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This quiz tests your recall powers from reading Heart2Heart and all the questions are related to Lord Rama. 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. Students often say that Prashanti Nilayam is Swami's office, Brindavan is His home, and Kodaikanal (Kodai) is His playground.

In our article Kodai: The Lord's Mountain Top from the Nov 1st 2003 issue, we shared that Rama Navami is the festival that marks the Advent of the Lord as Rama. Many years, the festival occurs when Swami is in Kodai Kanal. On such occasions, the festival becomes a truly memorable day for the boys. On one such Rama Navami day, Swami materialized the pearl necklace that Mother Sita gifted to Hanuman at the time of Rama's Coronation.

What was very unique about that pearl necklace?

2. In our cover story Sai Rama from the March 15 2004 issue, we presented a few incidents from Swami’s past that revealed His Advent as Sai Rama. One such incident was:

‘Long back, about 65 years ago, in a remote and tiny hamlet, there was a group of boys of ages 5 to 11 going along the streets. Among them was a boy named Sathya (Baba’s boyhood name). He was their Guru, their leader. They came to a Hanuman temple and all of them decided to take a pradakshina, or a circumambulation of the deity. So off they went to offer their obeisance’s to Hanuman. Except little Sathya. But how could the group be without their leader? So they dragged him too…in spite of His protestations.’

What happened next?

3. In the article A Householder's Life - The Vedic Way from the July 2006 issue, Prof. Venkataraman in his sixth talk in the Veda Walkthrough series mentions that: ‘ Swami has, in some of His Discourses, especially a memorable one given during the Summer Course of 1996, described the marriage of Rama and Sita. He said on that occasion, that this was no ordinary marriage…

Enlightening us about the difference in the modern marriages and the pious, sacred marriage of Rama and Sita, He said:

‘There was the holy and sacred fire and Mantras were being chanted both by Janaka, the father of the bride, and Rama, as appropriate, guided of course by celebrated Rishis like Viswamitra and Vasishta. At one point, Janaka says, here is my daughter Sita. Rama was expected to turn towards her and take a look at her. He did not. Emperor Janaka repeated the statement again; once more, Rama did not turn to look in the direction of Sita.’

When Janaka repeated that statement for the third time, why didn’t Rama still look at Sita?

4. In our H2H Special article, Unforgettable Moments with Sai, from the June 2006 issue, we presented Mr. Chidambaram Krishnan's nostalgic memories of the past when not many believed in Bhagavan’s Avatarhood.

He shares: “The proceedings started with Brahmam reading out some passages from the Ramayana. He then started explaining what he had read out. After that, Brahmam asked us who were gathered there, whether we had any doubts. None of us understood what he had said in the first place; where then was the question of asking doubts! At this point, Swami intervened and said, ‘You will not understand what this man is saying. I shall explain it all.’ So saying, Swami started giving a Discourse. During His Discourse, Swami narrated many incidents that are not recorded in the published versions of the Ramayana. Brahmam therefore asked, ‘But Swami, one does not find these incidents reported in the Ramayana.’

What did Swami retort to that?

5. In our cover story Sai Rama from the March 15 2004 issue, Prof Venkataraman emphasizes: ‘Swami is not merely Rama come again. He was Rama before the Rama Avatar. He was Rama during the Rama Avatar and He is Rama forever! That is because Rama is not the name of an ancient Prince of Ayodhya, blue in complexion and with a bow in his hand. Rama is something more… in fact something absolutely fundamental.’

Which quality of Rama resembles Swami the most?

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