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Asian gurus the order of the day for Madge and co

It all seemed to begin, as did so many things, with the Beatles, way back in the sixties. That was when it appeared that anyone who was anyone just had to have their own personal guru, and preferably one who had their own personal ashram in India itself.
The Beatles certainly started a trend because, although people have followed the teachings of assorted holy men over the centuries, it was only with the fabled fab four that celebrities flocked to the call of the various spiritual guides in any great numbers.
And now, in the 21st century, a new generation of celebrities is flocking to Asian gurus for inspiration, as well as for advice on anything from health to fashion.
Recently for example, pop star Madonna asked Sri Lankan yoga master James D’Silva for help and advice in keeping her in the shape to which she, and her fans, have become accustomed.
At the same time, a whole host of Hollywood’s finest, including Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet (she of Titanic fame) have been turning to the likes of Daya Vyas and Deepak Chopra.
The latter, who promotes a philosophy which is an amalgam of Ayurvedic medicine and meditation, is a far cry from the likes of the infamous Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who, whilst swanning around in a white lls Royce motor car, preached sex as a path to enlightenment, thus inspiring a whole generation of hippies. And quite right too you may think.
“The messenger is only trying to be the message” Deepak Chopra has observed. He has also stated that:
“We all have part of Bush and Bin Laden’s souls”.
And no, I have no idea what he is talking about either, but it sounds pretty scary. Far better to stay with the teachings of the likes of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who promoted traditional meditation techniques as an aid to better health, which didn’t seem to do the Beatles any harm whatsoever.
In the end of course, it all comes down to personal wellbeing, both spiritual and physical, so what could be better than what actress (and previous Mrs Jude Law) Sadie Frost is doing? She has just agreed to lend her name to a new range of health foods inspired by her Indian doctor and guru Nish Joshi.
Dr. Joshi’s goodies, called, not unreasonably one hopes, Feelgood Foods, include organic soups and breads and sound like an ideal fusion of East and West. Time will surely tell.
source : ani