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This quiz tests your recall powers from reading Heart2Heart. 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 the stories of His glory.

1. In our cover story ‘God's Own Children’ from the June 1st 2004 issue, we shared Swami’s Love and ever-vigilant eye on His pride and joy – His students; especially the poor orphans.

On June 19th 2002, the festival of Guru Purnima, Swami inaugurated the fully completed Sathya Sai Nagar for destitute people to make them self-reliant. Today, the Sathya Sai Nagar is an ideal of community living. It is more or less an example of a self-sustained, self-sufficient village.

Every Thursday and Sunday, the boys come for darshan, and every time prasadam is distributed, Swami makes sure that they receive it. On one occasion, Swami was overseeing apples being distributed to these boys. One of the boys had already got an apple and not knowing this, the volunteer tried to give one more apple to him. The boy politely refused it, saying “Sir, I have already got one!” This did not escape the discerning eye of Swami and immediately He called the boy near Him.

What did Swami say after noticing that the boy refused the second apple?

2. In the article ‘The Glimpse He Granted’ from the June 1 st 2004 issue, we shared the narration of an encounter that a student, B. Dutt, II B.Sc. (1987) of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning had with Swami when his family was called in for an interview.

“ I went inside with bated breath and beating heart. As usual, groups of devotees were taken in by Bhagavan, into the inner interview room. I was relieved when our turn was over and Swami moved to distribute Vibhuti packets. Suddenly He halted. The expression on His countenance changed from Motherly Love to Fatherly sternness. He beckoned me back into the inner interview room, alone!

My hands would not stop shaking and my heartbeat raced beyond the range of my E.C.G. scale. He was already seated and commanded me to sit at His Feet. I sweated profusely. Then He asked me a question.”

What did Swami ask him?

3. In the article ‘A Room with a View’ from the June 15th 2004 issue, we put forth a story of two men, both seriously ill, who occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

What did the man see?

4. In ‘The True Meaning of Darshan, Sparshan and Sambashan’ from the  June 1st 2004’ issue, sharing his views, Prof. G. Venkataraman tells us that Swami reminds us ever so often; ‘God is everywhere and is present all the time’. Thus, anyone can have the Darshan of God any time, any place. That is in fact what Swami actually expects of us – not to limit God to just one form but see Him everywhere in the Cosmos and in every living being.

Once, in a Discourse to the youth of Kerala, Swami said, “Darshan alone is not sufficient; we must have Sparshan [touch of the Divine] and Sambhashan [conversation with the Divine] also.”

According to Swami, what does Sparshan do?

5. In the article ‘The Creator’ from the June 15th 2004 issue, one of Swami’s students shared his experiences with Swami, reiterating that there isn’t a day that passes when Swami reinforces the principle of GOD – ‘Generation, Organization and Destruction’.

Once, in a devotee’s garden, Swami plucked a plum from a creeper! When Swami put the “plum” into the mouth of one of the boys and asked, “How does it taste?” What was his reply?

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