…the destruction of the regular vehicle traffic, construction activity, noise and pollution brought there by ‘Buddha Boy’s’ daily visitors and thousands of people during prolonged ritual programs.
The followers of the ‘Buddha Boy’ are inciting the online public in the West to fight for the protection of the “dharmic forest” of Halkhoria Jungle. From 2012 they did this through their numerous Petitions, writing to and visiting Nepali conservationist NGOs, provoking their followers against the Bara District Forest Office, demonizing the Nepali Government, media and local villagers in the area of Halkhoria. Their latest hit is Joan Stanley-Barker’s article on the Official Website owned by Semyon Shekovtsov:
THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF HALKHORIA FOREST written on the 3 Jan 2015.
First of all, let us just wonder at the daring title, suggesting that a jungle which was surviving for thousands of years intact (yet only until Bomjon had settled there and attracted crowds of thousands), would be suddenly extinguished by a couple of dry-wood picking villagers – who used to live there much before even Bomjon was born. Before Bomjon had settled there, the jungle was still alive with animals and very dense, as it is clearly seen in the oldest satellite images on Google Earth.
If there is any uncertainty about the future of Halkhoria as a wild forest, that uncertainty is caused by the destruction of the regular vehicle traffic, construction activity, noise and pollution brought there by ‘Buddha Boy’s’ daily visitors and thousands of people during prolonged ritual programs. But can anyone stop these self-styled “ecology-experts” in their demagogy? They are repeating the same hysterical announcements for years, painting a depressive picture of the jungle “being destroyed by villagers”, claiming they are cutting trees in great amount, poaching and hunting Halkhoria’s wild animals, emptying the Pasha Khola riverbed of stones and grass…
THE TRACTOR SCAM
In their last article they even show a tractor of those poor locals who, as they claim, earn as little as 230 Nepali rupees (about 2 usd!!!) for a full tractor load of stone-gravel from the riverbed (see below).
Yet they had forgotten to also show the own tractor of their own guru (actually one of his two tractors), which used to come and go between Piluwa and Halkhoria many times daily during 2011 and 2012, bringing, among other construction materials, also stones, as we can see very clearly in the below image taken by devotees in 2011:
So what is the difference between the two pictures? In both cases we see a tractor, in both cases we see exploitation of stones by humans. The only difference is that Bomjon’s tractor is invading the deeper forest, destroying trees and grass on its way daily many times, and disturbing wildlife, while the tractor of stone-workers is using the dry sandy riverbed path. (For those not familiar with Bomjon’s followers, the builders shown here are Kanchan Lama, Ngima Dawa Tamang, Bal Hari Rai and Tomek Tarnowski (Dorje). The Sangha of Bomjon is even not keeping these tractors secret: in many of their website and Facebook photos they are showing them…
This is when the Cult is ridiculing itself most, and most in front of their own members, as many of them traveled on these Sangha-tractors (they were also used as “taxi” to bring the many devotees to Bomjon’s compound from the Highway), and as we see on the photo, many Bomjon-Cult members had been working hard from unloading construction material from these tractors for Bomjon’s Jungle Villa (Kajogpa). Everyone a little familiar with the Nepali Bomjon-Sangha knew that the tractor was parked usually in front of a Piluwa follower’s house, and was bought by the followers’ organization who was also paying salary to the driver…
WHERE HAD ALL THE TIGERS GONE…?
But the most heart-breaking tactic that Joan Stanley-Barker is using, is to write about the extinction of poor wild animals in Halkhoria, even mentioning WWF Nepal as a “proof” that they had “counted” 5 tigers which lived nearby Bomjon, and now they are all gone… Does Joan have a proof that those tigers had been killed or poached? Joan, a teacher of Chinese language in Hongkong, is playing an ecology-wildlife-conservationist expert, yet she forgets to add any link of any proof where it would be stated clearly (by WWF) that “Guruji’s five tigers” had been killed mercilessly by some villager ladies who come to pick forest fruits… So where did those tigers go?
As I am showing on the very clear Satellite images, one of the reasons that the tigers might have left (apart from being frightened away by Joan’s presence) was that the lake nearby Bomjon’s Kajogpa had totally dried out already in early 2012, as the water had been used for the construction of his 3-floored villa, as well as for the water needs of the 50-100 daily inhabitants of Halkhoria in late 2011 and early 2012. During the same period also the big Dev Daha Lake had been reduced, as shown in teh same article, and because the tractors of Bomjon had been daily crossing its area, bringing wood, stones and workers for the construction, the unbearable noise of he tractors on a daily basis and the smell of people frightened away the deer (the food of tigers) as well as the tigers, who suddenly did not have food and no access to enough water.
