Ram Bahadur Bomjon, the Buddha boy re-emerges on 10th November 2008.


Ram Bahadur Bomjon nicknamed
"Buddha Boy" is a Nepalese boy born in Ratnapuri Village, District of Bara, Nepal on 9th April 1990. His official Buddhist name is however "Palden Dorje". The locals believe that he is the next reincarnation of Lord Buddha. It is reported that his mother fainted when she found out that her son meditated for an undefined period of time. His mother's name is Maya Devi Tamang, the same first name as Buddha's mother.







He began to attract thousands of visitors daily & also media attention after word spread out that he has been spending months on meditation. He first began meditating on the 16th May 2005 and disappeared on 11th March the following year. However, he was spotted in the same country that year on the Boxer's Day but strangely disappearing on 8th March 2007. His twice disappearance so far falls in the same month, the 3rd month of the Gregorian calendar. However, this disappearance mystique was quickly dispelled when he was spotted meditating in a ditch by the Police of Ratnapuri.


Why does he disappear?
There is a reason for his disappearance. On 19th March, in 2006, a group of Bomjon's followers met with him about 3 kilometers southwest of his meditation site. They say they spoke to him for 1/2 hour, during which Bomjan said "there is no peace here" and that he would return in 6 years. He left a message for his parents telling them not to worry.


Does Bomjon knows people look up on him as Buddha's incarnate?
On the 8th of November 2005 Bomjon arose and said to the public, "Tell the people not to call me a Buddha. I don't have the Buddha's energy. I am at the level of a rinpoche." A rinpoche is the level of a teacher, which indicates he believes he has achieved a significant amount. He said that he will need six more years of meditation before he may become a Buddha.


What does his followers have to say?
According to his followers, Bomjon may have reached the stage of a "bodhisattva", a person on the path to attaining full enlightenment of buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. According to the historical Buddha, Gautama Buddha, there were innumberable Buddhas before him and infinite Buddhas to come in future. Proponents also claim that Bomjon might also be the emanation of Maitreya Bodhisattva, the predicted successor to the historical Buddha.
The Boy with Divine Powers...
In 2007, the Discovery Channel produced a documentary titled The Boy With Divine Powers. On their first, four-day attempt, 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 drink any fluids or eat any food. According to scientists on the documentary, an average person would be expected to die from kidney failure after four days without drinking any fluids. The boy showed no signs of classical physical deterioration caused by dehydration. A close inspection conducted by the film crew of the area around the tree where Ram was sitting, no hidden water or food pipes were found.


Young Bomjon's Preachings...
On 2nd August 2007 Bomjon addressed a large crowd in Hallori jungle in Bara district of southern Nepal. The Namo Buddha Tapoban Committee, which is devoted to looking after Bomjon, assembled the meeting. A notice about the boy's first-ever preaching was broadcast by a local FM radio station, and the committee also invited people by telephone. Around 3000 people gathered to listen to Bomjon's address. A video of the event has also surfaced.

His Message:
Bomjon's message was "The only way we can save this nation is through spirituality". His speech goes as follows:

"Murder, violence, greed, anger and temptation have made the human world a desperate place. A terrible storm has descended upon the human world, and this is carrying the world towards destruction. There is only one way to save the world and that is through dharma. When one doesn't walk the righteous path of spiritual practice, this desperate world will surely be destroyed. Therefore, follow the path of spirituality and spread this message to your fellows.
Never put obstacles, anger and disbelief in the way of my meditation's mission. I am only showing you the way; you must seek it on your own. What I will be, what I will do, the coming days will reveal. Human salvation, the salvation of all living beings, and peace in the world are my goal and my path. "Namo Buddha sangaya, Namo Buddha sangaya, namo sangaya."
I am contemplating on the release of this chaotic world from the ocean of emotion, on our detachment from anger and temptation, without straying from the path for even a moment, I am renouncing my own attachment to my life and my home forever, I am working to save all living beings. But in this undisciplined world, my life's practice is reduced to mere entertainment.
The practice and devotion of many Buddhas is directed at the world's betterment and happiness. It is essential but very difficult to understand that practice and devotion. But though it is easy to lead this ignorant existence, human beings don't understand that one day we must leave this uncertain world and go with the Lord of Death. Our long attachments with friends and family will dissolve into nothingness. We have to leave behind the wealth and property we have accumulated. What's the use of my happiness, when those who have loved me from the beginning, my mother, father, brothers, relatives are all unhappy. Therefore, to rescue all sentient beings, I have to be Buddha-mind, and emerge from my underground cave to do vajra meditation. To do this I have to realize the right path and knowledge, so do not disturb my practice. My practice detaches me from my body, my soul and this existence.
In this situation there will be 72 goddess Kalis. Different gods will be present, along with the sounds of thunder and of "tangur", and all the celestial gods and goddesses will be doing puja (worship).
So until I have sent a message, do not come here, and please explain this to others. Spread spiritual knowledge and spiritual messages throughout the world. Spread the message of world peace to all. Seek a righteous path and wisdom will be yours."

There are so many things on earth that we can never explain and much more that we will never understand. I hope that Ram Bahadur Bomjon succeeds in his endeavor! As about the skeptics, just leave them be as you will find them in any parts of the world in abundance but poor in value of their thoughts. How often do you come across a teenage boy who chooses to delve in spiritualistic journey when hormones go running wild at such age. Life on earth is more than merely making riches in this materialistic world.





Comments

Anonymous said…
Boy Buddha's message is correct.
Anonymous said…
I am not sure which to believe. Some people claim that this is hoax and some people believe him.
dhriti said…
Very fascinating piece about Buddha boy.
You have a nice blog, keep the posts coming.
Mystique Earth said…
Hi Dhriti,
Indeed. Thanks for the nice comments.
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