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  'Buddha boy' unrepentant  
 

UPENDRA LAMICHHANE

BARA, July 26:  ´Buddha boy´ Ram Bahadur Bamjan has claimed that he has done nothing wrong in beating up the locals of Manaharwa, Bara, on Thursday for trying to disrupt his penance and declared that he won´t go to court for hearing.

“Does a tapaswee (meditating sage) go to courts?” Bamjan asked reporters at an interaction with the media after the police took his statement in Halkhoriya forest, Bara, where he is meditating, on Sunday evening.

"I abide by the law, but only the right ones. There are wrong laws too. I have done no wrong," he insisted and added, "They disturbed me while I was meditating… tried to manhandle me. I was therefore forced to beat up them.”

A group of 17 persons had lodged a formal complaint against Bamjan on Saturday morning claiming that he took them under control on Thursday when they reached the spot while looking for wild fruits and vegetables and thrashed them with an axe handle for around 22 hours before releasing them on Friday afternoon.

He also denied that he beat up them in a room as claimed by the locals. “I beat up them with my hands and not with an axe handle. The locals have lied. I have just slapped them two-three times,” he claimed.

He, however, couldn´t elaborate on how a man sustained head injury with slaps. “I tolerated when they smoked cigarettes and made noise but they climbed on the platform where I was meditating and tried to imitate me. I slapped them after they crossed all the limits,” he said.



He said the group didn´t retaliate against him and hinted that he would have used his divine powers if the locals had retaliated. “I would also have done something had they retaliated. It (divine power) could have been used had the situation arose,” he said when asked what he would have done in case of retaliation and if he had divine powers.

He also refuted the accusations that he thrashed the locals even after they apologized. “They didn´t apologize in the beginning. They started to join their hands in apology only after I started slapping them,” he claimed.

He had started six-years of penance on May 16, 2005, and has just 10 months remaining to complete his mission. He reiterated his claim that he has eaten nothing in the period.

“I have not eaten up to now. I don´t know what will transpire in the future,” he said. On future plan after completing the six-year meditation, he said: “I will share the knowledge that I have gained in this period with the world.”



Despite conceding to have beaten the locals he claimed he didn´t do so in anger. “I never get angry. I do everything with a smile. There weren´t any of my associates around and I was forced to punish them,” he reasoned. “I wouldn´t have talked to you [journalists] if I were angry,” he added.

He also refuted allegations that he slammed the locals for animal sacrifice during the Gadhimai Festival in November while beating up them. “There was no mention of Gadhimai in this incident,” he said. He had promised to stop the animal sacrifice at the festival, but did not turn up in the end averting possible confrontation.

He, however, claimed that he achieved some success in stopping the sacrifice. “I stopped it. Just 20,000 animals were sacrificed this time while it used to be hundreds of thousands. I was not completely successful due to non-cooperation of others,” he argued.

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Published on 2010-07-26 11:10:05
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@Jimbo -obviously you had to come and pollute this strain -you former colonialist will never leave us in peace.

@Saroj you have made all the valid points.

@ Others -e is still a very young person. because he has a ´goal´ to be enlightened does not mean that your insecurities of your life should be poured upon him. Regardless of the trivialities of whether he eats etc -that should not be the focus. Apparently it shames many people that he actually is liv [more]
  - iyamwutiam
I have yet in many years to meet a man who has a beard and a shaved mustache that in the end did not turn out to be a total fraudulent douche. [more]
  - Jimbo
I understand him. He did and act according to sittuation. It is normal. And he did not use his divine powers to impress them or hurt them. And thats a true buddhist approach. To thouse of you who make a bitter comments - throw a stone first if you are so without a blame to judge others. In other words its hipocris that speaks by such bitterness not Wisdom of right discrimination. [more]
  - Planetar
I understand him. He did and act according to sittuation. It is normal. And he did not use his divine powers to impress them or hurt them. And thats a true buddhist approach. To thouse of you who make a bitter comments - throw a stone first if you are so without a blame to judge others. In other words its hipocris that speaks by such bitterness not Wisdom of right discrimination. [more]
  - Planetar
a guy in seclusion for some higher purpose....yes he is doing it...it´s his life and free to live the way he wants...his basic human right....until and unless his desires don´t violate others´ right to live...he did no crime....he protected himself...what anyone of us would do if someone tries throwing us our domicile?



they irritated him and he bashed them up to regain his seclusion...is there any doctrine or laws that abides the sage that he should [more]
  - saroj acharya
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