14706Nepalese Buddha Boy 'reappears'
- Mar 23, 2006From BBC.com:
Nepalese Buddha Boy 'reappears'
A missing Nepalese teenager popularly known as "Buddha Boy"
reappeared briefly on Sunday, his followers say.
The committee managing the meditation site of Ram Bomjan, 16,
released video of its members purportedly meeting the boy near his
village in southern Nepal.
The boy's meditation and apparent 10-month fast attracted global
attention before he vanished in March.
Large numbers of devotees flocked to see him to leave offerings. A
massive search operation is still under way.
'Not to worry'
The chairman of the Om Namo Buddha Tapaswi Sewa Samiti (ONBTSS), Bed
Bahadur Lama, told reporters that he and his colleagues had met
Bomjan about 3km (2 miles) south-west of his meditation site in Bara
district on Sunday.
He said Bomjan had spoken to them for half an hour.
"He said he would reappear after six years. He has asked monks to
perform prayers in the meditation spot," Mr Lama told reporters.
"I left because there is no peace here... Tell my parents not to
worry," Mr Lama quoted Bomjan as saying.
The alleged meeting is the first news of the boy's possible
whereabouts since he disappeared on 11 March. District authorities
say they cannot confirm the sighting.
Bomjan's followers and security personnel have launched a massive
search operation in Ratnapuri forest and surrounding areas but have
so far failed to locate him.
Bomjan's followers claim he was an incarnation of Lord Buddha who was
born in Lumbini, in present-day Nepal, more than 2,500 years ago.
His followers say he has been meditating for 10 months without food
or water and is immune to fire and snake bites.
But these claims have not been independently verified. Scientists
were unable to examine the boy as his followers said it would disturb