Hindus have welcomed American pop star Lady Gaga’s reported interest in Hinduism and reincarnation.
In an interview published in an Indian daily, Gaga (Born This Way), 25, was quoted as saying: “I actually find that a lot of my philosophies about art are mirrored in the Hindu religion. The idea of reincarnation.”
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that as Lady Gaga explored Hinduism further, she would appreciate rich, diverse and long tradition of Hindu philosophy; and its interpretation of the nature of reality.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that if Gaga needed any help in deeper Hinduism exploration, he or other Hindu scholars would be glad to assist.Rajan Zed recommends Gaga to realize the Self. Ancient Hindu scripture Katha Upanishad points out that when wise realize the Self, they go beyond sorrow. Self is supreme and those who meditate on Self are freed from the cycle of birth and death. When one realizes Self, there is nothing else to be known, Zed quotes.
Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), who was reportedly raised as Roman Catholic, has won five Grammys and her album “Born This Way” sold one million copies in five days on iTunes.
Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) joined the Hindu fold in the recent past. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.