Re: Theos-World Reincarnation of Lord Buddha here isReal message from Nepal
Nov 27, 2005 12:08 PM
It helps to read the report. Wouldn't it be something to be able to
go there? Is anyone on the list nearby? It always seems useful to me
to witness a phenomenon in person. One can pick up more information
from the personal contact, even at a distance, than from the accounts
of others, who might not have the same sort of understanding or
On 27 Nov 2005 at 12:27, christinaleestemaker wrote:
> In the first place telegraph news makes mistake with the name of the
> boy and that was not first hand news. Here it is for the ones are
> Boy meditates in Nepalese jungle for six months
> Associated Press
> KATMANDU, Nepal — A teenage boy has been meditating in a Nepalese
> jungle for six months, and thousands have flocked to see him, with
> some believing he is the reincarnation of Buddha, police and media
> said Wednesday.
> Ram Bahadur Banjan, 15, sits cross-legged and motionless with eyes
> closed among the roots of a tree in the jungle of Bara, about 100
> miles south of the capital, Katmandu.
> He's supposedly been that way since May 17 — but his followers have
> been keeping him from public view at night.
> A reporter for the Kantipur newspaper, Sujit Mahat, said he spent two
> days at the site, and that about 10,000 people are believed to visit
> Soldiers have been posted in the area for crowd control, officials
> A makeshift parking lot and cluster of food stalls have sprung up near
> Banjan's retreat, an area not previously frequented by visitors.
> Many visitors believe Banjan is a reincarnation of Gautama
> Siddhartha, who was born not far away in southwestern Nepal around 500
> B.C. and later became revered as the Buddha, which means Enlightened
> Others aren't so sure.
> Police inspector Chitra Bahadur Gurung said officers have interviewed
> the boy's associates about their claim that Banjan has gone six months
> without food or drink.
> Officers have not directly questioned the boy, who appears deep in
> meditation and doesn't speak.
> "We have a team ... investigating the claim on how anyone can survive
> for so long without food and water," Gurung said.
> Local officials have also asked the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and
> Technology in Katmandu to send scientists to examine Banjan.
> Mahat said visitors can catch a glimpse of Banjan from a roped-off
> area about 80 feet away from him between dawn and dusk.
> Followers then place a screen in front of him, blocking the view and
> making it impossible to know what he is doing at night, Mahat said.
> "We could not say what happens after dark," Mahat said. "People only
> saw what went on in the day, and many believed he was some kind of
> Buddhism teaches that right thinking and self-control can enable
> people to achieve nirvana — a divine state of peace and release from
> desire. Buddhism has about 325 million followers, mostly in Asia.
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