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Bomjon’s self-annihilation farce

 

From: http://web.archive.org/web/20161025233128/http://www.dharma-sangha.com:80/news/2016/07/14/bomjon’s-self-annihilation-farce

 

by This website | Jul 14, 2016

 

Since everything revolves around a myth type marketing construction where content matters very little. It is mainly declarative without any actual clarity, one can only conclude that clarity and precision are of no interest to Mr Bomjon.

 

Bomjon’s self-annihilation farce

Translator’s error or plain none-sense

“The extinction of self is salvation; the annihilation of self is the condition of enlightenment.” – The Buddha

“I come in Self-annihilation and the Grandeur of Inspiration.” William Blake

New path, old paths, authority, submission, new rituals, and the flow of untranslated, unexplained words like maitri bhav, marga guru, guru marga, that’s all that is in display on the window shop of Bomjon’s organization. While in all the major religions, Buddhism included, self-annihilation is actually the goal, here the new super creed of Mr Bomjon turns things upside down, and makes of self-annihilation a threat towards anyone who would opposes what he calls ‘his dharma’.

In stark contrast with all the other Buddhist traditions Ram Bomjon just makes outlandish claims with no explanation or without bringing any elements conducive to understanding. In effect he doesn’t teach anything, as most of what he states is either already known, so nothing new there, or is so far fetched that it serves more the purpose of ridiculing him rather than being of utility to anyone. If any of his claims had any validity we would have by now 10 years later have seen people change for the better thanks to his ‘new’ doctrine. Yet all we really ‘see’ is scandals, violence, his closest entourage executing the most outrageous whims he has at the detriment of anyone standing on their way. We have seen that with every single place that he took possession of. Huge patches of Halkhoriya destroyed, concrete constructions being made without any permit, fights and arguments with neighboring villagers, attacks on journalists, court cases being brought which the entourage does its best to hide from the public, and the list of scandals goes on…

So from compassion for all beings, barely after having uttered the mantra, starts the segregation. He divides beings into 2 camps, the ones to be ‘extinguished’, or self-annihilated, and the ones in the new Disney wonderland of his Super Maitreyian system, submissive, obedient, and renouncing of the ‘old paths’. Not to forget a culinary guide which resolves also dietary questions such as garlic, tumeric, etc. all the way to matrimonial advisory from someone who has a unique understanding of matrimony himself, some self-annihilation recipes and two tea spoons of authority mixed with renouncing the old paths.

While the original Buddha had education and truly embodied his teachings, this wannabe booda only thinks about his own authority, and settles any arguments with violence or by banning even his closest assistants, then blaming them for all the evils he has himself generated. Quite a difference, one would have hoped that with the times we live in, any enlightened being wishing to help others as the original Buddha did or many Bodhisattvas throughout history did, we would get someone that has both the intelligence of this time and era and the means to transmit some valuable insights to people. From the get go, he has been attracting crowds and money and his closest entourage fights for their spot under the projectors, hands wide open to collect any personal benefit they might get for themselves. No wonder that so many people keep leaving his organization as soon as they realize what they are dealing with.

One path is here followed for sure and that is the path of absurdity. It’s not the lack of absurd creeds that is missing in the world. So if that’s just another one, why even bother? The problem with this one is it’s hidden violent means that have created numerous victims, and on the other hand the persistence to hide, cover up, lie, and justify at time the emanating forms of violence, the corruption, the squandering of donation moneys and the inner fights among the flock to gain prominence in the group that have tainted the proclaimed goals of that creed.

When people were illegally detained was it according to the new path or was it just something in between two path and there was some traffic jam in the middle? When Mr Bomjon entertains sexual encounters with several girls beside his wife/girl-friend, is it also a new chapter of the new path we missed reading about, or another traffic jam? This love of titles is it also something instrumental to showing more compassion towards ‘all beings’? Are helicopter flights part of the new Holisticfal ecological spiritual Earth-Light-Path and what is the carbon footprint of the flights, and how much does each flight cost?

