What’s your idea of God?
We appreciate people for their different qualities... god is a supreme entity with all those talents. Laws of the spiritual world are equal to the laws in this world.
Most of us have felt the presence of God, through small incidents. God has also made us in such a manner that we keep doubting his existence. We must work on our association with God, like we do on our relationships. Belief gets you there.
So then you feel that something keeps you protected?
I’m sure of it. We all have family and friends who support us through tough times but if someone can make things happen for you, its God.
Who has been your greatest influence?
My mother’s elder sister who lives in the US. She has been my greatest influence in spiritual matters. Her daughter is disabled but my aunt has made every moment of life into a celebration. She embodies the saying that if life gives you a lemon, you make lemonade.
Any god moments?
This was in 2006. I had gone to Delhi with no intention of travelling elsewhere. But because of a flight delay, I ended up going to Mathura. I’d just met Sooraj (Barjatya) in Mumbai before this trip and when I went back he confirmed me for the film Vivaah. He narrated my character, and it was a girl who hailed from Mathura! And in the opening scene, she performs the Radha-Krishna aarti just the way I had seen it. I had just been there… what a divine coincidence that was.
What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness depends on your state of mind. Why be happy only when you get something? Even the journey to achieve it can be a happy one.
Love makes life comfortable. Love is also at its best when it’s given without expectations. Even if someone doesn’t love you, but you love them without wanting anything in return. It’s the most tough thing to do as we are built to keep looking for reassurances. A perfect example here would be a mother’s love for her child.
Any spiritual ideals?
Our Saraswat community guru Swami Sadyojat. He’s inspired younger people of the community to take charge of their lives by taking better care of their health and also academics.
What’s your solution for communal harmony in India?
Education. Schools, teachers and parents make the strongest impression on young minds. What you inculcate in a person’s belief system is what can help him think differently.