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I derive energy from the Sun: Rahul Dev

I look at the sun every morning because it gives me inner peace and helps me connect with the Supreme Being.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2003 12:36 IST

I derive a lot of energy from the sun. I look at the sun every morning because it gives me inner peace and helps me connect with the Supreme Being. I feel God is within us and when we do good deeds it’s basically that power that guides our actions. I really can’t say why some of us indulge in evil deeds but I guess it’s His way of testing us. Of getting to know how far we can resist temptations.

Man by nature is greedy and remembers Him only during need. I was like that when I was younger – constantly badgering my parents and friends, trying to get irresponsible things done by them. But then I didn’t have the sense to differentiate between good and bad. Now that I’m older, I know that the best way to appease Him is through good deeds. At least I try to do my bit by helping charities and the underprivileged.

I’m a believer in destiny. Not in the sense that whatever happens has already been chalked out for us but in as much that there is a force within us who directs us and at the same time has also given us the power to overcome obstacles before us.

My growing-up years have also played a significant role in shaping my beliefs. I studied in a Christian missionary school, St. Columba’s, that helped me understand the religion better. My mom’s a Buddhist while we are a Hindu Punjabi family and my father has Muslim friends with whom we’d celebrate Eid. So it was a conglomeration of religions that I was exposed to at a very young age and that made me tolerant about all religions.

I am not a temple person. I did visit the Jagannath Temple at Puri at a friend’s insistence and I just loved the positive energy that permeated the complex. But I don’t think that makes me want to go to a temple again. For me real devotion lies in just being nice to all that He’s created.

First Published: Nov 25, 2003 12:12 IST