Is it our duty to support all people regardless of their actions?

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

People need to analyse individually and independently whether their intentions and aspirations in life match their behaviour and actions. An effort has to be made to bring intention and action closer together, no matter how distant they are at present. If your philosophy and intention are something different from how you act, then that is known as having a split personality. You think one thing but you are forced to act in a different manner.

You can analyse the traits of a person, and if you find justification in supporting the positive traits then do it. You can respect and honour the effort the other person is making to live life in the best manner possible. You can also guide and inspire the person to become better. That can be your role. You can motivate the person to recognize that actions and intentions can come together with the right understanding and the right approach to life.

However, you will have to answer this question yourself as it depends on who you associate with and the reason for your association: whether it be a family member or a stranger, whether it be your guru or just anybody in this world you happen to meet.

You should use your judgment in deciding how far you become involved in the actions and intentions of another person. Your role should be to inspire and encourage them to become better in life.

—30 July 2014, Netaji Subhash Stadium, Kolkata, India