The messages Ram Bomjon or of his self-styled promoters spread are relying purely on people’s gullibility or lack of knowledge to establish itself, it reiterates a myth over and over again, the myth of a penance (tapasya) that lasted ‘uninterruptedly without food, without sleep, and blablah’ till the end, and it was for the benefit of all living beings. Yet at best and that is very optimistically we have no more than 10 consecutive months of ‘apparently’ uninterrupted meditation. That in itself is already glorious coming then from a young country side boy. The problem is that right then and there big claims were made, the marketers were working hard at selling the myth. From 10 month onward in the 6 years period there were numerous ‘interruptions’ in the meditation process. Some by others, some by the wishes of Ram Bomjon himself. He travelled, changed places, disappeared, reappeared, said he would be at Gadhi Mai, didn’t in the end, etc… Only from reading the reports of those days one can without any difficulty establish that the term ‘uninterrupted period of 6 years’ is totally mythical.

No one would really blame him if he had food, had sex with a girl, or lost his temper a few times, but was resolute in pursuing compassion through his own actions too, for all beings. It is his orders, wishes, and personal actions that have led to the dramatic consequences lived by some of those that have crossed his lack of self-control and become the victims of his reactions. When you pursue compassion you do not divide people, you do not detain people, you do not fight with villagers. Then when you call your system “Holistical spiritual Ecology” you do not destroy a huge patch of the pristine Halkhoriya jungle in which you are supposed to have reached enlightenment, you do not hold captive animals and neglect them till they all die, you don’t try to build concrete buildings without permit in that forest. Also you do not try to collect the gossips of one against the other, you do not submit your own girl-friend to humiliating treatment, you do not engage lightly in sexual encounters with other girls and have them bare the consequences of your carelessness.

Besides what does “Holistic spiritual Ecology” even really mean, seems in contradiction with a formerly declared rule not to make distinctions between material and spiritual. When you really examine almost each sentence contains contradictions and none sense. The only really holistic thing you can find in that creed is a bunch of holistic inconsistencies and contradictions, mostly contradictions between the propaganda and the actions carried out.

Because the deeds are in stark contrast with the proclamations on compassion, because those deeds involved violence and caused lasting consequences on the victims, because the victims are left un-cared for, because compassion doesn’t create victims but it is there to shelter and lighten the burden of the sufferer, it is important to bring to light and to confront those deeds against the proclaimed so called Maitreyian message.

One can dress 100 men in robes, that won’t make them be what that uniform tries to sell. Hollywood dressed thousands of static characters for its big peplum films. Among those monks are some that have been the direct instruments of violence. You can put any kind of dress on them that will not erase what they have done, they never expressed any regrets, they never moved their little finger to come to help any of the victims, and if it is with that type of men that he is spreading something, it won’t last long before what is spread is the actual nature of these people and their own world-view and nothing of value or quality will come out of it. The only question that remains how many more victims down the road?

Then you add to the mix the over-inflated ego of an old lady who sees herself as the ‘discoverer of the next messiah’, trying to write the most beautiful sounding sentences coagulated to her own venom here and there among some paragraphs, and you wonder what was the core text, before being ‘beautified’. What did Ram Bomjon actually say, did he really say it or was it produced like the majority of the ‘public’ texts by different other authors, or rather what did he want to say. Given his level of education, even in Nepali it’s not always easy to ‘reconstruct intelligently’ the sentences of Ram Bomjon.

Buddhism actually describes in the Noble Truth both the cravings for existence and the cravings for non-existence. Both are pointed out as a re-focusing device towards here and now. Forget after-life, forget extinction nothing after death, and live a life that is mindful of the present.

As soon as Ram Bomjon started using violence against others he lost his recognition and his penance or tapasya was broken. It totally doesn’t matter if it was or not interrupted, if he ate food or not, if he stayed in one place or moved from place to place. What does matter is the use of violence. That is the source of his discredit, it’s not something external, it’s not because of Pragya, or because of Dawa, or because of Semyon, or because of Khenpo Sonam, or because of Andy, or because of Joan Stanley Baker, or because of his family, or because of the ‘world’, or because of Andy, or because of Marici, or because of any other being than because of Ram himself.

