The resonance of spiritual wisdom echoed through the hallowed halls of Jesus College, University of Cambridge, as Britain’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, graced the ‘Ram Katha’ event orchestrated by the revered spiritual guide, Morari Bapu. This gathering bore special significance as it unfolded on Indian Independence Day, encapsulating the confluence of faith and heritage.
Embarking upon his discourse with the invocation of “Jai Siya Ram,” Sunak, the first British PM of Indian origin, articulated his profound connection to his Hindu faith. Addressing the assembly, he delineated the profound role of faith in shaping his path, conferring resilience, courage, and strength to navigate the intricate responsibilities of leadership.
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Sunak reminisced a poignant episode from 2020, wherein he illuminated Diwali diyas outside No. 11 Downing Street during his tenure as the first British Indian Chancellor.
Morari Bapu, an eminent spiritual orator and an illustrious interpreter of the timeless saga, “Ramayana,” enriched this gathering with his enlightening presence.
As an embodiment of the Ram Katha legacy spanning over six decades, Morari Bapu has traversed the globe, disseminating the spiritual opulence of the “Ramayana” to diverse audiences. Hailing from Gujarat’s Bhavnagar, Morari Bapu’s journey commenced with modest village gatherings, evolving into grand assemblies in prominent cities, revered pilgrimage sites across India, and extending even to international destinations such as the US, UK, and Australia.
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His reverence for the Ramayana culminated in an exceptional feat—memorizing the entirety of the Ramcharitmanas at the tender age of twelve. At the age of fourteen,
he embarked on his odyssey of reciting Ram Kathas, thereby carving a luminous trajectory as a torchbearer of this sacred narrative. He employs the rendition of “Ramcharitamanas,” the magnum opus penned by Goswami Tulsidas in 16th century Avadhi Hindi, as the cornerstone of his discourses.
Morari Bapu’s profound impact transcends geographical borders. His compassion and benevolence extend to the margins of society, as evidenced by his transformative Ram Kathas for marginalized groups, including sex workers and transgenders.
Moreover, his altruism manifests in humanitarian endeavors, offering solace to regions afflicted by calamities, both within India and abroad, including strife-torn regions like Ukraine.
In this captivating gathering, Morari Bapu bestowed upon Rishi Sunak a ‘consecrated Shivlinga’ from the revered Somnath temple. This sacred offering epitomizes the sanctity of the Jyotirlinga Ram Katha Yatra, serving as a conduit of spiritual blessings.
This remarkable nine-day Ram Katha, which commenced under the aegis of Cambridge University, embraced a noteworthy prelude. Sonita Alleyne, the distinguished 41st Master and the inaugural female leader of Jesus College, received Morari Bapu in a reception graced with historical significance. The symphony of wisdom and spirituality continues to resound through these halls, fostering enlightenment, unity, and a deeper connection to the timeless truths enshrined within the “Ramayana.”