Life Buddha-Boy: A Conjecture that the Famous Ram Bahadur Bomjon, Rumored to Be a Nepalese Child-Saint, Is Not a Charlatan and Just Wants to Be Left the Fuck Alone
posted by December 27 at 11:28 AMon
Here he is, the Buddha Boy:
Also known as Ram Bahadur Bomjon, the 16-year-old BB is a spiritual celebrity who disappeared into the jungles of Nepal in March and reappeared on Christmas day. (Notably, carrying a sword—on Christmas. “I came not to bring peace but a sword,” said Christ in Matthew 10.) The news is all over this kid.
Anyway, his followers believe BB is the reincarnation of Guatama Buddha, with the usual wild claims that congeal around child saints: that as a young boy he would never fight or kill an animal, he refused to eat anything but scraps, that he has been meditating for nearly a year eating nothing but herbs and water.
See him beneath the tree in his sacred grove?
That tree is a pipal tree, aka a bo tree, aka the kind of tree Gautama Buddha was sitting under when he got enlightened.
Skeptics think the BB is full of BS, that the whole scheme (the bo tree, the disappearances, the childhood mythology) is a way to fleece ignorant villagers out of money. I would agree but for one thing: BB’s mudras, or sacred hand gestures. Look at the top picture again. See his hands? If BB was putting on a piece of spiritual theater, his mudras would be grand, the gesture of transmitting wisdom:
or something else to broadcast his high spiritual attainment. Instead his hands are in the humble shuni mudra:
Shuni is the mudra of give-me-patience. It’s a small gesture, one that allegedly helps you keep your cool (that’s just what I hear—I’m no goddamned hippie). The shuni mudra also looks like the opposite of flipping the bird, like “fuck me, not you.” It’s as if he’s exasperated by the photographer and the attention and just wants to be left the fuck alone.
That is the attitude of a true saint.
Carry on, Buddha Boy!