‘Buddha Boy’ reappears after year in jungle

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They asked not where he had been or what he had been doing. Instead thousands of jubilant devotees simply trudged to the remote jungle spot in south-east Nepal where a teenage “Buddha Boy” reappeared to preach to villagers, more than a year after he went missing.

Ram Bahadur Bamjon became famous three years ago when tens of thousands of people flocked to watch him sitting cross-legged under a tree for almost ten months. His followers – who say he is the reincarnation of Buddha – claimed that during this time he neither ate nor drank.

Then, last spring, his supporters said that the teenager was planning to go away and meditate for three years in an underground bunker. He was last seen in August 2007, preaching to crowds in Nepal’s Hallori jungle, around 100 miles south of Kathmandu.

Whatever encouraged Mr Bamjon to re-emerge is unclear, but police said that on Monday he appeared, long-haired, dressed in white and looking in good health, and preached to villagers for around 45 minutes. Local officials said he plans to speak to people for an hour a day for another week.

“Hundreds of devotees, including many from neighbouring India are trekking the five kilometres to see him,” said one police officer, Prakash Sen. “He spoke to the devotees standing near a temple in the forest. He had shoulder-length hair and had his body wrapped in a white cloth. Since many people are walking to see him, I think he has some of the qualities Lord Buddha had.”

When Mr Bamjon first became famous reporters filmed him eating, even though his supporters said he could go without food or drink for days. He was also spotted sleeping when his followers said he was meditating in private. However, a number of witnesses spoke of the young man’s ability to sit fixed in one spot for hours on end

There has been no formal declaration by Buddhist authorities on whether they consider the teenager to be the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born in south-western Nepal in 500 BC and later became revered as the Buddha, or “Enlightened One”. Buddhist priests have been divided on the issue, despite the claims of his followers. Meanwhile local volunteers have collected thousands of dollars from people who have visited the young man, prompting accusations that he is merely at the centre of a clever and enlightened money-making scam.

Who is Ram Bahadur Bomjon “Buddha Boy”

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Abstaining oneself from worldly pleasure and indulging into meditation for such a longer period of time, where one’s mind and soul is purely devoted to peace and harmony as well as striving to achieve spiritual wisdom, Ram Bahadur Bomjon quite well live up to his promise in spreading peace. However, the irony is that since few years he has been in media but for all the wrong reasons.

In the year 2010, Ram Bahadur Bomjon aka Buddha Boy with his followers thrashed 17 local villagers of Bara District and held them captive nearly for 24 hours as they were accused of disturbing His meditation. Again in the year 2012, Bomjon held two women (35 year old Slovakian woman and another Nepali Woman) hostage for 3 months. They were accused by his followers for practicing witchcraft to disrupt Bomjon’s meditation. Later when the news were published in media regarding the hostages of two women, his followers set them free but threatened not to disclose anything to media or to people during their 3 months detention. However, the freed 44 year old Slovakian woman Zsuzsanna Takacs still admires Bomjon even she was held captive for 3 months. She expressed that she wanted to become nun and devote herself in Buddhism as there are no monasteries in her country.

The violence not only stop there but again with followers of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh obstructed vehicular movement and clashed with local people of Bara district for not issuing Bomjan’s citizenship in the name of “Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh” which is against the law. However the members of the group managed to issue fake citizenship certificate but later it was cancelled after legal authority found out this incident. After this event, he held his 12 year old sister Ranjita as hostage after his mother Mayadevi did not allow him and his followers to hand out her citizenship card to them which was necessary to issue Bomjon’s citizenship and diplomatic passport. Following the incident, Bomjon’s mother sent her two sons to free their younger sister, but again the members of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh detained both of the brothers. However all the three siblings were released later after the request from their mother Mayadevi.

All such terror and violence has not only led to tarnish the image of Buddhism but also raises the question of does Bomjon deserves to be called ”Buddha boy” and messenger of peace?

“But the world is submerged in its own selfish aim and nobody could keep the search of soul and the super soul in their heart. Today the world is in search of non violence and guidance in the form of kindness.”- These are some of the preaching of Bomjon but seems like one also needs to understand the simple fact that “Practice what you preach”.

