Hindus have decided to honor the Hollywood star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) for her unwavering devotion to Hinduism and her endorsing Hinduism in a way no Hollywood celebrity seems to have done in the past.
It was nearly two years ago Julia Roberts confessed of being a “practicing Hindu”, and she seems to be sticking to it faithfully. She finds India “spiritually healing” and her visit to India in the past was “a spiritually elucidative experience” for her.
According to recent reports in Indian media, Julia Roberts is planning to buy a house in India near one of Hinduism’s holy cities, thus becoming first Hollywood star to do so. Julia Roberts says “I would love to live near Haridwar or Varanasi, since they are such holy spots for Hinduism”.
Julia Roberts captivated by Hindu festivals
In her recent interviews to Indian media, Julia Roberts said: “I’ve received real spiritual satisfaction through Hinduism and I’m a practising Hindu” and “…ever since I’ve started practicing, the festivals (especially Diwali) captivate me a lot too”.
Julia Roberts also stated in these reports that she shared a common aspect of finding peace and peacefully of mind in Hinduism similar to Patsy of The Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maugham. and Julia Roberts also added “I would love to return to this sacred land again and visit some key pilgrimage spots, like Haridwar or Puri”
Welcoming her continued devotion to Hinduism, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that she would be honored in a Hindu temple in traditional Hindu manner near her California home and he would try to contact her staff in the near future in this regard.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, forced other Hollywood stars also to take time out of their stressful lives to explore Hinduism and pointed out that they would appreciate rich, motley and long tradition of Hindu philosophy; and its interpretation of the nature of reality.
Julia Roberts realizes Self and runs towards Moksha
Rajan Zed suggested an believe that Julia Roberts to realize the Self. Ancient Hindu holy scripture Katha Upanishad points out that when wise realize the Self, they go beyond sorrow. Self is supreme and those who meditate on Self are freed from the cycle of birth and death. When one realizes Self, there is nothing else to be known.
Julia Roberts, who grew up with a Catholic mother and Baptist father, revealed for the first time in September 2010 issue of women’s fashion magazine Elle that she was “definitely a practicing Hindu”. She later revealed on ABC that she became interested in Hinduism after seeing a picture of Hanuman devotee Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, who died in 1973.
Julia Fiona Roberts (Pretty Woman), 44, one of the most successful Hollywood actresses besides a producer and fashion model, has won best actress Oscar for “Erin Brockovich” and earned Oscar nominations for “Pretty Woman” and “Steel Magnolias”.