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He cried at Ajmer

Love your mother, don’t dwell, and accept the reality of your surroundings says film director Kunal Kohli.

entertainment Updated: May 15, 2010 21:45 IST
Shalini Singh
Shalini Singh
Hindustan Times

What’s your idea of God?
God exists in every moment of truth. A mother is a form of god. She brings you into this world and nurtures you through life.

Greatest influences?
My parents. I have also been deeply moved by Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

How do you make a distinction between religion and spirituality?
Spirituality is about understanding yourself, the small part you play in the universe. We are all made of the same thing, only the ego separates us. Religion is about being in touch with something someone else says.

Do you pray?
I meditate. I talk to myself. Acceptance is the key. Good, bad, ugly, beautiful… you don’t hold on to things, you move on. Life is transient. Acceptance allows you to make that journey.

What about standing up for your beliefs?
I could have a problem with many things in life, but one should accept the reality and not hold on. Feel the hate, the pain, but don’t dwell on it.

What’s your solution for communal harmony in India?
The world views us as spiritual but we have had years of divisive living. Despite that people had found harmony. It’s important to reconnect with education and awareness today to bring that harmony back.

Any god moments in your life?
Two years back when I visited the Ajmer Dargah, I was seeking answers to a lot of angst, pain and anger. When the chaadar was lifted in the shrine and placed on my head, I cried. Suddenly, I had nothing to complain about.

Your take on love and happiness?
Love is what you can’t seek, it just exists. Happiness is what you seek. Most of us spend our lives trying to find happiness.

First Published: May 15, 2010 21:41 IST