“The follower adds Bomjon’s elder sister has also faced the wrath of ‘internal action’. “She later died a painful death. Bomjon has taken ‘internal action’ against a person who had stayed together with him in the jungle in Bara, according to a follower of him. “He is roaming restlessly confused about whether to live or die,” the follower says.”
Based on the original article:
State must watch Bomjon closely
Ameet Dhakal/Girish Giri/ Bhanubhakta Kathmandu, April 5
THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE STARTS WITH A LONG COURTESY PROPAGANDA, GIVING A FEELING THAT HE IS A MEMBER OF BOMJON’S CULT, WHICH SHOULD BORE OUT ANYONE WISHING TO KNOW THE TRUTH, BEFORE REACHING THE SECOND PART OF THE ARTICLE DEALING WITH SHOCKING FACTS AND ALARMING INFORMATION ABOUT A WIDELY APPROVED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF THE BOMJON-LED CULT IN NEPAL.
IT IS A DIRECT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT A NEPALESE FAKE GURU, TO WHOM THOUSANDS QUEUE UP TO FALL TO HIS FEET, IS ALLOWED AND ACCEPTED TO “INTERNALLY PUNISH” HIS DEVOTEES WITH TORTURE AND KILLING.
CONCERNING ITS GRAVITY (PRACTICALLY A DIRECT CONFESSION TO MURDER A PERSON AND TORTURE TO INSANITY ANOTHER ONE BY BOMJON’S FOLLOWER!) – THE LIGHTNESS AND DIPLOMATIC TONE OF THE ENTIRE ARTICLE IS RATHER SURPRISING…YET IT IS A MIRACLE THAT SETOPATI HAD THE COURAGE TO WRITE THE TRUTH, EVEN PACKED INTO OVERLY DIPLOMATIC “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS” WHILE ALL OTHER NEPALESE MEDIA SET THEMSELVES TO PROPAGATE THE DESTRUCTIVE CULT OR AT LEAST STAY IDLE.
(THE ARTICLE WAS SHORTENED TO BE DIGESTIBLE, AS WELL COMMENTS IN CAPITAL LETTERS, PHOTO AND LINKS ADDED TO IT AND GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES FIXED, SOME FORMATTING ADDED).
There are things about nature that we know, that we don’t know or remains to be known, and that we common people can never comprehend.
There are many mysteries to be unraveled about Ram Bahadur Bomjon who started meditation in isolation in the jungle of Bara 11 years ago as a young boy.
We tried our bit to unravel his mysteries after Bomjon came to Kathmandu Valley for a three-week World Peace Maitri Puja that concluded recently.
Little has been written about Bomjon in the Nepali media in recent years. Whatever has been written is also only superficial. A few things about him have come out through audio, visual and print medium in the foreign media instead. But very little has been explored, written or said about him in comparison to the curiosity about him in common Nepalis and foreigners, and the pace at which his supporters and followers have multiplied in recent years.
His followers consider him to be Parmatma (supreme soul) and above Lord Buddha.
We don’t know about the progress of his meditation. The exact length of his meditation in Halkhoriya Jungle in Bara and whether that was continuous have not been established. …
Meditating continuously for 96 hours staying at the same spot is not a mean feat in itself. It would be even more remarkable if he had indeed meditated continuously for six years as his followers claim.
But there will be two important questions if he is not extraordinary and otherworldly as his followers claim, and is merely an uncommon man with different talents.
Will he always move forward peacefully and meditate or will he finally start to tread a violent path like many similar groups seen in the world?
The state should closely watch him and his followers and engage with them considering these two eventualities. The state must engage, irrespective of whether he treads a peaceful or violent path.
Let us hope he would tread the peaceful path and talk about that. His followers say his next important aim is to establish a meditation center in the Tarai. He has already instructed his followers to procure 60 bighas of land for that.
Lama says the place has almost been identified. “We are in process of procuring land around Dhanusa–Mahottari districts along the East West Highway,” Lama reveals. “Guru has said the final meditation center of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh will be established in the Halkhoriya Jungle of Bara. He says the government itself will come to provide the land. We are making alternative provisions until the forest area is acquired,” he adds.
