When boons are acquired by demons, they always use these powers to harm living beings. Holika’s story, remembered during the Hindu Festival of Holi, has much in common with the events connected to “Maha Sambodhi Maitriya” – Ram Bomjon. Holi celebrates the victory of devotion to God over magical powers granted by Tapasya, while Ram Bomjon’s followers see a god in him because of such magical powers.
India and Nepal celebrates the festival of Holi by throwing color powders at each-other, while nowadays already only a few people understand where did this ancient festival originate, and what is it commemorating at all. It is but interesting, how many similarities do we find between the ancient legends described in the Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc., with the mythology surrounding the so called “Maitri Guru” Ram Bahadur Bomjon of Nepal.
Holi is a commemoration of the victory of good over evil, or, more concretely, the victory of God over the Evil, gods over demons, trust in God over bowing to (no matter how powerful) cult leaders and kings… On this day (often coinciding with the Vernal Equinox, but in priority with the Full Moon of that period) a worshiper of God had won against a demon (Asura) who demanded everyone to worship him as God:
“There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father.”
Does this remind us of some similar case in current “religious affairs”? Of course, many fake gurus are repeating the mistake of Hiranyakashipu. Tapasya – penance in meditative positions, often with little or no food, in severe physical conditions and in solitary places – can lead to the acquirement of Siddhis, but the side effect of using them is always pride and a fall. Boons are traditionally granted to the toughest Yogis, blindly, no matter how immoral their nature originally is, no matter who they actually are and what is their plan (with those boons). Shiva and Brahma are described in Hindu scriptures as granters of boons, yet not seeing the far reaching consequences of such a help to beings with bad intention.
A young monk from a remote Nepalese village had been granted a possibility to study in the famous Dehradun Sakya Monastery in India. He was around 11 years old, yet already burning with the desire to acquire the alleged fruits of deep ascetic meditations. His teacher, after being asked by my Polish friend in later years, had described the monk as unusual diligent, fanatically obsessed with gaining powers and powers at any price. He told my friend that this element in the boy’s nature was not an element that Buddhist monks are encouraged to entertain Buddha was not teaching magic and superpowers, but compassion humbleness, simplicity and humanitarian values…
The two different types of approaches to meditation – that of classical Buddhism, and that of the young Nepalese monk – could not work together. As a result, the boy stayed there only around one year, and when he left, he criticized the monasteries that they don’t teach real dharma. That Boy became, just a few years later, known as the ‘Buddha Boy’ and he actually did acquire many boons due to his extreme Tapasya (as we, the devoted public, were made to believe). Having the miraculous powers, it was easy to create an aura of authority around him even without many words. People have felt things, seen things, heard things around him… So he must be surely of God – the less educated were ensuring the more educated ones. He must be Buddha Himself, he must be a Bodhisattva, no-no, he must be directly the awaited Maitreya Buddha… Not only that, actually his followers (calling themselves “Sangha”, and “Committee”) had gradually enlargened the scope of divinity of the young Tapasvi, arriving in 2012 already, to the conclusion that Ram Bahadur Bomjon is Higher than God Himself!
Diplomatically, these announcements had been kept only for speeches in small circles, not in public, not in meetings with politicians and the other powerful ones. Bomjon’s main Siddhi is actually a very bright diplomatic skill, he knows exactly what he can afford to exclaim in front of whom, and how to make his secrets being kept intact, when facing investigative people. People from his small circles had been describing his proclamations in 2012 like “There had never been greater being on this planet than the one you are sitting in front of”; of speaking in derogatory tone about Gautama Buddha. Recently he had even published a humiliating public denouncement of khenpo Sonam Gyurme his supporter lama, who translated a few texts for him in 2011 and 2012. To distinguish traditional Buddhism – of which khenpo is a representative – from his own |new dharma”, he calls there Buddhism the “old way” and his own one the “new”…
Yet new is not always the best. In the case of religions, it is often the opposite. Religions tend to degrade, defile, become rigid, cultist or totally twisted out of their original goal… The “way” of “Maitri Guru” is simply not a way, it is an abyss. It forces his devotees to bow to him as an all-powerful king and god, even physically demonstrating this by falling to his feet (while he always sits on his famous plastic thrones)… In his kingdoms spread over Nepal in many settlements, he is ruling cruelly, and can afford to attack, torture humiliate or lock away anyone. His subjugate devotees never protest, but serve him blindly. His many girlfriends (a thing known by his Sangha yet still kept secret from the public) are regularly impregnated and then sent to abortions, and all this is going on, apparently in the knowledge of Western devotees. They were waiting for World Ruler so long, that they are ready to elevate just anyone who is able to exhibit magical power above the masses.
Those who know Ram Bomjon (named also Dharma Sangha), and who stayed with him some weeks or months, can recognize similarities between him – the alleged Maitreya Buddha – and Hiranyakashipu:
“King Hiranyakashipu, according to legend, was the King of Multan and had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. He grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.
