Hindu Religious Society, Manchester organised a Half-Day Conference on 29th July,2017 at Gandhi Hall on the subject of “ROLE OF SPIRITUALISM AND BHAGVAD GITA IN MODERN DAY MENTAL ILLNESS”. This was the First conference ever to be organised in Manchester by any religious society. The conference chief guest was Swami Shri Gyananand Ji Maharaj.
The Conference started with a welcome address by Conference Chair Mr. Maneet Kapoor. He presented his views about the theme of the conference and its importance by presenting interesting information about the mental health issues facing the NHS and the country.
Four distinguished speakers presented their papers covering the title of the conference. These were : (1). Prevalence of Mental Illness and its Common Causes by Dr Vishnukumar Govindaraj, Consultant, Psychiatric , (2)- Dharma and Mental Health by Mr. Satish Sharma, General Secretary, National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) & Chair, City of London InterFaith and British Board of Hindu Scholars, (3) Bhagvad Gita, Mental Illness and Practical Applications by Dr. Deepak Gupta , Consultant Psychiatrist, and (4) Mental Health and Harmonious Living by Mr. J.K.Sharma , Chartered Librarian and Associate of the Library Association (UK) , Co-Founder of HRS & Its Past Trustee.
The chief guest Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj delivered a detailed lecture covering Spiritualism and Bhagvad Gita. .
The event ended with a lively interesting session of questions to speakers from the delegates and answers from the respective speakers.
The Conference with free entry was well attended by about 150 people representing different sections of the local community.
The Conference Secretary Dr. Kimti Gandhi delivered vote of thanks to Speakers / Delegates /Trustees of HRS and others who had put hard work in making the conference a highly successful event. He thanked the Kapoor Pharmacy Services for sponsoring the entire conference.
The high light of the conference was the encouraging feed back from the delegates who unanimously suggested that similar conference should be organised next year also.
The conference ended after the delegates had enjoyed their complimentary conference lunch provided by the sponsor.