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Cricketers’ rare audience with the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama patiently heard out the various questions the cricketers from the Kings XI Punjab and the Deccan Chargers had for him, and then drenched them with his pearls of wisdom.

cricket Updated: Apr 18, 2010 00:16 IST
Subhash Rajta

Cricketers perhaps can’t count their blessings enough. They pretty much get what they want. On Saturday, they got something very few can boast of — a two-hour audience with the Dalai Lama in the monastery.

The Dalai Lama patiently heard out the various questions the cricketers from the Kings XI Punjab and the Deccan Chargers had for him, and then drenched them with his pearls of wisdom. “Listening to the Dalai Lama was very inspiring. He made us realise that inner peace is the source of all joy and how we corrupt it with our thinking,” said Yuvraj Singh.

But it weren’t just the cricketers who were overwhelmed with the Dalai Lama and the surroundings. Quite surprisingly, the young monks and ladies in the temple looked more than happy to see the cricketers.

The scene in the temple was exactly the same one would see at airports, cricket grounds and anywhere where people get to see top cricketers. Even as the players were taking turns to get a picture clicked with the Dalai Lama, the young monks outside were busy clicking pictures of their favourite cricketers. “My favourite players are Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds,” said Tanzin, a young monk. “I play football but I follow cricket on TV,” he said.

Yuvraj Singh, as usual, was the most sought after cricketer, and he looked more than happy in the new company. “We don’t know cricket but he’s so famous…that’s how we know him,” said a group of blushing ladies. The left-handed batsman himself looked overwhelmed and humbled with his new fan following. “It’s actually very humbling,” he muttered.

And, yes, Lalit Modi was also there. The man is clearly in need of some peace and breathing space, and he couldn’t have found a better place than this.