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"The power of prayer"

I draw strength and inner peace by praying. Prayer has been my sole tool to stay positive and confident, says Amarr Upadhyay.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2004 12:52 IST
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In a profession where people around you play games, my weapon to stay calm and composed is prayer. I draw strength and inner peace by praying. Yes, prayer has been my sole tool to stay positive and confident.

I do not attach too much importance to praying in a temple. Anywhere is fine as long as you are speaking to God. In the morning, after my workout, the first thing I do is pray. I generally lock myself into my room and meditate in silence.

I remember the first time I faced the camera. It was in 1991 for one of the Britannia ads. I prayed to God that he should take me through.

Believe me, by then I had not even made up my mind about television or movies. I did it just for fun. But then things happened and today I would attribute whatever little I have achieved to God.

Touch wood! I have also been able to take the right decisions at the right time. So far whatever I’ve achieved is all because of the positive attitude and enthusiasm God has given me. The power of prayer is incredible. It’s such a comforting thought to know that there is someone above who is always watching you. You kind of feel protected and safe.

Now, having come this far, I would say it is no cakewalk. I had to struggle to make both ends meet at times. I would feel incomplete and lost without someone guiding me. Prayers have given me new dimensions in life. Even though there are problems, you know just how to tackle them. Prayer also takes away the bad omens around you.

When I don’t pray for days, I feel restless. I may not necessarily have a bad day but I am robbed of my sense of serenity. Most of the time we think we pray to please God. But the truth is we pray for our own inner self. We pray for our own well being!

First Published: Jan 13, 2004 12:49 IST