Conclusion

The best thing that could happen is for him to realize where ‘he’ has been the direct cause of unnecessary suffering for other beings, particularly since among these beings were some devoting their lives to him, in full trust, and to start by repairing the harm that was done. All of the victims deserve to live a life without the very real threats they have kept receiving so far coming from Ram’s entourage. All the members of Ram’s family deserve also to be on the receiving end of the proclaimed compassion, as that’s not what they have much experienced so far. The devotees that place their trust in him deserve also the truth and right example from the person they trust. The son he brought to this world deserves a father who is a capable father, and the mother deserves a man that embodies his own message. There can be no truth or validity in a message that looks nice about compassion on one hand and acts of violence and aggravated prejudices for the victims on the other hand.

Since everything revolves around a myth type marketing construction where content matters very little. It is mainly declarative without any actual clarity, one can only conclude that clarity and precision are of no interest to Mr Bomjon. We wish that he achieves all the realizations that would make him be the compassionate being he tries to teach others to be.

Interesting links

Fana’: Sufism’s Notion of Self-Annihilation, or How Rumi Can Explain Why Nirvana is Samsara in Mahayana Buddhism

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When a man says he is a guru

 

From: http://web.archive.org/web/20160202170735/http://www.dharma-sangha.com:80/home/page/2#newsdiv

by This website | Jan 15, 2016

 

Someone who lives a real dharma won’t preach about it. They show it in their ‘works’ – that is the way they live their lives every day. If someone is ethical, virtuous, kind, giving, patient, harmonious, has integrity, and lives with a sense of serving others more than themselves, then you can likely trust them.

 

When a man says he is a guru

When a man who says he is a guru threatens or states another man will be extinguished, self-annihilated or any similar outlandish claims. Can he be a guide to anyone?

When a man who says he is a guru uses violence against other men and women, can he be trusted when he talks about compassion or supposed world peace?

When a man who says he is a guru harbors weapons, engages his monks in fights with neighboring villagers, can his teachings be trusted?

When a man who says he is a guru only waves around his supposed attainment as an argument of a supposed authority, does that call for the respect of his fellow men?

When a man who says he is a guru mostly communicates to exclude, to shift blame, or to cancel made promises is he inviting trust and reliance in his words?

When a man who says he is a guru never teaches or explains anything, yet expects from his followers blind obedience, can he expect to be followed?

When a man who says he is a guru physically abuses, usually by telling devotees to assault other devotees, or has a vindictive attitude towards ex-devotees, can he be considered a true guru?

When a man who says he is a guru acts whimsically and emotionally can he be relied upon when talking about the path to overcome those?

When a man who says he is a guru and his chosen ones act like a militia, physically punishing others and severely damaging them would you take those acts of omnipotence with no accountability as a the sign of any enlightenment?

When a man who says he is a guru keeps on focusing on his supposed enlightenment rather than teaching the path leading to it, doesn’t practice what he preaches, demands love and devotion, takes sexual advantage of his followers, gives himself outrageous titles, allows his followers to set up a hierarchy of access, and acts like a paranoid person, can he still pretend to be a guru?

Conclusion

Someone who lives a real dharma won’t preach about it. They show it in their ‘works’ – that is the way they live their lives every day. If someone is ethical, virtuous, kind, giving, patient, harmonious, has integrity, and lives with a sense of serving others more than themselves, then you can likely trust them. Someone who teaches these principles but does not live them – isn’t a real guru.

The organization of an abusive guru is called a cult. It is important to understand that no truly Realized being, no True Guru, is ever abusive, ever. There is no exception to this rule, because abusiveness is a result of narcissism and ego, nothing else, and the primary definition of a true guru is they no longer possess ego.

We are all responsible

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151007045803/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/24/we-are-all-responsible

 

by This website | Apr 24, 2015

 

Those who willingly put aside their own autonomy, their own moral judgement, to obey even a Christ, a Buddha, or a Krishna, do so at risk of losing a great deal more than they can hope to gain.

 

We are all responsible

Doing nothing is akin to condoning unethical behaviour

Mr Ramlal Bomjon, who appeared first in the news as a young boy without much education from Nepal, who left to go meditate in the jungle, has gradually taken on the role and authority that everyone gave him. His meditative skills were masking what he was growing into.

As the Dalai Lama (1999) expressed his own opinion, regarding the value of investigative journalism, welcoming it unlike the treatment given by the aides of Mr Ramlal Bomjon to the journalist in 2012, coming to report on the detention two women:

“I respect and appreciate the media’s interference…. It is appropriate … to have journalists … snooping around and ex-posing wrongdoing where they find it. We need to know when this or that renowned individual hides a very different aspect behind a pleasant exterior.”

