The Bhagavad Gita Research Foundation, UK, hosted a virtual talk on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita led by Dhruv Chhatralia BEM. The symposium entitled "The Eight-Step method to attain peace of mind and to face setbacks" covered Chapter 2, verses 23 to 30 of the Bhagavad Gita.
Chhatralia opened the discussion by singing hymns from the Gita and setting a peaceful tone. Following this, he explained the eight-step method to achieve peace of mind in beginner-friendly lucid language.
From the preachings of the Bhagavad Gita on how to face setbacks in life, he told an inspirational story of a woman with three children who lost her husband and had no education, qualifications or savings but still went on to achieve great things in her life.
Metaphysical discussions were also a part of the talk, as well as research findings based on modern times; for example, a study of American soldiers at the end of World War II and the surprising results it showed.
"The three ages we have: the physical age, the mental age and the agelessness of the soul," Chhatralia emphasised during his talk.
Some other complex philosophies discussed were deeper understandings of soul, birth, and rebirth. It was fascinating to learn that history repeats itself approximately every 100 years and the reason behind it.
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Participants of the discourse took part in discussing the preachings of Ramakrishna Paramahansa, and also about Dharma, religion, gender or bodies.
A beautiful story from a Yogi's life explained how we could have enough knowledge to accept the ultimate truth of the world – death. The profound discussion also included deeper philosophical theories like how a soul's next birth is decided and much more.
An international mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a global law firm based in the City of London, Dhruv Chhatralia's true calling lies in spirituality and Hindu philosophies. He has authored 21 books on Hinduism and given countless talks on esteemed public forums on spirituality, including on the Bhagavad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa, Ramayan, Shree Suktam, Devi Mahatmaya, the Upanishads, the Vedas, Yoga and Meditation that are watched in over 161 countries around the world.
Chhatralia was awarded a BEM in the 2020 New Year Honours List for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people.
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He has founded SHYAM, a not-for-profit educational 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. The organisation now has over 3,500 members in the UK and many more worldwide.
Interestingly, Chhatralia's inclusive and diverse teachings from all religions and several Eastern and Western schools of thought have garnered him more non-Hindu members (83%) than Hindu members (17%).