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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:32 pm    Post subject: Buddha inediate. Reply with quote

Copied from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4479240.stm
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"A meditating teenage boy in south-central Nepal is drawing the attention of scientists after attracting huge crowds in the past six months and earning himself the name Buddha-reincarnate.

They are mulling over how to examine him without disturbing his meditation.

Ram Bahadur Bamjan's friends, relatives and managers say he has been meditating without drinking water for six months now and that he will carry on for another six years until he gains enlightenment - as did the Buddha some 250km (160 miles) away in Lumbini in western Nepal.

Siddartha Gautam, who later attained Mahanirvana and became the Buddha, was born in 560 BC.

Grown weak

Word spread quickly about the teenager and people around Ratanapuri village in Bara district began to visit Bamjan, 15, who has been sitting cross-legged in a traditional Buddha posture under a peepal tree.

Bamjan's eyes are closed and his body firm, encased in a whitish shawl.



His hair has grown long and has almost covered his eyes. Villagers say he has grown weak.

His picture has been appearing regularly in newspapers and people now look for updates on him.

Many around Bara worship him as the reincarnation of the Buddha.

The tree is festooned and the air has the smell of incense sticks.

The dramatically increased movement of people has generated economic opportunities.

Makeshift shops have sprung up and offerings in cash and kind are on the rise.


I sometimes go to see him but he does not talk to me

Maya Devi Tamang, mother

"Almost 500,000 rupees ($7,000) have been deposited in the bank by devotees," says Prajapati Koirala, a senior government administrator in the area. That is apart from the donations visitors make on the spot.

Local people have formed a committee to make sure Bamjan gets the right environment to meditate and to manage the influx of visitors and the offerings they make.

The most frequently asked questions: Does he remain seated like that and meditate even at night? Does he not eat or drink at all?

Some say he has eaten nothing since he began his meditation, others that he used to take a milk-like liquid from the roots of the peepal tree at the beginning.

Challenge

Most people can live without food for several weeks, with the body drawing on its fat and protein stores. But the average human can survive for only three to four days without water.


He never touched alcohol

Salden Lama, schoolteacher

Followers of holy men and ascetics have often ascribed extraordinary powers to them, but such powers are seldom subject to scientific inspection.

But the number of people seeking real evidence here is increasing.

Under pressure, locals have asked the administration to find out the truth.

"We have agreed to conduct a scientific examination on him," said the local administrator, Mr Koirala.

The challenge is to do so without touching him.

Mr Koirala said scientists from the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology were due to arrive to conduct the examination.

It remains unclear how they will do it.

"At least the scientists will be able to see whether he meditates the whole night or not," said Deekpal Chaudhary, who sells incense sticks to visitors.

Monastery tour

Bamjan's family members say they have no idea what is going on.

His mother fainted when she found out her son had undertaken an indefinite meditation.


Many worship Ram Bahadur Bamjan as the reincarnation of Buddha

"I sometimes go to see him but he does not talk to me," said Maya Devi Tamang.

"I don't know what will happen to him but I know that god will help him."

The name of Buddha's mother was also Maya Devi, a point Bamjan's devotees have stressed.

The family said Bamjan was different from his four brothers. They said he did not speak much and stayed aloof.

"He never touched alcohol," said his primary education teacher, Salden Lama.

Relatives and neighbours said Bamjan undertook meditation when he returned from a tour of Lumbini, where Buddha was born, and monasteries in Pokhara in Nepal and Dehradun in India.

Friend and cousin Prem Lama remembers Bamjan saying that he did not want people to call him Buddha as he had only reached primary enlightenment.

Bamjan has spoken only a few times since he began the meditation, according to Prem Lama.

He said the first time Bamjan spoke was when a snake bit him around a month ago.

Bamjan took the incident as his second test, which he must overcome, Prem Lama said.

In the first test he was also bitten by a snake - three months after he began the meditation.

The second snake-bite episode led to increased curiosity.

After being bitten, Bamjan was said to have asked his aides to put a curtain around him.

"In less than a week he asked us to take the curtain away," Prem Lama said.

Now another curtain is to be drawn around Bamjan - for the scientific examination."
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Copied from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Bahadur_Bomjon
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Disappearance

Bomjon, after about ten months of meditation, went missing on March 11, 2006. It is unclear whether or not he voluntarily left for the local jungles or was abducted. Some believe he ventured farther into the jungle to seek a more serene place for intensive meditation. There is an ongoing investigation.[6] Police abandoned the search after the possibility of foul play was eliminated. Interestingly, the authorities froze the bank account of the local committee managing the crowds, which had now gathered more than Rs. 600,000.[7]

On March 19, the Chairman of the Om Namo Buddha Tapaswi Sewa Samiti (ONBTSS), Bed Bahadur Lama, and his colleagues allegedly met with Bomjan about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south-west of his meditation site. They say they spoke to him for thirty-minutes, during which Bomjan said "there is no peace here" and that he would return in six years, or roughly 2011 or 2012. He left a message for his parents telling them not to worry. He has not been seen nor heard from since.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest news from wikipedia:

"Bomjon has admitted to slapping some local villagers on July 22, 2010. The incident took place in the Bara district and police have been involved in the investigation after 17 complaints. Bomjon claimed that the locals were interrupting his meditation by climbing onto his platform, mimicking him, and attempting to manhandle him, and he was "therefore forced to beat them". According to him he slapped them "two or three times", while the villagers allege that they were assaulted more seriously."

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not much news here. It seems he got some violent followers now:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Nepal/Nepal-s-Boy-Buddha-frees-slovak-hostage/Article1-831282.aspx

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what happened to this boy? Can't find any updates. Wouldn't you literally disappear (dematerialize) from not eating? Why are there breatharians living that haven't reached that stage? Makes no sense.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently he stopped meditation after six years. Here is a link where he explains everything, video with subtitles
http://maitriya.info/en/video/71/maitriya-message-given-on-the-completion-of-tapas-on-may-20-2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great video, thank you.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are very welcome RBE:) Unfortunately I couldn't find anything for 2014.
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