11.19.2009

Nothing Stops Going like Ram Bomjon

I hope that by now most of you are at least aware of a story I've been following for years (since 2005 or so for me). Ram Bomjon, a.k.a. "Buddha Boy," is in the midst of his 6-years of meditation en route to becoming (possibly) a Buddha. His followers say he often goes weeks without moving, even to eat or drink. Skeptics are skeptical.

In any case, Bomjon emerges every so often to speak to his growing crowd of followers. Most recently, he spoke to 400,000 people (!!!) in the remote jungle of Ratanpuri, Nepal. Wikipedia says, "He made two speeches in which he urged people to recognize the compassion in their hearts, and their connection to one another through the all-encompassing soul." And I don't know how I missed it, but here's the text of his longest recorded speech, from 2007:
Murder, violence, greed, anger and temptation have made the human world a desperate place. A terrible storm has descended upon the human world, and this is carrying the world towards destruction. There is only one way to save the world and that is through dharma. When one doesn't walk the righteous path of spiritual practice, this desperate world will surely be destroyed. Therefore, follow the path of spirituality and spread this message to your fellows. Never put obstacles, anger and disbelief in the way of my meditation's mission. I am only showing you the way; you must seek it on your own. What I will be, what I will do, the coming days will reveal. Human salvation, the salvation of all living beings, and peace in the world are my goal and my path. "Namo Buddha sangaya, Namo Buddha sangaya, namo sangaya." I am contemplating on the release of this chaotic world from the ocean of emotion, on our detachment from anger and temptation, without straying from the path for even a moment, I am renouncing my own attachment to my life and my home forever. I am working to save all living beings. But in this undisciplined world, my life's practice is reduced to mere entertainment.
The practice and devotion of many Buddhas is directed at the world's betterment and happiness. It is essential, but very difficult, to understand that practice and devotion. But though it is easy to lead this ignorant existence, human beings don't understand that one day we must leave this uncertain world and go with the Lord of Death. Our long attachments with friends and family will dissolve into nothingness. We have to leave behind the wealth and property we have accumulated. What's the use of my happiness, when those who have loved me from the beginning, my mother, father, brothers, relatives are all unhappy? Therefore, to rescue all sentient beings, I have to be Buddha-mind, and emerge from my underground cave to do vajra meditation. To do this I have to realize the right path and knowledge, so do not disturb my practice. My practice detaches me from my body, my soul and this existence. In this situation there will be 72 goddess Kalis. Different gods will be present, along with the sounds of thunder and of "tangur", and all the celestial gods and goddesses will be doing puja (worship). So until I have sent a message, do not come here, and please explain this to others. Spread spiritual knowledge and spiritual messages throughout the world. Spread the message of world peace to all. Seek a righteous path and wisdom will be yours.
I know most of my seven readers are skeptics, but I enjoy this story. It's nice to think that we may not live in a miracle-less, post-prophet age after all.

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