Living in the moment and breaking away from endless desires works for actor Sonu Sood.
What’s your idea of God?
I think of God as an energy that creates, nurtures, sustains and destroys
every aspect of life and creation. I have deep faith in God and respect every form in which he exists.
Do you make a distinction between
religion and spirituality?
Religion springs from the spiritual feeling, but with time, it can become institutionalised and rigid. In this form, it can result in conflict and problems because the mind deviates from devotion and its expression into other issues. I respect the sacred in every religion, which in a sense is the spiritual bhaav.
Do you feel that something/someone keeps you protected?
I certainly feel God’s blessings in my everyday life.
How do you practice spirituality at work and in your personal life?
Prayer is a part of my everyday life. For several years now, I have been visiting sites of pilgrimage — like Vaishnav Devi, Shirdi or Tirupati — I make it a point to go at least once or twice a year, and also have the Ganesh festival in my house every year. I always visit one of these before the release of my movies as well.
Do you have a special ‘God moment’?
Mornings are a time where I do make some quiet time for reflection.
Who or what are your spiritual ideals/inspirations?
Our tradition is rich with inspirational lives. I think modern saints like Gandhi led exemplary spiritual lives while fulfilling a very worldly destiny. I enjoy reading Vivekananda, and sufi poets as well like Hafiz and Rumi.
Happiness is being content with your present, in the moment. I find this has turned into a habit. Desires are
endless, and even if you derive any satisfaction from them, the happiness that results is temporary. So I find lasting happiness in my family, in my work, and in my everyday.
What’s your personal solution for communal harmony in India?
You need to respect every individual’s choice. I find people’s connection with God, even within the same religion, very unique and distinct. So if we just live and let live, and let each one’s quest be at their own pace and space, everything is fine.
Do you have a mind talisman?
Everything is perfect and as it should
be in this moment.