Halkhoria on the verge of an ecological catastrophe?

feb 19 2013Devdaha Lake and the smaller jungle lake both reduced in size and practically dried up, depleted jungle around Ram Bomjon’s white villa, many cut trees in his settlement and along the paths leading to his stronghold. In this state he left Halkhoria in 2012 (see other images from 2012 as well) – image from February 19, 2013.

The Official Sangha of Ram Bahadur Bomjon (calling himself also Maitriya Guru, Dharma Sangha, Maha Sambodhi), which is registered in Nepal and the USA under the name Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, had created two petitions and recently an article on their Maitriya.info website, calling on “saving the Halkhoria forest” from devastation, as they claim, by the local Nepalese villagers. I had collected a series of Google Earth Satellite Images, to compare the state of Halkhoria before, during and after Ram Bomjon had occupied it around 2007, allegedly to meditate there, and later to establish his stronghold with his own jungle villa, office houses and brutally violent guards, encircling his imaginary private property with a 13 km circumference barbed-wire fence. After his harmful hobby of violently attacking, beating and holding captive people, locals had repeatedly requested him to leave the area. He first left after his attack on a Ratanpuri villager boy, A. Khatri, in 2007, when he used his sword, and soon after this he kidnapped and held captive a Spanish tourist lady (both cases reported on Nepali TV stations). In his apparent fear from prosecution he left Halkhoria, and was found only after ten months in Baghjora Jungle near Hetauda. He was allowed to return, and until 2012 he was staying there tolerated and respected by villagers, who “forgave” him his inability to control his fighting spirit… Yet already in 2012 he was keeping two women captive again, beating and torturing them and also ordering sexual abuse of at least one of them, so the natural consequence was that he had to leave Halkhoria again soon, in summer 2012.

Due to the fact that all his violent and harmful acts are skilfully silenced by the money of rich donors and by the political contacts of his Nepali following, the most fanatical and active “Foreign Sangha” is kept in the intentionally created illusion that no criminal deeds had ever been done by their “guruji”, and that all the controversies they hear about are due to a “conspiracy of the Nepali media against Bomjon”, wishing to harm his reputation! Thus the relatively naive and all-trusting foreigners, who are desperately looking for a Messiah-Maitreya figure in Bomjon, are ready to “fight for the good cause” till their last breath, and even against the avalanche of compromitting news about his regular physical attacks. By now there are dozens who had been either beaten, kidnapped, held captive or tortured in various ways by Ram Bahadur Bomjon, proved by police reports and media news – though after 2012 only expat and non-main-stream media.

These foreigners are not a big group, but due to the fact that they are representing the “money-side”, their voices are relatively taken seriously by Nepali Government offices and courts, and thus together with the financial efforts of rich Nepali sponsors, they managed to win Halkhoria to their side in a court ruling in the Appellate Court of Hetauda, as they are claiming on their website.

Bomjon is openly heading towards a political rule, and his “Sangha” is focusing on getting him to power at all worldly fronts. Yet those whom he had chosen to harm, are usually either very poor people (local villagers), or his modest and low-profile previous devotees, spiritual people without worldly power, who were reluctant to make police reports and court cases, and are just “licking their wounds in silence”. (He had never chosen to attack anyone rich or influential!) So there is practically no counter-movement against his plans to overtake the Halkhoria Jungle again and again, even when he has to leave every time he cannot help but attack new innocents.

The dark jungle of Halkhoria is a perfect scene for criminal attacks, due to its relative distance from civilization and still many inaccessible hidden areas. His recent efforts had been directed towards making Halkhoria his private property. The logical consequence would be then that police or media would be no more allowed inside, neither villagers, in case, as in the latest case in September 2, 2014, he would again kidnap people, tie them or lock them up and torture them there. Apparently this is his goal. Enjoying a total impunity after dozens of inhuman and violent deeds, together with a few of his similarly brutal attendants in Nepal, he can be sure that if the Government grants him the jungle as his private property, his extreme cruelty will continue, but this time never again controllable by police, uninvited public or media.

Yet I am aware that I cannot fight against such a powerful political lobby in Nepal, backed up by blindly fanatical Nepalese and foreign sponsors, who continue to pour their millions toward this cult. I do not have all that manpower, contacts and money they do. And my ways and goals are different from Ram Bomjon’s: while he is using people as stepping stones toward his overall world-dominating through brute force, subduing and humiliation – my path is the inner, invisible and non-forceful spirituality.