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Who is Ram Bahadur Bomjon “Buddha Boy”

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The rules of Nature can neither be changed nor be challenged and when it comes to Human’s physical form, it is deeply guided by the simple truth that no man can live without food and water. If we are to challenge this law to some extent and search the history then even superior being like Gautam Buddha succeeded to survive for 49 days without food and water under Bodhi tree in search for enlightenment.

Looks like history have once again repeated as Twenty two years old Ram Bahadur Bomjon born on April 10, 1990 in Ratnapuri village, Bara District of Nepal is believed to have undergone fasting for more than 6 months during the Year from 2005 to 2006.

Ram Bahadur Bomjon “Buddha Boy”

Among the 5 sons and 4 daughters, Bomjon was the third son born to Poor Farmers.His mother Mayadevi who also shares the similar name as that of Gautam Buddha’ Mother shares the Childhood memories of Bomjon as he was very peaceful and was fascinated seeing holy person in the streets. In fact, Bomjon was different from other children around his age as he barely spoke and spent most of the time alone meditating. From the age of five, he only ate what was left over and if there was none then he would stay hungry. He spent most of the time meditating, reading scriptures and worshiping the pipal tree as these seems to give him pleasure.

While at Home he asked his family members not to sacrifice animals and eat meat. He even refrain his family members from drinking alcohol. In 2005 He disappeared from his home but soon he was found meditating by the villagers. Everyone initially thought he had gone ill or insane and requested to go home. Even his mother was worried and asked him to come home but he kept his focus and continued his meditation. Once when his older brother touched Bomjon during meditation state, his body became hot as fire and turned red. He said to his older brother that “Please leave me or one of us shall die”. He further added “If anyone disturbs me or my things at midnight, I will have to meditate for 20 years, but if all goes well, I will meditate for 6 years.”

On November 6th, 2005 Bomjon was bitten by Snake but however he continued to meditate and was able to overcome the poison of snake. After this miraculous event, many villagers believed that he attained enlightment.In addition; On November 11th, 2005 Bright different ray of light seems to appear from Bomjon’s forehead while he was meditating.

Thousands of people all over the world believes that he is re-incarnation of Buddha and even have given him a title of “Buddha Boy” by his followers. In fact, coincidently his mother also shares the same name Mayadevias that of Gautam Buddha’s Mother. They also have quietly remarked that “such an incarnation as only occurs once in thousands of years”. However there has been no formal declaration by Buddhist authorities as whether he is re-incarnation of Buddha or not. In fact, Bomjon himself have said that not to call him Buddha as he doesn’t possess the energy of Buddha.

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Meditating motionless and Fasting for such long period of time have really challenged the Human’s physical law and brought the attention of scientist, investigators and even Buddhist monks worldwide. People have tried to get closer look to Bomjon to study whether he really have endured to survive without eating and drinking for such longer period of time but the committee “Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh “who is in charge of looking after him for his protection have not allowed visitors to get any closer than 15 feet while he is meditating.

“The Boy with Divine powers” – Discovery News Channel

In January 2006, Crew from Discovery channel filmed Bomjon continuously for 96 hours day and night from a distance. The Crew wanted to find out whether he had been given food supplies secretly and whether he is just another hoax but to their surprise, during 96 hours of filming he not only abstained himself from eating any solid or liquid substance but even there was no any sign of physical dehydration or malfunction. After filming Bomjon, Discovery channel have telecasted 46 mins of documentary called “The Boy with Divine powers” based on Bomjon.

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Recent Images of Ram Bahadur Bomjon aka Buddha Boy 

Ram Bahadur Bomjon (Buddha Boy ) moved to Sindhuli on June 15 from Talkhoriya of Bara district.Recent Images of Ram Bahadur Bomjon has been posted below:

Ram Bahadur Bomjon accompanied by Buddhist Monk during his religious visit in Sindhuli.

