Rasanya Seperti Jadi Juara Dunia

Cikal Bakal Tim Juara Asia?
Cikal Bakal Tim Juara Asia?

Semalam, rakyat Indonesia bersuka ria. Seakan-akan Indonesia baru saja menjadi Juara Dunia. Lini masa Twitter, Facebook ataupun Path dipenuhi dengan ekspresi gembira, tidak percaya dan puja puji terhadap kemenangan Timnas U-19 Indonesia. Beban naiknya harga-harga, kemacetan di Jakarta dan korupsi yang makin merajalela terlupakan. Bangsa ini sedang gembira.

Padahal tidak ada piala yang kita raih. Bahkan sejatinya kemenangan Timnas U-19 atas Korea Selatan semalam “hanya” mengantarkan kita lolos ke Piala Asia U-19 di Myanmar tahun depan. Kalaupun kita mau sebut tim kita “tim juara”, titel juara yang kita sandang “hanyalah” titel juara grup penyisihan Piala Asia.

Tapi tetap saja kemenangan semalam tetap terasa istimewa.

Seumur hidup saya, belum pernah saya melihat timnas menang melawan Korea Selatan.

Seumur hidup saya, belum pernah saya melihat timnas kita bermain sedemikian apiknya.

Seumur hidup saya, belum pernah saya merasa kita menjadi “juara dunia”

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Madinah, Kota yang Bercahaya

Saat saya menulis ini, saya sedang dalam perjalanan menuju Mekkah Al Mukarommah, destinasi terakhir dalam prosesi umroh yang sedang saya jalani.

Sebelumnya selama tiga malam, kami sekeluarga menginap di Madinah, sekitar 500 km dari Mekkah, kota yang menjadi basis Nabi Muhammad SAW melakukan syiar agama Islam. Sebelumnya Rasulullah memulai ajaran Islamnya di kota Mekkah, namun karena kerasnya tentangan dari penduduk kota Mekkah, dan bagian dari strategi Nabi untuk lebih membesarkan Islam, Nabi Muhammad ‘hijrah’ ke Madinah.

Terbukti strategi ini berhasil, karena setelah hijrah ke Madinah, agama Islam berhasil meraih penganut secara jauh lebih pesat dibandingkan dengan saat Nabi masih bermukim di Mekkah. Disinilah kemudian Nabi mendirikan masjid pertamanya, yakni Masjid Quba, dan membesarkan masjid Nabawi, yang hingga kini terkenal akan keindahan dan keagungannya. Rasulullah sendiri akhirnya wafat dan dimakamkan di Madinah, yang mana kini makamnya menjadi bagian dari Masjid Nabawi.

Sejujurnya terbersit rasa sedih dalam hati meninggalkan Madinah. Menginap di hotel Hilton Madinah yang terletak persis di belakang Masjid Nabawi, memanjakan kami sekeluarga untuk “berwisata rohani”. Bayangkan hanya butuh 1-2 menit untuk melangkahkan kaki untuk sholat di masjid yang agung ini. Dan saat telah di dalam masjid, kami pun dimanjakan oleh kondisi masjid yang istimewa. Jujur, belum pernah sebelumnya saya memasuki masjid yang secantik dan seagung Masjid Nabawi. Dan bukan hanya kecantikan interiornya, namun fasilitas yang diberikan oleh Pemerintah Saudi Arabia dalam menjamin ibadah para muslimin benar-benar layak diacungi jempol.

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Gadget Freak: Runs in the Family

Through last weekend contemplation, I thought I knew where my “Gadget Freak” came from.  Recollecting my memory, I think my late father can be ‘blamed’ for my addiction to gadgets!

I just realized how my father had always been an “early adopter” of new technology.  He was one of the first owners of Sony Betamax video player in town, he bought my brother the first Walkman introduced by Sony, and it was my first time to see a Compact Disc player looking at his. Geez, I should have known this! 🙂

It was fun to remember those gadgets and stuffs he owned, many of them I did not realize that it was so cool to have that time (maybe my daughter will remember the coolness of my iPad later in the future).  Through memory recollection and internet browsing of those gadgets collections, here are some of them which directly or indirectly, have inspired and influenced me!

