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…

उपधिर्न मया कार्यो वनवासे जुगुप्सितः ।

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे एकादशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (२९व श्लोकमु) Overwhelmed by love towards ShriRaama, Bharata declared before everyone that he will spend 14 years in forest/exile on behalf of ShriRaama. Awed by such extreme love, ShriRaama replied with these dharmic words: “I do not like Bharata going to exile on my behalf. Deliberating duties to others is a very disgusting act”.…

यथाहि चोरः स तथाहि बुद्धः तथागतं नास्तिकमत्र विद्धि । तस्माद्धि यःशङ्क्यतमः प्रजानां न नास्तिकेनाभिमुखो बुधः स्यात् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (३४ श्लोक) ShriRaama says this gem of a shloka while responding to Jabali maharshi: “Like how a thief is punishable even though he illustrates great skill while doing the robbery, similarly an atheist is punishable even though he is smart. Such Veda-virodhis must be doubted by the society. The scholarly never interact…

अमृष्यमाणः पुनरुग्रतेजा निशम्य तं नास्तिकवाक्यहेतुम् । अथाब्रवीत् तं नृपतेस्तनूजो विगर्हमाणो वचनानि तस्य ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः  (३० श्लोक) Jabali maharshi wanted to somehow convince ShriRaama to return to Ayodhya. Overwhelmed by this love, he resorted to atheistic arguments. Unable to tolerate atheism ShriRaama aptly replied to him: “ShriRaama could not tolerate the atheistic and avaidic arguments presented by Jabali. He then presented systematic counter-arguments using the Shastras as…

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…

कामवृत्तस्त्वयं लोकः कृत्स्नः समुपवर्तते । यद्वृत्ताः सन्ति राजानः तद्वृत्ताः सन्ति हि प्रजाः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (९ श्लोक) Replying to JabaliMaharshi’s suggestion to return to Ayodhya, ShriRaama says these memorable words: “If I behave as per your teachings and deviate from the path of Dharma, then this whole world will also do the same citing me as an example. This is because people always follow those occupying higher…

पुन्नाम्नो नरकाद्यस्मात् पितरं त्रायते सुतः । तस्मात् पुत्त्र इति प्रोक्तः पितॄन् यत् पाति वा सुतः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे सप्ताधिकशततमस्सर्गः (१२ श्लोक) ShriRaama told Bharata that once the great Gaya maharshi defined the word ‘putra’ through the above verse: “Because progeny perform shushruusha to parents by helping them in achieving their purusharthas and because they perform Shraaddha Karma after their parents pass away as per the shastras, and hence uplift their parents…