OUR JOURNEY IN PICTURES

PART 9 (2020)

1 January 2020 - We launched our new website at www.gitaclass.org.

4 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai featured in the Garavi Gujarat newspaper after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

6 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai featured in the Asian Voice newspaper after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

6 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai featured in the Gujarat Samachar newspaper after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

7 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai receives a letter of congratulations from Dame Melanie Dawes, Permanant Secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

21 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai receives a letter of congratulations from the Principal and President King’s College London, University of London after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people. 

22 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai featured on the website of King’s College London, University of London after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

23 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai receives a letter of congratulations from the Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

28 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai met Rory Stewart OBE, the former UK minister for International Development, chair of the Defence Select Committee and Member of Parliament. 

28 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai presented Rory Stewart OBE with a copy of the Shrimad Bhagavat book.

29 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai featured on the website of the Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

30 January 2020 - Dhruv Bhai featured in an article in the newsletter of the Shree Vishwakarma Association of the UK (SVAUK) after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

2 February 2020 - We celebrated the seven year anniversary of the historic day when Dhruv Bhai completed writing the longest commentary of the Bhagavad Gita and Hanuman Chalisa in history. In total the length of the commentary is 3,321 pages, over 1.6 million words and over 9.6 million characters.

7 February 2020 - We celebrated the four year anniversary of Dhruv Bhai completing his 20th and 21st books including the longest commentary on the Shree Suktam in history and the Symbolism of Hindu Goddesses and Gods. After five years of writing, Dhruv Bhai completed writing 21 books on the Bhagavad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa, Shree Suktam and the Symbolism of Hindu Goddesses and Gods consisting of 3,467 pages, over 2.4 million words and over 10.5 million characters between them.

15 February 2020 - Dhruv Bhai presented with honoury gifts by Venerable Miaolung Shih and other leaders of the UK Buddhist community after being included in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for the award of a BEM for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

28 February 2020 - Dhruv Bhai gives a talk on An Introduction to Hinduism at an Online Interfaith Forum organised by the UK Buddhist community as part of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week.

28 February 2020 - Dhruv Bhai spoke about the ten qualities that define a Hindu: a belief in the Varna system, a belief in the Ashram system, worshipping Cows as our Mother, worshipping the Vedas as our Mother, not undermining any form of the Divine, giving equal respect to all Vedic ways of thinking and Vedic ways of life, believing in rebirth, believing that we can be liberated from the cycle of rebirth, one whose heart melts at the thought of violence and wishing well for all living beings (even animals and plants).

26 April 2020 - Dhruv Bhai gave the first of two live online talks on the Secrets of Yoga we can learn from the Ramayan to the members of Shree Vishwakarma Association of the UK (SVAUK).

26 April 2020 - Dhruv Bhai said that it is very easy for a book to be famous. It is very easy for a book to find a place on bestsellers list. But it is very difficult for a book to remain in the hearts and heads of an entire society for thousands of years. The Ramayan is one such unique scripture that has remained in the hearts and heads of billions of people for thousands of years.

26 April 2020 - Dhruv Bhai spoke about the greatness of the name of Ram and how it protects one by its constant contemplation. He said that each of its syllables represent Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and they bestow one with non-attachment, wisdom and devotion. 

26 April 2020 - Dhruv Bhai narrated the Balkandh of the Ramayan which explains Ram's birth, childhood and marriage with Sita. He said that one who recites the Balkandh will always be happy in their lives simply because contemplation of Ram gives such results.

26 April 2020 - The talk on the Ramayan by Dhruv Bhai was broadcast to several countries around the world and the students were blessed to listen to the profound teachings of the Ramayan in their homes.

3 May 2020 - Dhruv Bhai gave the second of two live online talks on the Secrets of Yoga we can learn from the Ramayan to the members of Shree Vishwakarma Association of the UK (SVAUK).

26 April 2020 - Dhruv Bhai told the beautiful story of Bharat's journey to Ram and other events in the Ayodhyakandh and the Aranyakandh of the Ramayan, and explained the deep spiritual meaning behind those events. He then spoke about the beautiful union of Ram and Hanuman and revealed profound insights of Yoga from the deep meaning of each of events in the Kishkinda Kandh.

26 April 2020 - Dhruv Bhai explained the greatness of Hanuman through each of Hanuman's incredible feats in the Sundarkandh of the Ramayan, and how Hanuman is the most successful person the world has ever known, because He contemplates on the name of Ram and carries out the work of Ram with pure devotion.

