1. During which birthday celebrations was the Sarva Dharma Stoopa inaugurated at Prasanthi Nilayam?
2. What one thing does Swami say characterizes the difference between a jnani and an ajnani - or a knower of the truth and an ignorant person?
A. A jnani will give away everything to the poor.
B. A jnani will sing the glories of the Lord.
C. A jnani will remember that he is the not the doer.
D. A jnani will always chant His name no matter what.
3. How should a Zoroastrian behave if he sees a dead body in a river?
A. Make suitable prayers for its journey into the next world.
B. Say some prayers for self-purification.
C. Attempt to sink it underwater.
D. Retrieve the dead body.
4. Lord Rama had three enemies embodying the three gunas. Kumba Karna, Ravana and Vali. Which guna did Vali symbolise?
A. The Sathwic guna.
B. The Rajasic guna.
C. The Thamasic guna.
D. A mixture of the three gunas.
5. The following passage provides some of Christianity's most touching and poetic words on love.
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
Who was the writer?
A. Saint John
B. Saint Paul
C. Mother Theresa
D. Saint Aquinas
6. Swami explains the meaning of the word Bhagavatham in the following way: 'Bhaa’ stands for Bhakthi; ‘Ga’ stands for jnana; ‘Va’ stands for Vairagyam; and ‘Tha’ stands for thathvam – what does the last syllable ‘M’ stand for?
7. In Buddhism, what is the meaning of the word 'koan'?
The traditional simple meal taken by practicing monks.
B. A bell that is tolled during prayer services.
C. The last testament and instructions of the Buddha.
D. A dialogue or story that attempts to awaken the student’s intuitional understanding of the truth.
8. When Swami was 22, He graciously blessed a temple at Guindy, in Chennai. The devotee who had built the temple washed and worshipped Bhagavan's Feet and then prayed that Swami leave an impression of His holy Feet, first by placing them in sandal paste and then on a piece of silken cloth. What happened next?
A. Swami refused and instead created an idol of Shirdi Baba for the temple.
B. Swami readily agreed and asked the man to build another temple at Coimbatore.
C. Swami agreed and then said, "I shall give the feet of Sai Baba, my previous body".
D. Swami created some gold padukas and requested those to be worshipped in the temple shrine.
9. Which religion's holy book explicitly prohibits the consumption of alcohol?
10. When Swami was a boy, He danced at a village carnival in the role of a famous female dancer of the day, named Rishyendramani. Her speciality was to dance with a bottle on her head and then pick up a hankerchief from the floor with her teeth. When Swami performed this dance, how did He improve upon Rishyendramani's special act?
A. Instead of a balancing a bottle on the head, Swami balanced an upright stick.
B. Instead of picking up a handkerchief with the teeth, Swami picked up a needle with His eyelids.
C. Rather than dancing for the usual hour, Swami danced non-stop for 4 hours.
D. Rather than just dancing, Swami also sang some entertaining, but educative, songs on human values.
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