Every tiger expert knows that tigers prefer to create their territories (often many hundreds of square kilometers in case of males) always nearby peaceful rivers and lakes. We can see this in the case of Chitwan, where all the tiger-habitats are along the main rivers. If the formerly clear waters of the smaller lake of Halkhoria dried up and the area disturbed by permanent presence of Buddha Boy’s followers, as well as the Devaha Lake behind it became reduced and disturbed by the Sangha’s construction-tractors, and if even the pure drinking water of the formerly abundant forest spring near Bomjon’s tree gives just a thread-amount of little water by now, it is logical that the tigers have no more reason to visit the inner circle of Bomjon’s compound.
But the full truth is that even in 2012 there still had been reported tigers living in wider Halkhoria, just that they were avoiding the criminal scene of Bomjon’s compound, where during the building of this villa also two women had been tortured and sexually assaulted. Animals never torture other animals, they kill out of hunger only. Tigers are very sensitive to negative energies. Male tigers are still wandering the area just much behind in the deeper jungle.
Predators which used to wander around Bomjon’s meditation tree in the old times, just simply shifted to a cleaner and more peaceful part of the jungle, and some of them went probably to find a more distant habitat. Tigers had been heard in the wider jungle area even in 2012, but far from Bomjon’s dried out compound without any clear water. Tigers do not only drink from the water sources, they also like to cool down in them by swimming. The half-foot swamp of rotting water which remained after the followers of Bomjon destroyed the lake in 2012, was simply not attractive to tigers anymore…
ARE NEPALESE VILLAGERS POACHING HALKHORIA’S ANIMALS?
No matter how much is the Official Sangha (BSDS) and their “ecology-expert” Joan are trying to paint a catastrophic scene of Nepal’s animal conservation, everyone who is a little more acquainted with the most recent situation, can find that actually the opposite is true: Nepal’s animal conservation had celebrated a ZERO POACHING YEAR in 2011, and then again in 2013. Interestingly the Maitri Puja 2012 of Ram Bomjon coincided not only with the torture and sexual assault ordered by him to his two female devotees in his jungle, but also, as we can read below, with the only poaching between 2009 and 2013, in the very month of the Maitri Puja, March:
Moreover the tiger population of the Terai Jungles (of which Halkhoria is part of) had not only did not experience extinction, as Joan is ready to convince us, but it had even rose! Currently the Nepali Government has a headache, where to accommodate all those tigers. This is an entirely different picture of the situation of Nepali wildlife, than the Bomjon’s pseudo-ecologists try to push over to the public in their websites and Facebook hysteria and numerous Petitions. And no, this information is not based on any conspiration of media and Forest Office “enemies of the guru”, as they consider everything and everyone not in tune with their demagogy to be: this conclusion came from an international monitoring board of real conservationist professionals!
And here comes the surprise: the conference in February 2015, which hosted tiger experts from many countries surrounding Nepal, had been organized by WWF Nepal, the same organization hijacked by Joan Stanley-Barker to “prove” her end-of-the world description about Halhoria’s disappearing tigers!
“14 April 2015 Last updated at 21:16 BST
Nepal’s Chitwan National Park has become the first site to be accredited with Conservation Assured Tiger Standards for its success in conserving and protecting its population of big cats.
The National Park is home to around 120 Royal Bengal tigers and also has the world’s second largest concentration of single-horned rhinos.
Poaching has come down dramatically over the years thanks to the efforts by the Nepalese government and the army, with hundreds of soldiers patrolling the park to protect the animals.
Park officials constantly monitor the wildlife by using various methods including camera trapping.
The automatic cameras installed in hundreds of places deep inside the jungle take pictures of animals, helping them to estimate population numbers.
The BBC’s Anbarasan Ethirajan joined Chitwan National Park officials to see tiger conservation efforts.”
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32085852 (Update from 15 April, 2015)
So it is time that readers, more normal devotees of Bomjon (are there still any?) and the general public do not take at face value the demagogy and hysterical catastrophy-alerts from the kitchen of the followers of Ram Bomjon, at least what concerns trees, tigers and other animals, rivers, lakes and jungles… The “expertize” of Ram Bomjon cultists is based on their isolated cult-life in a few meters of circumference around the house of their guru, to and from where they are usually transported by jeeps, tractors and motorbikes. They never had a real jungle experience, just that “sterile paradise” of concrete huts and wooden camp-kitchens and big plastic tents and toilets. The only thing what can come to our mind, to explain the “tigerlessnes” of Bomjon’s Halkhoria jungle is that if the same time the Governmental and non-Governmental organizations counted a big rise in tiger population the last year, it is probably because all those “Guruji’s tigers” had escaped from the “Bomjon-paradise” to the wider area of Chitwan, Rautahat and Parsa, to find peace and clean jungles, and drinking water without the smell of Joan’s shampoo…
To be continued…
Featured image: Aphimal.com