The Boy With Divine Powers — Discovery Channel Documentary

November 17, 2008 4039

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Nepal, the birthplace of Buddhism,

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a magical and mysterious land in which legends

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such as the fabled Shangri-La and the elusive Yeti

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have dominated cultures for generations.

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But a new story has emerged,

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one that is being seen as a modern miracle,

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something only possible through the spiritual power of Buddhism.

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It's a phenomena that people draw great pride and inspiration from here. (Keithe D. Lesile, Writer)

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Ram Bomjan, a fifteen year old boy

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has been meditating in the dense jungle

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without food or water for ten months.

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He hasn't eaten anything.

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Not even water?

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No.

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Many suggest he is a physiological and cognitive freak

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with such immense power of mind over matter

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it could change the way we look at modern science

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and medicine forever.

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If he has truly gone without food and water,

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it is difficult to explain on a purely scientific basis

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and you would have to bring in spirituality here. (Dr. Prativa Pandey, Travel Medical Centre, Kathmandu)

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As millions of pilgrims flock to the site, we will explore the truth.

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To see that in the middle of Nepal, in the middle of all, with crowds around,

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that's very very special and very questioning of course. (Jerome Edou, Writer and Buddhist Scholar)

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Is he the second coming, Buddha reincarnate

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or is this something far more sinister?

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An elaborate hoax in which a young boy is being

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starved to death before our very eyes for profit?

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Many people fast for religious or health reasons for short periods of time

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but they never reject all sustenance.

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The longest a person can go without food

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has been documented as being around 2 1/2 months

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before you die of starvation.

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In an open environment breathing normally

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with warm air surrounding you without any fluid at all,

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you would last four, perhaps five, days. (Catherine Collins, Dietician)

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Ram Bomjan has not eaten and, more importantly, not drunk anything for ten months.

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By filming him continuously over the next four days,

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we will investigate this phenomenon

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and discover whether a human being can live without food and water.

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It would be impossible to meditate for that long without food and water.

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I studied similar cases in the past and this is possible. (Dr. Sudhir V. Shah, Director of Neurosciences)

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Through his deep meditation

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he has gone into an hibernating state

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and he is living on spiritual energy. (Lucy-Ann Prideaux, Nutritionist)

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I can't accept that,

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it goes against what I know about how the body works, about the nutrition that you need.

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He is getting food and he is getting fluid from somewhere.

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Ram has never been scientifically tested.

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He sits undisturbed, as millions watch his every move.

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If he did the same thing in Birmingham or in Baltimore,

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I am not sure that society would perceive him in the same way.

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Why isn't he in school, why isn't he getting a job,

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he should be doing something.

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Nepal is a country relatively untouched by the global market,

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where 90% are devout Hindus and 10% Buddhists.

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I think it is a great story for Nepal,

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I mean, I think it comes at a right time.

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Nepal is in a state of political turmoil,

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so I think it's very interesting that, all of a sudden, there is this

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birth of a myth in front of our eyes, you know, just starting.

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Nepal faces a stark desolate reality without its religious beliefs.

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I don't know if the story of Ram Bahadur Bomjan

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appeals to a certain consciousness now

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looking for some saint, some figure,

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someone who can perform miracles

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at a time when life seems so torturing and broken and uncertain.

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As science progresses, it pushes God further and further out.

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And where science hasn't yet encroached, you will find God. (Dr. John Leach, Psychology Lecturer, Lancaster University)

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Ram began meditating in May 2005.

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By November the remarkable story heads the press worldwide.

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Newspapers claim fake,

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government officials say that the boy's local supporters

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have received around 4000 pounds in donations.

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Up until now no film crew has been allowed to get close.

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We will attempt to be the first to obtain proof of the claims of the Buddha boy.

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With fierce loyalty, his followers hide him at certain times of the day.

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This has drawn suspicion.

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But who are these followers and what are their motives?

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What has happened is that, because of the people who started coming in,

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it has turned into a kind of a circus. (Kunda Dixit, Editor Nepali Times)

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Soon roads become nothing but dirt tracks.

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After travelling more that twelve hours from Kathmandu,

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the last forty kilometers through dense jungle,

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suddenly a gate manned by sentries bars the way any further.

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And we are diverted into a bustling temporary city of hawkers,

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fast food sellers and a bus park in the middle of nowhere.

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Previously we used to farm only but now there are jobs available,

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there is good income.

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Amazingly ten months ago, there was nothing here but jungle.

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ever since the boy began his meditation.

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There is a kind of economic desperation which

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perhaps a phenomenon like this will attract people.

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I used to run a restaurant in the city, but this one makes much more money.

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After walking five kilometers from the temporary city with the throngs of devotees,

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we are confronted by crowds twenty deep

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and the boy surrounded by a series of barbed wire fences.

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We have to fight our way through just to get a glimpse from the fifty meter fence.

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People have come from far and wide.

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Many have walked for days.

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Some give offerings, others pray or give donations.

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We need to get closer than the fence is allowing us

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and soon realize Ram's eldest brother is running the site.

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Ganga Jeet Bomjan leads the committee;

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an eighteen strong self-appointed group

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set up to protect the boy's welfare

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and it will be his decision if we are allowed to film.

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Today I am busy, maybe tomorrow is a good day.

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Finally he lets us to film inside the fifty meter boundary.

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Unfortunately just as we reached a second fence

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at a distance of twenty five meter from the boy,

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we are stopped from going any further.

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So it is here we start recording.

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By the end of our first day Ram has not moved a muscle

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since we began filming eight hours previously.

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If you wanted to prove that he really wasn't taking any fluid at all,

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you would have to film continuously for at least four to five days.

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At 10 pm we are moved back to the fifty meter fence,

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too far away for our infrared cameras to pick out the boy.

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Without water even under reasonably good conditions

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you're talking about lasting no more than about four days.

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He is trapped behind the gate padlocked by the brother.

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He has the only key; it is the only access in or out.

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By staying at the site and continually filming

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we hope to find some clues

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to Buddha boy's remarkable claim.

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In Nepal, Ram Bomjan, a fifteen year old boy has been meditating

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in the hollow of a tree for ten months.

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He plans to continue for six years.

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I do know the case of a medical student (James Scott, Survivor),

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he did survive without food for something like forty three days but

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he was able to survive on snow.

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So far his supporters claim he has not eaten or drunk anything.

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I get the feeling this is going to be slightly different than some of the other

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Hindu scams that have happened,

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some of these are not genuine holy men,

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they have long beards and then they smear themselves in ashes

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and then they would be in cohorts with the local villagers.

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This one, I think, will carry on a bit.

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We are into our second day 27 hours into filming;

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still not enough to prove that this is a miracle or a scam.

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To find out the truth we're staying on site day and night

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to film continuously for another 69 hours,

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as this is the time it takes for an average human being to die

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without any water.