In the same line of wisdom Albert Einstein tells us:

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

The dream of a Buddha in our life time, and as soon as the nickname “Buddha Boy” hit the headlines of the press, we wanted so much to believe this was it, that the nickname was forged into factual reality by the power of our own desires.

Before showing any merit as a teacher or a guide, his followers made him a personality above all others, treating him like a god, imparting impunity to any of his actions, diverting the guilt towards the victims. For so many want to believe saints and sages have the best interest of everyone in their heart, in their speech, in their mind and through their actions.

We also want to believe that the ‘enlightened beings’ would never twist truth to suit their own desires or goals, and abuse their power to take advantage, be it sexually or otherwise, of their followers.

Of course, disclosures will create a good amount of exasperation among the obedient followers, for whom the “perfection” and infallibility of their leader is not open to questioning. However if truth ever matters, then we need to welcome that the lies and abusive behaviours of the people in position of spiritual authority be laid bare to the rest of the world.

In this circumstance exposing them to the public scrutiny is the only way to get them to stop with the damaging practices.

Conclusion

Those who willingly put aside their own autonomy, their own moral judgement, to obey even a Christ, a Buddha, or a Krishna, do so at risk of losing a great deal more than they can hope to gain.

“Nothing was true of all that she had believed, but the falsest thing of all was what she had mistaken for revealed truth.”
— François Mauriac, Maltaverne

Witness account signs of cultism with Mr Ramlal Bomjon

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151007135204/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/23/witness-account-signs-of-cultism-with-mr-ramlal-bomjon

 

by This website | Apr 23, 2015

 

Thank you Michiel for your informative perspective and testimonial. You are highlighting what many have also witnessed. The outlandish claims and projects, as the tragic events which leave every one with big question marks, and deeply shocks decent and honest people.

 

Witness account first signs of cultism around Mr Ramlal Bomjon

Message from Michiel Hegener

I applaud the new content of the website. Out of curiosity I visited Halhoriya for 6 days in May 2011, partly because I had to be in India and Nepal anyway for my work as a journalist. I do not need any guru, but I thought that there might be an interesting story to write. So, I interviewed many people during that week. Marici was there as well and we met of course.

I saw no signs, or hardly any, that there was a cult in the making. In fact, I had a very nice and pleasant week with the jolly crowd gathered there.

Soon after my return I started having doubts about DS because of:

  • The naming-and-shaming-manner in which Khenpo was thrown out
  • his plan to have a painting made of him holding hands with the Buddha and Jesus while Jesus was holding hands with Mohammed. Given the cruel conquest of Christian lands by Muslims since the days of Mohammed, and the persecution world wide of Christians by Muslims, this painting idea was stupid in the least and in fact hugely insulting to Christ and his followers
  • the treatment of Marici who was accused of things which she did not do and was ostracized by DS in the autumn of 2011
  • the subsequent imprisonment of Marici during the first three months of 2012, about which she informed me soon after her release. There is no doubt that she was imprisoned: two members of the Sangha, whom I met in August 2012, told me how the Sangha had had a meeting in Halkhoriya with DS in attendance, during which they decided to release Marici and the other prisoner, Ana Maati (who I met from a distance in 2011).

 

Feel free to publish this mail!

Kind regards
Michiel Hegener

Thank you

Thank you Michiel for your informative perspective and testimonial. You are highlighting what many have also witnessed. The outlandish claims and projects, as the tragic events which leave every one with big question marks, and deeply shocks decent and honest people.

Dangerous abuses, control of devotees

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151018065328/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/04/02/dangerous-abuses-control-of-devotees

 

by This website | Apr 02, 2015

 

Mrs Andrea Good is involved in one of the most dangerous aspects of sects, the mental and psychological abuse over a group by raising pseudo precepts, which she herself breaks on a daily basis, but feels empowered to enforce on others.

 

Dangerous abuses, control over devotees

Mrs Andrea Good is involved in one of the most dangerous aspects of sects, the mental and psychological abuse over a group by raising pseudo precepts, which she herself breaks on a daily basis, but feels empowered to enforce on others. She has since the earliest times with this community placed herself above everyone else, and playing a very dangerous game of judge, jury and executioner with a good number of members of the community. Her actions amount to criminal deeds, particularly when these manipulate, distort, and affect the capacity of people to discern right from wrong, when involved in mind games and manipulations by someone who sells herself as the co-guru.

