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I need God

It is sad that today?s generation is so short on ethics. I attribute this to the breakdown of joint families, says Bubbles Sabharwal, theatre personality.

india Updated: May 13, 2003 13:15 IST
? As told to Pallavi Kumar
? As told to Pallavi Kumar

There is a very fine line that separates tradition from rituals and religion from spirituality as far as I am concerned. But this fine line does exist. I believe in rituals and religion. At the same time I strongly believe that if one is not pure at heart, it will not help in our search of God.

For me a good human being is more important than endless rituals. Although I do follow karva chauth and read Hanuman Chalisa on Saturdays, I do it out of choice. To me spirituality means growing each day and evolving as a person. It is a way of life. I need God to cope with life and all the challenges that life brings with it at times.

After having faced various challenges and also coping with my father’s death, it was at the age of 35, that I realised it is the inner strength that is most important in life. As I’m growing older, I feel the need of a spiritual crutch. I feel I’m becoming frail because it is only when you grow up that you realise that a few things in life completely defy logic. Say for example, why does a young person die?

As one who believes in the basic values of life and holds conscience as a superlative power, I try to teach my daughters, Shreiyah and Tanyah, to take Guru Nanak ji’s name whenever they are going through a tough phase. But more so when they are gifted with the little joys of life.

It is sad that today’s generation is so short on ethics and the right values. I attribute this to the breakdown of joint families. It really makes a difference when children grow up with their grandparents around them. At least that way, they can imbibe some good values which will help them in becoming a good human being.

I am a strong believer in the theory of Karma. We all pay our debts by the end of this life itself. And that’s the reason I always emphasise on doing good to others always.

First Published: May 13, 2003 12:30 IST