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And seventy percent of the body is water,

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without it, it would affect every physical functioning of the body.

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By day two you start to cannibalize

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the stores of protein that you have.

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I will say, from day two your skin is going to get rough,

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cracks appearing at the corner of the lips,

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and skin will lose its color and the brightness and the elasticity.

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So far we have not seen any of these physical changes

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in the boy's appearance.

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He is surviving on nourishment.

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The question is what kind of nourishment?

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We can't, as westerners, tap into

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using spiritual force, spiritual energy for nourishment.

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That's the key here.

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Every morning an army of hawkers move in selling Buddha boy's merchandise

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including brochures, photo albums and DVDs.

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We started selling these CDs a month ago when we were allowed to do so.

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Many of the sellers and pilgrims think he is the reincarnation of Buddha.

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His dream has been to gain the Buddha's knowledge and spread the light of peace.

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The similarities are uncanny.

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Siddhartha the Buddha was born a mere hundred and fifty miles away

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to a mother with the same name, Maya Devi.

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Both chose to meditate for six years under the same type of tree

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and follow a life of abstinence [note 1].

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Buddha eventually found enlightenment through meditation

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and that is what Ram is trying to achieve.

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You can see a light coming from the top of his head

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and sometimes from his forehead.

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Many of the stories circulating at the site are probably just gossip,

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but they all feed the myth and the growing aura of the boy.

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One story that started the legend was a poisonous snake biting on two separate occasions.

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I saw him after the snake bite and he looked very pale.

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Cobras and vipers are common to the area and their bite is fatal.

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Incredibly Ram required no medical attention from the bites.

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Because of his meditation

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his fluid eliminated the poison. (Bhikkhu Maitri, Founder, International Buddhist Society)

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I heard about it. Some saw the blood but no one saw the snake.

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He was sweating there and with the sweating his poison was gone.

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The boy himself does seem to have some spiritual powers.

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If we were bitten by a snake, we would already be gone.

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Just because of his meditation, pure meditation, he is alive.

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You know you could question if you don't believe in these things

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but the people seem to, his family seems to have faith in it

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so we have to sort of recognize that.

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True or not it is apparent that Ram Bomjan is putting himself in danger

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not only by refusing sustenance

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but also by sitting exposed to the elements and wild life.

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This fatalistic attitude to death is very common in Asia.

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At this time you know he lacks calories, he lacks proteins, he lacks vitamins,

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and he lacks water so he would be susceptible to illnesses.

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He's got no ability to maintain any immune response or to support any immune response

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and it does increase his risk of dying from an acute infection.

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This lack of fear in dying is reflected in the way Nepalese conduct their funeral rituals.

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In the west they are private sad affairs, but there is openness here.

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An acceptance that sees death as part of the cycle of life.

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Many put their bodies through extremes as they think it's their mission in life.

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There are many stories about these Rishi Munis

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and these great sages in the past.

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Some of them could live without food and water

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for many years, not many months. (Dinesh Raj Bhuju, Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology)

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In modern literature "Geripala" the non- eating saint survived without food and water for sixty six years,

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the longest time on record.

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Today there are many that claim extreme fasting

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from Pilot Baba, who survived under water for five days without breathing,

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to Yogi Mata who buried herself alive for seventy two hours.

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Even in Buddhist philosophy, there are people like that.

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Five hours into the second day of watching Ram

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detained at the twenty five meter fence,

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a chance arises to try to find some answers to this extreme fasting phenomenon.

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Lama Lekshey, grand master from India runs several monasteries around the world.

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It was at one of these that Ram was taught meditation.

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The lama has come to check on his pupil

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and allows us to follow him into the inner sanctum.

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The boy belongs to Kegyu Buddhist

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which is in India in Himanchhal Pradesh and that monastery belongs

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to the Shakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. (Lama Jamyang Lekshey, Shakya Tibetan Monastery)

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Very little is known of Shakya, one of the four Buddhist traditions.

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Its leaders keep their teachings a closely guarded secret.

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Buddha's teaching or our practice is not for your fame,

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not for your reputation, not to collect so many disciples.

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We usually don't expose much.

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We have another meditator; he has been doing this for the last thirty years.

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Today his hairs are so long that he can't stretch down so he put them to

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small bag hanged up behind and then put all the hairs into that.

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To endure solitary existence in extreme conditions,

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obviously, if he is genuine,

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he has to use some yogic techniques

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like feeding on the air, feeding on the breath.

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There are other techniques where you use stone,

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a little stone that you put in your mouth

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and you feed on the stone.

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There are all those stories,

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they are documented in the literature, Buddhist literature.

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To understand what type of yogic techniques Ram is practicing from Shakya tradition of teaching,

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the Lama sits and stares at the boy.

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I am amazed by the immense intensity of his determination.

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He told his mother that he was going to sit there for six years and reach Buddhahood

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which is very rare, I mean nobody says that.

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They sit facing each other for more than an hour

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and what seems to turn into a meditation duel,

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sweat starts to fall from Ram's face despite a lack of movement

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and an air temperature of only fifteen degree centigrade [59 °F].

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To suddenly start pouring sweat from the face is a very strange phenomenon,

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he is managing to control his body's physiological process

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which no one has demonstrated before.

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It is not something you ever see in western society

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and how that's been controlled is beyond my level of knowledge.

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When he was sitting down,

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I was doing my meditation;

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actually I was competing

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and you know that the sweat came down.

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Why did he sweat?

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Oh, no it's a secret thing, I don't want to tell you right now.

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In ancient Buddhist texts it is written there is yogic technique called "Tummo"

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which increases the body temperature under intensive meditation,

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sweating is a side effect.

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The question is a young boy like that, you know, how he has mastered these kinds of techniques.

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Obviously he has not practiced a long time in caves,

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or in solitude, or in a monastery, so he is very rare.

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Especially nowadays to hear somebody is doing it

0:16:43.284,0:16:47.324
in front of everybody like that, I mean totally live.

0:16:55.380,0:16:57.947
To understand how Ram learned the practice of Tummo

0:16:57.982,0:17:00.643
and continue to survive without food and water,

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we must look into his past and his first visit to Lumbini,

0:17:04.726,0:17:06.331
the birth place of Buddha.

0:17:06.366,0:17:08.386
These places are the power point,

0:17:08.421,0:17:12.646
if you are staying here with faith, devotion and with the mindfulness

0:17:12.681,0:17:15.788
definitely that energy will do something

0:17:15.823,0:17:19.674
for your brain and to your physical body.

