Welcome to the website of the multi-award winning Bhagavad Gita classes by the organisation SHYAM. These classes are based on the teachings of world-renowned Saint Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandya and have been watched over 100,000 times in over 153 countries around the world. The classes were given by Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandya, Dhruv bhai, Meera ben, Mayank bhai, Chandni ben, Veena ben, Roshni ben, Avnita ben, Hasumati ben and Sonal ben. You may watch the videos of these classes by: (a) chapter by clicking on the chapter links above; or (b) by watching them one class at a time by clicking on "Begin Course" above.
ABOUT OUR MAIN SPEAKER: DHRUV BHAI
Dhruv Bhai is an international mergers & acquisitions lawyer at a US-headquartered law firm based in the City of London, author of 21 books on Hinduism and he has given over 225 public talks of over 350 hours between them on the Bhagavad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa, Ramayan, Shrimad Bhagavad, the Upanishads, the Vedas, Yoga and Meditation that are watched in over 161 countries around the world, with over 123,000 views on YouTube and over 150,000 fans on facebook. He has not charged a single penny for any of his books or talks, and earns all of his living as a lawyer.
He has spoken on Hinduism at the British Army, House of Commons, House of Lords, Home Office, BT, PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY, Nomura International Bank, Barclays Bank, Macquarie Bank Group, EDF Energy, State Bank of India, CMS Cameron McKenna, Intercontinental Hotel, AasthaTV channel, BBC nationwide television, BBC radio, the Commonwealth Journalists Association, Nusoundradio, TeluguVani radio, Kings College London, and at community halls in Central London, North London, Croydon, Leyton, Kingston, Luton, Nottingham and Ipswich. A live Yoga session by Dhruv Bhai in the City was televised nationally on BBC national television.
On 7 August 2014 Dhruv made history after successfully completing 154 weeks and 225 hours of continuous 140 weekly talks on the Bhagavad Gitaafter three years, at an event described by Rt Hon. Seema Malhotra MP as "a triumphant moment in the history of Hinduism" and by former Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon. Nick Clegg as "a historic completion".
As a corporate lawyer he has worked on major cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions and has won awards for Client Feedback of the Year (10 out of 10) in 2012 and 2013, and was named Rising Star by the prestigious Super Lawyers publication in 2014. He also led an employee network (the CMS Hindu Network) that was shortlisted for Outstanding Employee Network Group of the Year at the European Diversity Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014 (in 2012 held at The Savoy Hotel in London and in both 2013 and 2014 held at the Natural History Museum in London), was shortlisted for Excellence in Equality and Diversity at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 (held at the Old Billingsgate in London), and won the award for Best Diversity & Inclusion Network/Event at the CSR Awards in 2012 and 2013. The Network has active members from nine different faiths and its events regularly attract people from different backgrounds.
Dhruv wrote the longest ever English commentaries on the great Indian works the Bhagavad Gita, the Hanuman Chalisa and the Shree Suktam in history, and also a book on the symbolism of Hindu Goddesses and Gods, between them all comprising over 21 books, 3,467 pages, 2.4 million words and 10.5 million characters. All the proceeds from these books went to charity. He then created a programmeof over 180 Bhagavad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa, Shree Suktam and Symbolism of Hindu Goddesses and Gods classes in English to educate youngsters about the Eastern scriptures. He made history by completing a holy Gita GnyanYagna of 140 weekly talks on the Bhagavad Gita at a City law firm over the course of three years, which were attended by thousands of young professionals in the City.
Dhruv's talks are broadcast on YouTube around the world, with people in countries such as diverse as El Salvador, Iraq, Ethiopia, Laos and Ecuador being educated about the Eastern scriptures. A large proportion of the attendees to his talks are non-Hindu because of the universal and tolerant nature of his talks, and because he has brought positive changes to the lives of people from all backgrounds. His talks provide the teaching materials of the websites of several major organisations including the Hindu Council UK and the National Hindu Students Forum. Every week Dhruv's talks have rooms packed with enthusiastic youngsters.
Dhruv set up theSatkarma Humanitarian Youth Awakening Mission (SHYAM) as an educational not-for-profit organisation to empower and educate individuals of all backgrounds with the wisdom of Eastern culture and provide a practical means to lead a life of excellence, success and inner wealth. His talks include teachings from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, as well as several other Eastern and Western schools of thought. As a result he has created a diverse and inclusive organisation with more non-Hindu members (83%) than Hindu members (17%) and members from all the largest faiths in the world being their most active members working together as a family.
