Dhruv Chhatralia became the first person in history to recite the Ramayan at the British Parliament on the auspicious occassion of Guru Purnima at an event attented by six Members of Parliament and the presidents or chairpersons of over 27 national Hindu organisations, with 300 registered attendees and over 200 people on the waiting list, such was the demand behind and popularity of this historic talk and to learning from the depth of Dhruv Chhatralia’s wisdom on the Ramayan….reports Asian Lite News
The event was hosted by Bob Blackman MP, organised by Lakshmi Kaul and attended by Michael Ellis MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, as well as Matthew Offord MP, Richard Harrington MP, Royston Smith MP and David Tredinnick MP.
The Ramayan was composed over 9,000 years ago by Rishi Valmiki and consists of 24,000 verses, divided into seven books and 500 chapters. It traditionally takes nine days to complete a narration of the Ramayan and feat was accomplished in just two hours during the evening by Dhruv Chhatralia for the first time ever at the House of Commons.
The event began with an opening speech by Bob Blackman MP, who has worked so hard in promoting Hindu causes at the British Parliament throughout his time as an MP and who has made history by bringing the Hanuman Chalisa, the Shree Suktam and the Ramayan to the British Parliament for the first time. Bob Blackman spoke about the historical significance of the event and the importance of the Hindu community uniting to protect, preserve and promote values that have been passed on from generation to generation.
Michael Ellis MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, and an exemplary leader who has worked tirelessly in leading and supporting incredible projects to preserve and protect Hindu culture in the UK, spoke about the importance of promoting spiritual values at the British Parliament and how the timeless teachings of this sacred scripture show us how to apply spiritual values and principles in our lives.
Dhruv Chhatralia then gave a powerful and mesmerising recital of the Ramayan including the Book of Childhood, the Book of Ayodhya, the book of the Forest, the book of Kishkinda, the Book of Beauty, the Book of Lanka and the Concluding Book. The speech of two hours covering an in-depth commentary of the Ramayan from beginning to end took six years to research, compile and perfect with the love of a devotee and the meticulousness of a lawyer. It was put together to create the inner transformation that would take people closer to Ram through this most secret Yogic wisdom. Dhruv Chhatralia explained how the Ramayan describes the endless glories, valour and greatness of Shree Ram.
The talk showed how, by meditating on the life and qualities of Ram, the Ramayan blesses us with His qualities that are necessary to accomplish our goals in life. Dhruv said that the holy verses of the Ramayan contain the secrets to success in life that bestow intelligence, strength and virtue to all those who contemplate and meditate upon it.
Dhruv Chhatralia said “This is the greatness of the Ramayan. It is very easy for a book to become famous, it is very easy for a book to become on the bestsellers list but it is very difficult for a book to remain in the heads and hearts of an entire society for thousands of years. The Ramayan is such a unique scripture that has remained in the heads and hearts of billions of people for over 9,000 years.”
Dhruv Chhatralia was moved to tears after experiencing the presence of Shree Hanuman in the room and said “Dear friends, words cannot describe the historical feat that has been accomplished this evening at the British Parliament and the incredible experience of being present here in the room with you all. Together we have achieved what nobody has ever done before: reciting the entire Ramayan at the British Parliament for the first time in history. Shree Hanuman Ji is present in the room and it is entirely his blessings that has made this possible.
When I gave my first ever public talk six years ago on the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, I would never have thought that I would one day recite the Ramayan at the House of Commons, and that over 275 talks later. It is a proud moment for all of us because the greatness of Shree Ram has been presented at the House of Commons to British politicians, community leaders and leading professionals in the City. This historic event has united the Hindu community in a way that nobody thought would be possible.”
Bob Blackman MP and Michael Ellis MP launched the book entitled “Shrimad Bhagavad: a Divine Journey” by His Holiness Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandya and were both presented with the book by Dhruv Chhatralia.. This holy book was compiled from the discourses of Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandya with the purpose of teaching the social, psychological, spiritual and management applications of the Shrimad Bhagavad. This is a unique scholarly work with in-depth analysis of the Shrimad Bhagavad esspecially for the younger generations.
The book was also presented by Satish K Sharma of the National Council of Hindu temples, Sharad Parikh of the National Congress of Gujarati Organisations in the UK, Trupti Patel of the Hindu Forum for Britain, Chhagan Dabhi of Sandipani Vidyaniketan, Malcolm Weston of the BT Ethnic Minority Network and Prabharkar Kaza of the Indian Forum of British Media to speakers of the organisation SHYAM, Sachin Somani, Saloni Belaid, Riddhi Vyas, Vandana Joshi, Ajay Gor and Hasu Bakrania. Votes of thanks were given by Satish K Sharma and Trupti Patel about the historical and spiritual significance of reciting the Ramayan at the British Parliament in today’s times.
This highly emotional, devotional and electrifying evening was unprecedented because of its historical and spiritual significance, the platform given to the Ramayan by British Parliament MPs, the fact that Hindu commuity leaders united as one group on this historical event, the quality of the recital of the Ramayan which touched the hearts of all, the amount of interest generated in the event with over 300 people registered and 200 people on the waiting list, the hundreds of messages of excellent feedback received and the fact that it was a celebration of an epic six year journey of the organisation SHYAM, which has now given over 275 spiritual talks since it was founded, provided teaching materials for hundreds of Hindu and Yoga organisations and has won countless awards for its achievements.