0:17:19.709,0:17:23.634
Definitely a boy like that, you know, who is so much devoted

0:17:23.669,0:17:26.077
and sitting for almost seven or eight months

0:17:26.112,0:17:28.752
and meditating in a jungle, you know,

0:17:28.787,0:17:33.318
definitely I believe that he was very much inspired

0:17:33.353,0:17:38.520
maybe got some power, that's possible. (Basanta Bidari, archaeologist and writer)

0:17:48.248,0:17:51.395
After Lumbini, Ram chose to study at the secret Tibetan monastery

0:17:51.430,0:17:53.275
near Dehradun, India.

0:17:53.310,0:17:57.853
Ten thousand feet up in the Himalayan Mountains and cut off from civilization.

0:17:57.888,0:17:59.886
There are many examples of monks practicing

0:17:59.921,0:18:03.422
Tummo intensive meditation in the hills nearby.

0:18:03.457,0:18:09.042
Ram sort of gravitated towards this monastery and at that moment,

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I think it was 2002 or 2003 that he came;

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he sort of like his own recognition. (Seren Tan, Sponsor, Kyegu Monastery)

0:18:19.998,0:18:22.154
Well he is too different.

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Why is he too different?

0:18:24.375,0:18:30.242
It's like something different to the other monks.

0:18:30.277,0:18:32.887
Tummo is a particular form of Tibetan meditation

0:18:32.922,0:18:36.436
where the exponents are capable of withstanding

0:18:36.471,0:18:38.986
extremely harsh conditions with very little food,

0:18:39.021,0:18:42.005
very little water and very little clothing.

0:18:42.040,0:18:46.787
Some Lamas are doing meditation in the icy Himalayas,

0:18:46.822,0:18:50.011
from their body they bring the heat

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so same way maybe he has done that.

0:18:54.080,0:18:57.074
American scientists tested the theory in 1982.

0:18:57.109,0:19:00.694
Monks were soaked in sheets of cold water,

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forty five minutes later steam began rising through the cloth.

0:19:04.446,0:19:06.714
Some of the studies I have been doing, show that

0:19:06.914,0:19:09.568
even novices using Tibetan chanting

0:19:09.603,0:19:11.946
can increase their tolerance to cold press of pain

0:19:11.981,0:19:14.629
by a hundred percent or more.

0:19:19.018,0:19:23.032
But imagine he can do this for hours and hours and days on end,

0:19:23.067,0:19:25.815
extremely special skill.

0:19:26.001,0:19:28.517
But he learnt extra also.

0:19:30.467,0:19:31.844
Extra, you mean he learnt extra hours in the classroom?

0:19:32.417,0:19:34.468
Not classroom, in his room like homework.

0:19:34.503,0:19:39.539
He is doing what they call an absorption kind of meditation,

0:19:39.574,0:19:43.853
you train your mind to switch off.

0:19:43.888,0:19:47.389
The idea of meditation is to concentrate on your mind,

0:19:47.424,0:19:51.430
to observe your mind in perfect equanimity,

0:19:51.465,0:19:54.563
even though I am sure he is aware of what is going on at the same time

0:19:54.598,0:19:59.022
he keeps his concentration on his meditation,

0:19:59.057,0:20:02.048
that's why he is so strong, that's why he is so impressive.

0:20:02.083,0:20:05.502
So I truly believe he is a Buddha from the past life

0:20:06.603,0:20:10.264
and coming to this life time at a young age.

0:20:10.299,0:20:14.314
Well you know research has confirmed that with meditation

0:20:14.349,0:20:17.630
you lower your heart rate, you lower your cardiac output

0:20:17.665,0:20:19.625
and you also slow down breathing

0:20:19.660,0:20:22.694
so you really lower your metabolism to a level that

0:20:22.729,0:20:26.577
much less food can really sustain you

0:20:26.612,0:20:30.176
but starving for seven to eight months that has not really been looked at.

0:20:31.147,0:20:34.074
Scientists will think if you don't drink and eat

0:20:34.109,0:20:36.688
it is something but it is not for the Buddhist,

0:20:36.723,0:20:39.396
it is nothing to surprise.

0:20:39.431,0:20:42.337
Buddhists always think that you can change anything

0:20:42.372,0:20:45.159
if you can control your mind.

0:20:45.194,0:20:47.060
On returning from the monastery in India,

0:20:47.095,0:20:49.435
Ram spent an unhappy five months at home

0:20:49.470,0:20:51.832
before leaving to meditate in the jungle.

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His meditation was disturbed many times

0:20:51.832,0:20:56.614
before fences were setup to protect him.

0:20:59.773,0:21:01.954
Suddenly our filming is short cut again

0:21:01.989,0:21:04.287
as the brother catches us within the inner fence;

0:21:04.322,0:21:06.214
he fears we got too close.

0:21:06.249,0:21:08.550
His followers escort us from the area.

0:21:21.922,0:21:26.349
It is only now we noticed the full scale of the operation that protects the boy.

0:21:26.384,0:21:28.634
Dozens of disciples pace the perimeter,

0:21:28.669,0:21:31.315
others are hard at work building new fences,

0:21:31.350,0:21:34.355
sweeping and moving on the throngs of devotees,

0:21:34.390,0:21:37.519
there must be forty on duty at any one time.

0:21:42.747,0:21:45.929
Ram's brother has created a fortress around the boy.

0:21:45.964,0:21:50.084
He lives in constant fear that someone will one day break the meditation.

0:21:54.260,0:21:57.254
Despite his hostility the brother unexpectedly offers

0:21:57.289,0:21:59.559
to take us to the village where Ram once lived,

0:22:00.445,0:22:03.341
allowing a camera to be left at the site to continue filming

0:22:03.376,0:22:05.670
to prove Ram doesn't move.

0:22:05.705,0:22:08.188
This is my house.

0:22:09.103,0:22:12.940
There are nine children altogether living in the modest family home.

0:22:12.975,0:22:14.882
This is kitchen rooms.

0:22:16.105,0:22:18.985
Looking around, it appears life hasn't changed a great deal

0:22:19.020,0:22:21.049
since Ram began meditating.

0:22:21.084,0:22:23.559
Reports have said that donation money from the site

0:22:23.594,0:22:26.536
is going into the pockets of brother and his followers.

0:22:27.117,0:22:28.875
But there is little evidence to suggest

0:22:28.910,0:22:31.633
that the family are benefiting.

0:22:35.735,0:22:38.285
We don't use this money for domestic expenses

0:22:38.320,0:22:40.610
but deposit it into a bank account.

0:22:42.385,0:22:45.480
Obviously, once we deducted the running cost of the site,

0:22:45.515,0:22:47.460
like food and other such requirements

0:22:49.451,0:22:50.060
for the volunteers and the committee...

0:22:51.409,0:22:53.400
Obviously I feel some pain;

0:22:53.435,0:22:56.532
he has spent a long time in the jungle alone.

