Rishi Sunak hails the Bhagavad Gita on Janmashtami as a source of strength during the Tory leadership campaign

Rishi Sunak hails the Bhagavad Gita on Janmashtami as a source of strength during the Tory leadership campaign

LONDON: Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy were both lauded for their spirituality and humanity during their visit to Iskcon’s Bhaktivedanta Manor on the eve of Janmashtami on Thursday.
Sunak told volunteers and pilgrims that he drew strength from the Bhagavad Gita during his quest to become the next leader of the Conservative Party. He said it had been “a tough campaign” and that he had “given it everything he got”. “But at the most difficult times, what Akshata has done for me is give me the teachings of the Gita, and she has done that over the phone and via text. It is the Gita that has given me strength in the last few weeks,” he said.

His family has visited the mansion many times and this time was invited for a private darshan.
“In an environment like this, where your guard is a little bit down, you really see the person – either you see a very empty political voice, or you see a human being who actually wants to do something – and I really felt that we had seen something very human and real,” Vinay said Tannadirector of communications at Bhaktivedanta Manor.
“When you meet him in person, his behavior is so inconsistent with what a politician would normally have,” he added. “He didn’t seem stressed about the leadership competition. He took the time to talk to anyone. You rarely find a politician who has time for the elderly and the young and I felt there was a bit of humanity about him that really came out. ”
The couple were shown the translation of the Bhagavad Gita into English by Srila Prabhupada, as well as the transcription machine he had used, which Sunak found “fascinating”, Tanna said.
They were presented with a book showing all the images of Lord Krishna with an inscription by the temple president, Her Grace Vishaka Dasi, which said, “Do not try to see God, but serve Him in such a way that He will see you.” The couple were touched as they have a daughter named Krishna They also performed gopuja as the manor has 62 cows.
“He was in a mood of real spiritual absorption and he felt a sense of absolute calm when he was there and that was a sense of what his life was about,” Tanna said.
Murthy did not speak much, but Tanna said “she had a strength of silence, but her presence was evident.”
“Akshata was mentioned many times during conversation with Rishi – he finds her a tremendous strength and not just the usual “wifey” kind of strength, but she has this tremendous spiritual credentials that he draws upon. There is a genuine sense that they are both in this together.”

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