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This quiz tests your recall powers from reading Heart2Heart. This being the month of October, all the questions are based on events from Bhagavan’s life that have happened in this month. And in the answers we have included the links to all the stories and articles from which they have been taken. So please click on these links and enjoy reading about His glory.

1. On 20 October, 1940, when Swami was barely 14 years old, He sang His first bhajan in public:

Manasa bhajare Gurucharanam,
Dustara bhavasagara tharanam.

What has that epoch making day been commemorated as?

2. The custom of celebrating the Navarathri festival in a grand manner in Sai’s presence originated even during the Paatha Mandiram [old mandir] period. In those days, Swami would be taken every day in a grand procession.

In our April 2004 issue, in the Sai Leela section, Mrs. Vijayakumari described the procession of the concluding day of Vijaya Dasami, during the celebrations of 1946.

“The festivities were a gala affair, and in the evening, Swami was taken in procession to a particular tree, to shoot arrows.” What for?

3. Every year during the Dasara celebrations, Puttaparthi is witness to a grand spectacle “The Veda Purusha Sapthaha Gyana Yagna” – a Vedic sacrifice performed in the Divine presence of Bhagawan Baba for seven days. This festival in Puttaparthi is more than six decades old.

On October 1, 1962, during the Yagna, Swami retorted: “Some critics are raising a hue and cry that the Yagna is the occasion when a good deal of cow’s ghee is wasted and a large quantity of sandalwood is burnt.”

What explanation did Swami give on the significance of offering ghee?

4. On 11th October, 1997, on the concluding day of the Navaratri festival, after the religious ceremonies were over, a special function was arranged in the Sai Kulwant Hall, to mark the formal transfer of the Sri Sathya Sai Drinking Water Supply System, to the people of Andhra Pradesh.

When everybody praised Swami and expressed gratitude, Swami raised His hands and showed they were empty. What happened after that?

5. On October 9th, 1998 which temple did Bhagavan consecrate in Prashanti Nilayam?

6. On October 28th, 2000, during His discourse, Swami recalled a tragic incident of a mother, who, unable to feed her children gave them poison instead, after which she ended her life by consuming the poison herself. While recounting this horrific incident Swami’s eyes became full of tears and His voice trembled with emotion. What did that lead to?

7. In His first public discourse on the occasion of Vijaya Dasami (last day of Dasara) in 1953, when Bhagavan was only 27, what did He reveal that between His age 16 and 32 He would be doing?

8. In the time when she was alive, on which day would Easwaramma, Swami’s Mother, be honoured?

9. On 2nd October, India celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday. In our October 2005 issue, Professor Venkataraman shared with us some of Gandhi’s principles; one of them being Sarvodaya meaning – welfare for all - to which he added; ‘welfare for all based on a moral philosophy relating to the principle of Trusteeship.’

Which of Swami’s teachings does this best relate to?

10. As we all know, that Swami has so benevolently gifted mankind with His vast knowledge in the form of several Vahinis. In October 1982, Swami began to shower divine knowledge to the world anew in the form of Sutra Vahini. What is the subject matter of the book?

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Vol 5 Issue 10 - OCTOBER 2007
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