Buddha Boy’s Blankets

A week ago, the Daily Telegraph reported on the mysterious “Buddha Boy” of Nepal:

Devotees claim that Ram Bomjon, who is silently meditating beneath a tree, has not eaten or drunk anything since he sat down at his chosen spot six months ago.

…Photographs of Ram Bomjon, available for five rupees (4p) from his makeshift shrine, have become ubiquitous across the region. “Far and wide, it’s the only topic of conversation,” said Upendra Lamichami, a local journalist.

He said no allegation had yet emerged of Ram breaking his fast or moving, even to relieve himself.

But now one has, and it appears that a rather important relevant piece of information was omitted by our Telegraph hack. Over to Rationalist International (emphasis added):

Last week, three physicians from Kathmandu visited the spot on behalf of the IRA [Indian Rationalist Association] and approached the boy’s guardians politely for permission to take a blood sample from him. They were strictly denied access to him. Goons threatened them with dire consequences if they did not leave the area immediately…

Observing the boy with a binocular, the rationalist physicians found his breath regular and healthy…They could not observe him eating or drinking during the day. But every evening, the tree is being covered with blankets hiding Bamjon’s niche between the roots, so that nobody can see what is happening there between dusk and dawn.

With the help of a glamorous assistant, no doubt.

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  1. having personally been there on the spot,i have developed a very high esteem for the arduous meditation of the teenaged boy.my very first glimpse of him seemed to clear off half of my skepticism.he was there on padmasana,the meditating crosslegged posture, and i watched him without interruption for as long as i was there.he was there like a perfect statue and the silence of the forest seemed to be in perfect combination.its been about a month of that visit and some of my friends who watched him two days ago,found him in exactly the same posture and more interestingly, all of them also saw a flame radiating out from the bodhisattva’s palms,which evidently was seen by all the visitors who were present on the occassion.the rationalists might call it a mass hallucination, hypnotism, fraud or whatever but they would all see it infront of their own unbelieving eyes if they just took the trouble of coming to the place .he wont go away anywhere, he will be right there on the place for years and there is plenty of time for all skepticisms to clear away. in my opinion no matter how much advancement we have made in science and technology,how much of physics we have known, how much of medical physiology we have conquered,we as rational beings havent so far succeeded in obtaining any rational picture of the reality.we might have moved to quantum physics but something as basic as gravity is yet pending a proper definition in the world of physics.so where are we actually?? are we really in a position to discard anything outright on the basis of known science when so much is yet unknown in the world of science.i believe there are vast mysteries pending to be explored and vast sources of energy unquantised or unmeasured in science . there is a different real spiritual world out there with infinite power and energy, which is hidden to us because we are masked by our side of the reality.science should always be for truth and if the truth is right there infront of us and if it seems inconceivable,science should find a way to define it and make it conceivable,even if it means lending the hands of spiritual learning.other wise , it would be foolishness on our part to discard anything looking impossible when from that very science,we seem to accept highly inconceivable facts like creation of the universe from a point of infinite density,the origin of life from nonliving elements, the yet dubious questions of evolution etc etc. i urge all scientists of the world to come to the place,investigate and see it for themselves.apart from the question of real or unreal, there is the question of “the cause”- why he is taking this arduous venture at an age when, the rest of his agegroup are enjoying the fulfillment of the desires naturally cast upon adolescence. in a world torn apart by conflict, by animosity, by cruelty and by war, the noble cause of bringing mankind together in a garland of peace and love definitely deserves our full support……MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!!

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