HOLIKA AND THE FIRE SIDDHI
Holika, the demoness sister of Hiranyakashipu, had also a boon. She was not burning in fire. Yet Hiranyakashipu wished to use her boon to kill his own son Prahlad, because he angered him after refusing to bow to his father as to the highest god. Prahlad was devoted to God Vishnu, Narayana, the Maintainer of the Universe (God Brahma being the Creator and God Shiva, its ultimate dissolver). Vishnu is maintaining Dharma, when demons are granted boons, powers and world rule by his colleagues, the blindly generous Brahma and Shiva… This scheme had been repeated in many ancient Hindu mythological stories. The rule above people and animals had been always a matter of competition between demons and gods, gods and demons… Often the gods lost for many ages, and the world became a place of extreme suffering and darkness… But at last God the Highest – Whose 3 forms of Brahma-Shiva-Vishnu are in inseparable unity – returns the balance.
Thus, when things became just extreme and Hiranyakashipu wished that Prahlad burned in the fire, it was actually his sister who burnt and Prahlad stayed alive:
“Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.
Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion.
Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil. “
BOMJON AND HIS FIRE SIDDHI
Image: Part of the Holi Festival is burning the effigy of Holika, to remind us that it is always God who chooses whom to grant His protection, after all… No magical abilities can protect on from divine justice. A similar tradition had been kept in Eastern Europe during the Spring Festival as well, when the hay effigy of the so called Morena had been burnt and thrown to a river.
And now let’s remember that shocking video on YouTube in which the young Buddha Boy is shown sitting in a fire at his meditation tree. The whole event had been pre-planned, as he had invited his devotees of the time for that evening. A group of nearly 15 or more people was there, sitting and waiting for the show. It was far from being spontaneous gathering. The young Tapasvi wished to show what he was able to do, according his own words, because he was tired of the alleged “evil disturbers of his meditation”… Yet, as it is possible to learn from all sources, he did have guards to protect him all the time he was sitting there: his brothers, Ganga and Dil, his friend Prem, and many local volunteers, lamas… Armed Police forces had been often patrolling around him. People raised barbed wire fences and curtains to protect him from onlookers…
But it was something that Bomjon just had to do: to find an excuse to show his magical power. To frighten people, to subdue them and make them believe he was a Buddha, a god, the Maitreya etc. Anything, just too big, and bigger and bigger over the years. It was magic and powers, what was the main topic round Bomjon from the very beginning he had sat down to that tree in 2005. No signs of any actual compassion with people, helpfulness, kindness, interest in others… Just self-centered self-elevating authoritativeness.
Part of his magical mirage was but all that big bubble of illusion that we, his public admirers created of him. People had visions, dreams; Andrea Good was describing hearing sounds and the voice of Bomjon even when he was in Japan… Magic, powers, miracles… But not a single act of kindness, not a single act of non-violence, not a single act of nobility or .wisdom. Yet, even if there was absolutely no proof, we all agreed that he must be a Buddha, a Maitreya a god… Because of our inner, irrational, esoteric experiences that the person of Bomjon evoked in us.
The whole power and promise of a “dharma” which would improve the whole world, stayed in that bubble of illusion. He did not do a single positive, human or humanitarian act. He did not feed the poor, he did not make any orphanage, did not weep with the Nepalese widows and did not abolish the caste system…His whole magic was enclosed in that Bubble of self-lies. While, on the ground, he started to gradually exercise his limitless rule and authority, having been backed by the enticed devotees from among Mafia leaders, politicians, famous personalities, who all smoothed all the violent outbursts of Bomjon against innocent people that became his main hobby right from 2007… Those times the Nepalese media was free to publish about them. Nowadays it is not anymore…
For many people the fact that they have seen Buddha Boy sitting in a fire and not burning equaled to him being a god. Nepalese, who yearly celebrate Holi Festival, did not remember that not all Siddhis and not all Tapasvis who acquire boons from gods are actually sent from the divine world! Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal and India, had forgotten the warning teachings of their own Puranas and Mahabharata, and accepted Bomjon as their new national symbol, ignoring the occasional attacks against people, torturing of women, kidnappings and brutal damage of human bodies by him and his gang…For the Tamang caste he became their national hero, and they try with all means to paint a holy picture of their male Holika…Silencing victims and witnesses, bribing media and police to stop dealing with the crimes. The price of this self-lying will be once very high.
Festivals and religious scriptures are an important heritage of humanity. Our ancestors, foreseeing our future wished to warn us by them. Graham Hancock, a British author had explained the key behind religious traditions of different nations as a key to open a diary of humanity’s future. When people forget the full meaning behind the festivals, and reduce them to empty social formalities (like throwing chemical color powders on people on Holi), then they risk being trapped into false cults, dangerous brutal rulers, and yet again allow Hiranyakashipu-like and Holika-like beings to rule the earth!