November 27, 2018 by Gita Wisdom Long Island Series Quizzes This is a compilation of all of the quiz questions from the Gita Wisdom Long Island Podcast Series. Question #1: Which is not one of the varnas? brahmin shudra ksatriya brahmacharyaBrahmacharya is the celibate, student stage of life and not one of the varnas. The fourth varna is vaishya. Question #2: Krishna insisted the inhabitants of Vrindavan should honor Govardhan Hill instead of a demigod. Out of anger, this demigod caused a torrential downpour. In response, Krishna lifted the Hill, sheltering the inhabitants from the rainfall. Which demigod caused the devastation? Indra Shiva Kali Question #3: Which is not a category of avatar? Jiva-tattva Vishnu-tattva Maha-tattvaMost avatars fall into the Vishnu-tattva category -- those directly descended from Vishnu, the Supreme Being. Rama and Parashurama are examples of Vishnu-tattva avatars. The other category of avatar is jiva-tattva. Jiva souls are like us: individual sparks from the fire that is the Supreme Being. An example of jiva-tattva avatars is the shaktyavesha avatar: beings empowered by Vishnu to carry out a mission. Jesus, Buddha, and the guru are examples of shaktyavesha avatars. Maha-tattva refers to the cosmic material manifestation—the total energy of the material world—and is not a category of avatars. Question #4: Caitanya Mahaprabhu is credited with what? Building Krishna temples throughout Bengal Inaugurating the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra in public Writing the Sanskrit text Srimad BhagavatamSri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wrote no books: that was done by his scholar-disciples known as the Six Goswamis. Nor did he open temples. He is remembered for, among other achievements, popularizing the Hare Krishna mantra as a form of public spiritual practice. Question #5: The aspect of God seated in the hearts of all living beings is known as Shiva Bhagavan Paramatma BrahmanKrishna is realized in three ways: Brahman, the impersonal realization that everything is God, is the origin of all energies. Everything is pervaded by and made up of Brahman energy. Paramatma is experienced as God within the heart. This is not an abstract idea. Krishna says in the Gita he is situated in everyone's heart -- hṛdi sarvasya viṣṭhitam [BG 13.18] and again in BG 15.15 sarvasya caham hrdi sannivisto. The highest realization is Bhagavan, Krishna in personal form. Understanding Krishna in this form, we are able to engage in loving exchange with Krishna. Question #6: The cycle of birth and death is known as Samaveta Samasara Samskara Question #7: The Vedic histories are known as the Puranas Vedangas Upanishads Question #8: The crevice at the crown of the head, by which a great mystic yogi can exit his body at will, is known as Shivarandhra Visnurandhra Brahmarandhra Question #9: Jada Bharata, in his previous life as King Bharata, was thinking about what at the time of his death? Vishnu His son A deer Question #10: There are nine progressive stages of bhakti. The final stage, transcendental love for God, is known as: Bhava Rasa Prema Shanti Question #11: panditah sama-darsinah roughly translates to what? for a Vaishnava, their only suffering is the suffering of others no one can destroy the imperishable soul an intelligent person sees all beings as equal a self-realized soul will never again fall into illusion Question #12: Realization of Brahman or Paramatma is incomplete. Which quality can be experienced only through realization of the Supreme Being? Ananda (bliss) Chit (consciousness) Sat (eternality) Question #13: The path of devotional yoga is known as Karma Bhakti Jnana Question #14: What does the word janma mean? Knowledge Birth Teacher Question #15: Who is depicted on the flag atop Arjuna’s chariot? Hanuman Visnu Shiva Nrsimha Haribol! Thanks for taking the quiz. Would you like to take the quiz again?