15-year-old new "Buddha" continues fasting

UPI, Nov 21, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A 15-year-old boy in the Hindu kingdom of Nepal, who reportedly has been fasting for six months while meditating beneath a tree, is seen as the new Buddha.

Thousands of pilgrims have been flocking to the dense forests of Bara district in the southern part of the Himalayan kingdom to get a glimpse of Ram Bomjon, who began meditating silently six months ago, Britain's Daily Telegraph reports.

A local journalist said there has been no report so far of Ram breaking his fast or moving, even to relieve himself.

It was in Nepal, not far from where Ram is meditating, that the original Buddha was born more than 2,500 years ago, later gaining enlightenment while meditating beneath a similar pipal tree.

Says Ram's mother: "God took him to the forest and I have faith that God will feed him."

Recently a snake bit Ram. After five days, Ram told those around him: "Tell the people not to call me a Buddha. I don't have the Buddha's energy ... A snake bit me but I do not need treatment. I need six years of deep meditation."
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