26 April 2020 - Dhruv Bhai narrated how Ram defeated Ravan during the battle in the Lankakandh and spoke with great delight about Ram, Sita and Lakshman's wonderful return to Ayodhya.  He explained that the Uttarkandh describes how beautiful Ram Rajya (the kingdom of Ram) was.  It was the ideal kingdom created by Lord Ram where everybody was happy.  Enlightened beings ruled the land in the light of spiritual wisdom and bliss.  All people performed their respective duties and followed the path of Dharma that had been enjoined in the Vedas.  All were devoted to Ram and thus all qualified for attaining Moksha.  He said that day by day, Ram gave ever increasing delight to all people through His Divine association, His nectarine words and His sublime wisdom.

26 April 2020 - Dhruv Bhai successfully completed the live online talks on the Ramayan and received wonderful messages of praise on the inspirational talks from many people from different parts of the world.

7 May 2020 - Dhruv Bhai was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Shree Vishwakarma Association of the UK (SVAUK) for completing the live online talks on the Secrets of Yoga we can learn from the Ramayan.

10 May 2020 - Dhruv Bhai gave a live online talk on Empowering the Mind through Yoga on a Wellness session at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

16 May 2020 - Dhruv Bhai spoke about the unique harmony between tradition and modernity in Hinduism at a live Online Interfaith Forum organised by the UK Buddhist community.

16 May 2020 - Dhruv Bhai spoke about the science of each of the Shad Darshan (the six schools of thought in Hinduism) being Purva Mimama, Yoga, Uttar Mimamsa (Vedanta), Samkhya, Nyaya and Vaisheshika and how each of them are reflected in the human physiology.

14 June 2020 - Dhruv Bhai gave a live online talk on Applying Yoga for Wellness in your Life on a Wellbeing and Wellness session at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

5 July 2020 - On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, Dhruv Bhai, Eve Ben and Melissa Ben held a live online conversation on the importance of a Guru in one's life and the symbolism of Vishnu and Shiva hosted by Indian actress Simran Ahuja during a Guru Purnima special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

12 August 2020 - On the auspicious occasion of ShreeKrushna Janmasthami, Dhruv Bhai, Eve Ben and Melissa Ben held part 1 of their live online conversation on the Makhand Leela of ShreeKrushna and ShreeKrushna's Economic Revolution during a ShreeKrushna Janmasthami special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

12 August 2020 - On the auspicious occasion of ShreeKrushna Janmasthami, Dhruv Bhai, Eve Ben and Melissa Ben held part 2 of their live online conversation on the Raas Leela of ShreeKrushna and ShreeKrushna's Spiritual Revolution during a ShreeKrushna Janmasthami special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

23 August 2020 - On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Dhruv Bhai, Eve Ben and Melissa Ben held their live online conversation on the symbolism of Shree Ganesh during a Ganesh Chaturthi special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

16 September 2020 - An article on Dhruv Bhai's spiritual journey written by Preeti Bali entitled 'Bhagavad Gita classes through a virtual lens' was published on the iGlobal publication of India Inc.  The article explores Dhruv Bhai's spiritual journey from writing 21 books on Vedic Dharma, giving over 325 spiritual talks in 9 years and launching a global spiritual organisation now spanning 161 countries across the globe, while working as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer.

5 October 2020 - Dhruv Bhai was invited to speak in the Divine presence of Jagadguru Swami Shree Nischalanada Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peetham. This was the first time Dhruv Bhai gave a public talk in Hindi during an online conference with Shrimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Shree Nischalanand Saraswati Ji, who represents an unbroken chain of over 1,400 Shankracharyas from over 2,000 years who have graced the Peeth established by Bhagavan Shrimad Adi Shankracharya.

5 October 2020 - Dhruv Bhai praised the greatness of Puri Shankracharya Ji and His Vedic wisdom, and asked for His blessings in his journey to teach the Vedic scriptures. He also expressed his wish to come to Govardhan Peeth to meet Puri Shankracharya Ji, to receive His Darshan in person and to touch His Lotus Feet. Swami Ji gave Dhruv Bhai His love and blessings and invited him to Jagganath Puri in India to join the Divine Mission at Shree Govardhan Matt.

17 October 2020 - On the auspicious occasion of Navratri, Dhruv Bhai, Eve Ben and Melissa Ben held their live online conversation on the Basics of Hinduism at a special online event organised by the Shree Prajapati Association UK.

