morari bapu’s ram katha in athens will pay tribute to ancient greece
NEXT month, hundreds of travellers will be flocking to Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, to participate in what will surely be one of the events of the summer.
Indian spiritual leader Morari Bapu will be reciting yet another life-changing Ram Katha in Athens in July this year to pay tribute to Socrates and other great scholars from Ancient Greece including Plato and Aristotle; scholars who helped shape the world we know today. Bapu will touch on the teachings of all of these great scholars and help to place their teachings within both the Hindu scriptures and a modern context.
Morari Bapu’s Ram Kathas are recognised across the globe for celebrating the best of mankind, combining the rich history of some of the world’s most important cities with traditional readings of Hindu scriptures.
Referred to as Bapu by his listeners, his teachings are simple – to live in adherence with truth, love and com- passion. For over 50 years, Bapu has been reciting Kathas during which he selects a couplet from The Ramcharitmanas and expounds upon its meaning, explaining its relevance for modernday life. In half a century of sharing this wisdom, he has held over 750 Kathas all around the world, from across India to the UK, US, in coun- tries in Africa, the Amazon rainforest, Hiroshima, Sydney, Rome, Jerusalem, Muscat and Dubai. In 2011, at the foothills of the sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet, Bapu held one of the most profound Kathas to date.
Although Bapu is Hindu and uses ancient Hindu texts to illustrate his teachings, he says there is nothing religious about his beliefs and calls for acceptance of all faiths. He is practical, denouncing religious conversions and complicated rituals, instead urging listeners to be open in head and heart. His openness towards others and their faith is evident in every Katha, during which he may use an analogy from Christianity, recite lines of Urdu poetry or quote a lesson from Buddhism.
Athens is famously known as the cradle of western civilisation and is renowned for being the birthplace of democracy. Bapu has specifically chosen it as his latest destination to show- case the rich and varied history between Ancient Greece and India.
The nine-day Ram Katha will be held from Saturday July 23 to Sunday, July 31 at the Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel, on the doorstep of the Acropolis of Ancient Greece.
A spokesperson for the Katha said, “Spiritual lessons are fundamentally inclusive and it’s this open, practical approach to living a life rooted in the foundation of truth, love and compassion that millions around the world find so compelling. As today’s youth abandon the mantle of religion, disillusioned with illogical decrees and unjustified righteousness, it’s no surprise that Bapu has so many devout, young followers. Free from the binds of religion, Bapu’s teachings allow them to soar.” The Katha will give guests an opportunity to experience the links between two great civilisations which date back to prehistoric times, with evidence showing shared trade, practices and even language. One of the first contacts with India include Cyrus the Great’s empire in 500 BC, followed by the conquest of Alexander the Great.
Guests from all over the world are expected to attend the Katha, which is being organised by a team of young, dedicated volunteers, all serving to provide guests with the best experience for this historic Katha.
For more information on the Katha or to book your stay at any of the preferred hotels, visit www.moraribapu.org and follow the links to Athens Katha.