Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:30:00 GMT | By Saket Parekar, India Syndicate
Monks who swap Ferraris for cricket bats

Playing cricket can certainly make a monk’s life easier



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Lessons, prayers, meditation and chants followed by a game of cricket? Seems an odd combination, huh?

Well, not for some people. Being a monk is no child’s play. But playing cricket can certainly make a monk’s life easier.

From the mountains of Tibet to the hills of Kandy, cricket has seeped into the hearts of monks all around. Such is the power of cricket that even the monks, who give up a fancy living for a simple lifestyle, cannot stay away from it.

You’ve read all about the controversies and the scandals that have haunted cricket in recent times. Yet, every time your favourite team lines up for a game, you can’t resist switching on the television. What keeps our love of cricket alive? Perhaps it’s the adrenaline rush you get every time you lift your bat for that cover drive, when you’re attempting to bowl a yorker or diving in to take a catch. Deep down, it’s the pure joy of playing the game that keeps us glued to our favourite sport. The Buddhist monks are no exception to this rule.

A monk surrenders the comfort and luxury of a ‘normal’ life for a spiritual existence. The temple requires them to lead a life of celibacy, devoid of money, physical possessions and social contact. The days are hectic and rewards are rare. For the monks, cricket is a source of energy that helps them withstand the challenges of their daily lives. In their search of spiritual enlightenment, cricket lights up their spirits.

In this special gallery, MSN attempts to give you a glimpse of the life of monks, who would swap Ferraris for cricket bats.

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