Dhruv's work appeals directly to young people. He has embraced social networking and created a facebook page (www.facebook.com/gitadass) which now has over 150,000 fans. Dhruv's talks are available for free on SHYAM's webpage: www.gitaclass.org. He has been on the radio, press articles and internet broadcasts, and has given talks directly to youths throughout the UK to empower them.
His talks use practical examples from the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology to prove the timeless truths of the scriptures to address hundreds of key topics and issues affecting young students and professionals including: meditation, fearlessness, stress management, relationships at work, women's empowerment, professional success, goal setting and life management. And the result is his audiences include lawyers, bankers, accountants, judges, scientists, doctors, dentists and pharmacists.
During his talks on women's empowerment, some women were moved to tears because they considerably increased their self-esteem by attending the sessions. Dhruv has raised thousands of pounds for charities and has actively campaigned for years for important causes such as preserving Sanskrit in the UK educational curriculum, rights for women in the Asian community and declaring places of pilgrimage in Asia as world heritage sites.
Dhruv was brought up in the UK and had to learn Sanskrit outside his educational curriculum in order to be able to access Indian scriptures and to convey them in an understandable manner in the English language. Dhruvworks over 300 hours a month as a corporate lawyer and has spent weekends and holidays on his not-for-profit writing, speaking and organising commitments, dedicating so much time to the community. Dhruv has never made any money from his spiritual work and earns all of his living as a lawyer.
The mission of Dhruv's life is to make these empowering teachings available to everyone in English without any costs, travel, commitments or other obstacles. The biggest challenge facing Indian youths around the world is their identity, their values and their culture. The world needs people like Dhruv who will sacrifice their life to preserve, protect and promote our culture. Dhruv wishes to spread these teachings all around the world and to give everyone access to them in order to fulfil their potential in life and to discover their gifts within.
His aim is to establish a system of education that will make people feel richer within and is inspired to understand spirituality in its universal perspective, without religious or sectarian boundaries. He has trained nineteen people with no spiritual backgrounds to become SHYAM's speakers and wishes to train them to achieve greater feats in the coming years.
Dhruv Bhai was presented with the prestigious Bharat Gaurav Award in Delhi on 8 January 2015 by Indian federal and state government officials including His Excellency Kaptan Singh Solanki (the Governor of Punjab and Haryana), Chaudhary Birender Singh (Honourable Minister of the Indian Federal Government) and His Excellency BhismaNarain Singh (the Former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam).
Dhruv Bhai was presented with this award in recognition for writing the longest commentary of the Bhagavad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa and Shree Suktam in history and also a book on the Symbolism of Hindu Goddesses and Gods (consisting of 21 books, 3,467 pages, 2.4 million words and 10.5 million characters), for completing the historic Gita GnyanYagna and Hanuman ChalisaGnyanYagna in the City after 154 weeks, for giving 225 public talks of over 350 hours between them on Indian spirituality in the City, for building the hugely successful spiritual organisation SHYAM whose talks are watched in 161 countries around the world with over 150,000 fans on facebook, and for outstanding achievements as a multiple award-winning international mergers and acquisitions lawyer who has worked on cutting-edge transactions in markets across all of the six major continents in the world.
The evening of Thursday 7 August marked one of the greatest moments in world history many times over as we successfully completed the Gita Gnyan Yagna after 154 weeks, three years and 225 hours of 140 Bhagavad Gita talks in the City. The completion of the Gita Gnyan Yagna was described by Rt. Hon. Seema Malhotra MP as "a very triumphant moment in the history of Hinduism" and was described by the Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon. Nick Clegg MP as a "historical completion". The celebrations took place on 7 August 2014 at the offices of an international law firm in the City of London. This event was attended by world-renowned Saints including His Holiness Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandya (the inspiration behind the talks), members of parliament, Lords, Knights, media personalities and community leaders.
History was written many times over at the completion of the Gita Gnyan Yagna of 140 Bhagavad Gita talks in the City because:
the entire Gita Gnyan Yagna was given in English;
the Gita Gnyan Yagna consisted of over 225 hours of talks;
the Gita Gnyan Yagna continued for 140 Bhagavad Gita talks in the City over a period of 154 weeks;
the entire Gita Gnyan Yagna was given at corporate organisation in the City (CMS Cameron McKenna);
the Gita Gnyan Yagna was given by a corporate lawyer;
the Gita Gnyan Yagna was given for free and none of the speakers even made a penny from the talks;
the Gita Gnyan Yagna was given outside India;
over thousands of people from all walks of life have attended this Gita Gnyan Yagna;
the Gita Gnyan Yagna did not belong to a single school, religion or system of thought but included the teachings of many different great Saints, thinkers and religions;
the Gita Gnyan Yagna gave opportunities to several young speakers to give the talks; and
the Gita Gnyan Yagna has been broadcast to over 100 countries around the world.
