USHA UTHUP<br />Age: 61<br />Profile: A pop singer, Born a Tamil, groomed in Mumbai & Kolkata, and in the north.<br />Started singing a small nightclub in Chennai at the age of 20.<br />She has sung in 15 Indian languages & can also sing in several foreign languages.<br />
“The ‘Our Father’ is the universal prayer for me. It goes beyond every religion, dogma & ritual. This may sound blasphemous for most people, but I could be in a temple, saying my mantras, but in my mind I am always saying ‘Our Father’.<br />When I’m on a plane, I put on the headphones, switch off the music, and sing ‘Our Father’ quietly.<br />My biggest religious influence came from my convent school. I was always going and lighting candles in the grotto.<br />“Jesus Christ is the face I visualize whenever I think of God”.<br />When I get up in the morning, I say, “Thank you God for everything you’ve done for me yesterday.”<br />
There is a God in every ELEVATOR…<br />Manhattan, July 2005<br />4 Years ago, I was stuck up in an elevator at the New Yorker hotel, Manhattan on the 22nd floor.<br />I pressed all the buttons, even the EMERGENCY button, but NO RESPONSE!<br />On the Phone-<br />Receptionist-: There’s been a problem, but we’re sorting it out. I’ll get back to you.<br />In the state of panic, I prayed-<br />“Our Father,<br />Who art in heaven,<br />Hallowed be Thy Name,<br />Thy Kingdom come,<br />Thy Will be done,<br />On earth as it is in Heaven…”<br />
after an hour ,<br />When the door opened, the lobby was full of people & when they saw me they started shouting and clapping….<br />“Later, I came to know it was a short circuit that led to a small fire that had stopped the elevator.”<br /> “God gives you these knocks to remind you to never be complacent. God wants you to always remember Him.” <br />
SRIRAM PANDA<br />Age: 55<br />Profile: An actor-director-<br />screenplay writer, he joined <br />the Bihar school of Yoga at <br />the height of his career as a<br />Yoga preacher-<br />And renamed himself Swami <br />Nitya Chaitanya.<br />
<ul><li>I burst into the Oriya film scene in 1972 like a whiff of fresh air.
I acted in about 30 films in my career period of 20 years.
It was my popularity with tobacco which made me to quit everything, and look for spirituality.
I felt guilty and decided to change myself and & others through spiritual ways.
God’s place is all around us, in everything and anything we can experience. The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.</li></li></ul><li>JAYASUDHA<br />Age: 51<br />Profile: An actress-turned-legislator in Secunderabad. <br />She was a famous south Indian actress through the 70’s and 80’s. <br />She won 6 Nandi awards for best actress & 1 Film fare award for best supporting actress.<br />
<ul><li>There has always been an unspoken connection with Jesus.
When I used to get frequent eosnophilia attacks as a teenager, I used to pray at the Vellankanni church, and I get cured soon.
Again on May4,1985, when I was jet skiing with my husband, I had fallen into the water! I didn’t know how to swim, and I involuntarily yelled out ‘Jesus’ though I was not a devotee at that time, and I had a vision of the Almighty. The next thing, I knew , I was being dragged onto the water scooter by my husband.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>And, 16 years later, I choose Christianity in Chennai, in 2001.
I can leave everything for Him, even my family. They know that too.!
God can only give us wisdom, and help us when we are at a cross-road in our lives.</li></ul>The Lord speaks to me….<br />
RESUL POOKUTTY<br />Age: 38<br />Profile: He is a sound engineer who graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. <br />He won an Academy award & a BAFTA for best sound mixing for the film Slumdog Millionaire.<br /> Also designed sound for 2008 blockbuster Ghajini.<br />
<ul><li>When I was about to leave the hotel for the airport , to fly back to Mumbai after the International Indian Film Academy awards ceremony. Suddenly, I had an intuition ,I felt, I would loose my baggage.
Well, I was not shocked to be told at Mumbai that my bag was missing. For me, this is what you call spirituality.
God or Allah, is a very personal deity, one who takes care of even the smallest things.
When you show truthfulness & commitment to your job,friends,colleagues and family members, you are being spiritual.</li></li></ul><li>The seer ‘killed’ an atheist…<br /><ul><li>A seer asked me to touch an alphabet in the Quran. And he said that my skill lies in my fingers. Incidents like these only, made me believe that there is a God above.
God is an intangible universal force, but we can feel it.
Imagine you’re sitting under a tree and looking up at the sunlight streaming down through the leaves. For me, this is the face of God.</li></li></ul><li>G R GOPINATH<br />Age: 57<br />Profile: He is considered the pioneer of low-cost air travel in India, and is the vice-chairman of Kingfisher Red. <br />Captain Gopinath has served Indian Army for 8 yrs.<br />The French government has awarded him the Chevalier de la legion d’Honneur.<br />
<ul><li>More than the question of existence of God, I wonder about the mysteries of the world, the beauty of the nature, the vastness of the creation.
I feel that when it comes to God, He is limited by the limited perception of human perception.
When I need spiritual awakening, I go to the Himalayas, walk around the hills, all by myself and try to distance myself from the rest of civilization.
Harmony is possible when you find yourself spiritually aligned with the world. Running away is not a solution.</li></ul>The cheap flyer walks to peace…<br />
SUDHARANI <br />RAGHUPATHY<br />Age: 65<br />Profile: A Bharatanatyam daneuse & artiste of Doordarshan since 1976. <br />Has performed before a number of visiting dignitaries to India and even at UN headquarters in New York on Human Rights Day in 1981.<br />
<ul><li>I believe in one supreme being that governs us all, in the power of karma.
Whichever faith you belong to, everything has common denominator-that there’s one almighty.
The Bible says seek and you shall find. That’s what I did. Meditation helped me focus, analyze the situation dispassionately & ask the right questions.
In 1993, when my plane to Pakistan was hijacked. Many of my co-passengers were old people & needed timely food and medication.</li></ul>Throughout the ordeal, I was able to help them focus on the positive side.<br /><ul><li>Learn the art of controlling your mind & your emotions. You can see this as a spiritual exercise or just a way of de-stressing.</li></li></ul><li>These celebrities, in spite of their tough and busy schedules, spare time for God…………<br />Then,<br />Y Can't We….???<br />