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August 6th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Julia Roberts is practicing Hinduism

Julia Roberts at an awards ceremony in June.

Julia Roberts, star of the new movie "Eat, Pray, Love," which tells the story of a soul-searching character, is now a practicing Hindu.

Roberts, in an interview with Elle magazine, says she worships with her husband, cameraman Danny Moder, and their three children, People.com says.

The family, she told Elle, goes to temple together to "chant and pray and celebrate. I'm definitely a practicing Hindu." Roberts grew up in Georgia, the daughter of Christian parents.

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  1. Dovie Bechtol

    Hinduism is perhaps the oldest continuing religion in the world, with sacred texts estimated to date back to 3000 B.C. Many of its traditions have lasted for eons, with origins lost in time. A Hindu wedding, one of the most sacred of rites, incorporates many of these timeless rituals and customs. In ages past, these traditions and rituals would extend over several days, but in today's hectic society, such a schedule is difficult to accommodate. Today, many of these traditions are performed the night before and the day of the wedding ceremony. The Hindu ceremony centers not just on the bride, but celebrates the coming together of two families. To illustrate this theme, many customs involve both families.`

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    March 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
  2. Those who mislead in name of saints

    Tests for a religion – if it serving a few (who are at the top – ofcourse in their own organization and love power) or the people:
    1. is it helping/promoting open and free thought (this does not mean irresponsibility – quite the contrary in fact)
    2. Is it helping to spread unity among ALL humans and other forms of life (and non-living)?
    3. Is it prmoting fear, blind faith (it is ok not to understand everyting but : does it not allow questioning and search)
    4. Is it promoting and allowing 100% transparency in its activities – without even a question?

    We must as commoners ask such questions – these help to create a better understanding, work toward improving your own search for peace – that is true GOD.
    No one (especially Christ) asked to create Church. They why we do we have such organized religion? What is it really doing (including Islam)? What are its goals – other than increasing membership? Some good (just for fooling commoners) and lot of destruction? Do we need this as humans? How can we help to go beyond such anti-reasoning, anti-people, anti-human, and anti-life thinking.
    We must promote what brings people together, creates a better world. War or words without any deeper thought are meaningless. We are not fighting against anybody – just fighting ourselves in the end! We must realize this.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  3. FRED

    Julia Roberts Practices –are her wishes. Hinduism is her choice in this life. all of us love our gods. we all must understand its our faith. we love you Julia for being open. I am happy for you and your family. its not a mystery ...so im from not closed by saying im a nicaraguan hindu born in the united states .. im hispanic yet my religion is 100% hindu - im married with my patni "wife" for over 6 years and we are still very happy as always by it.. our love is forever...

    September 25, 2010 at 5:03 am |
  4. nick61

    And you have your RIGHT to be A perfect idiot!!! What is yer strong suit LAME-BRAIN???? LOL QUESTION.....have you ever had an ORIGINAL THOUGHT in your sorry existence, or just what has been INDOCTRINATED UP YER AZZ???LOL Before you answer take 20 deep breaths, or BETTER YET.....HOLD YER BREATH TIL DEAD!!! LMAO MORONS ABOUND!!!

    August 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  5. bill morgan

    Some christians are waking up. Any church that preaches fear,hate,inequality ect. is not coming from Jesus.If not from Jesus, then where are these teachings coming from? The spirit is the key.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  6. Milton

    So How many Gods she is going to worship. I believe they 1000 Gods. Krishna, Rama, Cow, Snake, Stone. Yes one of their God Krishna is sort of play boy character and 16000 wives.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
    • Truthseeker

      Dear Milton,

      Please read the following article. It gives a brief summary of Sanatan Dharma. After reading the article, if you have more questions please feel free to ask. Thank you. Peace.

      https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0Bxmb43ISDdJdNzczZGZkMWUtYWZmMi00ODZkLThhYzMtYjFhYTM0YzU0NGJh&hl=en

      August 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
    • Parvati

      Hindusim represent one in many. People lik u fail to understand the core of spirituality. Worshiping animals does mean respect , according to hinduism everything dat god has created is superior. Dats y dey propagate vegetarian diet. Do you have a problem with a religion which has taught to respect everything in world. BTW in Hinduism u ve free to choose your god what matter is true devotion and righteous path. U have nt seen god nor u knw its true name, Hinduism teach about individuality what satisfy your soul.

      May 13, 2013 at 2:56 am |
  7. Kasthuri

    Hinduism is NOT about GOD. It is about yourself and how you relate yourself to GOD. In Hinduism, you can accept anything as GOD or you can even renounce GOD. Just by chanting and praying, you can not claim to be a Hindu or accepted GOD. You have to search and find peace within yourself. If you accept GOD and you believe there IS ONLY ONE GOD, then you are a practicing Hindu or can practice Hinduism, while remaining a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew. You just call GOD, by different names, that is all. Whether you find peace within yourself by your deeds (karma?) alone counts, even if happen to renounce GOD! Your peace of depends on your DEEDS, not on GODS. You do something good, you get back something good. Do something bad, you get back something bad. This simple rule of natural law can not be violated, even by GODS!

    August 10, 2010 at 9:25 am |
    • V T SHETTY

      Well said Kasthuri; Hinduism is a way of life; u can believe in any god and still be a hindu. It's more of giving respect to each other and living in peace. I am hindu and go to church;mosque and temple. I am hindu by heart. In bagavat gita.. there is a teaching says " SARVA DARMA DEVOO BAVA" ( this tells us every religion is equal/same as god; ) . we have to respect every religion.

      August 10, 2010 at 9:51 am |
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