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Hollywood Celebrities Who Converted to Hinduism

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New Delhi, September 23, 2017: Hinduism, neither requires nor forces any traditional conversion, unlike other religion. It is just their belief and affection that lures people towards Hinduism.

Hinduism is a belief that binds individuals not only to one another but with the society they live in.

Below is the list of some renowned celebrities who had no roots in Hinduism, but chose the religion to walk down the road of their lives.

  • JULIA ROBERTS – Academy awards winner actress converted her religion to Hinduism in 2010, while she was shooting film Eat, Pray, Love. ‘Actual Spiritual Satisfaction’, is what she gave her reason for converting into a Hindu. She also denied demeaning any other religion. Reportedly, Roberts showed interest in Hinduism after she saw a picture of deity Hanuman and Hindu leader Neem Karoli Baba who she never met.
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  • GEORGE HARRISON – Considered being the most spiritual musicians; Harrison got converted from Christianity to Hinduism in mid-1960. His spiritual quest brought him to India in 1966 where he studied sitar with Pandit Ravi Shankar. He later met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who guided him to adopt meditation. In 2001, after his death, his ashes were scattered in Ganges and Yamuna.
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  • RUSSELL BRAND – Hindu sect ‘Hare Krishna’ meditation and the practices of self-reflection saved the actor and comedian Russell to get away from drugs. This transformation changed him as a person and he got converted into Hinduism. On 23rdOctober 2010 he got married to Katy Perry in traditional Hindu style in Rajasthan.
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  • HEATHER GRAHAM – American actress, known for her television series ‘Twin Peaks’, had catholic upbringing, but got influenced by the series creator David Lynch to follow Hinduism as her religion and practice Transcendental Meditation.
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ALSO READ: Find out why Hinduism always emphasizes on being a vegetarian

Hinduism is believed to be a religion of Karma and thus followed by millions of people around the world. From common man to celebrities people are highly mesmerized with the philosophical and moral concept of Hinduism.

– Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram. Twitter: @Writing_desire

 

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    Russel Brand has shown an interest in the Hare Krishnas only long after ceasing to being an addict. He credits TM with helping him stay away from drugs.
    Hare Krishnas teach chanting, it isn’t really meditation. You will find him on the David Lynch Foundation webstie which sponsors Maharishi Mahesh Yogis teachings for poor people who cannot afford to the required donation for themselves.

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Life Lessons We All Should Learn From Lord Shiva

There are lot's if life lessons that one can learn from this Hindu deity

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There are many life lessons that one can learn from the philosophies of Lord Shiva. Wikimedia Commons
There are many life lessons that one can learn from the philosophies of Lord Shiva. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • Lord Shiva is the supreme Hindu Deity
  • He is a symbol of peace and tranquillity
  • There are lot’s if life lessons that one can learn from this Hindu deity

Lord Shiva as everyone knows is a Hindu God. He is one of the Trinity and is the principal deity of Hinduism.  God Shiva is considered the “destroyer of evil and the transformer” of the world. The Birth and history of Lord Shiva are topics of great discussions and confusions.

Lord Shiva is one of the principle deity of hinduism. Wikimedia Commons
Lord Shiva is one of the principle deity of Hinduism. Wikimedia Commons

Lord Shiva is known to have no end and no beginning, yet, the origin of his birth is a much sought-after topic for several generations. Many ‘Puranas’ claims Shiva to be ‘aja’ meaning the one who has no birth. Some other scriptures claim that Lord Shiva was born out of Lod Narayana or Lord Vishnu. However, the authenticity of all the claims remain unclear, and there is still a solid mystery which surrounds the origin and birth of Shiva.

Shiva is also known Mahadev, i.e., the gods of all gods and rightly so. Throughout the Hindu mythology, Shiva has been portrayed as a tranquil and peaceful figure who grants all prayers of his followers and devotees. His another name is ‘Bhole Bhandari’ because of his innocent nature.

Lord Shiva is known for his peace and tranquillity. Pixabay
Lord Shiva is known for his peace and tranquillity. Pixabay

However, other than his peaceful nature, the other thing Lord Shiva is famous for is his flaring temper. Indian mythology is full of stories about Lord Shiva causing mass destruction due to his anger. The opening of his third eye is said to cause mass destruction.

Also Read: Enigmatic Mount Kailash: The abode of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva’s appearance is a beautiful shade of blue because of him consuming the poison from the sea to save the world. However, just like his body is shades of blue there are many shades to his personality as well. Here are few life lessons of Lord Shiva that we all need to take a note of.

  • Come what may never tolerate the evil. Being destroyer of the evil himself, Shiva teaches us to never tolerate or bow down in front of the evil.
  • Self-control is the key to living a fulfilled life. Excess is of everything is bad and losing control ourselves is worse. One should always have a control over themselves to live a successful and fulfilled life.
  • Materialistic happiness is temporary. To be happy, be adjustable like water. Shiva says that attaching our happiness to earthy, material things won’t give us long-lasting happiness.
  • Keeping calm is very important. Lord Shiva used to meditate for hours and is easily the epitome of calmness and that’s what he advocates too.
  • Desires lead to destruction. Shiva believes that desires lead to obsessions which in turn leads to destruction. Never desire more than what you deserve. Be happy with what you have and work hard for what you want to achieve.
  • Respect your family. Lord Shiva is husband to Goddess Parvati and father to Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. He respected his children and especially wife a lot. Respecting one’s  family is very important for living a successful life.
  • Control your ego and let go of pride. Ego prevents us from achieving greatness. Let go of your pride and control your ego to live a fulfilled life.
  • Everything is temporary. Everything in this world is temporary. Time changes as do we and our choices and desires. It is better to let go of all the ‘moh maya’ and live in the moment happily with what we already have.