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Buddha Boy by Priyanka ,  Aug 3, 2013
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.
I found lots of articles and people searching on the web about Ram Bahadur Bomjon, also called the Little Buddha born in Nepal which is the birth place of Gautam Buddha. Coincidentally, the name of the mother of this Little Buddha is also Mayadevi. There are a number of websites and blogs on the web which dictate stories of Ram Bahadur Bomjon. It is pretty good to inform you that Ratanpur, Nepal, birth place of Ram Bahadur Bomjon is just 10 km far from my village, Nijgadh. This fact obliged me to write at least a single article about him. Even though, my words in this article about Bomjon are not my actual argument. What I believe and what I don't about Bomjon is part of another article. In this article I am writing those things about Bomjon which I knew from av news, a news television of Nepal, Prateek Daily, a local Magazine from Birgunj, Mr. Jitlal Shreshta, a journalist and some local people talking about Bomjon. So you can read and believe this article by using your own conscience. This Buddha boy was highlighted by national and international Medias when he began his mysterious meditation without food and water on 16th May 2005. Discovery Channel also broadcasted a 45 minutes documentary about him. Then, thousand of devotees, researchers and common people began to flood in the Ratanpur Jungle to visit this new Buddha. People believed him as reincarnation of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Bomjon's parents narrated his story of childhood as divine story. A specialized website was also founded on him.
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 Mayadevi as 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.source: Nepalnews.com 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.See The Documentary BelowARTICLE- READ THE LEGEND OF LIVING GODDESS KUMARIRecent 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.
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.

After about ten months of meditation, Bomjon went missing on 11 March 2006. He gave no explanation, and some believed he had been abducted. His followers theorized that he went deeper into the woods to look for a quieter place to meditate.[3] Police abandoned a search for him after the likelihood of foul play was eliminated. Suspecting money laundering, the authorities froze the bank account of the local committee managing the crowds, which had gathered more than Rs. 600,000, but they found no evidence.

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.

omjon’s popularity declined with time. Several rumors began to be heard in the community. Mostly negative messages spread. I collected some negative stories about him. Some of them are listed below: @ Sometimes it was heard that he beat villagers as they troubled him. @ Some people said that he had attacked people with a sword. @ He also tried to stop the sacrifice in Gadimai Mela where the largest numbers of sacrifices are given but people of Mela Committee chased him.          @ It is also heard that he was caught with a girl in a bar. @ The media burned the news that his protecting committee kidnapped a foreign girl. She after being released said in av news that she had been exploited mentally and physically by the Committee. @ He attacked 15 journalists. Their cameras also were destroyed. Lately, Bomjon's two storied building had been found in the Halkhoriya forest where he was staying for a long time. His frequently moving nature had caused deforestation. Bomjon has been blamed to capture 900 hector jungle and land in Halkhoriya forest. CDO of the district had tried to take legal action against him. But it is said that the process was stopped due to the threatening of Bomjon and his Committee. Bomjon's supporters also demanded citizenship in the name of religion. They demanded Red Passport for Bomjon so that he could easily visit any country of the world. Bomjon's mother and sister reported to police office in Simara, Nepal that he had kidnapped his little sister demanding citizenship with his mother. Bomjon had already made duplicate birth certificate. Recently, the VDC secretary who made that certificate had been arrested by police. Police had already decided to destroy the construction of Bomjon in Halkhoria Jungle. Bomjon also left the jungle on 32nd Jestha, 2069 BS. Now his construction has been totally destroyed by the Nepal police. But he has not come back yet. He is actually staying in Sindhulli district of Nepal and perhaps planning to visit abroad. Now let’s come to the main point. Is Ram Bahadur Bomjon reincarnation of Buddha? Ram Bahadur himself has denied the fact that he is the reincarnation of Buddha. However he claims that he has been enlightened like Buddha after his long meditation. So, he has been preaching his teachings. But what about the information mentioned above?  What is the real truth? Why is the Little Buddha quiet? Ram Bahadur Bomjon himself should clarify what is right and what is wrong of the rumors spread about him.
Surprising News: Ram Bahadur Bomjon's Biography in Course book Shubharambha Publication, Kathmandu has included the biography of Ram Bahadur Bomjon in its 'Spark English Reader' the course book designed for the students of Grade V of private schools in Nepal. The chapter with the title 'Ram Bahadur Bomjon' has covered many controversial and confusing information about Ram Bahadur Bomjon except the negative issues burned against him. See some examples: - Ram Bahadur Bomjon is the reincarnation of Lord Buddha. - He has meditated without food and water for several months. - He had been fed by two Nags {holy snakes} during his meditation. - He had visited many places like Lumbini, Pokhara and Deharadun before he started Meditation. According to Mr. Gokul Ghorsaine, the three page long chapter has covered so many unbelievable description about Ram Bahadur Bomjon. Mr. Gokul Ghorsaine reported in this article, '' Before Ram Bahadur Bomjon started meditation, he was actually working in a rice mil in Pokhara. Later, he returned home due to physical pain.

''What Do Buddhists Think about Buddha Boy? ''Do you know the Buddha boy of Nepal?'' I asked this question to Mr. Sugra Lama, a 40 years old famous, dedicated Buddhist of Charikot, Dolakha in Nepal. ''Yes.'' He replied. ''Do you think he is the incarnation of Lord Buddha?'' ''He does not say he is Buddha.'' ''OK, do you say like that?' ''Gautama Buddha says everyone can be Buddha. '' ''But this Buddha boy is controversial with many issues. Haven't you heard cases of Marici and journalists?'' ''This is their faults. Why did they go there to disturb him?'' ''They went for research. He has done some faults which Buddha never said neither did in his life. Ok let me ask you the same question, why did he go in jungle?'' ''He went there for knowledge.'' ''Which knowledge? The knowledge which Buddha has already found in 500 BC? Or the knowledge which is already found in Bible, Koran and Geeta?  This is 21st century now. People have to go to library, school and colleges not in jungle for knowledge.''He talked some times. I ended the conversation. 

Some Mysterious Events Ram Bahadur Bomjon's brothers Ganagajeet, Shyam and Babu along with sister Manamaya have already gone to Malaysia for employment. The sudden movement this family has made a mysterious question for us. The family has enough land for agriculture in the village. Then why are they gong Gulf countries for employment? One of the brother of Ram Bahadur Bomjon, namely Dil Bhadur said, ''Brother Ram Bahadur has been dragged into controversies due to the works done by the Committee. They did not let us meet our brother saying we are not supporting them.

''Where is Ram Bahadur Bomjon Now? He had left Halkhoria forest one year ago. He had gone to Kamalamai municipality of Sindhuli. But he had a dispute with the local people. So he decided to return Halkhoria. But Nepal police knew it and damaged two houses made in jungle by his followers. Now he is living at Pattharghat-1, of Sarlahi district in Nepal.
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