God in all things
For actor Jimmy Shergill, respect for all forms of prayer and people in daily life, brings him closer to the Almighty, writes Ruchira Hoon.india Updated: May 23, 2010 00:04 IST
What’s your idea of God?
I have deep faith in God. God is an energy that creates, sustains and nurtures every aspect of the universe and life.
Do you make a distinction between Religion and Spirituality?
Sprituality, for me, is an emotion, a connection in the heart with the Almighty. Religion is a way in which we’ve institutionalised that feeling.
Do you feel that something/someone keeps you protected?
How do you make your spiritual connection work at work?How do you practise spirituality in your personal life?
Spirituality does translate into the simple interactions of everyday life — like connecting with people around me, being present in the moment, giving it my fullest attention. In these details, I feel the presence of God as much as I would in the more structured practices of prayer and pilgrimage.
Do you have a special ‘God moment’?
I don’t have a special time set aside on a daily basis, but I love the practice of pilgrimage. I visit holy places such as Shirdi, Tirupati, Haridwar, Shani Shingarpur as often as I can — at least once or twice a year.
Who or what are your spiritual ideals/inspirations?
I find the Granth Sahib statement, Ek Omkar, meaning “God is One,” very inspiring. It engenders respect for all forms of prayer and people, and the experience of God in all.
Being present in the moment, and finding contentment in it.
What’s your personal solution for communal harmony in India?
Respect yourself, and respect others equally. When there is true respect, then there is space for freedom of expression and practice in a way that is harmonious and not filled with conflict.
Do you have a talisman? What keeps your mind refreshed and unburdened?
The statement — “Live and let live”.