0:22:57.735,0:23:00.702
It rained for two months at first,

0:23:00.737,0:23:03.985
I feared he might die. (Maya Devi Bomjan, Ram's mother)

0:23:05.038,0:23:07.142
I asked him to join a monastery

0:23:07.177,0:23:10.918
and was even going to spend two hundred or three hundred rupees on it;

0:23:10.953,0:23:13.971
he refused, saying it was impossible for the teachers

0:23:14.006,0:23:17.172
to give him that level of education he needs.

0:23:18.745,0:23:22.735
He wanted God Himself to be his guru.

0:23:28.723,0:23:31.370
Just ten months ago, Ganga Jeet Bomjan was a farmer

0:23:31.405,0:23:36.356
working in the land in the village like generations before him.

0:23:36.391,0:23:38.840
Now he has a big responsibility

0:23:38.875,0:23:43.234
running a flourishing business looking after Nepal's biggest tourist attraction,

0:23:43.356,0:23:45.962
one that is growing every day.

0:23:48.483,0:23:51.157
Thousands have even flocked to see him and in the three hours

0:23:51.192,0:23:55.460
we've been at the house three hundred and fifty monks turned up to pay homage.

0:23:55.495,0:23:59.717
Ordinary fifteen year old boys are not wise like he is.

0:23:59.752,0:24:02.785
He is special, he is a god himself.

0:24:03.641,0:24:08.875
All souls have god within them but he is a real god. (Guru Ganshagar)

0:24:08.910,0:24:12.176
The brother seems to enjoy the power

0:24:12.211,0:24:16.079
holding calls, giving press interviews, and speaking to visitors.

0:24:16.114,0:24:20.861
Scam or not, what Ganga Jeet Bomjan has done is pretty remarkable,

0:24:20.896,0:24:25.270
turning around what was an impoverished part of the country and uniting its local people,

0:24:27.087,0:24:30.117
but how long can his authority remain unchallenged?

0:24:30.129,0:24:32.955
The committee seems to be growing by the day,

0:24:32.990,0:24:35.140
people getting fired, people coming in,

0:24:35.175,0:24:37.574
organized chaos.

0:24:37.609,0:24:40.107
They all want the slice of the pie.

0:24:43.552,0:24:45.612
Ram Bomjan has been sitting under a tree

0:24:45.647,0:24:47.608
in the jungle of southern Nepal.

0:24:47.643,0:24:52.038
His supporters claim without food or water for ten months.

0:24:52.073,0:24:56.318
Forty eight hours ago we started filming continuously day and night.

0:24:56.353,0:24:59.092
Just what should his body being going through?

0:24:59.127,0:25:02.151
By day three you stop producing urine,

0:25:02.186,0:25:04.357
the person's blood pressure will fall

0:25:04.392,0:25:07.982
because there is not enough fluid in the system to maintain the circulation.

0:25:08.017,0:25:10.424
His cheeks would really start to get hollow;

0:25:10.459,0:25:13.608
your skin is going to get rough and it would crack more easily,

0:25:13.643,0:25:15.071
it would bleed more easily

0:25:15.106,0:25:17.900
especially if someone is sitting in the environment

0:25:17.935,0:25:20.395
and not really protected from the elements

0:25:20.430,0:25:22.883
you know the rain, the sun and the cold weather.

0:25:22.918,0:25:25.021
Ram still looks exactly the same

0:25:25.056,0:25:29.097
We haven't witnessed him move, eat or drink anything since our arrival.

0:25:29.132,0:25:31.832
But strangely we have seen him sweating profusely,

0:25:31.867,0:25:34.238
an indication he is practicing Tummo,

0:25:34.273,0:25:36.632
an ancient form of meditation.

0:25:36.667,0:25:38.995
Could this yogic technique explain how he is managing

0:25:39.030,0:25:41.619
to survive and stay so healthy?

0:25:41.742,0:25:43.912
Through the power of his mind

0:25:43.947,0:25:47.720
he has been successful in physically lowering

0:25:47.755,0:25:51.385
his whole metabolic state, so therefore his requirements

0:25:51.420,0:25:54.156
are also going to drop-drop-drop

0:25:54.191,0:25:59.848
to two to three hundred calories, in energy terms, a day.

0:25:59.867,0:26:02.901
He would have been taking some nutrition from somewhere.

0:26:03.218,0:26:04.473
Perhaps it was tree sap,

0:26:04.508,0:26:07.349
he would be getting sugars from that and that would modify fast,

0:26:07.384,0:26:09.148
that would protect some of his protein stores.

0:26:09.175,0:26:12.887
I think he is practicing a type of ancient yogic exercises

0:26:12.922,0:26:16.730
where you can feed on one breath,

0:26:16.765,0:26:20.999
or feed on the element in the air.

0:26:21.146,0:26:23.264
The bark of the Pipal tree that Ram sits under

0:26:23.299,0:26:25.850
can have a powerful healing effect on skin complaints

0:26:25.885,0:26:28.530
such as a physical signs of dehydration.

0:26:28.565,0:26:30.431
However its sap is poisonous

0:26:30.466,0:26:32.223
and its berries, while edible,

0:26:32.258,0:26:34.457
only appear for two months of the year.

0:26:34.492,0:26:36.805
He must be surviving on something else.

0:26:36.840,0:26:39.286
So far, we have not seen anything to suggest

0:26:39.321,0:26:41.620
he is being fed or allowed to leave the site;

0:26:41.655,0:26:44.796
there is only one way out and that is where we observe from.

0:26:45.041,0:26:47.910
We are not the only one doing the investigation.

0:26:47.945,0:26:50.345
Ram Bhakta Gurung and his science team

0:26:50.445,0:26:52.964
have been doing independent research for the government

0:26:52.999,0:26:55.755
and have been observing Buddha boy for six days.

0:26:57.578,0:27:00.510
Even there is from morning to evening

0:27:00.545,0:27:03.674
like this meditation, it is not normal.

0:27:03.709,0:27:07.129
Overnight the temperature reaches a low of three degrees centigrade [37.4 ?F],

0:27:07.164,0:27:09.508
the coldest night yet, since our arrival.

0:27:09.543,0:27:12.339
The investigators and security shiver under blankets

0:27:12.374,0:27:16.550
but Ram is wearing just a thin cloth.

0:27:16.595,0:27:20.073
What you should see on a cold evening is if he is physically shivering.

0:27:20.080,0:27:22.010
So, if he isn't shivering,

0:27:22.045,0:27:24.918
he is managing to suppress the natural urge

0:27:24.953,0:27:26.903
to maintain his body temperature

0:27:26.938,0:27:29.528
at thirty six point eight degree centigrade.

0:27:29.563,0:27:31.684
This is more evidence to suggest Ram is doing

0:27:31.719,0:27:34.851
the yogic technique of intense Tummo meditation,

0:27:34.886,0:27:36.850
generating his own body heat

0:27:36.885,0:27:40.591
and preventing the onset of hypothermia.

