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God has all answers

Belief in the supreme: Actor Govinda considers parents to be ‘his gods’ and feels that positivity keeps him protected.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2009 00:45 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

What is your concept of God?

My parents (Arun and Nirmala Ahuja) are my gods. God, for me, is the creator, the reason for our existence. He is within us, in the form of our conscience. He is the supreme power that makes us what we are. He is the answer to all our questions.

Do you feel that there is something or someone keeps you protected?

Always! I think karma, character, prayers and blessings, fate and destiny and the positive energies around me keep me protected.

Do you make a distinction between religion and spirituality?

Yes, there is one major difference. Religion is the path paved by man to find God. Spirituality is your feeling of closeness to this higher power.

Do you practice spirituality in your personal life?

Yes, in quiet moments, I reflect on recent occurrences and the reason behind people’s behaviour. That helps me find answers to certain questions and doubts.

How do you make your spiritual connection work at work?

Spirituality helps me think from a broader perspective. It enables me to empathise with other people, remain grounded, and keep my head firmly on my shoulders.

The lotus, which is synonymous with beauty, always grows in a dirty pond. The message one should take is that one should concentrate on the flower rather than on where it came from.

Who or what are your spiritual ideals/inspirations?

I’m inspired by everything, the living and the immortal. Spirituality is something that one can attain only after realising that materialistic satisfaction is temporary.

Do you have a special ‘God moment’?

I’ve had many of them of them. But things like these are way too close to my heart to be spoken about. Their significance would be lost if I shared them with the world. Simply said, supreme power exposed is power gone.

Please define what does ‘happiness’ mean to you.

Happiness is a state of mind. For me, inner peace defines happiness. Seeing the people who are close to me happy gives me immense happiness.

What is your solution for communal harmony in India?

Only when people are able to feel, understand and absorb the meaning of communal harmony can they arrive at a perfect solution. Education coupled with awareness of religion and happenings in the country is the way to that solution. Instead of preaching it’s important to execute ideas.

Harmony can be achieved only when people understand that there is no ‘you’ and ‘me’ but only ‘we’.