I love jungles for their freedom, for their open space for everyone, for the bird-songs which do not discriminate for whom do the sing, for fresh springs which share their water equally with everyone…Trees give shadow in the hot to everyone, not just “good people”, or just followers of Bomjon… The many fruits and green vegetables are God-given for everyone in the jungle, not just for a cult walking around in unnatural blue robes… I did not love Halkhoria like Bomjon and Sangha “loves” her: they love Halkhoria for her barbed-wire fences they raised there, for their noisy generators and functionalist gray concrete villas, for their noisy pujas  and “blessing programs” requiring microphones, huge loud-speakers, tractors, jeeps and helicopters – they “love” Halkhoria for their feeling of having an exclusive stronghold just for the “chosen ones of the guru”, a secluded property the trespassing of which would be punished by wild violence, sadistic torture and rapes as a “punishment” (as it was the case in 2011 and 2012!)…

If Ram Bomjon is allowed to return there with his whole entourage, the jungle will continue to die away. Already now the damage is shockingly visible on Google Earth images, showing a rapid depletion of forest density, grass and drying out of lakes and springs in the short interval of “Dharma Sangha’s” stay there, between 2007 and 2012. The “Sangha” is blaming villagers and poachers, hunters and illegal tree-cutters for the damage, yet all this had been already taken under control many years ago by Government forces (called “forest police”), whose armed and uniformed men one can easily meet while wandering in the jungle. like I myself often did. Yet the only “data” the foreign “Sangha” is playing with, are copy-pasted from Internet sources about Nepal’s nature in general.

Using the tools of stupidity and lazy to educate themselves, sourcing their “knowledge” about Halkhoria from  browsing WWF nd animal-protection websites, sitting in their Western armchairs or Nepali hotels only, the “Sangha” has no real information about the state of Halkhoria and never had! Using the tricks of a successful Greenpeace-style provocation of a hysteria about an ecological drama, they are mentioning plants and animals which had either never lived in such a Terai jungle (wild horse!), or they are not specific for Halkhoria in any great number (Saal tree), or simply are not extinct in Halkhoria at all, just shifted further due to the disappearance of water from the lakes (used up by Ram Bomjon’s “Sangha” themselves!).

Roaming the Halkhoria jungles one can still find deer, wild boar and hear tigers, yet just a little further than the area formerly occupied by Bomjon and his people. This fact can be easily checked by simply making the effort and cross-crossing the jungle. The difference is apparent. In no other place in the jungle can be found so much rubbish, plastic and construction rubble, than in the immediate surrounding of Ram Bomjon’s buildings. Even from the Satellite view it can be seen that many trees had disappeared just around his meditation tree,lake and settlement and along the jungle roads they had created. The use of soaps and shampoos and washing powders by the thousands of followers coming to him there, is seen in the bad state of the grassland, and the lack of flowers and fruits. Automatically then monkeys and many bird types, who live on fruits, are shifted further. Deer, which was still nearly daily seen in the high savannah of the riverbed, or even the forest (where dense bush used to cover the earth) had left for more peaceful area of the surroundings. Tiger, which is dependent on the meat of deer, had moved after them…

The jungles in the bigger area are still not depleted, just the small part of Ram Bomjon’s former area! If the foreign “Sangha” wants to play ecologists and naturalists, the should get in touch with the real jungle, roam it, climb its trees, watch the behavior of monkeys and birds, go deep inside, listen to the spectrum of animal voices…They are but elder ladies only, whose whole “ecology” consists of sitting in the concrete houses of Ram Bomjon and drinking their teas with biscuits, or chatting in their Kathmandu guesthouse…

Anyone with commonsense can hardly believe that a few villagers who come for firewood, pick a few leaves for their goats or cut an armful of Phanta grass for their cattle, would pose such a danger for the ecology of this jungle! Moreover villagers had been living in this area already for about 150 years, and we can see from satellite images that even in 2001 the jungles and lakes were amazingly dense and fresh! The only dramatic changes in tree-density in the area of Halkhoria can be recognized from images made after Ram Bomjon, the Buddha Boy had moved there, and especially after he started to move there his “Sangha”.

Unfortunately the only way I can do something for my beloved birds, trees and animals in Halkhoria, which were my best friends in 2011 and 2012, is to inform the public about the truth which is often obvious, but hardly anyone is taking the effort to find it out.  The below  video presentations speak about the ecological state of Halkhoria Jungle (including Devdaha Lake) caused by the residence of Ram Bahadur Bomjon and his Sangha in pictures, written and spoken words and music:

Related topic:

Google Earth Satellite Images of Halkhoria

Where had all the tigers gone?

Halkhoria Jungle – legend and history

About Ram Bomjon:





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