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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Buddha Boy in Nepal

Pilgrims are flocking to see the 'Buddha Boy'in Bara District, Nepal.
The News Telegraph reported on 11/21/2005 that thousands of pilgrims are pouring into southern Nepal to worship a 15-year-old boy who has been hailed as a new Buddha.

Devotees claim that Ram Bomjon, who is silently meditating beneath a tree, has not eaten or drunk anything since he sat down at his chosen spot six months ago.

Ram Bomjon maintains his vigil in the shade of his pipal tree.
Witnesses say they have seen light emanating from the teenager's forehead.

"It looks a bit like when you shine a torch through your hand," said Tek Bahadur Lama, a member of the committee responsible for dealing with the growing number of visitors from India and elsewhere in Nepal.

Photographs of Ram Bomjon, available from his makeshift shrine, have become ubiquitous across the region. "Far and wide, it's the only topic of conversation," said Upendra Lamichami, a local journalist.

He said no allegation had yet emerged of Ram breaking his fast or moving, even to relieve himself.

Santa Raj Subedi, the chief government official in Bara district, appealed to the capital, Kathmandu, for assistance in dealing with the influx of visitors, and for a team of scients to examine the case.

Local doctors failed to reach a final conclusion, although they were allowed no closer than five yards from the boy mystic, declaring that they could confirm no more than that he was alive.

The popularity of the phenomenon is partly because it resembles an episode in the life of the historical Buddha, who was born 160 miles away around 543 BC. The Buddha achieved enlightenment when he meditated beneath a sacred pipal tree for 49 days.

Ram Bomjon is also sitting beneath a pipal tree, in the same posture as the Buddha is depicted, but his vigil has already taken longer.

Ram's mother, who is called Maya Devi, like the Buddha's mother, admits to anxiety, particularly at meal times. But she tells herself: "God took him to the forest and I have faith that God will feed him."

She said: "He's definitely got thinner. Early in the morning he looks sunken, like there's no blood in him, but as the sun rises he seems to get brighter and brighter."

The fervour increased last week when a snake is said to have bitten Ram, and a curtain was drawn around him.

After five days it was opened and he spoke. "Tell the people not to call me a Buddha. I don't have the Buddha's energy. I am at the level of rinpoche [lesser divinity].

"A snake bit me but I do not need treatment. I need six years of deep meditation."

Despite his protestations, "Buddha boy" is famous.

A fence was built around Ram's tree to prevent pilgrims prodding him.

Wow, longer than Shakyamuni! Do you believe it? Please post any

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Fire Element - Essential Oil Aromas That Stimulate Action

Did you realize that the five colors of Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags represent the five elements? Feng Shui and Buddhism are closely tied.

Scents provoke a whole range of emotional, intellectual, and physical reactions. When you need a kick-start to alter patterns of behavior that are not furthering your contentment, the scents associated with fire can do the trick. Feng Shui divides all things into five elemental groups - fire, earth, metal, water and wood. Each element has a personality, and all things classified in one of the five elements acquire that element's personality. The fire element stimulates action and reaction.

When depressed, you may experience fatigue and depletion of energy, in which case the fire element scent is the appropriate one to breathe into the atmosphere.

Suggested Cures - the following aromas are categorized as fire element: Lemon, Melissa, Rose, Bay Laurel, Rosemary, Melaleucha alternifolia also known as tea tree oil. Each person has preferences based on past experiences with smell, and many times a particular scent will stimulate specific positive or negative memories. Choose a scent that feels right to you.

Your chosen scent should be used in small doses and repeated often. The physical environment can be a healing aid for depression that does not have an organic reason. Sadness and despondency are generally yin conditions whose grip is hard to disengage from. The cures suggested here are mostly yang, designed to promote the stimulus needed to prevent or release sadness.

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