Thursday, August 12, 2010
Will Julia Roberts be a true Hindu?
I have just come across an interesting article, Julia Roberts Is Hinduism’s Latest Convert. It tells us about how Julia Roberts has converted to Hinduism. She joins a list of celebrities who seem to have these sudden, out of the blue conversions to religions that no one expected them to convert to.
To mind comes similar past occurances such as: Mike Tyson and Michael Jackson’s flirtations with Islam, Madonna’s venturing into Kabbalah, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ switching to scientology, Orlando Bloom’s turn to Bhuddhism and Isla Fisher who joined Judaism. During the world cup, Alicia Keys was reported to have undergone some traditional Zulu ceremonies in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. It will be wrong to for us to judge the genuineness in the motives of each individual conversion but at the same time, it is worth noting that most of these religious conversions that we read about are performed for gallery so to speak.
We encourage our brothers and sisters in Hollywood to study the dogma and doctrine of their new religions and make sure that they understand and subscribe to it. It is no good converting to Islam, Christianity, Buddhism or other religion just because one has been to some exotic location where they witnessed with romantic eyes, only the face value of the religion. Public displays of conversion tend to be publicity stunts acted out by celebs who have hurt their image and want to facelift it or those out to find a release from their far from normal lifestyles.
Hopefully for Julia Roberts, star of new movie, "Eat, Pray, Love," Hinduism will be more to her than just a bit of meditation and chanting. Do not disappoint us “Pretty Woman.” Religion is not a game.