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Locals clash with Bamjan’s followers

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LAXMI SAH, Bara

Sep 2, 2014-At least four people were injured when a clash erupted between locals and devotees of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, known as Buddha boy, at Halkhoriya on Tuesday. The clash flared up when around 100 locals intervened to rescue two others who were held captive by Bamjan’s followers since Monday.

According to local resident Jagjiban Kumar, the two sides clashed after Bamjan hit the locals with a stick. He said that the two captives were, however, released later. Uttim Guro and Sonam Kumar, both of Nijgad Municipality-11, along with their friends were said to be on their way back from work in India when they were captured.

The incident came to light after the duo’s friends informed the locals about what happened, after fleeing the incident. The injured, Bamjan’s followers Rup Bahadur Thing, Samir Gurung, Nagraj, and Rakesh Guro,have sustained injuries to the heads and bodies.

According to Police, who reached the site after being informed, said that Bamjan told them that he directed his followers to take Uttim and Sonam under control after ‘they under the influence of alcohol shouted offensive slurs’. Inspector Kailash Rai said that they will start investigating the matter.

Bamjan has been living in the forest at Halakhoriya for the past two months.

Published: 03-09-2014 09:23

Police quizzes Buddha Boy over thrashing locals

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

PATHALAIYA/ KATHMANDU: Police on Monday interrogated Ram Bahadur Bomjan, famously known as Buddha Boy, in connection with the thrashing of local villagers by him for trying to disrupt his penance on Thursday.

A squad of police, led by inspectors Rudrakanta Jha and Bhesh Raj Rijal from Bara District Police Office visited Bamjan in Halkhoriya forest, Bara, following complaints registered against him by a group of 17 vilagers.

Talking to the police, Bomjan admitted to having thrashed the villagers. “Yes, I took a minor action against them because they tried to disturb me while I was meditating,” he said.

Refuting the victims’ claimthat they mistakenly stepped into Bomjan’s meditating site while searching wild vegetables, Bomjan said, “They came to this area just to disrupt my meditation.”

Bomjan also admitted that he had taken the villagers into his control for 24 hours. “I had to do so personally because I did not have anyone around to punish them,” he said.

Though Bamjan claimed he only used hands while thrashing, the villagers have said he had thrashed them with a handle of an axe continuously for three hours.

Also Bomjan said he would not come to the court for trial. “Do you think a meditating sage will go to the court to hear a case?” he exclaimed.

“I took action against them as per the divine law,” he added.

Bamjan also refuted the allegation that he punished the locals for animal sacrifice, during Gadhimai festival. “The Gadhimai issue has nothing to do with this incident,” he said.

Bamjan, who is seen with reverence for his spiritual quest, has been lobbying against the mass animal sacrifice, touted as the world’s biggest.

He had given his word to stop the animal sacrifice ritual that last took place in November 2009, but finally did not show up.

Meanwhile, Bed Bahadur Thing, chairman of Tapoban Forest Conservation Committee, said that they beat up the locals for their attitude towards Bamjan.

Manoj Neupane, Deputy Superintendent of Police in the district, asserted no one is supposed to be above the law of the land.

The police would investigate the case and take action if required, Neupane added.

Bamjan, revered by many as a reincarnation of Lord Buddha, came to a wider public attention in 2005 when he was first spotted in jungle.

It is claimed he could meditate motionless for months without taking food and water.

He, aged 18, embarked on six years of penance in jungle on May the same year.

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Buddha boy back, with a weapon

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Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu
December 27, 2006

A MYSTERIOUS teenaged boy believed by some to be a reincarnation of Buddha has reappeared in eastern Nepal after vanishing for nine months.

Ram Bahadur Bomjon, 16, was spotted on Sunday by villagers in a dense forest near Piluwa village, in Bara district, 150 kilometres east of Kathmandu, a television channel said.

Ram disappeared in March from forests in nearby Ratanpuri village, where he had reportedly been meditating without food or water for almost 10 months.

“I have been wandering in the forests since then,” a local journalist, Raji Shrestha, quoted Ram as telling him. “I am engaged in devotion which will continue for six years.”