0:27:40.626,0:27:42.960
At six in the morning we rush into the enclosure,

0:27:42.995,0:27:46.026
someone claims there is a blue light coming from his head,

0:27:46.426,0:27:47.724
we cannot see it.

0:27:48.588,0:27:51.301
How is Ram surviving without moving?

0:27:51.336,0:27:53.679
There are theories about surviving of the environment

0:27:53.714,0:27:56.497
but everything is just conjecture, nothing is fact...

0:27:56.698,0:27:58.173
Until now.

0:27:58.208,0:28:00.509
A scientific break through claiming evidence to

0:28:00.544,0:28:03.325
suggest that extreme fasting may indeed be possible

0:28:03.360,0:28:06.532
has just reached us from another part of the world.

0:28:11.163,0:28:13.561
A doctor in Ahmedabad, India

0:28:13.596,0:28:16.746
contacted us, after witnessing the boy on television.

0:28:16.781,0:28:19.081
He says that his team has made a discovery

0:28:19.116,0:28:22.144
that can finally solve so many questions.

0:28:22.179,0:28:25.222
I was really fascinated to see the boy

0:28:25.257,0:28:28.087
who is fasting for six to eight months

0:28:28.122,0:28:32.520
and that is not at all really so exciting to me

0:28:32.555,0:28:34.840
because I studied similar cases in the past

0:28:34.875,0:28:38.219
and I can understand that this is possible.

0:28:38.254,0:28:41.775
Dr. Shah's most famous case is Prahlad Jaani

0:28:41.810,0:28:45.031
a holy man who claims he hasn't eaten or drunk anything

0:28:45.066,0:28:47.104
since he was twelve.

0:28:47.139,0:28:49.795
I haven't eaten anything not even now

0:28:49.830,0:28:52.991
even though I am eighty years old.

0:28:53.026,0:28:56.060
That made me really quite excited because

0:28:56.095,0:28:58.940
I knew that this is something

0:28:58.975,0:29:04.332
going to change the feeling of medical world.

0:29:04.367,0:29:08.583
Although I walk hundred, two hundred kilometers in the jungle,

0:29:08.618,0:29:13.004
I never sweat nor feet tired or sleepy.

0:29:14.260,0:29:18.982
I can meditate for three, eight or twelve hours or even months.

0:29:21.782,0:29:24.880
Prahlad Jaani recently spent ten days in observation,

0:29:24.915,0:29:27.864
watched and filmed twenty four hours a day.

0:29:27.899,0:29:30.262
Minute to minute, second to second

0:29:30.297,0:29:33.207
and he was kept in a cabin which was sealed from outside,

0:29:33.242,0:29:35.141
the bathroom was sealed.

0:29:35.176,0:29:38.612
One of my assistants would remain with him

0:29:38.647,0:29:41.691
all throughout twenty four hours with changing duty.

0:29:41.726,0:29:43.802
Doctors would come throughout the day

0:29:43.837,0:29:47.435
at different times, which were not be told to him

0:29:47.470,0:29:51.366
and we made sure that nothing could go wrong

0:29:51.401,0:29:53.715
in the sense medical world should know

0:29:53.750,0:29:56.563
that was not a single report.

0:29:59.057,0:30:02.056
They took blood samples from me three times a day,

0:30:02.091,0:30:04.433
morning, afternoon and evening.

0:30:04.468,0:30:07.885
They checked my kidney, brain and put machines all over my body.

0:30:11.799,0:30:15.502
They were trying to find out which factors made my body work.

0:30:15.537,0:30:18.840
They put machines inside my body also.

0:30:19.504,0:30:21.464
He wasn't given any food or water

0:30:21.499,0:30:23.197
and even when he was allowed to take a bath

0:30:23.611,0:30:25.537
the quantity of water was measured before and after

0:30:25.572,0:30:27.448
to make sure nothing was lost.

0:30:27.483,0:30:32.853
As I said after ten days the parameters were all normal,

0:30:32.888,0:30:35.669
we studied his hematology

0:30:35.704,0:30:39.902
and whatever studies we could think of, we could do it.

0:30:39.937,0:30:43.501
I will live up to approximately one thousand to five thousand

0:30:43.536,0:30:47.135
may be even ten thousand years with this kind of body.

0:30:47.170,0:30:50.385
That there was no food or water given to this man,

0:30:50.395,0:30:53.040
that he did not pass urine or stool.

0:30:53.075,0:30:55.607
He did not even dribble urine.

0:30:55.642,0:30:58.520
After few hours the urine would appear,

0:30:58.555,0:31:01.997
some fluid would appear in the bladder and again it would disappear.

0:31:03.901,0:31:05.842
It is possible to modify fluid intakes

0:31:05.877,0:31:08.721
so you produce a very small amout of urine each day.

0:31:08.756,0:31:11.974
And if he is covered with a cloth the chances are that he could urinate

0:31:12.009,0:31:14.998
and it would evaporate from the ground or soak into the ground

0:31:15.033,0:31:17.285
without anyone noticing.

0:31:18.022,0:31:20.097
Modern medicine tells us that an average human

0:31:20.132,0:31:23.357
can only survive for four days without water.

0:31:23.389,0:31:28.283
While confined, Prahlad Jaani incredibly lasted 10 days under observation.

0:31:28.318,0:31:32.962
Dr. Shah has a theory on how he is managing to survive without food or fluid.

0:31:32.997,0:31:36.289
He feels the holy man is feeding off of the sun.

0:31:38.108,0:31:41.254
He used to do solar gazing,

0:31:41.289,0:31:46.249
he says that you have to go to a flat ground

0:31:46.284,0:31:50.142
and barefooted and just look at the sun.

0:31:50.177,0:31:52.765
Its impossible for us to generate

0:31:52.865,0:31:55.910
heat or light energy from looking at the sun,

0:31:55.945,0:31:58.253
almost like in the act of photosynthesis

0:31:58.288,0:32:01.098
which is the process by which plants generate their energy supply

0:32:01.133,0:32:05.280
and this is absolutely impossible for a human being to do.

0:32:05.315,0:32:08.220
On the first day, you will look for five seconds

0:32:08.255,0:32:10.429
but without blinking your eyes.

0:32:10.464,0:32:12.911
Every few days you will increase few seconds

0:32:12.946,0:32:16.213
and maybe after a month you come to a minute or so.

0:32:16.248,0:32:20.346
In fact, staring at the sun would damage the retina of the eye.

0:32:20.381,0:32:23.679
A scientist from America also examined him several times

0:32:23.714,0:32:28.484
opthalmic system and he found nothing abnormal.

0:32:28.519,0:32:31.741
The sun transmits energy through a hole in the holy man's throat

0:32:31.776,0:32:35.524
producing a sticky solid lump that he can redigest.