Sony Walkman. Long before the iPods, this was the coolest gadget back then. My father bought my brother a red colored walkman which allowed us to hear music wherever we were through earphone. The first of its kind! I still remember it had this external microphone function, which with 1 button slide, allowed you to hear the voice from outside. Cool! I don’t know why the next iterations of Walkman did not have this feature anymore.

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Resensi Buku ‘Harus Bisa!’: Kepemimpinan ala SBY

Cover Buku Harus Bisa!
Cover Buku Harus Bisa!

Saya adalah penggemar buku-buku yang bertemakan kepemimpinan. Selama ini buku-buku dari Jack Welch, Bill Gates sampai Tiger Woods dan Jose Mourinho sudah banyak saya baca. Tapi jujur saja, saya sudah lamat tidak membaca buku biografi kepemimpinan dari orang Indonesia. Kalau saya tidak salah ingat, mungkin buku yang terakhir adalah buku otobiografi mantan Presiden Soeharto di saat saya masih SMP (kalau tidak salah bukunya berjudul “Soeharto, Bapak Pembangunan”. Tidak banyak yang saya ingat dari buku tersebut, kecuali cover bukunya yang dilukis secara brilyan oleh Basoeki Abdullah. Namun seingat saya, buku tersebut banyak dikomentari oleh orang sebagai buku “promosi Pak Harto”, atau “buku propaganda”. Saat itu saya masih terlalu kecil untuk dapat memahami arti hal tersebut, tapi yang jelas buku tersebut sempat menarik minat saya karena banyak cerita dan foto-foto liputan kegiatan Pak Presiden yang membuat saya mengagumi sosok beliau.

Hal yang sama saya rasakan saat pertama melihat buku ‘Harus Bisa!’ karangan asisten Presiden SBY, Dino Patti Djalal, di Gramedia beberapa waktu yang lalu. Saat saya membolak balik beberapa halaman, saya terkesan dengan suatu foto yang begitu indah, foto saat helikopter Presiden SBY beranjak dari Pasema, Jayawijaya, Papua. Foto ini menarik minat saya untuk membaca secara singkat tulisan yang datang bersamanya. Gaya penulisan yang berbentuk cerita dan penuh fakta-fakta menarik dan foto-foto yang eksklusif membuat saya memutuskan untuk membeli buku ini. Continue reading

Kurva Normal dan Starting Eleven

Suatu hari ada salah seorang karyawan di tempat saya bekerja menanyakan saya pertanyaan berikut:

“Pak, saya sudah bertahun-tahun kerja di sini, tapi belum mendapatkan kesempatan promosi. Eh, ada orang yang lebih baru dari saya malah sudah naik pangkat lebih dulu”

Terus terang, dalam kurun waktu saya menekuni profesi saya di bidang SDM, sudah sering sekali saya dihadapkan pada pertanyaan (atau mungkin lebih tepatnya keluhan) seperti di atas.

Dalam beberapa kesempatan saya sering kali menjawab keluhan di atas dengan menganalogikan dengan kondisi yang selalu ditemui di dunia sepakbola: fight for the place in the team. Begini kira-kira jawaban yang sering saya sampaikan:

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My Top 5 PSP Games

Sony PSP - Ultimate Portable Handheld Gaming Device
Sony PSP – Ultimate Portable Handheld Gaming Device

It’s been more than a year since I owned Sony PSP. In short, I found the system is a gem. It has no “zen of implicity” like iPod for its multimedia features, but for gaming (which is its primary mission), Sony PSP excels in every aspects. The screen is brilliant, the operating system is genius (clue: the instant “on-and-off” really helps for dedicated-gamers- without-dedicated –time-for-gaming like me), the game pads are comfortable (of course still can’t beat the comfy of Sony Playstation Dual Shock controller), and the battery life is good enough for a short trip companion.

But what is a great game system without the support of great games?

Through a year of use, I can share the list of Top 5 Games in PSP based on my gaming experience. I subjectively judged this ranking from the following criteria:

  • On-the-go Playability. A game for a mobile game console should be playable while you are on the go. Having a game which holds you intensively up for 30 minutes before you can actually take a break is just silly. And a straight ‘vanilla’ port from an excellent game in Playstation console does not cut either.
  • Tilt. You have enough interests in this world to keep you away from playing games. The game should carry enough carrots and challenges to bring you back for more.
  • Presentations. The big and gorgeus screen of PSP should not be wasted with mediocre presentations.

