Nehru Centre in London hosts the two-day conference onthe Contemporary Relevance of Bhagavad Gita…. reports Ragasudha Vinjamuri
An interesting array of presentations took place at the Nehru Centre in London on the contemporary relevance of Bhagavad Gita, aimed to deal with the questions on how the Gita can help tap the transformational energy that one possesses or uncover the truth of the message given to Arjuna.
The programme started with the chanting of shlokas, introduction by Mrs Suryakanthi Tripathi and Dr Peter Fluegel and the welcome address given by High Commissioner of India to the UK Ranjan Mathai. The opening remarks were given by Srinivas Gotru, the Director of Nehru Centre.
Speakers in the conference included Prof. Johannes Bronkhorst who covered the theme of the conference, the contemporary relevance of Bhagavad Gita, Prof. Vempati Kutumba Sastry who passionately spoke on the dichotomy of Pravritti and Nivrutti and Bhagavad Gita as the science of transformation. Swami Sarvapriyananda captivated the audience through his interesting presentation on non-duality and the language of paradox in the Gita and Dr James Mallinson spoke on the connectivity between Yoga and the Gita.
Prof. Radha Vallabh Tripathi elucidated the impact of Bhagavad Gita on modern Sanskrit writings, Dr James Hegarty. Dr Stephen Thompson, Mrs. Suryakanthi Tripathi, Paul Palmarozza, Prof. Amar, Prof. Kapil Kapoor, Dr. Simon Brodbeck, Dr. Theodore Proferes and Dr. Brian Black have all given their valuable insights and inputs on different aspects in the context of the sacred text, while Dr. A.S.N Rao highlighted the practice of Gita in daily life and Dr. Nirmala Sharma its values. Q and A hours were conducted after each session when audience have raised questions either on the content of the presentations or clarified their own doubts on the topic.
Closing remarks were given by Mr. Srinivas Gotru, Director of the Nehru Centre, Dr. Sanjeev Kanoria, SREI Foundation and Dr. Peter Fluegel from SOAS.