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This month we celebrate Bhagavan Baba's 82nd Birthday. Apart from it being a great occasion of rejoicing and celebration, every Birthday has also been a landmark occasion, some being very significant as Swami often choose this day to unveil new dimensions of His grand mission. As you try this quiz, you will not only enjoy, but also enlighten yourself about many important events of His life and mission. In the answers are links providing more information on every event, do make best use of them.

1. We all know that when our Beloved Bhagavan was born on November 23rd, 1926, His father and grand-father, and His siblings Venkamma, Parvathi, Seshama Raju and His neighbour Subbamma were present too. Who assisted Swami’s Mother Easwaramma during her delivery?

2. After Swami declared that He was an Incarnation of Shirdi Baba, the number of devotees kept on increasing with the result that in a few years the Old Mandir could not accommodate them. Even sheds and makeshift Pandals around the Old Mandir were inadequate during festivals.

In answer to the prayers of the devotees, Baba agreed for a more spacious place. Thus, the idea of New Mandir [Prashanti Nilayam] was conceived and was constructed at a place to the south of the village of Puttaparthi.

On which Birthday was Prashanti Nilayam inaugurated?

3. On His 28th Birthday, in 1954, Swami took the first step in giving concrete shape to an important dimension of His Mission. What was this?

4. On 22nd November 1975, on the Golden Jubilee [50th Birthday] of our Beloved Bhagavan, He inaugurated the 50 feet high pillar called - The Sarva [ means entire, whole, every kind of] Dharma [means righteousness, morality, virtue, duty, the dictates of God, code of conduct] Stupa [a pillar], in the shape a lotus bud, on which the symbols of some of the major religions of the world can be seen.

The significance of these sacred symbols have been explained by Bhagavan so that we can understand the truth that all religions lead man on the path to God. The ‘Om’ of Hinduism, for example, means “Listen to the primeval Pranava ‘AUM’ resounding in your heart as well as in the heart of the universe"; the Cross of Christianity signifies, “Cut the ‘I’ feeling clean across and let your ego die on the cross, to endow on you eternity", etc.

Of all the major religions, which religion does Baba mainly stress on?

5. Bhagavan Baba unfurled the model of The Shri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning to the world on the eve of His 56th Birthday.

When Swami inaugurated this marvelous edifice on the 22 November 1981, it was truly, as Prof. Kasturi writes, “The dawn of the Sai era of re-education of man for the establishment of peace on earth and goodwill among all peoples.”

Among other Universities in India, what was number of this Institute?

6. The Engineers who were to construct the 65 feet high Hanuman Statue in the Hill View Stadium in Prashanti Nilayam for the 65th Birthday, were at a loss regarding the design of the huge structure taking into account the huge weight, the load distribution on all sides, stability, etc.

When they went to seek Bhagavan’s help, how did He help them out?


7. On Nov 12, 2003, Bhagavan Baba, the teachers and students of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus, organized a social service project in which 78 physically challenged persons were selected from various villages and gifted them with tricycles, crutches, calipers, artificial limbs, wheel chairs, walking sticks, etc.

Then Bhagavan cut a cake! What was the occasion?

8. On November 23, 2001, Radio Sai came on the air for the first time when Bhagavan pressed a button in Sai Kulwant Hall, as a part of the Birthday celebrations. In which country was the uplink station of Worldspace from where the signal was received by satellite and sent to Prashanthi Mandir?

9. On November 23, 2004, the day of Swami’s 79th Birthday, drinking water was formally released from Andhra Pradesh to Chennai. From which River was this water being channeled?

10. Each year, the month of November draws several thousand devotees from around the globe and all corners of India to Prashanti Nilayam. The week of November 23, 2006 which marked Bhagawan’s 81st birthday celebrations, was no different. Devotees thronged Prashanti Nilayam to witness the 25th annual convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) - a deemed University, and the inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai International Centre for Sports - an indoor stadium of international standards, and a momentous gift from Bhagawan to His students. How long did it take to build the Sports Centre?

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Vol 5 Issue 11 - NOVEMBER 2007
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