1. When Lord Krishna went as a peace ambassador to the court of Dhritharashtra, Duroyodhana and his brothers attempted to bind Him. What did Lord Krishna do at this point?
A. Lord Krishna disappeared only to reappear outside the palace.
B. Lord Krishna made Duryodhana and his brothers immobile.
C. Lord Krishna assumed His Cosmic form.
D. Lord Krishna let them bind Him and then assumed the form of the wind to escape.
2. The Muslim new year begins on 20th January. The first month is one of the four most sacred months in Islam. What is its name?
C. Eid-al Fitr
3. Swami uses the analogy of a rose flower to explain concentration, contemplation and meditation. He describes concentration as identifying the rose flower among the thorns and leaves; and contemplation as cutting the flower without touching the thorns. What illustration does Swami use to describe meditation?
A. Offering the rose flower at the Feet of the Lord.
B. Smelling the fragrance of the rose.
C. Picking the petals of the flower.
D. Placing the flower in a garland.
4. On 28th January Christians belonging to the Roman Catholic Church celebrate the life of Saint Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274). For what great achievements is he remembered?
A. For building many churches.
B. For his melodious devotional music.
C. For his theological writings.
D. For being martyred in the cause of the Church.
5. In the Ramayana, the eagle Jataayu fought unsuccessfully with Ravana to try and rescue Sita from his nefarious clutches, and was fatefully wounded. When Lord Rama found the heroic bird, what did He do?
A. Rama asked Lakshmana to bring special herbs from the Himalayas to revive Jataayu.
B. Rama promised Jataayu that his family would always be under His protection.
C. Rama carried the Jataayu back to his home, so that he could pass away there.
D. Rama embraced the bird in His lap and performed the last rites for him.
6. Which religion practised in Japan has its New Year day falling on January 1st?
7. Which religion uses the sweat lodge as part of its spiritual practices?
D. Native American
8. The 31st January is the birthday of the seventh Sikh guru, Guru Har Rai (1630-1661). In what matter was Guru Har Rai contacted by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for help?
A. To understand the Sikh scriptures.
B. To bring about a truce between the Sikhs and Muslims.
C. To cure his son from a deadly sickness.
D. To demonstrate his skill in singing.
9. Lord Krishna delivered the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna between the two armies of the Pandavas and the Kauravas on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. What is the spiritual meaning of the Kurukshetra battle?
A. That one should always fight for one's rights.
B. That one should defeat the inner enemies within oneself.
C. That 'life is a battle'.
D. That good always triumphs.
10. In Buddhism what is a mandala?
A. A tent erected for a spiritual gathering.
B. The yearly congregation of monks.
C. A discourse that is taken in turns by different monks.
D. A spiritual symbol.
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