Julia Roberts to Oprah: kids chanted and shaved their heads during India visit

CALCUTTA, October 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) 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.

According to reports, Roberts has been interested in yoga for quite some time. She was in Haryana (India) in September 2009 to shoot “Eat Pray Love” in an ashram (hermitage). In January 2009, she sported a “bindi” (vermillion mark on forehead) during her trip to India when she also visited Taj Mahal with husband Moder. She has a production company called “Red Om Films”, and “Om” in Hinduism is the mystical syllable containing the universe.

Julia Fiona Roberts, 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”.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.