Archive for Author: Bhavin Kataria


openly disregard (a rule, law or convention)

Example Sentences: Ramayana: Although Sita had no intention to flout Lakshmana’s reminder to stay within the protective circle, she couldn’t put off serving a sage, especially one who seemed on the verge of cursing her family if he wasn’t served promptly. Mahabharata: When six Kaurava leaders ganged together to attack the sixteen-year-old Abhimanyu, they knew


use of deception to achieve one’s purpose

Example Sentences: Ramayana: When Rama and Lakshmana came running to their cottage and found it empty, they both realized that the demons had used chicanery to abduct Sita. Mahabharata: Knowing that the Kauravas were not beyond using chicanery to win the war, Drishtadyumna declared that the Pandava forces would follow the codes of war as


outstandingly bad, shocking

Example Sentences: Ramayana: Ravana’s abducting Sita by impersonating a sage and subjecting a follower (Maricha) to certain death at the hands of Rama in the process was egregious. Mahabharata: Karna’s calling Draupadi a whore and suggesting she be publicly disrobed was so egregious as to permanently blacken his name in the epic’s traditional retellings. Bhagavad-gita:


be in great difficulty

Example Sentences: Ramayana: When the monkeys were floundering in their search for Sita, that frustration caused tension among them to rise, which in turn brought forth Angada’s suspicions about Sugriva. Mahabharata: When faced with the combined attack by Bhima and Arjuna on the Kurukshetra war’s fourteenth day, the Kaurava soldiers floundered and fled. Bhagavad-gita: Even


foolish or insincere talk

Example Sentences: Ramayana: After having seen the power of one servant of Rama: Hanuman, the demons could no longer dismiss the stories describing Rama’s phenomenal power as malarkey. Mahabharata: Dhritarashtra’s speech about treating the Pandavas and Kauravas equally was exposed as malarkey when he gave the Pandavas the barren half of the kingdom. Bhagavad-gita: Once


appearing or stating to be true, although not necessarily so

Example Sentences: Ramayana: When Lakshmana heard about the reason for Rama’s exile, he angrily asked, “Why have we never heard about these purported promises that the king gave to Kaikeyi?” Mahabharata: When Dhritarashtra told the Pandavas to go to Varnavrata for enjoying the festival there, Yudhishthira immediately sensed that the purported reason was not the


careful about taking risks

Example Sentences: Ramayana: Hearing Maricha describe Rama’s power made Ravana circumspect about abducting Sita. Mahabharata: Despite seeing Krishna’s massive and mighty universal form, Duryodhana didn’t become circumspect about fighting with Krishna’s devotees, the Pandavas. Bhagavad-gita: Once we understand that the illusory energy, Maya, is also divine and is almost as powerful as the Divine, that