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Balancing between fashion & religion

There may be different ways to meditate but for me it means luxury of time, says fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2003 11:40 IST

My mother has instilled all the great religious values in me. I can recite every shloka in the Bhagvad Gita, such has been my training since childhood. Though I believe in all the rules of all religions, I’m not a conformist. Religion to me is much more than the place of worship. I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with religion as a concept, but these religious values have been there for centuries and their effect is not hidden from the world. And I believe in that effect very strongly. Religion charges your intuitive powers and can do a lot to change you positively.

On matters of faith and spiritual growth, discipline holds an important place and this thought has influenced the larger part of my family.

I’ve been brought up in Jodhpur and later went abroad for studies. During my travel abroad I observed many different patterns in life and to understand those I consulted my spiritual advisor Swami Ishwarananda. I believe some sort of guidance is a must. Once you are old, you must know the answers to the questions that will keep coming up. Your spiritual guide would help you with that.

Fashion is very commercial while spirituality is totally aesthetic. But somewhere I have tried to strike a balance between the two.

There may be different ways to meditate but for me it means luxury of time. Meditation is a difficult exercise and more of a hypothetical concept. I feel it’s doubly tiring for a person, if on the one hand you work on relaxing yourself while on the other, your mind struggles to control the constant inflow of thoughts. A thoroughly relaxing moment for me is that one-second when you are just about to retire for the day.

First Published: Jul 01, 2003 11:38 IST