कामाद्वा तात लोभाद्वा मात्रातुभ्यमिदं कृतम् । न तन्मनसि कर्तव्यं वर्तितव्यं च मातृवत् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे द्वादशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१९ श्लोक) Come what may, parents are to be always respected appropriately by the progeny. ShriRaama taught the above message through this beautiful shloka to Bharata. “Dear Brother! Bharata! Let the reason for mother Kaikeyi’s behaviour be due to her desire or due to her love for you. Whatever the reason is,…

यन्मातापितरौ वृत्तं तनये कुरुतः सदा । न सुप्रतिकरं तत्तु मात्रा पित्रा च यत्कृतम् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे एकादशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (९ श्लोक) “However great a person maybe, it is impossible for him to return the favours done by his parents” said ShriRaama while replying to sage Vasishtha. Hence the only thing progeny can do is to keep serving their parents without any interruption and without any deficit.

पुरुषस्येह जातस्य भवन्ति गुरवस्त्रयः । आचार्य श्चैव काकुत्स्थ पिता माता च राघव ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे एकादशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (२ श्लोक) “Every human will have three Gurus: mother, father (because they gave birth and nourished you) and Aacharya (because he gives gnyaanam). (hence they must be served relentlessly with utmost respect)” told the great Brahmarshi Vasishtha to ShriRaama.

एष्टव्या बहवः पुत्त्रा गुणवन्तो सहुश्रुताः । तेषां वै समवेतानां अपि कश्चिद्गयां व्रजेत् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे सप्ताधिकशततमस्सर्गः (१३ श्लोक) While teaching Bharata the important duties of progeny, ShriRaama spoke this dharmic verse: “The learned, who understand shastras, always wish that they have(had) many good sons. This is because atleast one of them may perform Shraadha karma in Gaya and thus show their gratitude to PitruDevatas”. This shloka told by…

कामकारो महाप्राज्ञ! गुरूणां सर्वदानघ । उपपन्नेषु दारेषु पुत्रेषु च विधीयते ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे चतुरुत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१८ श्लोक) Declaring that His father Dasharatha indeed has the authority of sending Him to exile, ShriRaama spoke these dharmic words to Bharata: “O Bharata! A Guru has the authority to command his Shishya. Hence a Dharma-patni, progeny, and a student must always be `Vidheya’ towards her Bharta, their parents, and Teacher…

तासां रामः समुत्थाय जग्राह चरणान् शुभान् । मातॄणां मनुजव्याघ्रः सर्वासां सत्यसङ्गरः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे त्य्रुत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (18 श्लोक) “ShriRaama, who is always on the path of Truth, stood up as soon as He saw His mother (and other queens of Dasharatha). He then in order saluted and prostrated to their lotus feet with great Bhakti”. Lakshmana and then SitaDevi also then prostrated to them while showing utmost respect…

समाप्तवनवासं मां अयोध्यायां परन्तप । कोनु शासिष्यति पुनः ताते लोकान्तरं गते ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे द्व्युत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१२व श्लोकमु) On hearing the terrible news of the death of His father, ShriRaama fell on the ground weeping with grief. After regaining consciousness, He spoke this shloka: “Now that my father passed away, on returning to Ayodhya from the exile, who will rule me and guide me by providing dharmic advices?”   This…