AS WE SEE ON THE MAP, THE DISTRICTS INCLUDE THE HINDU’S IMPORTANT GODDESS, SITA, SHRI RAM’S WIFE’S BIRTHPLACE, JANAKPUR. WILL BOMJON TRY TO CONVERT MADESHI AND PAHARI HINDUS RESIDING THERE TO HIS BUDDIST-INFLUENCED “MAITRI DHARMA”? IN 2009 HE HAD ATTACKED 17 MEDESHI MEN, LETTING THEM KIDNAPPED AND BEATING THEM ALL NIGHT WITH STICKS, TOGETHER WITH HIS MONKS. MEDIA HAD BEEN REPORTING ABOUT THE INCIDENT, YET NO FURTHER ACTION WAS TAKEN BY AUTHORITIES. I SUPPOSE, THE VICTIMS TOOK DOWN THEIR REPORTS DUE TO THREATS OR HUGE MONEY OFFERED TO THEM. IT WAS IN HALKHORIA, BARA DISTRICT.
The meditation center in the Tarai looks likely to be huge considering the curiosity toward this ‘Guru’ and the branches of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh opened across the world, and the pledged financial assistance. He will, in all likelihood, live in the meditation center. It will be a huge attraction in itself.
His followers claim his level of knowledge is above that of Lord Buddha. They claim Siddhartha Gautam reached a Sambuddha (self-enlightened) state but Bomjon has attained Mahasambodhi (greater form of self-enlightenment) state.
Some even claim he has left Sukhapati Bhawan (heavenly abode where Amitabh Buddha is said to reside) replete with amenities and bliss, and come to the earth for the good of the world.
Bomjon’s meditation, publicity, and myths or facts about him have all linked him to Buddhism. The meditation center to be established by him in the Tarai, therefore, will trigger a big curiosity about him across the world. The meditation center can become a center for tourism and pilgrimage. Such center associated with Bomjon would have a huge potential for Nepal already famous for Buddhism and Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Whether he is a common or uncommon meditator, a god or a man should not make much difference as long as he treads the peaceful path of meditation. We have not investigated about authenticity of even big Gurus staying in monasteries or Babas staying in hermitages. Who has sought authenticity of big Yogis and Gurus in India? Some of those Gurus have been revered for long while many have fallen from grace with time.
The state must participate and support development of the meditation center to be established by Bomjon if it starts to thrive as a place of tourist attraction and pilgrimage. (REALLY? EVEN AFTER SO MANY PROOFS, POLICE REPORTS, WITNESS ACCOUNTS AND DEATHS CONNECTED TO HIS CRIMINAL DEEDS?)
But whether Bomjon will always limit himself to meditation and peaceful activities or take another path due to some special situations or reasons, is another equally important question. This is why the state must keep a close watch on him and his followers, and engage with them.
There are many examples of such groups eventually developing into a cult and participating in violent activities. The state must be watchful to see if it develops as a cult, and Bomjon abandons meditation and peaceful activities.
Bomjon has not just treaded a peaceful path until now, but also stressed on friendliness and goodwill among human beings, and good conduct. (REALLY? BROKEN BONES, RAPES, KIDNAPPINGS, SWORD ATTACKS, WITCH-ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HIS OWN DEVOTEES… IS THIS REALLY A PEACEFUL PATH?) He preaches to speak well and be polite to everyone, not discriminate against anyone. (YET IS IT ENOUGH JUST TO PREACH? ONE SHOULD ALSO ACT ACCORDINGLY! BOMJON DOES THE OPPOSITE, AND PROVOKES AND ORDERS HIS FOLLOWERS TO HARM HUMAN BEINGS AND EVEN KILL THEM).
But he also considers himself a Parmatma incarnated to rid the world of sufferings. He plans to unite the world through a single Maitri religion, Maitri language and Maitri culture.
HAD WE NOT HAVE ENOUGH SIMILAR PATHETIC LIAR GURUS ALREADY IN INDIA AND TEH WORLD? ANYONE CAN CLAIM ANYTHING HOLY THESE DAYS – THE IMPORTANT ARE THE ACTS. AND THOSE ARE VERY DANGEROUS FOR NEPAL AND THE WORLD, IN CASE OF BOMJON.
It is clear that Bomjon is not an uncommon or otherworldly power. He rather seems to be in extraordinary delusion. He is different than other Gurus of monasteries and hermitages in that. His delusion is growing due to unconditional faith of his continuously expanding following in Nepal and abroad.
We found around 200 foreign followers when we reached his temporary residence in Bhainsepati. Their faith in him seemed far stronger than that of Nepali followers.
Bomjon’s Nepali followers and supporters do not tolerate any question about his divine powers after seeing such educated foreigners consider him a god, materials about him in the international media, and the then prime minister Sushil Koirala receive khada (a holy shawl used by Buddhists) and blessings from him.
