I have grown up going to temples and gurdwaras in the national capital — be it the Shiva temple in our local vicinity or the Sai Baba temple at Lodhi Road or Bangla Sahib.
Thanks to our family culture, where we were taught to have faith in God, I have always felt that there was a lot of positive energy in all such sacred institutions. I get positive vibes coming from the sacred mantras chanted all over and the bhajans sung by the devotees.
One day, I closed my eyes and offered prayers to the almighty saying, “please show me the correct path, I want peace and happiness.”
I did not get any reply. But the other day, my husband showed me two words written in the Sai Baba temple — Shraddha aur saburi (keep faith and have patience.) I don’t know why, but I wanted to believe that this was God’s reply. Since then my belief in God got strengthened, and I remain much happier.
God cannot be present everywhere, so he gave parents to a child. We don’t have to visit a temple or gurdwara if we are taking good care of your parents at home. They have brought us in this world and if our parents are happy, we have got the blessing of the Almighty. Joint family systems are not working because everybody wants a world for himself.
There is violence and conflicts everywhere. If we play down our egos and live happily, then the planet will be full of bliss. Love your family, serve humanity the way we show sincerity in the temples, and work with the same sincerity at home. And see the difference in your and others’ lives.
As they say, charity begins at home. We should take care of our family and people close to us first. This helps you build up a vision for greater efforts to scale up your mission.