To each his own, says Nafisa

I strongly believe that man is not the elitest creation of God. His other forms of creation exist elsewhere too, just that we are not aware of it, says Nafisa Ali, former actress and social worker

india Updated: Mar 04, 2003 17:45 IST
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As a young girl, I didn't believe in religion and I didn't believe in God. I would often challenge the belief that God exists and used to say that 'if you are there then show yourself'. And over the years, He has revealed Himself to me. I have found Him in strength, the positivity in strength.

For me, spiritual quest is searching for peace, it is finding out the essence of what being alive is and loving life for what it is.

I strongly believe that man is not the elitest creation of God. His other forms of creation exist elsewhere too, just that we are not aware of it. And look at what man has created? He has created divides and religion has been manipulated in the worst possible way for this purpose. Just see how the colour of the skin has been used to this end; if we take off the skin, aren't we all the same? Anybody can save anyone's life, anyone can donate a organ to anyone else (save for the blood group difference), then why this divide?

For me, spirituality means 'to each his own' and this what I teach my children: To lead an honest life, to accept all religions, to forgive and to overlook the shortcomings of others - to look for the positive and love them for who they are. As I said, it is the positivity in strength that I call God.

First Published: Mar 04, 2003 17:45 IST