Hundreds of curious onlookers, including many Buddhists, thronged the site to see the boy, who was said to be sitting in a meditating position.

A local TV station showed people pressing their palms together and bowing their heads in devotion in front of him.

“I don’t think he is a Buddha. But he has some sort of extra strength to meditate. He eats herbs,” Shrestha said.

Before his disappearance, an estimated 100,000 people from India and Nepal, which has a Hindu majority, flocked to see him meditate. They were not allowed to get closer than about 50 metres.

Shrestha said the boy had shoulder-length hair and sat cross-legged under a small tree.

“He has an ash-coloured shawl wrapped across his chest,” he said, adding the boy had a “flat-ended scimitar” next to him.

The boy told pilgrims he was forced to abandon his earlier site because of the constant stream of visitors. He asked his former assistants to resume their positions and instructed them that visitors keep a distance of about 10 metres from him.

Buddha was born a prince in Lumbini, a dusty village in Nepal’s rice-growing plains west of Kathmandu, 2600 years ago.

He is believed to have attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, which borders Nepal.

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Bamjan’s boys go unruly‚ beat up journos

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The Himalayan Times – Thursday 22nd March, 2012

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE PATHLAIYA: Volunteers attending to Ram Bahadur Bamjan, who is said to be meditating in the Halkhoriya jungle area of Bara since 2005, today beat up five journalists. Bibhu Adhikari of News 24 TV, Resham Tiwari of NTV, Prakash Lamsal of Image Channel, Binod Pyakurel of TTV and Basant Khatiwada of the Mofasal Dot Com Weekly f…
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NOTÍCIAS DO BUDDHA DO NEPAL Quando Buddha-Boy Vira Bad-Boy

