one who…

न भूम्या कार्य मस्माकं न हि शक्ताः स्म पालने  । रताः स्वाध्यायकरणे वयं नित्यं हि भूमिप ॥

– श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे चतुर्दशस्सर्गः (४५) As per the rules of performing yagnas like अश्वमेध or विश्वजित्, the performer should give away their entire property. When dasharatha performed अश्वमेध, as per shastras, he gave away the entire kingdom towards east to the ऋत्विज titled “होतः”. Similarly, he gave the west to “आध्वर्युः”, south to “ब्रह्मः”, and north to…

सर्ववर्णा यथा पूजां प्राप्नुवन्ति सुसत्कृताः । न चावज्ञा प्रयोक्तव्या कामक्रोधवशादपि ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे त्रयोदशस्सर्गः (१३) King Dasharatha prostrated before Vasishtha maharshi, who is not only his main purohit but also his guru, and performed necessary pooja to him. He then requested Vasishtha to guide him while performing पुत्रकामेष्टि as described in the shastras. Vasishtha agreed and then called upon all who were involved in the various activities related to the yagam.…

nṛśaṃsamanṛśaṃsaṃ vā prajārakṣaṇakāraṇāt । pātakaṃ vā sadoṣaṃ vā kartavyaṃ rakṣatā satā ॥

— vālmīkirāmāyaṇe bālakāṇḍe pañcaviṃśassargaḥ (18) While ordering śrīrāma to kill tāṭaka, the cruel woman who was always in thirst for human blood and involved in other himsakṛtyas, sage viśvāmitra says “it is the primary duty of a kṣatriya to protect the lives of his people irrespective of caste. And for doing this duty if it becomes inevitable…