Ok now, drum rolls…. here they are my Top 5 PSP Games so far (moving from number five to the top):

Fight Night Round 3
Fight Night Round 3

5. Fight Night Round 3 (Electronic Arts). Even though my favourite boxer of all time, Oscar De La Hoya has retired, at least I still can preserve his legacy through this game. Playing in its addictive career mode, I successfully made De La Hoya as champions in three weight classes, and made him the best pound-for-pound fighter. I also broke record of fastest and most Knock Outs with him. Not to mention is bulk of dollars reaped by playing him through out the ranks. Clearly, I delved this game quite intensively. Aside from its top-notch presentation (as Electronic Arts always do), what I like most from this game is the strategic element of the game play which require you to adjust your fighting style depending on your opponents. Jabbing out the opponents never comes as satisfying as laying them down in the canvas with this game. Great stuff.

Ridge Racer
Ridge Racer

4. Ridge Racers (Namco). Despite its stature as one of the first games available when the system was launched, Ridge Racer still possibly holds up as one of the best-looking game in PSP. While you are drifting around the corners, Namco provides you with gorgeous surrounding scenery and objects (helicopters and water falls, anyone?). But the trade mark of this game lies in its addictive gameplay. You move up the ranks through beating the tracks and intelligent opponents. On the hardest level, most of the times what you need is just a perfect race. A simple mistake costs you a spot in the race, which means failure to the next level and next car. No need to worry about lack of authentic cars, the range of beautiful fictional cars in Ridge Racer surely brings you back to unlock them for more!

Pro Evolution Soccer 2007
Pro Evolution Soccer 2007

3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 (Konami). Eh, no top spot for Pro Evolution Soccer/Winning Eleven? Even though 75% percent of my gaming time in Playstation and Playstation 2 console spent for this game, unfortunately for PSP, this is not the case. The reason is simply because playing this game in PSP needs dedication. You have to watch the action closely and mash your thumbs in rapid movement. This does give your eyes sore and your palm numbs to play this on extended period of time. So, unless you have spare time and focus for playing this, please steer away. This is the main reason why this game is not ranked in top spot. Other than that, the gameplay is still as superb as ever. You can still find every match is different to another, and every goal is appreciated. The lasting appeal of this game is still as much as its counterpart in traditional console.

 

Star Wars II - Original Trilogy
Star Wars II – Original Trilogy

2. Star Wars Lego II: The Original Trilogy (Lucas Arts). The joined forces of two my childhood favourites: Lego and Star Wars should be deadly in any form. Combined with excellent gameplay and intriguing puzzles, Star Wars Lego II comes up as a true winner. This is one of the few games which I keep on playing even though I have actually finished it. The unlockable Star Wars characters and vehicles are so tempting to be missed (any Star Wars fan must crave for piloting a Millennium Falcon). And the mission-based gameplay is really suitable for gamers on the go. You can switch off the game anytime when you are stuck without have to worry the time is not on your side. And during your ‘meditation’, somehow those untried ‘strategy’ or ‘route’ pops up in your mind. You switch on the PSP, and voila! You’re through to the next levels! May the force be with you, my young Padawan.

Hot Shots Golf Open Tee
Hot Shots Golf Open Tee

1. Hot Shots Golf (Sony Computer Entertainment America). I understand this may be a surprise winner for you. And to be perfectly honest, it is also for me. But really, this is how a mobile game should be. Instantly playable, but with enough depth to delve into. You can pick up this game anytime you want, and just play for a round (can be 9 holes game) against a computer-AI opponent for merely 5-10 minutes. Even though the golf game is set on cartoonish setting, but there is plenty of realism here. The winds, the slopes and the grass conditions do affect the outcome of your shots. The detailed stats keeper (Fairway hits, GIRs percentage, longest drive, best round, longest chip in, etc) make me keep back to play for this game just for the sake of breaking my own records. There are also six unlockable courses and plethora of characters items (golf clubs, attire, accessories, balls, etc) to be found in this game—adding reasons to play this game more and more. And because of those reasons, this is the ONLY game that remains on my PSP’s memory stick since I installed it. Indeed an instant breath of fresh air when you need it, whether you’re on queue line, on traffic jams, or simply on your weekend coach. Genius.

