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Spiritual Quiz

Dear fellow spiritual aspirant! Congratulations on deciding to attempt this Spiritual Quiz. This exercise is aimed as an aid for encouraging study, enhancing knowledge and deepening reflection. May our beloved Bhagawan bless us in this endeavour.
Please attempt all questions and mail your answers to quiz@srisathyasai.org.uk by 15th March. We hope to acknowledge the names of the first 5 ‘All Correct’ responders in our next edition.
Sairam and Best wishes- LnL Team

Answers for Quiz Feb 15: 6A 7A 8C 9C 10A

Our sincere thanks to all participants in this quiz, and heartiest congratulations to the first five ‘All Correct’ submissions: Mrs. Palvi Tanna – Leicester; Mr. Narendra Mistry – Leicester; Dr. Nishith Patel, London; Mr. Rishi Kumar, Cardiff; Miss Ananda Pillay, Swindon

Question 11

Servanthood is at the very heart of the Christian faith. A servant of Christ is someone who has been called first to intimately know Christ and His salvation, then to daily pick up his cross and follow Him by placing his devotion to Christ above any other human, material possession, and philosophy. Following his Master, the disciple becomes more and more like Him, emulating Christ’s thinking, feeling, and living.

Before Jesus began His ministry, John the Baptist had been announcing to the people throughout the regions of Jerusalem and Judea to prepare for the coming Messiah. He was calling them to repent, turn from their sins, and be baptized. He was pointing the way to Jesus. Then, all of a sudden, Jesus appeared on the scene. In Luke 1:17, the role of John is referred to as being "to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

As a humble, dear and devoted disciple, near the end of his life, which teaching of Jesus did John constantly impart to all Christians?

A. Serve one another
B. Love one another
C. Always be happy
D. Never hurt anybody

Question 12

Whenever one thinks of Guru Nanak, a typical image springs to mind: the Guru and his disciple/server/companion Mardana, are sitting quietly under the cool leaf-canopy of a tree – a typical setting of Guru Nanak - in natural places and outside towns and villages. The Guru is ever-radiant and energetic, always thinking of the many more places and people with whom He must share the Word of God.

Mardana was himself a Muslim. As he attended prayers in a mosque, Nanak also accompanied him, and some times joined in prayers and recited verses in praise of Allah. Like Guru Nanak’s other Muslim disciples, Mardana remained a Muslim throughout his life; he dedicated himself for the heavenly and sacred mission of Guru Nanak and helped his Master serve and save a world beset with spiritual darkness and social injustice.

Mardana was well aware that the person he accompanied wasn't any ordinary human being. He always lived in submission to Guru Nanak’s orders and had a deep faith in the Guru. It was because of such steadfast devotion that the Guru always kept him close by and never parted his company. Guru Nanak blessed Mardana saying; "Mardania, if you are exalted and delighted, so too is this world."

As a result of Guru Nanak’s blessing, Mardana had acquired the ultimate understanding. He understood the mysterious and incomprehensible secrets of the universe from his Guru. Both lived together and became inseparable.

How exactly did Mardana serve His Master Guru Nanak, while accompanying Him everywhere?

A. Both of them would sing songs together in praise of God
B. He interpreted His discourses
C. He made all travel arrangements for His tours
D. He cooked all His meals and attended to all His personal needs everywhere He went

Question 13

Regarding Hinduism, Bhagavan Baba has stated clearly in the Upanishad Vahini: “This religion has no one Founder as the others have. That invisible unknown founder is God, the source of all wisdom. He is the Prophet of this Sanathana Dharma. He is the Founder. His Grace and His Inspiration manifested through the pure Sages and they became the spokesmen of this Dharma. When the moral purity of men degenerates, God takes form as grace and inspiration in sages and teachers.”

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was one such spiritual teacher; to the extent that He was even considered by many as an Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Even though He was illiterate, He achieved worldwide fame by His pursuit of Truth and His realization of the Divine. Just as He loved to travel through the streets of Calcutta and along village roads, He also enjoyed travelling along various religious paths. He practiced several religions, including Islam and Christianity, and recognized that in spite of the differences, all religions are valid and true and they lead to the same ultimate goal – God.

According to Swami, what was the foremost realization Ramakrishna had regarding His own perception of Divinity, when He was living in Kamarpukur?

A. God has a thousand arms, face, limbs everywhere
B. Animals are just as Divine as humans
C. All Forms of God are products of our illusion
D. Divinity is inscrutable and unfathomable


Question 14

Most scholars believe that Zoroaster (Zarathustra in Greek) was born in present day Iran. When Zoroaster was thirty years old, He had a divine vision of God. This vision radically transformed His view of the world, and He tried to teach this view to others. Zoroaster believed in one creator God, teaching that only one God was worthy of worship.

Zoroaster's ideas did not take off quickly at first as peope felt their own faiths, power, and particularly their rituals, were being threatened. After twelve years, Zoroaster left His home to find somewhere more open to new ideas.

In which country did Zoroaster then travel to be able to spread His teachings?

A. India
B. China
C. Persia
D. Europe

Question 15

The Buddhist Path begins with Faith, then Knowledge, followed by Experience, and finally Wisdom. Buddha reached that last stage after a great deal of traveling.

Having renounced the luxurious life of being Prince Siddhartha, Buddha, after leaving His home, started walking in the southeastern direction from Kapilavastu and came to Vaishali. There, He listened briefly to the teachings but left dissatisfied. Crossing the river Ganges, He once again entered the kingdom of Magadha and came to Rajgir, where he listened to the yogic teachings of saints; again dissatisfied, He left the place, followed by five ascetics.

Along with them, He came to the place now known as Bodhgaya. There, they engaged in long, austere practices. For the first two years, Gautama ate only one grain of rice a day and for the next four years, He ate nothing at all. Despite almost full degeneration of His body, He remained seated in continual meditation. Six years after His initial renunciation, He realized that extreme mortification does not lead to liberation.

According to Swami, finally what realization did Buddha come to after reaching Gaya?

A. We should remain in only in one place to find enlightenment
B. The source of bliss is within us
C. To be enlightened we have to put the teachings to practice
D. The value of family and relationships


Source: Radio Sai