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From millionaire to monk: Businessman gives up $600m fortune for religion

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58-year-old Doshi is said to have generated a wealth of $600m from plastics manufacturer DR International, as revealed by Forbes, and he will leave it all behind for a life of religion.

The transition will mean he is no longer allowed to wear shoes or shave his hair, and, wealth aside, his position as a married father of three makes the move particularly unique. However, it hasn’t been taken lightly as the decision was made back in 1982, the report said.

Doshi’s son Rohit, said: “He would have taken diksha [the ceremony] three years ago but the family had stopped him then. It is always tough when the head of the family wants to seek diksha. It took three years for him to convince us. We are proud of him.”

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More than 1,000 monks took part in the three-day event to welcome Doshi into the fold, with musicians, animals and chariots all involved in a 7km celebratory parade.

As part of his new path, the tycoon will reportedly need to wake at 4am each day for hours of yoga and meditation, while nightly ritual of repenting sins before bed will need to be performed.

Interestingly, this type of thing has happened before – but in reverse.

Andy Puddicombe left Bristol behind for the Himalayas after a personal tragedy, according to the Express, and it’s there that he studied the way of Buddhism and became a monk.

With up to 18 hours a day of meditation, Puddicombe mastered the religion, but entrepreneurial spirit kicked in when he met an advertising executive. From there, the pair launched the Headspace app, which has resulted in the company opening offices in London and LA.

The app delivers a helping of mindfulness each day and has secured a following from celebrities including Emma Watson and Gwyneth Paltrow – who recently purchased a sex shop.

“My lifestyle now has changed dramatically, in some of the monasteries I used to meditate for up to 18 hours a day – now I do an hour in the morning before I go to work,”Puddicombe told Real Business. “We want to share these meditation tools with as many people as possible so that everyone can benefit and have a little Headspace.” 

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