We should not be influenced by outside things. Like, the outside thing is that, some sort of a fashion starts. People who follow fashions are stupid. They are like blind mices. Anybody can lead them into anything, now do this, they do it. That, they do it. So if you try to follow any kind of a thought which is given to us by somebody else, in that thought you'll completely lose yourself and you'll become, "I am this, I am Christian, I am Hindu, I am Muslim, I am Musalman." Stupidity. You are yourself. You are the Spirit. And when you become the Spirit then you start knowing so much and that knowledge is very important. This is the gap between a saint and a normal human being, which you have crossed gradually so you know what are the problems of the human beings, and dealing with human beings, you know how to deal with them.
H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, extract from Diwali Puja, Lisbon, 10/11/96