अक्षया नरशार्दूल! मया लोका जिताः शुभाः । ब्राह्म्याश्च नाकपृष्ठ्याश्च प्रतिगृह्णीष्व मामकान् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे पञ्चमस्सर्गः (३१ श्लोक) The great sage Sharabhanga spoke the above shloka to ShriRaama: “ShriRaama! Because of the severe Tapas I performed, I obtained un-ending Punyams and hence divya-lokams like Brahmalokam and Swargam. I here-by offer all that Punyam earned by me to You. Please accept it”. Through these memorable words, Sharabhanga is teaching…

पादुकेत्वभिषिच्याथ नन्दिग्रामेवसत् तदा । सवालव्यजनं छत्रं धारयामास स स्वयम् । भरतश्शासनं सर्वं पादुकाभ्यां न्यवेदयत् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे पञ्चदशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (२५ श्लोक) Describing the impeccable ruling by Bharata Valmiki says this shloka: “Bharata coronated ShriRaama’s Paadukas and ruled the kingdom dharmically from Nandigrama. He used to serve the Paadukas by swaying Vinjaamaras and holding the Chatram (royal umbrella). He used to update the Paadukas everyday with all the activities and accomplishments during the…

राघवाय च सन्न्यासं दत्त्वेमे वरपादुके । राज्यं चेदमयोध्यां च धूतपापो भवामिच ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे पञ्चदशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (२० श्लोक) On reaching Nandigrama, Bharata says this beautiful shloka “After ShriRaama returns from forests I will return this kingdom and Ayodhya, which He left with me (till then I shall protect it with the grace of His sandals). Thus I shall become free of all sins”. This shloka reveals the real…

तव पादुकयोर्न्यस्य राज्यतन्त्रं परन्तप ।

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे द्वादशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (२५ श्लोक) “ShriRaama! During these 14 years (of your exile), I will place the burden of the kingdom at your divine footsteps and perform my duties.” Through this beautiful shloka Valmiki maharshi is show-casing Bharata as the ideal example of a Karma-yogi. While performing our duties, we should also, like Bharata, always…