0:32:38.794,0:32:42.825
The rest he claims refills the chakra power points in his body.

0:32:42.950,0:32:45.689
It is not a miracle, it is supernatural.

0:32:45.724,0:32:47.453
Could these results provide the answers

0:32:47.488,0:32:50.956
to how the boy is surviving without food and water?

0:32:52.866,0:32:55.576
Unfortunately we cannot take Ram to a lab.

0:32:55.611,0:32:58.783
For us to have any chance of replicating doctor’s findings,

0:32:58.818,0:33:00.486
we must head back to Nepal

0:33:00.521,0:33:02.671
and set up once again from the beginning

0:33:02.706,0:33:07.108
for four days and four nights of continuous recording and observation.

0:33:07.143,0:33:09.480
However when we get back to the site,

0:33:09.515,0:33:12.078
we are met with a very different scenario.

0:33:12.113,0:33:14.768
While we were away fifty nine people witnessed

0:33:14.803,0:33:17.425
Ram spontaneously burst into flames

0:33:17.460,0:33:20.212
as fire erupted from his chest.

0:33:25.595,0:33:27.888
On the fifth of January, Wednesday [Thursday]

0:33:27.923,0:33:31.143
around eight o' clock we saw a fire coming from him.

0:33:31.178,0:33:33.713
He stood and threw the cloth in front of him

0:33:33.748,0:33:36.769
and was naked in the middle of burning fire.

0:33:36.804,0:33:38.991
And then after some time, in a very soft voice

0:33:39.026,0:33:41.112
he called for his brother.

0:33:41.147,0:33:43.678
He asked for a red robe to be thrown over him.

0:33:43.713,0:33:45.812
He wrapped the cloth over his body and he said,

0:33:45.847,0:33:47.917
let him concentrate on his meditation

0:33:48.080,0:33:50.668
and do not disturb him.

0:33:52.584,0:33:54.354
Over the past three hundred years

0:33:54.389,0:33:55.998
there have been more than two hundred reports

0:33:56.149,0:33:58.420
of spontaneous combustion [note 2];

0:33:58.760,0:34:01.677
the burning of a body without an identifiable ignition source.

0:34:01.712,0:34:04.720
Its cause is an unsolved mystery.

0:34:04.755,0:34:07.742
However looking at previous evidence of Ram's sweating

0:34:07.945,0:34:10.068
and assuming he can control and increase

0:34:10.111,0:34:12.774
his body temperature through Tumo meditation,

0:34:12.921,0:34:15.468
maybe this is an extreme demonstration of his power

0:34:16.335,0:34:20.043
or just an increasingly elaborate hoax to gain more publicity.

0:34:21.730,0:34:24.383
After just a week away security has tightened

0:34:24.418,0:34:27.958
and the brother seems a deflated figure.

0:34:27.799,0:34:31.138
When he starts making about twenty thousand rupees a day from this

0:34:31.173,0:34:32.923
and there is money involved,

0:34:32.958,0:34:35.094
this is Nepal. There are going to be fights,

0:34:35.129,0:34:38.066
it would be unnatural if the committee had not

0:34:38.101,0:34:39.645
started bickering about it yet.

0:34:39.680,0:34:42.700
The committee seems to have evolved and doubled in size,

0:34:42.735,0:34:45.052
and it is not clear who is in charge.

0:34:47.820,0:34:50.670
There are many voices, all challenging for superiority.

0:34:59.420,0:35:01.818
The family probably would feel left out about this

0:35:01.853,0:35:05.167
and probably feel like their son's original purpose

0:35:05.202,0:35:07.170
has been defeated by all this money making

0:35:07.550,0:35:09.113
and that it's very unbuddha like

0:35:13.631,0:35:15.614
There seems to be a split within the committee

0:35:15.649,0:35:18.555
as to whether or not we are to be allowed to continue.

0:35:18.590,0:35:20.764
In fact the government response has been interesting,

0:35:21.065,0:35:22.848
you know, originally they said, well, we're gonna test the boy,

0:35:23.281,0:35:25.367
the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology

0:35:25.682,0:35:28.436
is gonna go and take blood samples and do a DNA test

0:35:28.647,0:35:31.368
and I don't know why DNA. But they haven't done it yet.

0:35:31.641,0:35:33.430
The government of Nepal requested us

0:35:33.465,0:35:37.141
to visit that site and observe what was happening.

0:35:37.144,0:35:42.661
We went very close by and we observed very minutely.

0:35:42.696,0:35:46.180
His body almost dead, you know,

0:35:46.215,0:35:48.842
only the head part is alive.

0:35:48.877,0:35:52.176
We are concerned about the way of meditation without having

0:35:52.276,0:35:57.056
any food and drinks and next to that the propaganda. (Dr. Naresh Man Bajrachary, Kathmandu University)

0:35:57.460,0:36:00.774
Face colour was red like blood colour.

0:36:00.809,0:36:03.170
It is important to test on the boy,

0:36:03.281,0:36:06.173
if we want to know the truth.

0:36:06.208,0:36:08.127
The reports sent to the government states

0:36:09.537,0:36:11.117
to complete his meditation

0:36:11.176,0:36:12.975
and not to be tested scientifically.

0:36:13.895,0:36:19.158
Whatever he is doing there, it is his personal right.

0:36:19.193,0:36:22.013
There's not even been an effort to try to regulate the income

0:36:22.149,0:36:24.967
or see who is getting what and try to see if it is not being scamed

0:36:25.002,0:36:27.411
and people are not being cheated.

0:36:27.446,0:36:31.412
There's no official oversite over this whole thing.

0:36:31.447,0:36:34.407
So, its happening in this sort of, you know,

0:36:34.442,0:36:37.763
Wild West kind of jungle setting.

0:36:38.016,0:36:40.137
Another film crew has also arrived.

0:36:40.286,0:36:41.670
They have even more difficulty than us

0:36:41.937,0:36:43.487
and fail to get close to the boy.

0:36:43.839,0:36:46.233
If you are making documentary, people are never knowing

0:36:46.268,0:36:49.013
if you are acting also on the political parts

0:36:49.048,0:36:53.906
sometimes it also can be very difficult,

0:36:53.941,0:36:57.394
very dangerous also to shoot here with a camera. (Jurgen Schunk, Journalist)

0:36:59.159,0:37:01.670
Nepal is in the grip of a long raging civil war;

0:37:01.705,0:37:04.886
eleven thousand people have died in the last nine years.

0:37:04.921,0:37:08.165
The ruling royals are holding elections in the next few days

0:37:08.200,0:37:09.652
but violence has escalated

0:37:09.687,0:37:12.436
as the Maoist people's movement tries to take over

0:37:12.471,0:37:15.912
and some believe the Maoist guerillas have been seen in the area.

