The walk of Shri Ram was not just confined to the forest, but it a long walk on the path of Dharma in his whole life. Shri Ram’s purpose was to defeat the evil forces, but he had a duty which was even more important and that was to set a proper path on which one can walk and defeat the evil forces with adherence to Dharma. For this, even when situations were in his favour, he never took them as an advantage and instead walked on the path of Dharma.
When Kaikeyi asks Shri Ram to go to the exile, the family and the people of Ayodhya turn against her. Lakshman suggests that he rebels against the idea and all the people support him too. It could be an easy task for Shri Ram to just take over the kingdom, but he doesn’t opt for a task which is against Dharma and his family. Shri Ram believes that his word to uphold his father’s promise is more important than the throne of Ayodhya and convinces all of them to step back on rebelling, and instead adhere to Dharma. When Bharat comes back and lays the kingdom of Ayodhya at the feet of Shri Ram, there was none who opposed it and Shri Ram could have ended his exile then and there. Yet, he believes in fulfilling the promise given to his father and directs his brothers too to follow the same. Even though he had all the favour of the kingdom to be the heir of Ayodhya, he walked on the path of valuing his father’s promise.
When Ravan comes to war with Shri Ram, he is full of pride and arrogance thinking that Shri Ram doesn’t stand a chance in front of his power, but what happens is totally the opposite. Ravan is defeated by Shri Ram and stands without a weapon on the battlefield. Shri Ram had the chance to finish the battle by killing Ravan and putting an end to his tyranny. But Shri Ram follows the rule of not waging war on an unarmed person. He instead suggests Ravan to renew his energy and come back to the battlefield the next day. By giving a second chance to the enemy, Shri Ram walked on the path of being a true warrior who never goes back on his Dharma.
Indrajeet comes to war and faces Lakshman. Understanding the valour of Lakshman, Indrajeet retreats to sorcery in war, even though it was unfair. When Lakshman seeks permission from Shri Ram to aim the powerful Brahmastra at Indrajeet, Shri Ram denies it by explaining to Lakshman that the release of Brahmastra at that time would harm the world and disturb creation. Although he knew Indrajeet could harm Lakshman, yet he does not go back on his word for the greater good of the world. Shri Ram thus walked on the path of righteousness for the greater good of the world rather than display of strength.
The greatest virtue which separates the good from the bad is the good’s adherence to Dharma. Even though the incarnation of Almighty, Shri Ram adhered to his Dharma as a human and to prove that all humans can do it, walked on a path of never taking advantage of a situation, and instead faced and fought it.