लक्ष्मीश्चन्द्रादपेयाद्वा हिमवान् वा हिमं त्यजेत् । अतीयात् सागरो वेलां न प्रतिज्ञामहं पितुः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे एकादशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१८व श्लोकमु) ShriRaama spoke this shloka to Bharata illustrating His unshakable will for following the path of Truth: “One day Moonlight may get separated from the Moon, ice may get separated from the Himalayas, oceans may breach the land, but I will never let down my father’s promise”. Advertisements

प्रत्यगात्ममिमं धर्मं सत्यं पश्याम्यहंस्वयम् । भारः सत्पुरषाचीर्णः तदर्थमभिमन्यते ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१९ श्लोक) Replying to Jabali Maharshi ShriRaama spoke this wonderful shloka that illustrates His firmness in following Satyam: “The dharma named Satyam is bestowing to all. I am seeing it as the ultimate form of Dharma. For it alone I have come to forest like a rushi”.

असत्यसन्धस्य सतः चलस्यास्थिरचेतसः । नैव देवा न पितरः प्रतीच्छन्तीति नः श्रुतम् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१८ श्लोक) Replying to Jabali Maharshi ShriRaama spoke this wonderful shloka that illustrates the importance of following Satyam: “Vedas declare that Devatas and Pitrudevatas (who are the kindest of all) do NOT accept any offerings from a person who does not follow the path of Satyam”.

नैव लोभान्नमोहाद्वा नह्यज्ञानात् तमोन्वितः । सेतुं सत्यस्य भेत्स्यामि गुरोः सत्यप्रतिश्रवः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१७ श्लोक) Replying to Jabali Maharshi ShriRaama spoke this wonderful shloka that illustrates His firmness in following Satyam: “Owing to Lobham (of ruling the kingdom), or Moham (of pleasing my dearest brother Bharata), or (anyother such) Agnyaanam, now I cannot leave my promise and my father’s promise”.

दत्तमिष्टं हुतं चैव तप्तानि च तपांसि च । वेदाः सत्यप्रतिष्ठानाः तस्मात् सत्यपरो भवेत् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१४व श्लोकमु) Replying to Jabali Maharshi ShriRaama spoke this wonderful shloka that illustrates the glory of Satyam: “Satyam is the basis for Daanam, Dharmam, Yagnas, Homams, Vratas, Tapas, Vedas etc. Hence everyone must adhere to the path of Satyam”.

सत्यमेवेश्वरो लोके सत्यं पद्माश्रिता सदा । सत्यमूलानि सर्वाणि सत्यान्नास्ति परं पदम् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (१३ श्लोक) Replying to Jabali Maharshi ShriRaama spoke this wonderful shloka that illustrates the glory of Satyam: “Satyam is Ishwara. Wealth and prosperity has basis in Satyam only. There is nothing nobler than Satyam”.

ऋषयश्चैव देवाश्च सत्यमेव हि मेनिरे । सत्यवादी हि लोकेस्मिन् परमं गच्छति क्षयम् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (११व श्लोकमु) “Maharshis and also Devatas, are of the opinion that Satyam is the noblest thing. Even in this world, progress can be achieved only by following the path of truth”, says ShriRaama. This shloka illustrating the glory of Satyam is indeed unforgettable.