This event marked the momentous and historical occasion of the completion of the Bhagavad Gita talks since we launched the Gita Gnyan Yagna based on the teachings of His Holiness Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandya at an internation law firm in the City of London. The first ever Bhagavad Gita talk was given with Pujyashree Guruji's blessings by Dhruv bhai on 8th November 2011. Since we launched the Gita Gnyan Yagna, 140 weekly talks on the Bhagavad Gita have taken place every Tuesday (the auspicious day of Shree Hanuman, who has been present with us throughout), taking us on a journey through the commentary of all 18 chapters of the Gita with scientific, practical and logical examples to make this holy scripture accessible to young professionals. In the last three years, we have successfully continued this holy MahaYagna for 154 weeks right at the heart of the City of London.
This conversation between ShreeKrushna and the warrior Arjuna on the battlefield represents the journey of the individual soul from vishaad (despondency) in chapter 1 to moksha (liberation) in chapter 18. The celebrations marked the successful completion of this divine journey. It was a truly emotional moment for all our speakers and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this journey possible. We are all the more happy that ten people have given the Bhagavad Gita talks in this journey of three years.
The event celebrated the immense hard work that has been put in to organise all 140 Bhagavad Gita talks (over 225 hours of talks). The event began with a video-conference talk by His Holiness Pujayshree Bhupendrabhai Pandya on the last verses spoken by ShreeKrushna and Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. Dhruv bhaithen spoke on the very last five verses on the Bhagavad Gita, and was moved to tears during his inspiring and thought-provoking closing speech. Dhruv bhai then videoconferenced His Holiness Pujayshree Bhupendrabhai Pandya to let Him know that the Gita Gnyan Yagna had been completed, and this led to an emotional conversation between the Guru and the disciple, with Guruji letting Dhruv bhai know how proud He was.
We have inspired the younger generations that dedication, sincerity and unswerving determination to the cause of Dharma can break all obstacles. Never in the past was there a need of these divine teachings as it is today and, through this great victory, we have lit the lamps of Truth, love and compassion for the generations to come. When ShreeKrushna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, He knew that this message was the eternal elixir for the human race and that it would apply at all times in the history of mankind, a message that would bring victory, fortune, welfare and morality to all those who heard it. Over 5,000 years later we have continued this great, noble and proud Rishi tradition in the heart of the City of London. We have created something really special in the City, which has become a unique achievement for Hinduism.
Dhruv bhai, moved to tears, read out the following message of gratitude from His Holiness Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandya to all those great teachers who made this great achievement possible: "On the occasion of this great victory, we would like to bow down to various great personalities. I have always felt that people, be they a scientist or religious preacher, always stand on the shoulders of their teachers. For example, Lord Govinda broke the pots that were high up but he had to stand on so many people's shoulders to climb up so He could break the pots. If there were not the fifteen or thirty people underneath then he would never have been able to climb and reach to break the pot. When I broke the pot to gain the mākhan (clarified butter) of wisdom of the Supreme Being, I too stood on the shoulders of many great personalities. They have helped me and have shaped my thoughts. I therefore wish to thank all of them.
First and foremost, I am eternally grateful to our ShreeKrushna, otherwise we would not have met through these talks. I am thankful to Arjuna, who with his fingers, played the strings of the Sitar (a Indian musical instrument) by the name of Shree Krushna. If a Sitar is sitting in a room and there is no one to play it with their fingers, then the Sitar will stay there for years and years. You need someone to play it with their fingers. And in my opinion, Arjuna is the musician who has played the music of Lord Krushna's philosophy of life and has therefore brought it to us. I am grateful to Maharishi Vyas who wrote the words of this scripture so that we can read it to this day. I am thankful to our great Rishi tradition. This is a Yagna of a vast amount of wisdom and what we have is probably the hundredth part of it. This is a snowball effect that I have been seeing for years and now I know what is going to happen. Therefore at the inception of this great victory, I would like to express my gratitude.
