Archive for Author: Bhavin Kataria


(of something that is to one’s advantage) not planned, happening by chance

Example Sentences: Ramayana: The meeting of the monkeys with Sampatti was fortuitous; it brought hope in their stalled search for Sita. Mahabharata: After the Pandavas survived the fire in Varnavarta, they had a fortuitous meeting with some traveling brahmanas, who suggested that they go to Draupadi’s wedding. Bhagavad-gita: Events we consider fortuitous are often God’s


huge; of enormous size, extent or amount

Example Sentences: Ramayana: Apart from Kumbhakarna, Mahakaya and Atikaya were also mammoth demons in Ravana’s army. Mahabharata: Although the mammoth Hidimba towered above Bhima, the Pandava faced him fearlessly. Bhagavad-gita: While Arjuna was astounded by the sight of the mammoth universal form, he was alarmed by the sight of the ghastly Kala-rupa (form of God


expressing unfair or false criticism that is likely to damage someone's reputation

Example Sentences: Ramayana: Sita found the scurrilous attack on Rama’s reputation more painful than Rama’s rejection of her and therefore she accepted Rama’s decision. Mahabharata: No self-respecting warrior would ever tolerate the insult of his wife the way the Pandavas had been forced to tolerate Karna’s scurrilous calling Draupadi a prostitute. Bhagavad-gita: Krishna warned Arjuna


to worry or disturb

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  The demons headed by Khara and Dushan were surprised to see that Rama was not fazed to confront them – they all were much bigger than him in size and they outnumbered him fourteen thousand to one. Mahabharata:  Although Bhima was surrounded by the Kaurava army, he seemed not the least fazed


the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea, redundancy

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Knowing how arrogant and angry Ravana could become, Maricha had the difficult task of describing Rama’s power diplomatically without resorting to pleonasms. Mahabharata:  Dhritarashtra’s message to the Pandavas sent through Sanjaya contained many pious sounding pleonasms about peace, but it didn’t contain a word about returning their due kingdom to them. Bhagavad-gita: 


(used without object) to continue or last permanently, endure

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Rama assured his mother that his exile wouldn’t perdure for long – fourteen years would pass like fourteen days and he would soon be back with her. Mahabharata:  As the Pandavas wandered through the forest high up in the Himalayas and noticed that the vegetation seemed to perdure much longer than on


pleasure and delight

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  King Kaushika was amazed to see the elaborate feast that the sage Vashishtha arranged through his mystical cow Surabhi for the delectation of his vast army. Mahabharata:  Bhima and Arjuna told Yudhisthira that if they continued to enjoy the delectations of Kuvera’s paradise-like gardens for too long, they would lose their zeal


money or gifts given generously

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  As Rama was in exile and had no largesse to reward Hanuman, he offered his own body to the heroic monkey by embracing him. Mahabharata:  The brahmanas going to Drupada’s kingdom invited the disguised Pandavas to come along, saying that the largesse at Draupadi’s wedding would take care of their needs for


a lop-sided victory or a thorough defeat

Example Sentences: Ramayana:  Ravana had been confident that anyone who invaded Lanka would suffer a blowout, but Hanuman’s burning of Lanka gave him a serious second thought. Mahabharata:  So confident was Duryodhana that the Kurukshetra war would end in a blowout for the outnumbered Pandavas that he decided to incite them on the eve of


manner of behaving, personal conduct

Example Sentences: Ramayana: Despite being subjected to a terrible injustice, Rama’s comportment remained courteous as he prepared for the exile. Mahabharata: Among all the young Pandavas who had just come to the Kuru kingdom, Yudhishthira’s comportment was especially both respectful and dignified. Bhagavad-gita: The Gita’s second chapter concludes with several verses that explain how a