In an interview published at Oprah.com, Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) says that she and her children were amazed by India. “Hazel said when she grows up, that”s where she”s going to live”.
Julia’s son Phinnaeus even shaved his head. “Hazel [also] wanted to shave her head, so I let her shave the back half of her head. They would chant, and they were just interested.” Roberts has three children from her current husband cinematographer Daniel Moder (Grand Champion)—five year old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and three year old Henry.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, seeing Roberts’ keen interest in Hinduism, has suggested her to practice regular mediation and thus experience shanti (perfect transcendent peace), pure awareness, and freedom from time-space limitations. Right meditation would result in intense inner wakefulness, Zed stressed.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out: Taittiriya Upanishad told us that “meditation is Brahman (the supreme Godhead)” and directed us to seek Brahman through meditation. If Roberts needed any help in deeper Hinduism exploration, he or other Hindu scholars would be glad to assist, Zed added.
September issue of women’s fashion magazine Elle revealed that entire Roberts-Moder family goes to temple together to “chant and pray and celebrate”, quoting Roberts: “I”m definitely a practicing Hindu”.
It also indicated her belief in reincarnation. In an interview with anchor George Stephanopoulos at news program Good Morning America on ABC News on August nine, Roberts said that she did practice Hinduism and added, “Hinduism is something I am very intrigued by and very interested in.” Roberts reportedly became interested in Hinduism after seeing a picture of Hanuman devotee Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, who died in 1973. There were media reports that Roberts was trying to adopt a child from India.