The Talented Buddha Boy

Buddha BoyRam Bomjon from Ratanapuri village, Bara district, Nepal, may be enlightened.

While some say he is the reincarnation of the Buddha, Ram himself has clearly stated he is not (Duhhh…like, dude, Siddhartha Gautama already reached nirvana, so, like, why would he be coming back here for another round?)

A couple of years ago, in 2006 and 2007, he gained a lot of media attention for spending months in meditation — supposedly without food or water. Unfortunately for Ram, the further he moved into the jungle to be alone and meditate, the more people followed to hang out with him, until thousands of visitors were making the trek to watch him sit all day in unmoving silence.

I vaguely remember the media bubble popping with rumors that he’d been proved a fake. Then I ran across this video investigation done by a crew from the Discovery Channel…

Let me see if I have this straight: a boy goes off to be alone and meditate. Strangers throw a party on whatever spot he retreats to in search of solitude. The world puts him on a pedestal, then denounces him as a charlatan.

I’m guessing Buddha Boy, who, after the media’s feeding frenzy disappeared into the jungle for a year and then reemerged briefly in 2008, is glad the world moved on. Actually, I’ll bet he doesn’t care whether the rest of us have moved on or not…the world is what it is.

Watch the documentary embedded below, or click this link: The Boy with Divine Powers.

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15 Responses to The Talented Buddha Boy

  1. Xman says:

    First thought that came to mind:

    “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
    -Voltaire-

    Second thought:
    Once he emerges as a religious leader…he’ll be asking everyone to take a 10% cut in pay and give up their Sunday’s.

    Third thought:
    So, is this the process they used to ascribe (?) miracles to Christ and others? Geez! The kid hasn’t even hit puberty yet.

    Made me want to read the Thomas Jefferson bible…that I think you posted a link and comment about here….a long time ago.
    Would be interesting to see a bible with all the super-natural removed. Might actually be worth something.

  2. JoeC says:

    For me, the thought that the documentary elicited (and please don’t take this as me putting Bhudda Boy up on a pedestal, but do take it as me making a comparison with the societal effects of the historical Yeshua) is how a very real human who makes no supernatural claims and who seeks no profit or attention and who might very well have the purest of hearts can unwittingly attract so many leeches and profiteers and end up as the seed for completely fabricated rumor that is so quickly accepted as fact, when the truth and the real events are much more amazing and interesting. And although I’m probably one of the leeches to some extent, because I do find the story fascinating in many different respects, I can’t help but want to share the tale :-)

  3. It’s almost impossible for many of us in this culture to bridge the cultural divide with that part of the world. The level of spiritual commitment there is astonishing. Not that there aren’t charlatans, but there are some amazing souls.

    Once I met an old Buddhist monk who had been imprisoned by the Chinese for many years. When he was released, he spent 15 years meditating in a Himalayan cave, alone. An attendant brought him food each day and left it outside, but he had virtually no contact with anyone for all that time.

    He was an old man when I met him, but he had a presence about him that almost glowed. Sort of like a wise newborn baby. He radiated calm assurance and his gaze had an unfathomable quality that made it difficult to look him in the eye without feeling sort of apologetic and lightweight.

    My point is, as hard as is to understand, there are some serious seekers out there making sense of the world in ways we often find suspicious…but we’d do well to pay attention when we get a chance to learn from those whom Joe referred to as “the purest of hearts”.

    • Xman says:

      I agree.
      Certainly not arguing with the pursuit of awareness….just the myths or other stuff we hang on it to create something other than what it is.

      15 years in a cave? Yep, hard for me to think it is anything more than a conscious coma…but I believe it isn’t.

      About the glowing old souls; I think we might be talking about the same calm kindness, universal knowledge, peace, etc…I see in very old people sometimes. I seem to see it most in very old couples.
      On the other hand…I might be looking at them and seeing into myself……

  4. People like that monk have shown me that the human capacity for genuine
    transformation works both ways. Just as people can become monstrous by practicing violence and ethical compromise, some become almost more than human through spiritual practice and compassion…regardless of mythic orientation.

    My view is mythos is fundamental to world view and undestanding, but is a dangerous cultural manipulator when institutionally toyed with and misrepresented.

  5. JoeC says:

    I think a lot of people go on a similar spiritual path…and once you get past the Santa Claus stories (and the folks who slam you for not believing in some of the almost certain fairy tales), like going to the moon, some of your questions are answered but it only raises more questions. The whole dovetailing of quantum physics with Buddhist views of reality have me questioning a lot of stuff right now. I mean, that reality is contingent on the presence of our consciousness is lab-proven consensus science right now…we are creating the reality around us…but you also do that in your nightly dreams…so how malleable and dreamlike is consensus reality? Oh, man, we’re going down the rabbit hole now. And are there other independent ego consciousnesses involved in this creation, or, as suggested by the almost final Stormy Weather podcast from Aeolus Kephas (thanks for turning me on to him, Indigobusiness!), are many of the other personalities in consensus reality really splinters of only one personality playing a part for our benefit, or as suggested by Chuck Hillig, what if all of us other personalities in the world are just splinters of YOUR personality playing rolls inside your dream. The mind boggles…and all through this, there’s still the need to balance objectivity and openness with critical thinking. Thus is the life of a seeker, I suppose…

  6. Interesting commentary, Joe.

    Glad you connected with the Stormy Weather presentation.

    Regarding the Buddhist view, QM, and the true nature of things:
    It’s something of a shifting paradigm to see mainstream scientists acknowledge the consciousness driven reality revealed by quantum physics, in perspective with the cause and effect Newtonian world.

  7. BTW- Buddhism is big on cause and effect, as well. There’s a rigorous practicality and pragmatism to it that sometimes isn’t easily recognized.

  8. JoeC says:

    I just started reading (like, am still in the first chapter…) Lynne McTaggart’s The Intention Experiment. I had no idea the uncollapsed probability field state of particles had now been reproduced in whole molecules. A research team has now shot a 70+ atom flourinated carbon molecule through a screen with double slits and had the observation collapse it’s probability field and decide which slit the molecule passed through.

    So, it seems to now be a proven scientific fact: not only subatomic particles, but molecules, too, exist in a state of pure potential that remains potential until consciousness interacts with the molecule.

    There is no objective reality out there. I repeat: according to science, there is no objective reality.

  9. Thoughts are things.

    Here’s an audio intvw of Lynn McTaggart you might enjoy.

  10. JoeC says:

    One of the Stormy Weather podcasts had an interview with your link’s interviewer, Henrik Palmgren. Very interesting…nice to hear a preview of some of the things that will be covered later in McTaggart’s book.

    Over the last decade, I’ve pointed people interested in this kind of thing to Michael Talbot’s excellent Holographic Universe, but that book is now almost 20 years old. It’s nice to have a more recent layman’s book like McTaggart’s to bring myself and others up to date. When you read about the bleeding edge of research you kind of expect a recent copyright date.

  11. Monumental shifts in understanding require the die-off of the set-in-their-ways cognoscenti, and that takes time. It’s a curious foible of the human species, but one that seems wise in this case. No need for a mad rush down this rabbit hole., although it’ll be some teaparty once everyone is assembled.

  12. Xman says:

    Now my head is hurting.
    I can’t think about this stuff without grass.
    Anybody got a connection?

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