नात्र जीवेन्मृषावादी क्रूरो वा यदि वा शठः । नृशंसः कामवृत्तो वा मुनिरेष तथाविधः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे एकादशस्सर्गः (९० श्लोक) Highlighting the greatness of Agastya, ShriRaama spoke the above shloka to Lakshmana: “One who does not follow the path of truth, one who commits un-necessary Himsa, and is cruel, one who cheats others, and one who acts as per his will, cannot live in this sacred ashram”. In addition to…

त्रीण्येव व्यसनान्यत्र कामजानि भवन्त्युत । मिथ्यावाक्यं परमकं तस्माद्गुरुतरावुभौ । परदाराभिगमनं विना वैरं च रौद्रता ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे नवमस्सर्गः (३व श्लोकमु) SeetaDevi spoke these words dripping with nectar, in a soft and friendly tone, to ShriRaama: “There are three main Vyasanams that are extremely dangerous. The first and the most harmful is Mithya-vaakyam (not abiding to Truth). The next is para-daara-abhigamanam (want for a woman other than wife). Thirdly, inflicting pain…

अविषह्यातपो यावत् सूर्यो नातिविराजते । अमार्गेणागतां लक्ष्मीं प्राप्येवान्वयवर्जितः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे अष्टमस्सर्गः (८व श्लोकमु) In this memorable shloka, ShriRaama compares the unbearable heat of the mid-summer sun to the illegal earning/wealth of an adharmic person. Hence we must always earn money an wealth through dharmic means alone.  

कायेन कुरुते पापं मनसा सम्प्रधार्य च । अनृतं जिह्वया चाह त्रिविधं कर्मपातकम् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (२१ श्लोक) While replying to Jabali maharshi, ShriRaama spoke these golden words: “When a human does a Paapa-karyam (sin), in addition to its adverse effect, he has to bear two more sins. One that committed with his manas (mind) because of planning and thinking about the sin, and the other committed by…

न दोषं त्वयि पश्यामि सूक्ष्ममप्यरिसूदन । न चापि जननी बाल्यात् त्वं विगर्हितुमर्हसि ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे चतुरुत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१७ श्लोक) Bharata fell on the feet of ShriRaama and broke into tears because its was His mother, Kaikeyi, who ordered ShriRaama to go to the exile. Addressing Bharata, who is blaming Kakeyi for the difficulties, Shri Raama spoke these words dripping with eternal nectar: “O Bharata (who conquered the six enemies…

यद्द्रव्यं बान्धवानां वा मित्राणां वा क्षये भवेत् । नाहं तत् प्रतिगृह्णीयां भक्षान् विषकृतानिव ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे सप्तनवतितमस्सर्गः (४ श्लोकम्) On seeing the army of Bharata, Lakshmana misunderstood Him and became furious, assuming Bharata came to kill ShriRaama! While calming Lakshmana, ShriRaama spoke this wonderful shloka: “O dear brother! The wealth obtained by inflicting pain on friends and relatives is equivalent fatally poisonous food. I cannot accept such wealth.” This…

भक्त्या विवदमानेषु मार्गमाश्रित्य पश्यतः । तस्य पापेन युज्येत यस्याऽऽर्योऽनुमते गतः ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे पञ्चसप्ततितमस्सर्गः (57 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 acts with prejudice (favouritism) during a dispute”. If only this teaching of Bharata…