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MONDAY, NOV 21, 2005  |  24 comments
Pilgrims flock to see 'New Buddha' 15-year-old boy said to have fasted six months


Ram Bomjon maintains his vigil in the shade of his pipal tree

Thousands of pilgrims are pouring into the dense jungle of 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.

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. ...


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News Item11/25/05 8:38 AM
RV | Kenosha  
Jessica, KC
AMEN!
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News Item11/24/05 8:14 PM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
RV and K.C. Thank you for your notes of encouragement! RV, I pray that your wife will come to the saving grace of The Lord Jesus Christ. May God give us the strength, wisdom, love and steadfastness to be an example of Christ's love to our loved ones!
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News Item11/23/05 9:31 AM
K.C.  
I agree, RV. Jessica, your posts reveal a wonderful relationship with Christ that we should all strive after.
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News Item11/23/05 8:34 AM
RV | Kenosha  
Jessica please except my electronic hug. Thankyou for sharing your heart, and "wow" I wish I could write like you. You really have quite a testimony, it is amazing how God can use the bad things in our lives which ultimatly end in glorifying our Lord and Savior.I have been with my wife for 27 years and, she is not saved. There are so many people that are praying for her and sometimes it is challenging to my own walk. I know by reading your letter that you can understand the frustrations. God tells us clearly not to be unequally yoked and when I married my wife the Holy Spirit layed that conviction on my heart and I did not listen. Even with the struggles I love my wife with all my heart and I can only pray that someday she will come to know Jesus like I do.
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News Item11/23/05 3:09 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
I struggled because of the turmoil, I wanted to make the marriage work. Paul had said that when the believing spouse sanctified their unbelieving spouse, their children would be clean. I strongly desired for our child to be clean and stuck with the marriage even though my every last bit of self respect was destroyed. Early in our separation I was unfaithful to the marriage, our marriage was abusive and I never though it would ever be repaired. When our marriage was "repaired" and I would get upset about immoral material around the house, I was told I was the whore, well every derogatory thing you can think of. I don't know how many times I have been told I was just like the devil. There being immoral material around the house made me not trust him at all and very vocal about it. This fuel his anger in calling me many dergatory names.

Having done all I could to stand, I doubted God's promises to me. I didn't know to the extent of my lack of faith. I was no longer standing in Christ, but dragging myself half alive. I was not the perfect example of Christ to my husband as I had hoped to be, and possibly I made an offscouring of myself.

Here I lie listless in the trenches and our battle is not against flesh and blood.

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News Item11/23/05 2:50 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
By the end of my husband and mine's seven year separation, Christ was my whole life. I loved Church, bible studies and prayer. I would wake myself up praying in my sleep. I studied the Bible for hours with gladness.

I was living with my parents and was uncomfortable with them burning sagebrush in my room, I left in less than a week with next to nothing. I went to see my husband to see if he still wanted the divorce I had refused him years earlier. He did not want a divorce and thought that my faith would sanctify my unbelieving husband, yet I found out just how weak my faith really was.

I was used to living, eating, breathing and sleeping seeking Christ and God's will. Yet often I would struggle and get fearful that God had forsaken me. I would talk about Christ every day because this was the norm for my life. My husband would get angry and say things like "how would you like it if people shoved Buddhism down people's throats?"

It seemed a battle constantly between Buddhism and Christ, my life spiraled into nightmare after nightmare. The turmoil and my insecurities fueled my feelings of forsakeness by God. I would speak of doubt concerning my salvation and fall short of the glory of God.

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News Item11/23/05 2:12 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
Why am I posting so much concerning Buddhism? It is still a horror to me and an oppression in my every day life.

My husband is into martial arts and he reads a lot of martial arts books. He watches alot of Kung Fu movies that in almost every instance have a Buddhist bias. Also the martial arts books have a Buddhist bias in most cases. He has many Christian beliefs and believes he is strong enough to sort out what is wrong and what is right. He has in the past tried to persuade our Child unto Buddhist concepts, while I was out of the room. As for me it is all a torment and a stumbling block for me. When we were reunited after being separated for seven years, I made him get rid of the Buddha he had, where he burnt incense. I was a fool! Getting rid of the outward, does not resolve the inward.

Years ago as a young woman, my mother changed the table seating, so that I would be facing the Buddha while I ate. I refused to eat and then there was a huge argument at hand. My parents were offended that I was not comfortable eating, while the Buddha was in my direct line of vision. It was a nightmare!

There are so many Buddhists in my town, shopkeepers display the images in the windows.

