There are celebrities, away from India, who practice Hinduism as their religion. They are either born in Hindu family or got converted at some stage in their life. One thing common amongst all the celebrities is that they longed for solace and peach, which they got after practicing Hinduism. It does come as a surprise that there are Hollywood celebrities following Hinduism, but that is a fact. Here is a sneak peek into the lives of some known International celebrities following Hinduism.
1. Julia Roberts
She is a famous name in Hollywood industry. She was born in the United States and followed her dream to become a successful Hollywood actress. You can see her in some famous titles like Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Eat, Pray, Love. It was during the shooting of movie Eat, Pray, Love in India, in the year 2010 Julia decided to accept Hinduism as her religion.
2. George Harrison
All the music lovers would have heard about this musician; George Harrison. He was the lead guitarist of the Beatles band; the band that had achieved international fame and fan base. George Harrison, in the days of the prevalence of rock music, came to be known as the most influential man of rock music. In the year 1960, Harrison converted from Christianity to Hinduism. He also propagated Hinduism amongst his band members. He died in the year 2001 and after his death, his ashes were spread in the river Ganges and Yamuna that flows in India.
3. Russell Brand
Russell Brand is a known figure in the world of English comedy. He is also a known television producer, author, and screenwriter. People remember him from the famous romantic-comic movie, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”. Russell Brand is an active preacher of Hinduism and transcendental meditation. You can understand believe in his conviction for Hinduism from the fact that he got married to Katy Perry, in the year 2010, according to Hindu tradition in Rajasthan, India.
4. Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia raised to fame with the band “Grateful Dead”; he was an American musician and worked as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the band for thirty years of his life. Jerry started practicing Hinduism since a very early age and practiced it throughout his adult life. Some known credits to his name are “Runaway Bride”, “Foxcatcher” and “The Dreamers”. After his death in the year 1995, his ashes were immersed in the river Ganges that flow in Rishikesh, India.
5. Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert rose to fame in the year 2006 with her memoir, Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth, primarily, is a story writer, an essayist, a novelist and a biographer. It was because of her book Eat, Pray, Love that she remained on the Best Seller list of New York Times for 199 weeks. Elizabeth travelled to India to take inspiration for her one of the most famous work and it was at that time when she converted to Hinduism.
6. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus remains in news for her music and more so because of her dressing sense. However, recently she was in news for performing Laxmi Puja. She announced it to the world, of her act, via a picture posted on Instagram. The picture depicted a Pandit (perhaps) worshipping Lakshmi Idol. This only indicates to the fact that Miley Cyrus is quite influenced by Hinduism culture.
The real name of KRS-One is Lawrence Krishna Parker; the middle name in his name is reflective of the fact that KRS-One is Hindu God Krishna’s preacher. KRS-One is a spiritual person and has described his belief system in his book “The Gospel of Hip Hop”. He believes in the fact that one need not believe in organized religion to believe in the existence of God. He is an American rapper and rose to prominence with his group “Boggie Down Production”.
8. Kal Penn
Kal Penn was born in the United States, to Hindu parents. You would have seen him playing a prominent role in American sit-com, House. He has worked in several other movies named Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Superman Returns, and The Namesake. Penn has also served as a civil servant in United States’ government. He is an active preacher of Hinduism, mostly because of his roots in India.
9. Ricky Williams
J Mascis is a songwriter, a guitarist, a singer and a bass player. He is the one who wrote song for Dinosaur Jr. People know him as a solo guitar player as well. He was featured in the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time” (as number 86). In the year 2005, J Mascis released an album named “J and Friends Sing and Chant for Amma”; the album has scores that praises the religious leader of Hindu, Mata Amritanandamayi.
10. Trevor Hall
Trevor Hall is an American Singer, guitarist, and songwriter. If you hear his music you will know that his music in itself is a propagation of Hindu culture; his music includes acoustic rock, reggae, and Sanskrit chanting. Trevor Hall lives his life as a monk and also visited India in 2013.
M.I.A is an English artist and belongs to Sri Lankan origin. She is a painter, director, and songwriter. Her song is mostly a combination of hip-hop music, dance, and electronic music. She started her career as a filmmaker and design. She claims that her infamous “super bowl middle finger” was actually a tribute to the goddess Matangi (a Hindu goddess).