The following interview was conducted by Mr. Harold of 'The Plain Dealer' and Tom Brekenridge of the daily, News Herald on 12-6-84 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. Harold: What have you got to say about countries waging war on each other?
Swamishri: Fighting each other is wrong. Non-violence is our belief. Hindu scriptures say that non-violence is the highest ethical code (Ahimsa parmo dharmaha). We also say that one should love others.
Mr. Harold: What is the principle of your religion?
Swamishri: To live pure life of good character, believe oneself as atma (the soul) and then worship God. (Parmatma)
Next, Tom Brekenridge of the daily, 'News Herald' interviewed Swamishri.
Tom: How can countries come closer to each other?
Swamishri: Every country is interested in itself. What God has given each country is enough, but because of greed, each tries to gain from the other. This leads to misery and so countries cannot come closer. If they avoid doing this, they will come closer.
Tom: You bear such heavy responsibility, don't you feel it over-burdening?
Swamishri: God is the all-doer. We are only spreading the message of God. Whether Satsang increases or not is in the hands of God. We live according to His commands and wishes and therefore do not feel any burden. When man believes that 'I am doing all this, then everything becomes burdensome.
Tom: Everyday you do puja, sit with the devotees, writer letters and move around; when do you rest?
Swamishri: To spread God's message and to lead aspirants towards Him is rest enough.