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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. sreethar

    Congrats Julia,,,

    Now what caste will you be?? as Hindu you will you be a Brahman or Sudra (low caste)? You will need to embrace Hinduism in its totality. Even better come and live in India with us common people in the village and be more "enlightened" and your choice of the religion will be more truthful.
    Cheers!

    August 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
    • V T SHETTY

      I believe u didn't read Bagavath Gita. It doesn't say hindu should have cast. He says human being has 4 types . A Bramin–> who is a person having knowledge. A Kshtriya–> A person being very bold and a leader. A Vaishya–> A person who is good in business and a shudra–> a person who doesn't have a great quality. Even human born will be in one of these types and it not on birth.. it is based on the way they lead their life. I think u are propagating missionaries voice here.

      August 10, 2010 at 9:56 am |
    • Truthseeker

      Hi Sreethar,

      Please read the following article. It gives a brief summary about Sanatan Dharma. Thanks.

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

      August 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  2. Eternal

    Christian missionaries collect all the funds and goodies from the developed countries and offer it to the poors of developing countries with a hope to convert them. Lot of them, under obligation coupled with constant hammering of heaven, hell and Jesus might get converted. And then christian missionaries come to us and say that this was genuine change of heart. I wonder why do they think that christianity is so impotent that people won't convert to it on the merits of religion (and hence they have to send the armies of missionaries seeking converts).

    Now conversion like this (assuming it is not a publicity stunt) or that of Richard Gere sounds like genuine conversion where the mature adults learn about religion on their own and make a decision on path they want to follow.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  3. cheneetot08

    Whatever the religion is as long as you have strong faith in the creator you will be blessed.

    August 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Patti

    Besides, this is about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not what people have done.(You reference Christian/Jewish/Muslim)
    Believe what you want, but as I said, No ONE who believes in any other Gods will make heaven.
    Oh, and if that offends, Jesus Christ said it, I just believe it!
    "I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father BUT BY ME."
    - Jesus Christ, John 14:6

    August 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  5. Patti

    I feel sorry for you Joseph Smith. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and no one gets to heaven, lest they come thru him. To say the things you said, tells me you are either in total ignorance, or your following Satan. I am saved by the grace of God, and thru his blood shed for me and my sins, on the cross at Calavary.
    I will pray for you. As far as grouping Christian/Muslim/Jewish tree you speak of, tells me you don't know the word of the one and only true God spoken of here.
    Read this and you will find how Muslim and Christian differ.
    http://www.so4j.com/islam-vs-christianity-comparison-charts.php#comparison
    God Bless!

    August 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  6. Joseph Smith

    There are really only 2 major trees in religion......on one side is the christian/jewish/muslim tree all branches of the jewish religion and then the buddhist/hindu tree......The only difference between these trees are that the christian/muslim/jewish tree's roots are embeded in Hell where these religions are controlled by satan

    August 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  7. peace2all

    You go Julia..... Whatever makes more peace for you and your family and society...

    Peace.....

    August 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  8. prxot

    Hindusim isn't a religion – it is a way of life.

    August 8, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  9. Patti

    I believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven also. That being said, the Lord has given us all FREE choice to believe what we will, join whatever religion we may want to follow. He does LOVE everyone. It is my belief as a Christian follower of Jesus Christ, that your choices in the end, will effect you eternal life and where you spend it.
    God has promised us that follow him, and have accepted Jesus Christ death on the cross as a way to wash our sin away, eternal life with him in Heaven. Remember the thief on the cross next to Jesus on Calvary, who asked him to remember him this day....Jesus said I tell you the truth, today you shall be with me in Paradise. (Luke23:39-43)
    As a Christian follower, it would be my prayer that ALL people would ask Gods forgiveness, and ask him into thier heart.
    Plillippians 2:9-13 states:
    .
    9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure
    In the end, it is MY BELIEF, we will ALL stand before him on the Jugement Day. Therefore, our choices today will effect us all in the end.
    Peace and Love to all!!

    August 8, 2010 at 10:11 am |
    • Joseph Smith

      Patti.....Satan has fooled much of mankind he has come to this earth as jesus, moses and mohammed......he want's you to think he looks like this monster with horns and tail but in fact he comes as mortal looking men...jesus,mohammed,moses and satan are one in the same......they are EVIL....just look at the history of your evil cult.....almost ALL atrocities commited by man were done by muslims,christians, and jews.....there are basically 2 trees of religion....the hindu/buddhist tree and the christian/mustlim/jewish tree the only differnce being the christian/muslim/jewish tree's roots are imbeded in HELL.

      August 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • verify

      Heheheh, Joseph Smith... I have said the same thing (in jest) a few times - never knew it was a Hindu belief.

      Guess what, there are violent Hindu extremists too.

      Claims of the existence of "Satan" require as much proof as claims about "God".

      August 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  10. Amrullah Yousafzai, Margalla Hills

    I wonder if she'll like the cow urine, rat milk, and dirty ganga water drinking part.
    In the meantime, I'll be enjoying a Pakola.

    Cheers.

    August 8, 2010 at 6:35 am |
    • SR

      Amrulla
      Nice piece of typical Muslim hatred bro. Keep it up and all your wonderful Allah and Mohammad will be shown to be the biggest frauds that was ever perpetrated on humanity. The more Muslims open their mouth, the more we find out about your true colors. Thanks.