The following text written by Mrs Andrea Good illustrates both her mindset, but also the extent to which she goes in justifying, the detention of adults, the theft of their belonging as the confiscation of a toy, the belittling of human dignity through this public sermon of humiliation of the victims.

There is not the slightest trace of compassion in her actions, just an extremely dangerous deviant manipulation that creates drastic psychological and emotional impact on people in the community. Here is the text she writes  on 7th Dec 2012 in the public part of Google Group, under the title :

“Insight on the Glass Room”:

“Those of you in contact with Marici could remind her of this fact, as she is breaking “samaya” which is her agreement with the Guru in the form of the 11 precepts. It would be very helpful for her to recognize that she is “angry.”

She may go through many words to avoid admitting it. Each time she breaks “Samaya” she needs to go through the process of “repair” which is to openly show remorse for such a serious thing as breaking “Samaya” and this needs to become a habit with her. It needs to be called every time she breaks it….thousands of times if necessary.

Now, as to this post and its usefulness, here is another thing that we in the Sangha can concentrate on. We can, out of a sense of duty, when dealing with other Sangha members, tend to be heavy-handed. We learn these reactions in Society especially when bringing up a family, but it can lack the quality of “just love and trust that it will work out.”

And when it comes to absorbing harmful energy, (one knows when this happens as defilements can arise and cause us suffering when we are working with someone else, we unwittingly take on their karma and process) that the glass case with the smoker in it is a wonderful way to deal compassionately with this person and not inhale their smoke!

We can radiate love on all sentient beings. We can also imagine keeping such people who are processing in a glass room or just a “containment bubble” to keep their process in a defined boundary that does not spread harmful energy.

LoveTruthJoy”

 

Further Insight on the Glass Room

“When in the Sangha, it is vital that all speech is peaceful, truthful, and nurturing (constructive).

When allegations are made, the person making the allegation needs to understand that it is a very, very serious thing for that person and the Sangha, and that person needs to take responsibility for their speech.

Sarcasm and black humor is unwarranted under any condition. And when making a grave accusation, such sarcasm and black humor is simply a form of untruthfulness. Here are the basic precepts that constitute this person’s failure to upkeep samaya with the Guru.

Precept 3. Forsake lying, allegations, counter-allegations, belittling and spreading falsehood through baseless gossip.

Furthermore, the loss of this person’s machinery was a direct result of breaking the precepts.

If you find your child/shishya using certain technology to do something which is harmful to self and others, the Parent/Guru (under whose care she placed herself by her own will) removes the object. It is odd for the child/shishya to request the return of the machinery or the purchase of new ones so that she may do the same thing again.

We have been covering Attachment.

Negativity we have also covered.

Negative speech is the main part of Negativity, as negativity is expressed through speech. To avoid negative speech in others, especially in the Sangha it is good to remind them of the Aim.

If the habit persists, there is only one way:

Avoid them altogether.

You know in your heart what feels comfortable and true. If anyone makes you feel complicated and persists to do so, then they are not the Path.

All that is not the Path is best shunned…not read, not thought, not entertained. Avoided altogether.

Guru is here. He will take care of it. Do you Trust Guru?

If the answer is yes, stay.

If the answer is no, then it is time to find your own path and this Google Group is not for you.

Precept 4. Forsaking philosophies or ways that make boundaries of divisiveness and difference of opinion, take up the Satya Marga – The Perfect Path.

When we sympathize with such a person who is overcome by the need to express negativity, this sympathy is not compassion. We prolong that person’s pain by endorsing their personal drama and lead them to avoid contemplating the lessons in karma.

LoveTruthJoy”

 

Further Insight on the Glass Room continued

“Yes, and there was something else that happened that made this post very pertinent in another way, and it can help all of us.

Often we tend to easily absorb harmful energy from other people’s “process,” which is why certain members of the Sangha need to be “banned” because it is like someone in the family smoking in the living room. When someone is processing their deeply felt anger and negativity, they should not be positioned to harm other family members.

So, if they continue and show no remorse for their behavior, they cannot be in the family.

