|Ram Bahadur Bomjon(Buddha Boy) was spotted blessing his devotees in Kamalamai municipality and Rani churi VDC of Sindhuli district.|
“Ram Bahadur Bomjon (Sanskrit: राम बहादुर बामजान) (born c. 09 April 1990, sometimes spelt Bomjan, Banjan, or Bamjan), also known as Palden Dorje (his monastic name) and now Dharma Sangha, is from Ratanapuri village, Bara district, Nepal. He drew thousands of visitors and media attention by spending months in meditation. Nicknamed the Buddha Boy, he began his meditation on 16 May 2005.
In 2006, Discovery Channel showed a 45-minute documentary titled The Boy With Divine Powers. One of the aims was to establish whether Ram was indeed abstaining from all sustenance, water included, by filming him continuously for four days and nights. On their first attempt, in January 2006, the film crew was required to stay outside a guarded barbed-wire fence, and their camera’s infrared capabilities did not pick up evidence of a body at the base of the tree where Bomjon sat during their non-stop recording. On a second attempt a few weeks later, however, the film crew was able to film Ram continuously for 96 hours, day and night, during which time he did not change his position and did not drink any fluids or eat any food. As Discovery Channel’s commentator concluded: “After 96 hours of filming, Ram has defied modern science by continuing his meditation and remaining alive.” According to scientists on the documentary, an average person would be expected to die from kidney failure after four days without drinking any fluids (although cases of inedia lasting for a whole week have been observed). The boy showed no signs of classical physical deterioration caused by dehydration. A close inspection by the film crew of the area around the tree where Ram was sitting revealed no hidden food supply or water pipes.”
He drew thousands of visitors and media attention by spending months in meditation. Nicknamed the Buddha Boy, he began his meditation on 16 May 2005. He reportedly disappeared from the hollow tree where he had been meditating for months on 16 March 2006, but was found by some followers a week later. He told them he had left his meditation place, where large crowds had been watching him, "because there is no peace". He then went his own way and reappeared elsewhere in Nepal on 26 December 2006, but left again on 8 March 2007. On 26 March 2007, inspectors from the Area Police Post Nijgadh in Ratanapuri found Bomjon meditating inside a bunker-like ditch seven feet square large.
On 10 November 2008, Bomjon reappeared in Ratanapuri and spoke to a group of devotees in the remote jungle.
A mysterious 'Buddha Boy' who has reappeared before excited locals nine months after he went missing in Nepal's southern jungles says he has been meditating and surviving on herbs.
Among the faithful who flocked to see Ram Bahadur Banjan was his mother, 'her face half in tears and half in joy', but he did not acknowledge her.
The teenager, now 16, shot from the anonymity of village life to international celebrity when he meditated beneath a tree for 10 months, supposedly without food or water, drawing hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who believed he was a reincarnation of Buddha.
By the time he left the site in Bara, about 160km south of the capital Kathmandu, in March, a bus park and busy market had grown up to serve pilgrims. He slipped back into the jungle, preferring solitude and quiet to continue his mediations.
He reappeared on Christmas Eve, spotted by hunters in the forest 16km from his original meditation place. Upendra Lamichane, a local journalist who was among the first to reach the spot, said the young mystic was brandishing a curved sword almost a metre long.
'Even Gautama Buddha [the original Buddha] had to protect himself. I'm carrying this for my protection,' Lamichane quoted Ram as saying. He is apparently concerned about wild animals.
He said he had wandered in the forest, meditating and surviving on a diet of herbs. 'I came here three days ago after walking. I was resting here when people found me and I was surrounded,' said the teenager, who looked healthy but dirty with wild, shoulder-length hair.
Early yesterday he took up a position under an ancient tree nearby. Hundreds of visitors began arriving and police are providing security.
Among those to visit the teenager is his mother, who, like the original Buddha's mother, is called Maya Devi. She spoke frequently of her anxiety for her son during his long fast and later disappearance. Lamichane said she stood behind her son 'with her face half in tears and half in joy' and worshipped the boy, but the pair did not speak. The teenager had his eyes closed and gave no reaction.
The furore surrounding the teenager has created controversy among Buddhist scholars, who dispute the belief he is Buddha incarnate, and among medical experts who say it is impossible to survive so long without food or water.
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.
The film crew was able to film Ram continuously for 96 hours, day and night, during which time he did not change his position and did not drink any fluids or eat any food. The film crew concluded that: “After 96 hours of filming, Ram has defied modern science by continuing his meditation and remaining alive.”
The Discovery Channel documentary film produced was titled “The Boy With Divine Powers”
What is most incredible about the film footage is that the boy showed no signs of classical physical deterioration caused by dehydration. Close inspection by the film crew of the area around the tree where Ram was sitting confirmed no hidden food supply or water pipes. According to science, an average person would be expected to die from kidney failure after four days without drinking any fluids.
However, this doesn’t seem to be the case for a person who can reach a high level of meditation or a person who can harvest energy from other sources, such as the sun. In fact, there have been other extreme cases of food and water fasting, such as that of an Indian man who claims not to have eaten or drunk anything for 70 years.
Many have argued that Ram Bahadur Bomjon is the reincarnation of Buddha. However Ram himself has denied this fact but rather he claims that to have been “enlightened” like Buddha after his long meditation. Over the following years after the filming of the documentary, Bomjon has reappeared and blessed thousands of pilgrims – only to disappear again and meditate.