17 October 2020 - Dhruv Bhai and Eve Ben held their first live online Navratri conversation on the symbolism of Maa Maha Kali during a Navratri special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

18 October 2020 - Dhruv Bhai and Eve Ben held their second live online Navratri conversation on the symbolism of Maa Maha Kali during a Navratri special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

19 October 2020 - Dhruv Bhai and Eve Ben held their third live online Navratri conversation on the symbolism of Maa Maha Lakshmi during a Navratri special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

23 October 2020 - Dhruv Bhai was presented with an award of a Medal of the Order of the British Empire during the auspicious festival of Navaratri after being included included in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

23 October 2020 - The Medal of the Order of the British Empire was presented to Dhruv Bhai on the 7th day of the auspicious festival of Navratri at a special ceremony in Stevens House Manor in Finchley by Mr Martin Russell Esq, the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Barne‪t in the presence of Major Kevin Tuhey QVRM TD VR.

23 October 2020 - On being presented with the Medal of the Order of the British Empire, Dhruv Bhai said “I am honoured and humbled to receive this recognition from the Queen. I bow down to Shree Krishna for blessing me on this wonderful journey and for moulding my character through His teachings in the Bhagavad Gita. I prostrate before Ambe Maa for giving me this honour during the auspicious 7th day of Navratri. I would like to thank my parents for bringing me up with Dharmic values and for instilling in me the qualities of hard work, selflessness and service towards other people. I also offer my obediences to my Gurus and the entire Indian Guru tradition for inspiring me with the teachings of the great Indian scriptures. This achievement would not have been possible without the contributions of countless teachers, volunteers and supporters of our organisation and I would like to recognise their dedicated service in the fields of spirituality, education and social outreach. My dream has been to make these enriching Dharmic teachings available to everyone in English without any costs, travel, commitments or other obstacles. I hope that this recognition inspires many young Indians to take up volunteering service to the community in order to preserve, protect and promote this beautiful wisdom”.

23 October 2020 - The beautiful photography of the special ceremony of Dhruv Bhai being presented with the Medal of the Order of the British Empire was taken by the talented and gifted Sunil Pisavadia.

25 October 2020 - Dhruv Bhai and Eve Ben held their fourth live online Navratri conversation on the symbolism of Maa Maha Lakshmi during a Navratri special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

2 November 2020 - The Eastern Eye newspaper publishes an article on Dhruv Bhai being presented with the Medal of the Order of the British Empire after being included included in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year Honours List 2020 for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

7 November 2020 - Lalit Bhai interviewed Dhruv Bhai, Eve Ben and Melissa Ben about the symbolism of Maa Kali, Maa Lakshmi and Maa Saraswati at a special online event hosted by the Shree Lohana Mahajan Nakuru in Kenya led by Mina Ben, Harshida Ben and Elly.

11 November 2020 - Dhruv Bhai become the first person in history to give a talk on the life of Shree Ram to the UK Ministry of Justice at a special live online Diwali event.

12 November 2020 - Article published on Lalit Bhai's interview of Dhruv Bhai, Eve Ben and Melissa Ben about the symbolism of Maa Kali, Maa Lakshmi and Maa Saraswati at a special online event hosted by the Shree Lohana Mahajan Nakuru in Kenya led by Mina Ben, Harshida Ben and Elly.

13 November 2020 - Dhruv Bhai and Eve Ben held a live online conversation on the symbolism of Maa Kali during a Kali Chaudas special at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

15 November 2020 - Dhruv Bhai gave a talk on the spiritual meaning behind the festival of Diwali during a live session with the Swaminarayan Mandir in Streatham on the auspicious occasion of the Hindu New Year.

16 November 2020 - Dhruv Bhai presented with an award by Sachin Bhai of the Vanik Jain Community of Gujarat during the auspicious festival of Bhai Dooj to commemorate the receipt by Dhruv Bhai of a Medal of the Order of the British Empire after being included in The Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.

16 November 2020 - Dhruv Bhai and Eve Ben held a live online conversation on the spiritual meaning of the auspicious festival of Bhai Dooj at the Healing Our Earth online festival.

28 November 2020 - Dhruv Bhai, Eve Ben and Melissa Ben held a live online conversation on the symbolism of Hindu Gods and Goddesses during a Kartik Purmima special hosted by Shree Prajapati Association UK.

28 November 2020 - Dhruv Bhai spoke about the symbolism of Bhagavan Vishnu, Surya Dev, Shree Ram and Shree Krushna.  Eve Ben spoke about the symbolism of Maa Durga, Maa Kali, Maa Lakshmi and Maa Saraswati.  Melissa Ben spoke about the symbolism of Shree Ganesh, Shree Skanda, Bhagavan Shiva and Shree Hanuman.

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