It doesn’t matter what the “content” is. That is the personal drama and karma. That person needs to take responsibility for the behavior that they are displaying in this very moment.

Furthermore we can take on that karma as the result is the most grave unwholesome action within the Dharma: separation within the Sangha.

We should avoid taking the karma of others until we have dissipated our own. A pure being such as a True Guru is capable of taking on the Karma of others, but it is also His choice in what way he will accomplish it. His choice is Pure Dharma.

LoveTruthJoy”

 

Conclusion

When Mrs Andrea Good attempts to brainwash people and to tell them who is in the family or who is out, she is breaking herself her own vows. She has no merit, no qualification, no authority, no knowledge that may allow her to be the judge and executioner over other members of the community or outside of the community.

All living beings are in one and the same family, excluding anyone is excluding herself from any practice of compassion. Ms Takacs which is called ‘Marici’ in the writings of Mrs Andrea Good, was detained illegally in 2012 in Halkhoriya. All her belongings were taken/stolen from her, these are the facts, the writings of Mrs Andrea Good are the justification and the distortion of those crimes into a mind game of her own construction.

Director of the International Sangha

From: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20151018065338/http://www.dharma-sangha.com/news/2015/03/28/director-of-the-international-sangha

by This website | Mar 28, 2015
Ivy Jugoa, aka Jyampa Lhaden, a dutch national from Surinam, an artist, and someone who likes to give interviews, advertise her future leader of the world, or maybe even worlds, Mr Ramlal Bomjon.

Director of the International Sangha

Another notorious member of the management group. A group almost exclusively composed by members whose probity, morality, ethics are being questioned here. Ivy Jugoa, aka Jyampa Lhaden, a dutch national from Surinam, an artist, and someone who likes to give interviews, advertise her future leader of the world, or maybe even worlds, Mr Ramlal Bomjon. I had a number of opportunities to talk with her over Skype. Back in 2013 she wanted to get a website for selling her paintings. She contacted me to try to get the on this website, but both Kim and I didn’t feel it would be appropriate to advertise her works on a website supposed to present ‘dharmic teachings’. Then Ivy started agitating some people from the community to open a european Sangha chapter. Decidely both Andrea and Ivy wanted their own branch office opened to shelter their glorious titles and ambitions.

Ivy goes around and gets her name and title on petition documents like this one: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/358/773/304/ , as “Ms. Jyampa Lhaden, Director of the International Sangha”. But what is exactly her responsibility, what are the rules of her engagement, what are her prerogatives? We could easily bet that no even she knows.

The best of all insights is the ones coming from just letting people express themselves with their own words. And Ivy doesn’t lack the amount of words, she has words for selling. She is a bit of a jolly go around, and brags loud and clear to everyone who listens to her, her precious opinions that have to be accepted as the absolute truth. This text below is a short clip where she justifies the detention of no less than two women, ordered by Mr Ramlal Bomjon, as something deserved.

In my own dealings with Ivy, when talking once about Ms Takacs detention, she started telling me how she would have liked to kick her ass. Later to explain her limitless devotion to Mr Ramlal Bomjon, she said she was ready to do anything for him, jump from a window, kill whatever. Then she added that this was her frame of mind before, but that now through the wisdom of Mr Ramlal Bomjon she had changed. The reality is that through any of her sentences all that she is showing is how she is a very unstable person, prone to a blind devotion that abstracts any sense of morality or ethics, all in the name of a cause that her own actions are totally betraying.

What are the lessons humanity is supposed to learn from people who use violence, verbal and physical, who condone the detention of adult women by their ‘guru’, involved in an organization supposed to promote compassion, but whose actions are harming the very meaning of that word?

For the part of the world that has a conscience, behaves morally and respects women, THERE CAN BE NO CIRCUMSTANCE UNDER WHICH DETAINING ILLEGALLY WOMEN IS ACCEPTABLE.

The tragic death of the white horse of Ramlal Bomjon

This is a copy from http://archive.is/agicQ#selection-402.6-1065.486

The tragic death of the white horse of Ramlal Bomjon

by This website | Feb 16, 2015
It is an event that I have witnessed with my own eyes, the kind of event you’d wish never to have seen. It’s the account of the tragic death of the white horse of Ramlal Bomjon.