Old-time Favourite Sport Games

1280px-Atari-2600-Console

I’ve been a gamer since I was kid. My father bought me an Atari 2600 system back in 1984, and later on in 1987 he was convinced to buy me a first-generation PC (with 8088 processor). I spent countless hours playing games with my all-time nemesis, enemy and arch rival: my own brother.

Mostly we played sport games, but sometimes we did play games from racing and action genre. But sport has always been our favourite genre. And a computer game of soccer become a time where our pride and dignity is put on bet (yes, it’s that serious. It hurts). That sense of competition last until now. The only difference is that we’re fortunate enough to have a chance playing some excellent football game, with the lates coming from Konami’s Winning Eleven series.

I browsed the internet last night, and found a lot of “hidden treasure”, some my old-time favourite sport games, which can actually be downloaded, and played in the computer. Except it may not be as playable as before. Remember, those were times where processor speed was only 4.77 Mhz, compared to now where Pentium generation processor is already clocking at 4 GHz  and above (million times faster!). As a result, gameplay will be incredibly fast, and almost unplayable.

Anyway, here I share some of my old-time favourite sport games, hoping that it may bring some great memories out of your brain and heart.. Enjoy!

1. Pele’s Soccer (Atari) – 1983

Atari's Pele Soccer box
Atari’s Pele Soccer box

I think it was one of our first soccer computer game, where this endless competition started off. I still remember vividly when my father brought this game from Jakarta, and can almost feel the joy when I scored the first goal.

Pele Soccer's screenshot
Pele Soccer’s screenshot

Lame graphics and gameplay by modern standard (it was only three players-a-side, what can you expect?), but nevertheless brought us thrill, excitement, and not to mention skipped-afternoon-nap because of this.

2. Microsoft Decathlon (PC-XT) – 1983

Pole Vault - a challenging event requires timely key combination
Pole Vault – a challenging event requires timely key combination

This was probably what Bill Gates  working on before he invented Windows :). A highly competitive game that perfectly simulated the art of athletic that time. Graphic was very basic, but the use of realistic mathematical equation and law of physics made this game very challenging. Javelin Throw, Long Jump required you to press the key on the right angle. An innovative feature that time, which was replicated to today’s modern sport game. My favourite was 100 m dash, where I could use my fast typing fingers, pressing two keyboard buttons alternately and rapidly to break a new world record, then was held by Carl Lewis.. 9.93 seconds!

The 100m and 400m sprint screenshot. Quick fingers required!
The 100m and 400m sprint screenshot. Quick fingers required!

3. Sierra Boxing (PC-XT) – 1983

Sierra Boxing screenshot
Sierra Boxing screenshot

This was one of game that had best graphic that time. Gameplay was amazing. What I liked most was that it contained a “surprise” element, where you could land a “lucky blow” to your opponent, and you won the game  immediately by Technical Knock Out! I still had not found any boxing game nowadays that had this  kind of excitement. One of the rare feature that was been introduced by this game was the ability to create your own customized boxer. Yes, it came with silly options, but that feature extend the longetivity of this game.

4. Winter Games (PC-XT/AT) – 1986

Winter Games Ski Jump - one of the most thrilling event
Winter Games Ski Jump – one of the most thrilling event

Came in the transition of 4-colors CGA graphics to VGA graphic era, Epyx appeared as one of the game most famous publisher during years 1986-1988. Its Sport Games series, which include Winter Games, World Games, and California Games, were one of the most popular games that time. Our favourite, Winter Games, featured simulation of various winter games, such as Ski Jump, Bobsled, Speed Skiing. It was both fun and challenging, especially if we compete with friends (not to mention my brother), as it allowed up to 4 players in one game.

 5. Lakers vs Celtics (PC-XT/AT) – 1989

Lakers vs Celtics: Select your team
Lakers vs Celtics: Select your team

Arguably one of the best sport game in 80s. This was the first game that brought realism of tactics, fitness and player selection into computer game. Complete with full rooster of NBA, Lakers vs Celtics gave gamers chance to tinker of player selection, substitute them when players got tired, and used players’ special ability to defeat the opponent (who can forget Kareem Abdul Jabar’s sky hook? It was well represented here). It was almost a perfect simulation of basketball game that time, which then set up the standard of any basketball game produced until now.

