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.
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.