Saved to die

It is an event that I have witnessed with my own eyes, the kind of event you’d wish never to have seen. It’s the account about the tragic death of the white horse of Ramlal. Somewhere in august-september 2013, many preparations were on-going for moving Ramlal and the monks to a new site. Things were organized in a sort of half secrecy typical with most of the people surrounding Ramlal, which is to say: “It’s a secret, I can’t tell you, but I will tell you anyway just don’t tell anyone”. That’s how most pseudo-secrets really quickly circulate and in the end most people know about those secrets. The secret then was the organization of a helicopter trip to Sindhupalchowk, and all the preparations of making a path through from the mountain top all the way down to where the next settlement would take place. There was a request to collect donations to pay for that helicopter trip, but up to the last moment there wasn’t enough money collected. When at the last moment, somehow money was found and the helicopter ride for him to Sindhupalchowk could take place.
I was in Katmandu then, and I receive a call from Dawa who asks me to go in town and buy some food for the horse of the Guru. As all the animals were to be ‘moved’ from the old site to this new site of Sindhupalchowk. I searched for dry rye knowing how they feed them with a lot of freshly cut herbs, that lack the minerals needed in a horse diet, bought carrots and apples, for both the monks and the horse and sheep and goat. And we are all preparing to get to Sindhupalchowk.
It’s a bit north-east of Katmandu, there is an easy part of the road until you reach a big river, cross its bridge and get on the foothill of a first mountain that requires a 4 wheels drive to cope with the tortuous terrain. Even with a 4 wheels drive, the journey is rough. We kept being thrown all over the place in the car, I hit my head against the top of the car quite a few times. And the drive is pretty long, as the road is alternating fairly correct parts with big holes, or a total washout part of the road. And then you start climbing and climbing, for what seems to take for ever. And we arrived around the time when darkness started to step in. We were almost at the top of the Badegaun hill or area, when the car had to stop. Ahead of us a truck seemed to block the road, a construction bulldozer was there on the side too. It looked like just a blocked road. When moments after that on our left side, I see a horse, attached with ropes around all his 4 legs, to poles planted in the ground. The horse had wounds all over the body. His eyes were so wounded he could almost not open them up to see through them. When I say the body and legs were covered in wounds, I literally mean this. My guess is that his bones were probably broken, which would explain why they tied him up to poles, to keep him upright standing. We ask what happened to the horse of the Guru? And we were told that the horse got wounded because he was in this truck and they had driven that same road we took with that truck and the horse behind.
What can I tell you? No wonder the horse got banged all over while in that truck. It’s not a transportation vehicle designed for carrying horse on tracks in the mountains. I couldn’t believe can be as stupid as this as to not even check along the way if something went wrong. But to get at the top of the mountain and just then realize they almost killed the horse. I am writing here ‘almost’, because at that part in the unfolding of events the horse was still alive. We discharged all the food and carrots we brought for the horse and gave it to a guy, who was by the horse and trying to make him drink a bit, or eat something. The horse of course, had probably no desire at all for any food. Food was the least of its worries.
The place is far from everything, it’s the night, I didn’t even think of taking a picture of that horse, I was so much under shock, I wanted to figure out how to get a veterinarian there. But as we couldn’t continue with the vehicles it was decided we go on foot from there to the house of Techu. We spent the night there, and the next when we reached the ‘Dharma Center’, we learned that the horse had died. Given the circumstances that’s probably only then that it was better for him.

Conclusion

It all started from an order of Ramlal Bomjon to get all the animals he is ‘saving’, to Sindhupalchowk. The end of the story is the tragic death of a beautiful horse, that was not properly taken care of. A horse meant to be ‘saved’, that encountered the most tragic possible death, due to the total inability of most of the people around Ramlal Bomjon, to recognize their own lack of skills, and to ask from people who have the skills to be helped. They are all in a frenzy to execute each and every wish of their leader, not even able to apprehend the magnitude of their limitations.
After that I heard some of the most stupid comments like the ‘horse was meditating before dying’. It was his karma. And the list of justifications that were given is endless. Not even worth relating. But never ever do I encounter within the people responsible for the most dramatic events around Ramlal, wonder what they themselves did wrong. What is their responsibility? All the energy of the group is deployed in covering up, finding super-natural reasons to plainly stupid actions.