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 arrangements for our evolution because the whole world moves under his direction.
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 as time).
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 that if he left the battle-field, he would be subjected to scurrilous charges of cowardice by his rivals and by the world at large.
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 – he licked his lips and tore into them.
Bhagavad-gita: Ksatriyas are characterized by fearlessness – they are not fazed in the presence of enemies.
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: Given that the Gita is just seven hundred verses, it has no room for pleonasms; every word is pregnant with meaning and power.
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 earth, they realized that they had entered into the celestial regions.
Bhagavad-gita: The Bhagavad-gita stresses that we all can increase our resilience by remembering that problems don’t perdure but we as souls do.
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 to prepare for the war that they would soon have to fight against the Kauravas.
Bhagavad-gita: Arjuna said that the delectations of neither the whole earth nor even of heaven could remove the grief that was drying up his senses.
Bhagavatam: The wives of the brahmanas brought for Krishna’s delectation the best of the food items that they had prepared for their husbands’ fire sacrifice.
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 long time.
Bhagavad-gita: If we wish to grow spiritually, we need to pay due attention not just to what largesse we share with others but also to what consciousness we share it in.
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 the war by sending a provocative message
Bhagavad-gita: When we resolve to resist a temptation that we have indulged in for a long time, the result is often a blowout for our good intentions–such is the formidable power of Maya.
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 person’s comportment can reveal their consciousness.