Abba Father! Oh God! Rid my husband, son and I of this falsehood once and for all! Abba

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News Item11/23/05 1:52 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
When I was growing up we had a large carved Buddha in our house. It had ivory teeth and eyes and little naked children carved all around it. From what remember it always made me feel uncomfortable .

I remember a story from someone visiting my parents. They were a child playing at the beach, a boat had gone down and there were all these carved Buddhas all over the beach. The young boys used them to play war, as large figures and would knock them down.

As a child I was given the doctrine of karma and was taught reincarnation. I dreaded and hated every day of my life, for I hated to think that I would have to be born, suffer and die over and over again. The doctrine of reincarnation continued to bring me grief into my teenage years; when I was taught to believe from the eckankar religion, that I deserved all the suffering I received, from things I didn't even realize I did in a past life. I had a dread and loathed my life and would wonder about what horrid sins I committed in my past lives, to receive all my many sufferings. In feeling that I deserved all my pain, I felt I could be expected to have pity from no one.

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News Item11/23/05 1:36 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
The Roman Catholic call the pope "Holy Father". The Buddhists call the dali lama "His Holiness the 14th". Both religions use prayer beads, and it may be have a similar hierarchy.

I understand that there are those who wish to reach the dali lama for Christ.

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News Item11/23/05 1:19 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
Those with ungodly desires shall perish and their desire along with them:

Psalm 112:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

The Buddhist believes in refraining from food, yet God wants to give them their sustainance:

Psalm 145:15-17 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

We are commanded to desire wisdom above jewels:

Proverbs 3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

The desire of the righteous is granted:

Proverbs 10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

Again the Buddhist may miss out if he sees all desire, as something too be avoided.

Proverbs 11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

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News Item11/23/05 1:09 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
Solomon was commanded by God not to marry pagan wives. Men at war in ancient Israel were not forbidden to desire a woman to be made wife, who was among the enemy captives, as long as they followed The Lord's instructions in making the union clean.

Deuteronomy 21:10-12 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

Those who stray from God have abhorrent desires:

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

God is compassionate towards the desires of the humble:

Psalm 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

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News Item11/23/05 12:57 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
To blanket all desire as wrong, is a grave delusion of The Buddhist belief system. One particular desire that is wrong; in which many Buddhists falter, is the bowing before graven images covered with gold.

Deuteronomy 7:25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therin: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.

Because Solomon asked for wisdom instead of wealth, God gave him his hearts desires. This seemed not to be a hindrance to Solomon until he started desiring women who worshiped pagan deities, in desiring to please these wives, he paid homage to these deities.

1 Kings 5:10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to all his desire.

When our desires are in line with God's will, then we can have joy as we walk in His truth.

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News Item11/23/05 12:53 AM
Mike | New York  
Jessica,

The Buddhists could be right about desire being the root of pain, at least in one instance. Ice Cream. Did you ever eat ice cream too quickly? Oh, the pain!

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News Item11/23/05 12:41 AM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  
Buddhist's believe that the root of pain is desire; It is taken to the extreme to deny themselves of food, simple comforts and sexual abstinence.

Not dissimilar to the Catholic faith of yesteryears, in which it was considered more commendable for a young man to become a priest(And to abstain from marriage). I believe it may be also the case with Buddhists; In that they see the one who abstains from marriage in order to become a Buddhist monk, as following a higher calling.

In both instances we see those who have the false doctrine, of forbidding others to marry.

1 Timothy 4:1-4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;

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News Item11/22/05 6:06 PM
Ron  
and it is funny that doctors are not allowed near him, but when he supposedly gets bit by a snake, people quickly rush and draw a curtain around him for 5 days. Hmmm, maybe for medicine and food? When he gets hungry again, maybe they will say a spider bit him so they can put a curtain around him again. lol Right. How long can you tread water?
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News Item11/22/05 6:02 PM
Ron  
What a crock! that boy is getting fed from someone or something. Why wouldn't he let doctors get any closer than 5 feet? Because he has a stash of food stored in that makeshift hut of his. there is no way a 15 year old boy is going to go for 6 months without food. Only Christ is able to sustain someone for that long, and it is evident he is not relying on Christ.
And selling his own photos to people who are worshipping him? Many are deceiving and being deceived.
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News Item11/22/05 2:40 PM
Peter  
I think I see the face of mary on that tree...
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News Item11/22/05 2:39 PM
M2  
This boy needs to get up and attend Sundayschool at his local church.
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News Item11/22/05 11:41 AM
Neil | Tucson  
Lance, are Australian Buddhists more prudish, or are they just less notorious?

Also bear in mind that such teaching on sexual abstention likely has different motives, either utilitarianism or asceticism.

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News Item11/22/05 9:49 AM
N Fraser  
David Blaine would be impressed at this!
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