God is always there: Viveka
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God is always there: Viveka

I am a Buddhist and I don?t believe in hurting others. My priority is caring for the mute, animals that are so much like us but can?t express themselves.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2003 17:09 IST

My relationship with God dates back to the time when I was in mum’s womb. Ever since, I have considered Him to be my twin. Someone who’s there with me all the time, like a shadow who follows me around and also extends a helping hand when I need him the most.

For me faith is not about going to the temple or lighting incense at home. It’s more about spending whatever little time I can take out for a one-to-one with Him. I think solitude gives one the best chance to be with Him, with some light music playing in the background. A light conversation with Him is the best way of communion.

I am not the kind of person who gets hassled in a crisis because I know that He’ll always be there to bail me. I know that He’s put me into it and He’s going to make tomorrow a better day for me. I am a Buddhist and I don’t believe in hurting others. That’s also the reason why I steer clear of vices. My top priority remains caring for the mute, all those animals that are so much like us but can’t express themselves.

It’s not easy to sail through life without your loved ones and I for one have spent four flat years without my family around me. The profession I am in doesn’t allow me to move back and that’s what reinforces my faith in Him. The very fact that He’s there for me gives me the strength to go on. I love going to the Tirupati, not because it’s so popular among folks here but more because of the positive vibrations that I get every time I go there. Another shrine that I love to visit is Vaishno Devi. For me meditation is the convergence of body and soul.

First Published: Sep 23, 2003 11:03 IST