0:37:15.947,0:37:19.437
The Maoists are more acting in the villages

0:37:19.522,0:37:22.321
whereas for the army it's more difficult to reach

0:37:22.356,0:37:24.950
and more difficult to fight against them.

0:37:24.985,0:37:26.883
Everybody is speaking in Nepal you know

0:37:26.918,0:37:29.021
the Maoists are speaking, the political parties are speaking

0:37:29.056,0:37:32.806
and this guy just sits there like a silent prophet.

0:37:32.892,0:37:35.874
Eventually we are allowed to film

0:37:35.909,0:37:38.439
but under close inspection from the committee.

0:37:42.298,0:37:46.111
We reset our cameras to record the next four days and nights

0:37:46.146,0:37:50.442
the length of time it takes for a human to die without fluid.

0:37:54.625,0:37:57.659
This is the only way we can prove if he is genuine or not.

0:37:57.694,0:38:00.525
After forty eight hours of continuous observation

0:38:00.560,0:38:03.053
Ram still hasn't moved.

0:38:03.088,0:38:04.988
What is almost unbelievable is the fact that this child

0:38:05.023,0:38:07.226
manages to stay in the same position

0:38:07.261,0:38:10.144
during waking hours and sleeping hours.

0:38:10.179,0:38:14.125
Try sitting for thirty minutes or an hour, three hours

0:38:14.160,0:38:16.304
not moving just concentrating.

0:38:16.339,0:38:19.164
And within twenty four to thirty six hours where the skin surface

0:38:19.199,0:38:21.683
reaches the contact point of where you're sitting,

0:38:21.718,0:38:23.873
you will get damaged in that skin area.

0:38:24.055,0:38:25.960
And formation of what we know in the western world

0:38:25.995,0:38:27.253
as called a pressure sore.

0:38:27.288,0:38:29.292
It is the most challenging thing he is dealing with,

0:38:29.327,0:38:31.384
incredible.

0:38:31.419,0:38:35.072
A few hours later he begins fidgeting and jerking.

0:38:35.107,0:38:36.847
What you would probably notice if you scrutinize

0:38:36.882,0:38:38.527
your footage very carefully,

0:38:38.562,0:38:40.827
it's that there are very small changes,

0:38:40.862,0:38:44.240
with that he is shifting balance, maybe,

0:38:40.862,0:38:44.240
from one buttock to another

0:38:44.275,0:38:46.130
to relief pressure points and allow the blood

0:38:46.165,0:38:48.425
to flow back to that tissue.

0:38:56.429,0:38:58.785
As the sun sets, sixty hours into filming,

0:38:58.820,0:39:01.099
and the committee takes a tighter strangle hold.

0:39:01.134,0:39:03.047
We find ourselves back with the family

0:39:03.082,0:39:05.397
whose devotion for Ram remains undiminished.

0:39:07.785,0:39:09.996
There are many that have devoted their life to be in his presence.

0:39:10.031,0:39:13.290
Some have never been home since arriving.

0:39:13.325,0:39:16.897
Please stay here a couple of days and feel for yourself,

0:39:16.932,0:39:18.536
it's wonderful.

0:39:22.581,0:39:26.477
We have lived here eating only once a day for many months.

0:39:27.218,0:39:30.006
I will stay here till my death.

0:39:33.364,0:39:35.222
The relaxed environment suddenly changes

0:39:35.257,0:39:36.628
when words goes through the camp,

0:39:36.801,0:39:38.531
there is a tiger loose in the site.

0:39:39.159,0:39:41.169
Is it for real or rather the committee

0:39:41.204,0:39:43.813
creating more hype around the boy?

0:39:44.541,0:39:45.974
The jackal was just over there,

0:39:46.009,0:39:47.986
the tiger was a little further away.

0:39:49.504,0:39:52.496
Chaos reigns as many fear for the safety of Ram.

0:39:52.531,0:39:55.846
I understand the Nepali sense of the miracle of him,

0:39:55.881,0:39:58.899
not having taken food not drinking,

0:39:58.934,0:40:01.571
but for me those are not the important issues.

0:40:01.606,0:40:03.121
You know whether he eats or drinks,

0:40:03.293,0:40:04.762
I hope he stays healthy.

0:40:05.458,0:40:08.071
After a thorough search tiger prints are discovered.

0:40:08.106,0:40:11.483
We realized how vulnerable the boy really is.

0:40:13.928,0:40:17.259
We wonder if Ram is the innocent victim in this spectacle.

0:40:18.805,0:40:21.364
After fifty eight hours, life continues as normal

0:40:21.399,0:40:25.643
donation boxes are filled, and the crowds start to arrive.

0:40:26.630,0:40:30.453
Ram appears to show no classic signs of degeneration through fluid loss.

0:40:30.488,0:40:32.921
But a closer look at our footage might help us understand

0:40:32.956,0:40:35.240
his physical and mental health.

0:40:35.275,0:40:39.049
He looks unwell, if you saw this individual sat

0:40:39.084,0:40:44.118
against a wall in London, you would be very concerned about how he looks.

0:40:44.153,0:40:46.026
As life passes him by,

0:40:46.061,0:40:49.148
Ram just sits calmly meditating.

0:40:49.183,0:40:52.226
There is a swelling in his neck, but whether that represents a goitre

0:40:52.261,0:40:55.910
or an underactive thyroid, it's very difficult to say.

0:40:57.082,0:40:59.274
Having a severely under active thyroid

0:40:59.309,0:41:01.737
would mean that your metabolic state is incredibly low

0:41:01.896,0:41:04.428
which means that you can survive for a very long time

0:41:04.463,0:41:06.760
without food and fluid.

0:41:06.998,0:41:11.019
It almost looks like you can see the ribs showing through

0:41:11.054,0:41:13.550
and that would represent quite advanced starvation

0:41:13.676,0:41:16.055
and you start to waste away the muscles

0:41:16.090,0:41:18.336
between the lungs, between the rib cages.

0:41:18.358,0:41:21.379
Probably sat in that position well away from individuals

0:41:21.414,0:41:23.657
is the safest thing for him in order to prevent

0:41:23.692,0:41:25.968
an infection that would ultimately kill him.

0:41:26.003,0:41:27.996
Is Ram now a victim of his own success

0:41:28.031,0:41:30.304
being slowly starved to death for profit?

0:41:31.110,0:41:32.580
Only time will tell.

0:41:32.615,0:41:36.266
This could turn out to be a very sad story.

0:41:48.557,0:41:50.810
We have been observing Ram Bomjan continuously

0:41:50.845,0:41:53.153
in the jungle of Nepal for eighty six hours.

0:41:53.188,0:41:56.423
In that time we have not seen him take any food or fluid

0:41:56.458,0:41:58.570
or show any signs of dehydration...