      August 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  11. Calcgaltx

    Buddism is a philosophy and teaching, it is not a religion. When you see people kneeling at a statue of Budda it is to acknowledge his wisdom and teaching, not praying to Buddah as you would to God. Any person of any religion or even a person without a religion can practice the teachings of Buddah as they are fundamentally the same as are taught in any holy book. Believe as you will, but live your life as the best person you can be each day knowing and accepting that you are fallible.

    August 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  12. Shashank

    Hey people, stop this religious hating jibes, OK? Anyway, nobody tells nobody to ditch their religion and become Hindu, not least an Hindu. Ok? Hinduism and Buddhism has a lot of qualities lacking in western civilization (i'm not talking about religion) that many people find fascinating. That's probably why she converted. Anyway, a religion is a person's personal business and nobody has the right to criticize.

    August 7, 2010 at 11:46 am |
    • Truthseeker

      Agree. We need to do good karma and be in peace.

      August 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
    • David Johnson

      You said, "a religion is a person's personal business and nobody has the right to criticize."

      I have the right, if a religion would force me to believe as they do. Such as the religious right. They would ban evolution from being taught in the schools, restore school prayer to their god only, create a Christian Nation, abolishing the separation of church and state. Ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Take away entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare because they believe it makes government appear to be an idol to society.

      August 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  13. SR

    That was just a joke. Take it easy....

    August 7, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  14. SR

    Forgiven:
    Why don't you keep you hate filled drivel to yourself? Everyone has the right to find their own way to God. Julia and millions of Hindus have found theirs. Why would you think your "way" is the "true" way or the "right way"? Just because your God told you so in your Book? Oh ok. Instead of asking to take "faith" in some unprovable myths and stories, Julia has decided to meditate and embrace a way of life that is dharmic, "non violent" and looks upon everyone as having God within them, not outside, somewhere in the sky. At least she has not decided to turn violent and blow up infidels like you becase you don't believe in her true god, Allah. That alone should count for something you should be thankful for.

    August 7, 2010 at 8:58 am |
    • JJ

      How is Forgiven being hateful? If he/she believes Jesus is the only way to heaven, is it not an act of love to tell others about it? Is it not hateful to imply that all who follow Islam "... turn violent and blow up infidels...”? If you want people to respect other religious views, you should respect other religious views yourself. That would include the monotheistic religions. Jewish, Islam, and yes even Christianity.

      August 7, 2010 at 9:35 am |
    • agnostic

      All hindus out there , please stop chest thumping... Hindus dont believe in conversions. It is immaterial which god you pray to. Our dharam is beyond that , as followers of vedas our only aim should be self-relalization and NOT trying to increase our head-count, Remember the gita!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:41 am |
    • tbubb

      *agree with JJ.
      I wouldn't say SR's response was hateful, just immature.

      August 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  15. Forgiven

    The only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ..all other religions are Hellbound.Turn to Jesus,Julia!!!!

    August 7, 2010 at 8:38 am |
    • Tom

      Typical sanctimonious, overzealous hypocrite who would stab his neighbor in the back during the week and ask for forgiveness on Sunday.

      August 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Forgiven

      You said, "The only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ..all other religions are Hellbound."

      How do you know that Jesus is real? How do you know all the other religions are hellbound?

      The Muslims think Christians will go to hell. How do you know they are wrong?

      There are over a thousand different Christian denominations. Many of these believe they will be the ones who will be saved. The rest, will be hellbound. How do you know you have "picked" the correct one? All these Christian denominations can show you scripture, backing up their claim to be Jesus's favorite.

      The Muslims have their bible, the Quran. Why is yours better?

      The Muslims and all the rest of the religious believe in their hearts that theirs, is the one true faith. Why is what you feel any more special?

      Can you prove your god exists?

      August 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • Joseph Smith

      Forgiven......Satan has fooled mankind...he has come to earth first as moses, then jesus and finally mohammed.....satan,jesus,mohammed, and moses are all one and the same EVIL beast!... there are basically 2 majors trees of religion one the buddhist/hindu tree and the other christian/muslim/jewish tree..... the difference being that the christian/muslim/jewish tree roots are embeded in HELL....satan has fooled you and all the rest of the muslims/christians and jews...just look at your history almost every atrocity commited my man has been done by chistians, mustlims and jews....WAKE YOU BEFORE YOU END UP IN HELL!

      August 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Joseph Smith

      But, the Mormon religion is even more implausible than the ones you mentioned. I think all are false, but the Mormon religion holds a special place in my funny bone. Sorry dude. Cheers!

      August 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Reality

    How about a contest to see who or what she will be reincarnated as?

    August 7, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  17. JJ

    Now if she could work on her acting, that would be awesome.

    August 7, 2010 at 4:17 am |
  18. Truthseeker

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

    Summary of Hindu Dharma Philosophy..

    August 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  19. Narasimhan

    Welcome to Hinduism. Hope this helps to elevate your consciousness. Realize the full potential of being an human being. Explore all the polytheistic faiths of Hinduism. Understand the philosophies of Dwaitha, Adwaitha etc.

    August 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  20. Gary

    Hinduism and buddism is more my style too. Maybe Julia and I can hang out.

    August 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
    • Raj

      I am already a Hindu. I should get priority.

      August 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
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