Poorva, one of our interviewers, has always been intrigued by what God and religion means to different people. Being a non-follower, she is often fascinated by the love with which people talk about God. She asked one such family member, who brings up references to God in almost every conversation, for an interview. The family member readily agreed to do an interview with only one request – “please don’t disclose my name.” Interviewing India complied.
Anonymous female, 79 years, Homemaker, Bangalore
Interviewed by Poorva Dinesh
Why did you decide to give us an interview on god?
If you believe in God, you will live a good and happy life. You will respect your elders, adjust with the family and take care of your family, or even donate to charities. Religion teaches us this, and our elders teach us to follow religion. Religion creates a straight path for us to walk on. It becomes in-built. We will get up in the morning, clean up the house, make the pooja room ready, and light the lamp. This is our life.
In our days, there was no family planning and all. Every 2-3 years, a baby was born in the house, and we all used to take care of them as a joint family. We didn’t have the time to think of other things. We were fully occupied with childrens’ studies and household responsibilities.
Do you talk to God?
Yes! If you talk to people, it travels from one person to another, but if you share your feelings with God, he will give you advice, and omit whatever is unnecessary.
Have you asked God for something from the bottom of your heart and received it?
Peace in life. That’s all.
Can you imagine life without God?
No. There is a power and everyone has a name for it. Irrespective of what you call it, it is this supreme power that guides us and takes care of us. No matter how much effort you put into something, you will get only what you are meant to get.
Do you go to the temple regularly?
Earlier I used to, but with age, it’s stopped. But even at home, whenever I am just sitting or lying down, I pray to God. I watch aartis and bhajans on TV. It makes me feel nice. If you go to these places, you are a different kind of person. These places are places of sanctity. Combined prayers are always more beneficial than praying by yourself. When we are at places where so many people are praying, there is sure to be a noble soul whose power will help our prayers. That’s why bhajans need to be done in a group.
Are you saying there is a lot of positive energy in such places?
Yes, all negative thoughts go away. When you go to a temple, you realize what life is and the final goal is God. That is permanent.
The last question has nothing to do with your interview topic, but we ask everyone we interview – what does love mean to you?
Love means not harming others, not cheating or betraying anyone, and being an honest person.
Am I wrong?
See, if you trust someone, you trust the other person completely irrespective of whether the person is good or bad. If the person is good, then things are happy, but if the person is not then you use love to bring the person back on track.