Honour, Loyalty and Duty – The lifelines of Dharma and Ramayan

The life given as a human is worth living when one can put it to a purposeful living in the path of Dharma. The human birth is considered the most privileged birth as man has a capacity not only to take care of self but also life in the world. To achieve this purpose, one needs to have a set of virtues which help him in not to indulge in hindrance of Dharma and protect it instead. The most important responsibilities which are necessary for this are honour, duty and loyalty and Ramayan gives beautiful lessons of the same as to how significant they are in one’s life.


Sometime or the other, everyone has difficult decisions to make. It was not an easy life for Shri Ram to honour the promise which in reality was not justified, yet put in front of Shri Ram as his father’s Dharma. Yet, with determination he walks ahead as if the hardships of the forest are a mere nothing to him when compared to honouring his father’s promise. Not one time in his whole exile, does he blame his father or mother for his hardships, but takes it as an honour of his father and his entire dynasty.

Loyalty is when one can trust the other with his life. Shri Ram’s brothers shine with this attribute wherein they do not get misleaded by the games of power and politics for the throne of Ayodhya. While Lakshman proves his loyalty by never leaving his brother’s side during hard times, Bharat proves it by being a representative of Shri Ram, instead of a king as wished by his mother Kaikeyi.

The brothers prefer leading the same life as Shri Ram as an ascetic rather than leave him to his promise and enjoy the comforts of their family and kingdom. Since times eternal, while Hanuman waits for his swami to come to him, the moment comes to him at the much needed time where Shri Ram needed a force of strength to reach his beloved Sita.

Hanuman with all due loyalty towards his swami never rests till he reaches his destination. It was his abundant loyalty towards Shri Ram that made him challenge Ravan in his court and blaze the Golden Lanka.

The hard gutted people never step back when it comes to fulfilling duty. Shri Ram during his exile time does his duty as a Kshatriya and takes up the duty of destroying all the demonic forces of the Dandak forest, which is also the first warning bell to Ravan notifying his end. Lakshman does his duty by serving Shri Ram and Mata Sita giving them no time to think about hardships of their life. Bharat does his duty by rightfully giving back Shri Ram’s kingdom to him and safeguard it in his absence.