नैवाहं राज्यमिच्छामि न सुखं न च मैथिलीम् । नैव सर्वानिमान् कामान् न स्वर्गं नैव जीवितम् ॥ त्वामहं सत्यमिच्छामि नानृतं पुरुषर्षभ ।

– श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे चतुस्त्रिंशस्सर्गः (४७-४८) Shri Raama says this shloka to dasharatha “O Father, the greatest among all ! I only desire to fulfil your promise and do not even desire any other wordly or heavenly comforts. I do not even desire my life and Sita”. Through this shloka ShriRaama shows us the right intent…

ब्रह्मणस्स वचः श्रुत्वा सर्वलोकेश्वरस्य ह । न विषण्णो न संतुष्टो विश्वामित्रस्तपोधनः ॥

– श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे त्रिषष्टितमस्सर्गः (१९) The great Vishwaamitra started his journey as a dharmic King. Then with strong conviction and un-paralleled tapas, he achieved the following in order i) Realized entire Dhanurvedam, with as much precision as Lord Shiva Himself ii) Raajarshi and then iii) became a Rushi. After becoming a Rushi, in order to get…