0:41:58.605,0:42:01.611
An average human should be just a few hours from death.

0:42:01.646,0:42:04.578
With a prolonged deficiency of food and water,

0:42:04.613,0:42:06.720
your brain is going to lack the glucose,

0:42:06.820,0:42:09.329
you are not going to have enough fluid in your system.

0:42:09.364,0:42:12.675
As he progresses without those fluids he becomes delirious.

0:42:15.832,0:42:18.740
On day four, that confusion will get worse, you start fidgeting,

0:42:18.775,0:42:21.130
your body is going into kidney failure,

0:42:21.165,0:42:24.054
and ultimately the person dies of dehydration.

0:42:24.089,0:42:27.222
To rule out foul play within the secure inner enclosure,

0:42:27.257,0:42:29.700
we defy the committee and enlist Prem Lama,

0:42:29.735,0:42:32.296
Ram's oldest friend and caretaker, to take a closer look.

0:42:35.151,0:42:37.440
In the beginning, he used to walk around this tree

0:42:37.507,0:42:39.670
in the morning chanting mantras.

0:42:39.705,0:42:41.879
After that he meditated for three months

0:42:41.914,0:42:45.166
before going into the deep trance that he is in today.

0:42:45.201,0:42:47.089
After a thorough search inside the tree

0:42:47.124,0:42:49.363
and the ground area surrounding Ram,

0:42:49.398,0:42:50.985
there is nothing suspicious,

0:42:51.020,0:42:53.417
no food pipes buried or supplies hidden.

0:42:53.452,0:42:56.446
Are people there creating a scam for us to believe in.

0:42:56.751,0:42:59.761
I hope not it would be an elaborate scam to do that.

0:42:59.861,0:43:02.323
Surely if it was a scam someone within the committee

0:43:02.358,0:43:04.215
would have let on, told the papers,

0:43:04.250,0:43:06.310
weakened for the money.

0:43:06.345,0:43:09.220
The people in this area, they don't tell lies.

0:43:09.255,0:43:12.902
They tell truth, that is also the proof. (Deepak Limbu, local science teacher)

0:43:12.937,0:43:15.085
After ninety six hours of filming

0:43:15.120,0:43:17.468
Ram has defied modern science

0:43:17.503,0:43:20.608
by continuing his meditation and remaining alive.

0:43:20.832,0:43:23.775
Many of the pilgrims at the site are from a scientific background

0:43:23.810,0:43:25.522
and they are torn by what they see.

0:43:25.557,0:43:28.598
Is he a miracle or a myth?

0:43:28.633,0:43:32.547
We must prove this. Science has to be re-written. Modern medicine does not work here.

0:43:32.647,0:43:35.131
We cannot say that science is a failure…

0:43:35.231,0:43:41.513
But whatever science has invented so far is not sufficient.

0:43:41.774,0:43:43.840
We have all religions built around miracles,

0:43:43.875,0:43:46.596
Jesus rose from the grave. Millions of people believe that.

0:43:46.671,0:43:48.884
That's the centre and core of their religion.

0:43:48.919,0:43:50.937
Are we saying in another culture it's not possible?

0:43:50.972,0:43:53.412
Everything is possible.

0:43:53.447,0:43:59.071
It is unknown how he is meditating. Modern medicine says that within 72 hours…

0:43:59.106,0:44:03.925
if you do not drink water, your kidney fails…

0:44:03.960,0:44:09.356
but medical science is still not fully knowledgeable about this.

0:44:09.391,0:44:12.640
Prolonged fasting is not as simple as we understand.

0:44:12.675,0:44:16.655
We all should explore the benefits of this kind of fasting.

0:44:16.690,0:44:19.957
The debate of science and spirituality will always continue

0:44:19.992,0:44:23.414
and so too the tug of war between those who have Ram's best interest

0:44:23.449,0:44:26.161
at heart and those who want to make a quick buck.

0:44:26.196,0:44:28.597
It's very difficult when you have that belief

0:44:28.632,0:44:31.000
in an individual that has transcended

0:44:31.035,0:44:34.057
on the normal biological needs of food and fluid.

0:44:34.092,0:44:37.924
It's very hard to reject that if you truly believe it.

0:44:37.959,0:44:39.743
Maybe the brother knows the answer.

0:44:39.778,0:44:41.925
He has the key to the inner sanctum.

0:44:41.960,0:44:44.476
He is the only one allowed to speak to Ram.

0:44:44.511,0:44:47.192
He will continue to empty the donation boxes,

0:44:47.227,0:44:50.214
reaping the rewards while the truth remains unresolved.

0:44:50.249,0:44:55.562
The media people should not create confusion.

0:44:55.597,0:44:57.992
He will show the truth himself.

0:44:58.027,0:45:00.863
Despite the isolation, he has created a commodity,

0:45:00.898,0:45:03.384
a celebrity icon for the whole of Nepal.

0:45:03.419,0:45:05.988
Surely everyone is a winner in this situation.

0:45:06.023,0:45:09.305
After six years he will bring the proof to the world.

0:45:09.340,0:45:11.338
He will tell the truth by himself.

0:45:11.373,0:45:13.954
I am this, I will do this and I want to get this

0:45:13.989,0:45:15.783
I have appealed to all the people in the world

0:45:15.818,0:45:18.470
not to talk and say bad things about him.

0:45:23.043,0:45:24.942
No one really knows what Ram is thinking,

0:45:24.977,0:45:27.523
how he is surviving or if he is Buddha,

0:45:27.558,0:45:29.602
and so it turned out.

0:45:29.637,0:45:33.410
March the 13, 2006, events took a turn no one could have anticipated,

0:45:34.348,0:45:35.624
Ram disappeared [March 11, 2006].

0:45:35.659,0:45:38.173
Some reports suggest he has gone deeper into the jungle

0:45:38.208,0:45:40.049
to continue his meditation in peace,

0:45:40.084,0:45:41.383
undisturbed.

0:45:41.418,0:45:43.278
Other reports are more sinister,

0:45:43.313,0:45:45.649
claiming that he has been kidnapped.

0:45:49.297,0:45:52.129
Perhaps Ram has decided against being a scientific miracle

0:45:56.908,0:45:59.377
The once thriving bazaar and bus park is deserted,

0:45:59.412,0:46:01.416
the fences broken.

0:46:01.451,0:46:03.369
And the only trace of Ram is a red robe

0:46:03.404,0:46:07.305
lying discarded in the hollow of a tree.

0:46:09.108,0:46:11.782
He has not been seen since.

0:46:13.044,0:46:18.644
[1] Information on the Buddha is not completely accurate here.

0:46:18.679,0:46:26.528
[2] The presented picture of the monk self-immolating is not a picture of spontaneous combustion
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