Lakers vs Celtics play court
Lakers vs Celtics play court

My Top 10 Rock Albums

I grew up listening to rock music. I and my brother once had hundreds of cassettes collection, ranging from Hard Rock, Heavy Metal to Thrash Metal. We   placed Kiss, Van Halen, Motley Crue posters all over our room’s wall. When we were in college, we tried to mimic our idol by sporting long hair. I once even had a belief that “Rock is not just a music, Rock is a religion“.

Silly stuffs. *grin*

But really, eventhough I know some of you may even *hate* this music, I found it until now, this kind of music brought the technical skills of their musicians to the limit, especially the guitarists. It is due to the fast tempo and “live approach” of the music (less samplings and digitized music). Most rock fans agreed that enjoying rock music is not only listening to the songs, but also witnessing the great skills of musicians, and feeling the energy when they perform it “live” (headbanging, anyone?)

For those who still don’t get it :), here I listed my “All-Time Favorites of Top Ten Rock Albums” (not in order of anything) that I will be willingly to hear over, over and over again. It is simply because there are so much to hear from these records: the songs, the skills, the energy. Check them out!

Rock never die! Salam Metal! *smile*

Van Halen – 5150 (1986)

This is one of the first albums that introduced me to rock music. Sammy Hagar just joined the band, and he produced a classic collection, containing great, hard-yet-melodic songs featuring guitar and drums virtuoso courtesy of Eddie and Alex Van Halen.

What to Listen: Why Can’t This Be Love, Dreams, 5150

Guns ‘N Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)

Who knows this band before this album? Their single, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” took USA and rest of the world by storm. It is a mind-changing album, which was released in the mainstream of glam rock. Axl Rose and Slash’s controversial characters were well represented in this epic, brutal, punk rock n’ roll album.

What to Listen: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle

Dream Theater – Images and Words (1992)

It is a masterpiece of progressive rock album. Truly demonstrate how musicians’ technical skills and profound lyrics are composed in harmony. I can’t talk enough about how good is this album. I even already talked about it on my previous posting. Check out yourself.

What to Listen: Metropolis Part I, Surrounded, Pull Me Under

David Lee Roth – Skyscrapper (1988)

People may hate this album because of its “unnatural” approach to recording. David Lee Roth used all of samples and channels in music studio to produce perfectly detailed sounds. He recorded his vocals and voices in no less than 3 channels, while Steve Vai (guitars) and Billy Sheehan (bass) filled in the remaining channels with their pulsating play. The songs also include enough variety of music that can cater almost everyone’s taste. From ballad, pop rock to speed metal.

What to Listen: Just Like A Paradise, Perfect Timing, Hot Dog and A Shake

Metallica – And Justice for All (1988)

This record won a Grammy Award for the first heavy metal record category back in 1988. Grown up from a simply garage band in L.A., this album propelled Metallica to ‘supergroup’ status. Anybody who thinks Heavy Metal is not an art, should check this album first before throwing their opinion.

What to Listen: And Justice for All, One, Blackened

Extreme – III Sides to Every Story (1992)

After succesfully put their single “More Than Words” as worldwide hit in 1991, Extreme did not falsely fall into a trap of producing song with similar recipe. In fact they released their best album, which combined heavy metal, rock, funk and Queen-alike choir and orchestra. Nuno Bettencourt’s guitar play was as impressive as ever. Pat Badger and Paul Geary set the groove on rhythm section that beautifully assembled with Nuno’s rich exploration of sound.

What to Listen: Rest in Peace, Cupid’s Dead, Who Cares

Living Colour – Vivid (1989)

It is perhaps the band’s only significant record, but it stacked up right th ere with other great rock albums. Living Colour was a rare breed. While their other neighbors were busy in rapping and jazzing, they chose to work on different beat: rock music. But they mixed it with their music roots: funk, jazz and rap. The result was a much-talk about album in 1989. There were so much variety on its beat and groove, and Vernon Reid highlighted every song with exhilarating display of his guitars’ distorted sounds.