(SOON AFTER THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER GOT INTO AN UNPRECEDENTED POLITICAL TURMOIL AND IN JUST A FEW MONTHS AFTER BEING “BLESSED” BY BOMJON IN BALUWATAR, HE UNFORTUNATELY DECEASED. IS THIS JUST A COINCIDENCE?).
The main question is the kind of influence that all has had on Bomjon himself. It would not have any impact if he were a divine power. But if he were a victim of delusion believing himself to be a Parmatma that would further aggravate his delusion. The most serious aspect related to Bomjon is that. (NO MATTER WHAT HE BELIEVES OF HIMSELF, THE MOST SERIOUS ASPECT IS NOT THIS BUT HIS MANY CRIMINAL DEEDS SILENTLY TOLERATED BY NEPALIS).
How would he behave if he were to see the state or someone as a hurdle in his path of ridding the world of sufferings?
AND AFTER THE COURTESY BLAH-BLAH, SETOPATI GETS TO THE THE POINT:
Bomjon and his followers have already started to show the tendency to go beyond the laws to remove the hurdles in their path. This tendency may develop as a threat in the long run.
Bomjon has taken ‘internal action’ against a person who had stayed together with him in the jungle in Bara, according to a follower of him. “He is roaming restlessly confused about whether to live or die,” the follower says.
‘Guru’ took the ‘internal action’ not physically but using his divine powers, the follower claims. The follower adds Bomjon’s elder sister has also faced the wrath of ‘internal action’. “She later died a painful death.”
In this photo from 2011 is Manu Ani in nun robe, as she was Bomjon’s main caretaker that time. She is with her sponsor Junsei Terasawa, Bomjon’s VIP follower from Japan, and with Ngima Dawa Tamang homestay businessman and Bomjon’s active supporter, in whose house she had been “treated” after the “internal action” of Bomjon, for nearly a year, before she was transported to khnepo Sonam Gyurme’s (another VIP follower of Bomjon) Swayambhunath monastery, where she died. More on Manu here: https://halkoriatimes.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/manu-ani-departed/
The follower says ‘Guru’ teaches physical exercise akin to martial arts to his close disciples. “Guru and the disciples leap very high. We watch dumbfounded,” he adds.
An anecdote narrated by former minister of state Lama depicts Bomjon’s views on the state and its rules and laws.
Bomjon suddenly decided to visit the country last October, according to him. Around five vehicles were arranged for the ‘Guru’ and his disciples. “Guru asked me to drive the leading vehicle,” Lama recalls. “Guru asked me to drive very fast. We drove at around 100-120 km/hour.”
Bomjon ordered to not stop the vehicle even if someone were to try to stop, according to Lama. “Guru had said to not stop even if a human being were killed,” he adds.
The motorcade that started from Bara reached Bardiya after passing through Pokhara, Mustang and Manang. “Guru, the highway passes through a national park here. The army checks the vehicles. We may have to stop the vehicle here,” Lama told Bomjon. “There is no need to stop the Guru’s vehicle. Pass without stopping,” Lama quotes Bomjon as saying.
It was night, according to Lama, and the motorcade passed the park at a very high speed flashing emergency lights. “We traveled for over a month. We didn’t have to stop our motorcade anywhere. There was no unfortunate incident,” Lama claims.
This single incident shows Bomjon’s views toward the state and the laws of the world. Bomjon will be highly likely to collide with the state if such thinking which deems he need not comply with any law of the world and state were to grow further.
The state must engage with Bomjon and his disciples and followers considering all these eventualities. He should be told that even the god is not above the laws after stepping into the earth, to make sure that he knows his limits.
It may be too late if the state does not engage with him and his followers in time. There are enough examples of unfortunate incidents when the state is late in trying to control cults.
IT ALREADY IS TOO LATE! TWO OF BOMJON’S VICTIMS ARE DEAD, MORE THAN 20 VICTIMS ARE TREMBLING IN FEARS AND ARE SCARED TO SPEAK OUT (THREE OF THEM FOREIGNERS HIDING IN THEIR COUNTRIES, BETRAYED BY THE SOCIETY THEY USED TO SUPPORT), BECAUSE NO ONE PROVIDED THEM WITH VICTIM PROTECTION.
Engagement does not mean keeping them under surveillance and controlling them. It means watching them closely and communicating with them. Showing curiosity about what the Bomjon phenomenon is and how it moves forward.
There are more questions than answers about Bomjon now. The state must pursue those questions.
Published on: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 16:54:24
THANK YOU, SETOPATI!
See also: Why did Manu have to die?
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