Indian spiritual leader Morari Bapu will hold a 9-day discourse based on the Ramayana at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, from August 12- 20. According to a press statement, the Ram Katha event is the first Hindu spiritual event to take place at the University. It is expected to be a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the Indian and English civilizations. Through his discourse, Bapu will bring together the world of knowledge and spirituality, both of which he speaks about often.
The event will highlight world literature, mythology, and cultural narratives as part of a holistic education. A press statement by Ram Katha Productions Ltd. lauded Bapu's narration as a powerful transformative tool of storytelling as "his discourses inspire individuals to learn and make positive changes in their lives for personal growth." The event is organized by the youth of Britain with the support and guidance of a Member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom Dolar Popat.
Bapu's first discourse in the UK took place in 1979. The latest event in 2017 at the Wembley Arena brought together almost 10,000 listeners daily. Bapu uses Ramcharitmanas as the basis to recite the discourse, a version of Ramayana written in Avadhi Hindi by Hindu saint and poet Goswami Tulsidas. The Ramcharitmanas are broken up into stanzas called chaupais, passages of which are interposed with dohas or couplets. It is filled with exquisite poetry and consists of seven chapters: Bal Kand, Ayodhya Kand, Aranya Kand, Kiskindha Kand, Sundar Kand, Lanka Kand and Uttar Kand.
Leading the light of the Hindu religion, the 77-year-old spiritual leader hailing from Gujarat has led over 900 kathas recited over the last sixty years. He began reciting discourses on Ramayana under the guidance of his spiritual mentor and grandfather Tribhuvandas Bapu. Morari Bapu propagates his core message: truth, love, and compassion.