A great verse from Ramayana:
आहार निद्रा भय मैथुनं च सामान्यमेतत् पशुभिर्नराणाम् ।
धर्मो हि तेषामधिको विशेष: धर्मेण हीनाः पशुभिः समानाः ॥
AhAra-nidrA-bhaya-maithunam cha samAnam_etat_pashubhir_narANAm |
dharmo hi teShAm adhiko visheSho dharmeNa hInAH pashubhiH samAnAH||
Eating, Sleep, Fear and Sex ; these habits are common between human beings and animals. It is the Dharma which is the special quality of the human beings. Without the Dharma, they are similar to the animals.
Rama is The Embodiment Of Dharma.
Maaricha, while speaking to Ravana- (Aranya Kandam 37-13):
रामो विग्रहवान् धर्मः साधुः सत्य पराक्रमः |
राजा सर्वस्य लोकस्य देवानाम् इव वासवः || ३-३७-१३||
raamo vigrahavaan dharmaH saadhuH satya paraakramaH |
raajaa sarvasya lokasya devaanaam iva vaasavaH || 3-37-13
"Rama is the embodiment of righteousness, he is an equable person with truthfulness as his valour, and as with Indra to all gods he is the king of entire world. [3-37-13]
Another great phrase ‘Dharmo Rakṣati Rakṣitaḥ’ comes from the Manusmṛti (8th chapter’s 15 verse)
धर्म एव हतो हन्ति धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः ।
तस्माद्धर्मो न हन्तव्यो मा नो धर्मो हतोऽवधीत् ।
Dharma ēva hato hanti dharmo rakṣati rakṣitaḥ.
Tasmāddharmo na hantavyo mā no dharmo hato’vadhīt.
Dharma only destroys (those) that destroy it. Dharma also protects those that protect it. Hence, Dharma should not be destroyed. Know that – dharma that is destroyed, destroys.
Rama shows us how to be in Dharma at all times in any situation.
Happy Sri Rama Navami.