What to Listen: Cult of Personality, What’s Your Favourite Colour?, Glamour Boys

Mr. Big – Lean Into It (1991)

Even though it was the sweet “To Be With You” that propelled Mr. Big to worldwide artist status, the album that housed that single was far from being typical pop rock album that looked more on popularity than its musica l aspect. “Lean Into It” was arguably the best album of the band. Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey are highly skilled musicians that could somehow integrate their individual equipment artistry into hard-but-strong-in-melody-songs. Billy Sheehan and Paul Gilbert’s then-famous electric drill songs “Daddy, Brother, Lover and Little Boy” opened up the record that set the listeners’ expectation. You will know instantly that these guys are technically good. And so are their songs.

What to Listen: Daddy, Brother, Lover and Little Boy; Alive and Kickin’, Just Take My Heart

Iron Maiden – Live After Death (1986)

The only “Live” album that become my all-time favorites. It includes all great (and legendary) songs by Iron Maiden circa mid 80’s. When you listened to this album, you can feel the energy of the songs and the musicians. The crowd noises made it is even powerful. By the way, one particular thing I loved about Iron Maiden was that their guitarists (Dave Murray and Adrian Smith) recorded their guitar sounds on two separate channels (left and right). I could still remember how I and my brother adjusted the balance of our sound system, just to listen the different solos and riffs from the best-duo guitarist ever.

What to Listen: The Trooper, Aces High, Running Free

Whitesnake – Whitesnake (1987)

Dave Coverdale, ex vocalist of Deep Purple, made fortune by releasing this record. It was sold in multiple platinum back in 1987. He actually replaced all of his band members after that, and formed a “super group” which featured first class musicians, such as Adrian Vandenberg, Steve Vai and Rudy Sarzo. However, it was actually John Sykes, another excellent guitarist, whose Coverdale actually worked with to produce this most-successful album of Whitesnake. John Sykes’ famous riffs and clean-and-melodic guitar solo sounds were really deep to be heard over, and over again. Adrian Vandenberg contributed to the most successful single from this album, “Here I Go Again”, with his (also famous) guitar solo that brought the song to different dimension.

What to Listen: In the Still of the Night, Is This Love, Here I Go Again

Tied Trilogy: Mahabharata, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings

Tied Trilogy: Mahabharata, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings

Is it only me, or you also notify that there are striking ties in Mahabharata, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings (LOTR)? I noticed it ever since before, but last night’s re-run of “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in HBO made me more convinced that either Peter Jackson (Director of LOTR) was big fan of Star Wars, or both him and George Lucas were influenced by Mahabharata.

Well, probably the ties were only coincident, because it may only because I dig into those trilogies too much that make me have this line of thinking. I grew up reading R.A. Kosasih’s Mahabharata comics, and have been fan of Star Wars since 10 years old. I was late in adoring LOTR, but now always watch the three series every time HBO re-runs it without feeling bored.

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase. Some interesting ties between them:

  1. All have similar big plot. It started with a group of “heroes” who was in control of a kingdom/country. These heroes then would be ousted by their “foes”, and at the end of trilogy, these heroes will then resume their position. In Mahabharata, it is Pandawa who finally defeated Kurawa to regain their supremacy in Astina. In Star Wars, it is the “Jedi” who were sidelined by “Imperial Forces”, but then finally took command of the “Republic”/ And finally, LOTR has “Aragorn”, the king of “Man”, who finally re-crowned as the “King” after defeated Sauron in the Battle of Middle Earth.
  2. All have colossal “Big Wars” that involve clone-alike soldiers. Mahabharata and its Bharatayudha, with the clone-soldiers of “Kurawa”. Star Wars in “Clone Wars” with Storm Troopers, and LOTR with Saruman’s Orcs in “Battle of Middle Earth”
  3. The “hero” has his “spiritual teacher” on his side. Remember Luke Skywalker scene of “Jedi Training” with Yoda in “Return of the Jedi”? Don’t you feel the similarities of that scene with “spiritual moment” Arjuna had with Kresna in “Bhagawadgita”? In a not-so-similar scene, Aragon and Frodo in LOTR also have Gandalf as their spiritual teacher.
  4. It may not involve Mahabharata. But the actor who played as “Saruman” in LOTR, is actually who played as “Count Dukou” in Star Wars: Phantom Menace. More interestingly, both Saruman and Count Dukou initiated the make of clone soldiers!

There are some more, I reckon. Let me try to remember those first. Anyway, you are free to put your comments as well if you find any! May the force be with you!