I am grateful to Swami Vivekānanda. From my childhood, I have always felt like he is my older brother. I have not yet been able to understand why this is. When I was young and we used to go on school trips to the Gateway of India, I always liked to go to his statue. I did not like to go for lunch. I did not like going to the Elephanta caves. I did not like going anywhere. During these school vacations when I lived in Bhuleshwar, everyone used to be magnetised to go and stare at the five-star Taj Mahal Hotel. My friends used to stare at this hotel. I used to stare at Swami Vivekānanda. I have always felt that it is my older brother standing there. Whatever Indian Sanskrit knowledge I have been magnetised towards, for that I will be thankful to two people for life. One is my grandmother and the other is Swami Vivekānanda. My grandmother's values and the small stories she used to tell me when I was a child gave me constant companionship for two years. After that I only had the chance to go and see her during vacations. When I was about 12 or 13 years old I lost my grandmother. But I remember so much, like Grandmother used to grow a beej. The other was Swami Vivekānanda. I have read his works in detail and I have formed my strong vision of life from him.
I am grateful for I have studied and heard the works of many saints, but particularly when we are studying the Gita, I am grateful to Pandit Shripad Damador Satverkarji. His name is perhaps not that well known in society, but whoever wants to learn the Gita in its true meaning must study his work called the Pursharth Buddhi Granth. He has written this in three languages: Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi. He is a Saint of the 20th century. Near the town of Paldi there is a small centre called Swadhyay Mandal, where he did Yagna for his whole life. He has given us translations of all the four Vedas and these are authentic translations. He has even given us the translation of the Rāmāyan, the Māhābhārat and the Gita. He has given discourses and has written books of many Puranas and of Yog. Nowadays, whenever I give a discourse on the Gita, I immediately remember Pandit Shripad Damador Satverkarji. His commentary on the Gita is so deep and meaningful that whenever I speak on the Gita one would think that these are Pandit Satverkarji's thoughts. Just like we say for Vyāsji that Vyāso chishtam jagat sarvam (all the world of knowledge, in whatever branch of learning, art or science, is only that which has already been said by Vyāsa in some place or the other), I can say with full confidence that, in the last 50 years, all the world of knowledge on the Gita is contained in the writings of Satverkarji.
Moreover, I am also very grateful to the following: Shrimad Adi Shankracharya, Shrimad Ramanunjacharya, Shrimad Vallabhacharya, Shankaranandji, Parampuja Padurang Shāstri Āthole (I have listened to his discourses a lot during my childhood), Vinobhā Bhāve, Dr Rādhākrishnan, Prasandās Manek, Rajnishji, Juwān Mashkaro, Annie Beasant, Ravishankar Māharāj, Gunwanth Shah (for modern thoughts), Pujyabhāi Shankarbhai Purobhit, Uma Shankar Joshi, Swāmi Sachchitānandaji, Swāmi Sivānandaji and, I am taking this name last but with full respect, Swami Shree Akhananda Saraswatiji Māharāj. The book that Swami Shree Akhanananda Saraswaitiji Māharāj has written on the Gita and his great knowledge of the scripture is wonderful. If I gain any pleasure in breaking down each word and studying the Gita or any other scripture grammatically, then it comes from reading Swami Shree Akhanananda Saraswaitiji Māharāj's writings. I just think how great it would be if I had his outstanding knowledge of the Sanskrit language. I am extremely thankful to all these great personalities as well as many others both known and unknown, their writings and their thoughts, and I complete this study of the Gita by bowing down to their feet".
After 140 talks on the Bhagavad Gita classes we have seen the following results:
We have completed chapters 1 to 18 of the Bhagavad Gita through 140 weekly talks of 225 hours between them over a period of 154 weeks.
We have over 750 educational videos of over 300 hours length between them available on our website www.gitaclass.org. We have broken down barriers of cost (the course is completely free), geography (the course is online), time (the course can be taken at your own leisure) or language in the English speaking world (the entire course is in English).
Over 60,000 people have joined our facebook page at www.facebook.com/gitaclass to receive daily videos, inspirational quotes and news of our activities.
SHYAM's videos are watched in 153 countries in 6 continents around the world. These videos have had over 100,000 views and over 250,000 minutes watched.
Giving opportunities to youngsters in order to show them their talents and to allow them fulfil their potential is our most important goal. Ten people have given the Bhagavad Gita classes, eight people have spoken on the Ramayan and five people have spoken on Matru Shakti.
We have appointed five senior Bhagavad Gita class teachers.
Videos of our classes have been uploaded on the websites of the Hindu Council UK and the National Hindu Students Forum.
Every Tuesday, students around university campuses in the UK broadcast the the talks to give students inspiration.
We have been flooded with 'thank you' e-mails about how the talks have changed the lives of people all over the world.
We pray that may ShreeKrushna through these teachings bestow your life with peace, prosperity, morality and victory and may He shower you with His blessings.