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Italian prof celebrates 48th birthday in Vedic way

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Varanasi, Sep 11 (UNI) A former Italian psychiatry and philosophy professor, currently scripting a book on Benaras, celebrated his 48th birthday in Vedic style today, with the blessings of pop diva Madonna's Sanskrit guru Dr Vagish Shastri.

Paulo Barone, formerly a professor of psychiatry and philosophy in Rome and Turin universities, trouped down to his illustrious Guru Dr Vagish Shastri's residence here two days ago, with a wish to celebrate his 48th birthday in Vedic style.

While sweet gulgulas (traditional sweetmeat of Varanasi) replaced the birthday cake, diyas were lit instead of the candles, during the completely Vedic style birthday.

The popular birthday song 'Happy Birthday to you' gave way to the 'Janmadin Shloka' -- Chiranjivata Shubham Bhavatu Bhavyam Janmadinam Bhavatu (happy long, prosperous life) recited by girl students of Annada Sanskrit Vidyalaya.

The birthday celebrations were preceded by the Italian rediscovering his roots, by performing 'Pind Dan and Pitra Tarpan' of five of his ancestors on the Shivala Ghat dotting the sacred Ganga river.

The Vedic birthday song was ensued by the pujan of seven Chiranjivis (immortal characters of Hindu mythology) including Ashwathama, Ved Vyas, Hanuman, Kripacharya, Vibhishan, Parshuram and Markandey.

''The Chiranjivi Pujan was performed to pray for the long life of my disciple,'' said Dr Shastri, credited with correcting the pronunciation of pop diva Madonna in 1998, who sang a hymn from 'Yoga Travali' in her album Ray of Light, the same year.

Wonderstruck by the spiritually soothing birthday celebrations, Paulo, wearing a starch white kurta-pyjama, admitted that the engrossing experience will form an integral chapter of his book on Benaras, which is like to hit the book stores in two year's time.

''Varanasi is the epicentre of Hinduism and writing a book on the mystical city would have been incomplete without having the first hand experience of the spiritual salve that the ancient Vedic culture offers,'' said Paulo, who has also authored books on psychiatry, psycho-analysis and philosophy.

''The Vedic birthday on the day when the world is mourning the loss of lives in the 9/11, 2001 WTC terror attacks speaks volumes about the growing inclination of westerners towards oriental culture and philosophy, after getting fed up of violence and materialism in their countries,'' averred Dr Shastri.

The truth in the reasoning of the Sanskrit and Yoga guru immediately manifested in Charloette Sunde, Italian professor's Kiwi girl-friend, dressed up in traditional salwar-kurta.

''Birthday in the west is an event to splurge, but its Vedic equivalent has been spiritually riveting'', said the young researcher from University of Paris (France), who expressed her to celebrate her wish birthday on September 24 in the same Vedic colour at Kochi.

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