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Hollywood Celebrities Who Converted to Hinduism

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Julia Roberts. Hollywood Celebrities adopting Hinduism. Wikimedia Commons

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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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

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Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)