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It was only a matter of time. When one faith meets another faith, the interaction usually results in the height of human silliness.
A case in point when a Christian fundamentalist reader of ours encountered our Irregular Times articles about Buddhist marathon meditator Ram Bomjon, he wrote the comment that you see in blockquote below.
Ram Bomjon is a teenage boy in Nepal, who, according to his followers, has been meditating for something like seven months now without moving, with eating or drinking, and without going to the bathroom. Ram Bomjon’s inner circle says he just sat down at the base of a pipal tree, and hasn’t moved since, in spite of the fact that he has been bitten by a snake.
Skeptics of Ram Bomjon point out that no outsider has been allowed to get closer than 15 feet to the boy, and that Ram Bomjon is often hidden from public view by a series of barriers erected by his inner cadre of fellow teenagers. They note the great financial benefits that Ram Bomjon’s village has received from the publicity surrounding the meditation marathon, and the money received by the local Buddhist monks as well, from pilgrims eager to buy Ram Bomjon souvenirs. We’ve pointed out that photographs prove that Ram Bomjon has moved, in spite of believers’ claims to the contrary.
So, Ram Bomjon may be a huckster. But does that make him the antichrist? Well, according to our Christian fundamentalist reader, yes. A reader calling himself THE GOD SQUAD, whom I suspect is employed by the company that makes the Caps Lock key for computer keyboards, left the following amusing comment about Ram Bomjon’s vigil:
““Little Buddha” First of all he is NOT GOD!!! Anti Christ maybe? The Anti Christ(Satan)will deceive the whole world, and every religon except the born again Jews and Christians, by saying that he’s “GOD” and those of you who don’t read,and study your bible will most likely follow the Anti Christ.The second coming of Christ Jesus will happen after SATAN deceives the whole world FIRST by saying that he’s “GOD” and forceing his mark on you,or off with your HEAD!!! by the way satan’s mark (THE MARK OF THE BEAST) is most likely a computer micro chip!!! THAT boy is a FAKE or MAYBE the ANTICHIRST! But GOD!!! NEVER that BOY does’nt hold a candle compare to GOD. By the way GOD’S son is JEWISH!!!! May the REAL GOD who is in HEAVEN as we speak shed some LIGHT on YOU!!! May CHRIST be with you!! Merry CHRISTmas!!! “
I am not convinced by THE GOD SQUAD that Ram Bomjon is the antichrist, but I am convinced that the road to high humor is traced through comments about microchips and the mark of the Beast. Are we to believe that Satan has been travelling the foothills of the Himalayas, inspiring teenage boys to sit down by trees in order to inspire the earth into triggering the End Times? Well, I don’t have firsthand experience with Ram Bomjon and his tree sitting show, but I suspect that he has more in common with Elmer Gantry than with Damien in The Omen.
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15 Responses to “Is Ram Bomjon the AntiChrist?”
- John Stracke Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 8:27 pmY’know, if someone hasn’t moved after being bitten by a snake, that usually doesn’t mean he’s divine. Usually it means he’s dead!
- Junga Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 9:46 amOr paralyzed.
- bonjonjovi Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 2:29 amCliffordYou are the fucken anti christ you freak!!!!
- THE GOD SQUAD Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 2:43 amClifford I did make the Caps lock button on the keyboard you freak!!!!
- HareTrinity Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 6:06 pmOf course you did, GodSquad. By the way, you know that “the beast” whose mark is the infamous 666 isn’t necessarily Satan, right? Maybe you need to calm down a bit.
- ugh Says:
January 8th, 2006 at 8:01 pmyou are idiots!
- Peregrin Wood Says:
January 8th, 2006 at 11:10 pmHuh? Who’s an idiot here? Am I stupid for not being able to figure out what the heck you’re talking about, ugh?Do you think it’s stupid to reject the idea that Ram Bomjon is the antichrist, or do you think it’s stupid to reject the idea that Ram Bomjon is a bona fide guru with something of value to teach?
- D-Man Says:
January 12th, 2006 at 1:46 pmWhile the anti-Christ idea is always good for a laugh, it would also be a stretch at this point to say the boy has had something of value to teach, at this point.
Remember, the Buddha, after attaining Enlightenment, stayed in meditation for some time, but eventually went out to begin his teaching career. This boy has not yet done that.
In addition, there are forms of meditation, that, according to the Buddha’s teachings, while worthwhile, do not lead to enlightenment (i.e. jhana meditation unsupplemented by vipassana). So, the boy may be doing this type of meditation, and be far less than a Buddha. This is according to Buddhist principles.
- Mario Says:
January 13th, 2006 at 1:50 pmLook for updates looking for Palden Dorje, Ram Bamjan or Buddha Gyani. There are newer notes and researches under
- Anthony Says:
January 14th, 2006 at 7:36 pmOpen your mind and accept something new. Who know at the end something good will happen to you and others. If It’s a scam, too bad so sad, it’s just a scam among thousand scam happen every day. Anti-Christ is not just meaning a person or another religous, to me anti-christ is war, hunger and evil. By the way, the boy didn’t say he was a god
- Patricia Says:
January 14th, 2006 at 7:54 pmUm, Anthony, are you arguing that Ram Bomjon is war, hunger and evil?Think before you type.
- Ranendra Says:
January 20th, 2006 at 12:48 pmI think most of you don kno anythin about hinduism and buddhism so jas shut ur mouth …….don u guys hav any job namin ppl anti christ…….1st of all in nepal there is hardly any christian
ppl so there is no reason of being an anti christ in a country like NEPAL……am from NEPAL soooo I kno better than any of u guys here even the author who wrote this article…….he has sth prob with him…..
- Livingearth Says:
January 23rd, 2006 at 2:03 pmI think we have thousands of AntiChrist in the US or we wouldnt have so much serious crimes, hatred and war. This young man just wants to sit and meditate so that he can help others with wisdom that budhists have been seeking and using well bfore Christ they call “enlightenment”. Kudos for seeking something other than a control via laws or fundamentalist rhetoric always aimed at doing harm to others. Our goals must be to help others all the time, like Jesus. Therefore if the Buddha wants to come back from Heaven so the speak to help the masses, I love that with all of my heart, as would God since he created the Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Abraham and all of the prophets. White Christians, please open you hearts and eyes to more than you know as it is very little that you actually know.
- meh Says:
January 29th, 2006 at 6:38 pmGod does not act according to rational thought. You can not sit here and debate what is what or expect to know by careful study of rational thought to understand and predict devine acts.
- Anti Clifford Says:
February 6th, 2006 at 5:50 pmClifford your word reflects to your personality
you are A great joker ANTI BHUDA i think you need a pill men