sexta-feira, 18 de maio de 2012
Ram Bahadur Banjam, em 2010.
PATHLAIYA, Nepal. Aos 22 anos, Ram Bahadur Banjam, o Buddha-boy, hoje um buddha-guy, pregador dapaz, que alega estar meditando já há cinco anos, nos últimos dois anos tem aparecido nas manchetes dos jornais por motivos completamente incompatíveis com a filosofia religiosa que professa. O rapaz está envolvido em epísódios marcados pela violência.
Tendo, inclusive, um comitê/organização que o representa, a Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh, seus adeptos e familiares têm tomado iniciativas cruminosas. Em abril deste ano (2012), seus seguidores, entre eles, três irmãos de Banjam (Ganga Bahadur, Dil Bahadur e Babulai Bahadur), foram acusados de manter em cárcere privado duas mulheres: uma nepalesa (Mata Anni de Sindhupalchowk) e uma eslovaca (identificada apenas como Marichi, 35 anos) – durante três meses!
O próprio jovem guru pôs um fim na situação quando soube que os captores estavam assediando sexualmente as mulheres na floresta de Halkhoriya. Acompanhado de outro irmão, Limbu, este, armado com uma espada, dirigiram-se ao local onde o Buddha enfurecido espancou os malfeitores, entre eles, seu irmão mais velho, Ganga. Todos foram parar na delegacia de polícia e foram liberados na manhã de 03 de abril (2012).
O caso, cercado de contradições conta com versões desencontradas: uma das irmãs do guru diz que seus irmãos consideram que o comportamento indisciplinado de alguns seguidores (referindo-se às mulheres cativas) estaria manchando a reputação do mestre.
A mãe de Ram (o buddha-guy), Mayadevi (isso mesmo, homônima da mãe do Buda Sakyamuni, Sidartha Gautama), chegou a ir à floresta acompanhada das filhas e disse que o filho iluminado bateu em uma delas, Asali Lama. Elas foram lá para libertar os irmãos que estavam sendo punidos pelos jovem (o guru).
A POLÍCIA: Os policiais acionados (por um dos seguidores) contra Ram Banjam, chegando à selva de Halkhoriya, vendo a situação, curvaram-se diante do guru em reverência, deixando aqueles que foram espancados revoltados.
A FAMÍLIA: As relações de Ram Bahadur Banjam com sua família também estão comprometidas. Uma de suas irmãs, Raj Kumari disse aos midia que o jovem distanciou-se dos familiares e começou a “levantar a voz” contra os desmandos da organização Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh.
Todavia, a família de Banjam também foi contrária ao cativeiro das duas mulheres (exceto os irmãos marginais) embora tenham tentado defender aqueles que participaram do episódio quando souberam que estavam sendo severamente castigados com o espancamento.
AS MULHERES: Os seguidores do guru responsáveis pelo cativeiro das duas mulheres alegaram contra elas que praticavam bruxaria e estavam perturbando a meditação do Iluminado.
A associação Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh comõem-se de um grupo de devotos que encarregou-se (por conta própria) de garantir o bem-estar e a proteção do mestre. Relatórios médicos informaram que a eslovaca Marichi tinha uma das mãos quebrada, hematomas e estava traumatizada física e mentalmente.
Marichi chegou ao Nepal há cerca de um ano onde ingressou em um monastério, em Simara. Durante esse tempo ela insistiu em encontar Ram Banjam. O assédio teria motivado a ação dos membros da associação Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh. Injustificável.
MANAHARWA. JULHO de 2010. Ram Bahadur Banjam, 20 anos (2010), que ficou conhecido no mundo inteiro como o buddhaboy, perdeu a cabeça com a impertinência de 17 homens na floresta Halkhoriya.
Acusando-os de, deliberadamente tentar sabotar sua meditação, o jovem místico, com a ajuda de um adepto, contrariando os princípios budistas, em atitude inusitada – espancou os inoportunos, segundo os queixosos, com um cabo de machado.
Quando finalmente conseguiram fugir, as vítimas procuraram socorro médico em Kalaiya, onde receberam analgésicos e vacina antitetânica. Pralhad Chaudhary, um dos feridos, prestou informações em queixa formal à polícia.
O presidente da associação Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh, que pretende representar o Buddha-guy, confirmou que aquelas pessoas estavam determinadas a perturbar a meditação do guru. Banjam disse aos policiais que o confrontaram que não fez nada de de errado e argumentou:
Será que um tapaswee (sábio meditando) vai a um tribunal? Eu respeito as leis, mas somente as mais acertadas. Existem leis erradas. Eles tentaram me maltratar. Eu fui forçado abater neles. E eu não usei um cabo de machado, eu bati neles com as minhas mãos somente umas duas ou três vezes. Eles mentem.
(De fato, como 17 homens poderiam ser espancados tão intensamente por apenas dois jovens, por mais malhado que seja o Buddha-guy? Meditemos…)
Todavia, uma das vítimas apresentou traumatismo craniano. O jovem Iluminado ainda explicou: Eu tolerei enquanto eles fumavam e faziam barulho, mas eles subiram na plataforma onde eu estava meditando. Mas não fiz aquilo (bater nos homens) com raiva. Eu faço tudo com um sorriso. Fui obrigado a puní-los.
Em novembro de 2010, Ram Bahadur Banjam protestou para impedir o sacrifício de animais no Festival Gadhimai mas considerou fracassada sua missão; conseguiu salvar apenas 20 mil quando, normalmente são sacrificadas centenas de milhares de criaturas.
FONTES
BHANDARI, Diwakar. Buddha Boy turns violent‚ thrashes siblings.
Himalayan Times, publicado em 03/04/2012.
[http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Buddha+Boy+turns+violent%E2%80%9A+thrashes+siblings&NewsID=326582]
Slovak woman detained by Buddha boy’s followers set free.
Nepal News, publicado em 26/03/2012
[http://www.nepalnews.com/home/index.php/news/2/17610–slovak-woman-detained-by-buddha-boys-followers-set-free.html]
BHANDARI, Diwakar. Buddha boy shows wrath.
Himalayan Times, publicado em 24/07/2010.
[http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Buddha+boy+shows+wrath&NewsID=250955]
LAMICHHANE, Upendra. ‘Buddha boy’ unrepentan.
MY REPUBLICA, publicado em 26/07/2010
[http://archives.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=21467]