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Humanity is religion, says Jaspal Rana

Religion is important to me and I respect every religion. But I fail to understand when people hurt others and go to the temple in the evening. I place humanity above everything else

india Updated: Mar 27, 2003 15:02 IST

Though I am a religious person, I do not go to the temple to pray. I do not attach much importance to visiting temples. However, this does not mean I do not have faith in God. In fact, I firmly believe that there is a supernatural power that supersedes everything in life. I call this an imaginative power that controls you from above. Since childhood, this belief has been guiding me.

As a child, I remember how my parents would go to the temple. This has not influenced me and I have not been to the temple just to pray. Now, my wife Reena goes to the temple every Tuesday and Saturday. She fasts and does the puja too. Rarely do I join her in religious activities. Even while she prays in the temple, I would be waiting for her outside. This has never been an issue between us.

For me, meditation is important. Again, this is not a routine thing. I meditate whenever I am in a bad mood or when I am going through a low phase in life. I sit back in one corner and in silence ponder over the sequences in my life. It helps me get my solace and in the process rejuvenates me.

Religion is important to me and I respect every religion. But I fail to understand when people hurt others and go to the temple in the evening. It’s senseless to make peace with God when one is not at peace with one’s near ones. However, I place humanity above everything else. I feel it is the best form of religion. How can a person without humanity claim to have a religion?

That’s why I emphasise on the importance of good deeds and charity. Instead of going to the temple, we should help the poor and the needy. Again, I do not encourage the kind of things that go on in the temple – giving donations and money to the beggars. This only encourages them to be dependent on others. Volunteering for a good cause is another form of worship and I try to volunteer whenever I can. To please God, I feel it’s important to help others than to visit temples and make a noise about it!