Example Sentences: Ramayana: Although Ravana burned at the ignominy of having been defeated and spared by Rama, he had no option except to jump off his stationary chariot and run back to Lanka to save his life. Mahabharata: Duryodhana couldn’t bear the ignominy of having been defeated by the Gandhavas in front of the Pandavas
Example Sentences: Ramayana: Although Bharata was saddened by Rama’s refusal to return from exile, still just being in the presence of Rama had provided him a much-needed reprieve. Mahabharata: Seeing Bhima unaffected by his deadly blow, the surprised Duryodhana slowed down in his follow-up attack, thereby unintentionally providing Bhima a vital reprieve. Bhagavad-gita: What we
Example Sentences: Ramayana: Knowing that Hanuman had already entered and burned Lanka, Ravana decided against staying inside his fortress and letting the war with Rama become a war of attrition. Mahabharata: By reminding Arjuna that he had to reach Jayadratha before sunset, Krishna urged Arjuna to not get into a war of attrition with Drona.
Example Sentences: Ramayana: When Lakshmana angrily accused Dasharatha of being infatuated with lust for his youngest wife, Rama’s stern expression indicated that he wouldn’t tolerate such a slur on their father’s reputation. Mahabharata: During the Rajasuya sacrifice, Shishupala went mad, casting slurs not just on Krishna but even those devoted to Krishna such as Bhishma.
Example Sentences: Ramayana: Dasharatha could scarcely believe that his own word of honor had put him in such an ethical straitjacket that he was left with no option except to send his faultless son to exile. Mahabharata: The Mahabharata contains several morally complex characters like Bhishma and Karna who don’t fit into moral straitjackets such
Example Sentences: Ramayana: During the emergency created by the king’s sudden death and the absence of his sons, Vashishtha officiated as the locum head of state. Mahabharata: When Pandu retired to the forest and Bhishma refused to step in as a locum king, Dhritarashtra ended up becoming the Kuru king despite his blindness. Bhagavad-gita: As
Example Sentences: Ramayana: The immobility imposed by the rainy season triggered a bout of sensuality in Sugriva who had just returned to royal luxury after a long period of exile in austerity. Mahabharata: Although Bhishma’s fall triggered a brief bout of doubt in Duryodhana’s heart about his army’s capacity to defeat the Pandavas, that feeling
Example Sentences: Ramayana: Although Angada had been the official leader of the team of monkeys that had gone south, Hanuman emerged as its natural fulcrum by the time they returned. Mahabharata: While Duryodhana considered Bhima and Arjuna to be the fulcrum of the Pandava army, Bhishma knew that Krishna was their actual fulcrum. Bhagavad-gita: Illustrating
Example Sentences: Ramayana: A precis of the Ramayana, no matter how well done, just can’t convey the poetry, the artistry or the beauty of the Sanskrit epic. Mahabharata: For the fretful Duryodhana, the eighth day of the war was like a precis of all his encounters with the Pandavas – although it seemed he had
Example Sentences: Ramayana: While the monkey army was in duress on seeing Rama and Lakshmana fallen and apparently lifeless, Vibhishana helped them to start looking for a solution. Mahabharata: When Arjuna lashed out at his brothers on hearing about the death of Abhimanyu, Krishna’s gentle words of wisdom amid duress helped channel Arjuna’s anger constructively.