Scientists to Investigate "Buddha Boy"

November 30, 2005

Source: BBC News

On November 30, 2005 BBC News reported, "A meditating teenage boy in south-central Nepal is drawing the attention of scientists after attracting huge crowds in the past six months and earning himself the name Buddha-reincarnate.

They are mulling over how to examine him without disturbing his meditation.

Ram Bahadur Bamjan's friends, relatives and managers say he has been meditating without drinking water for six months now and that he will carry on for another six years until he gains enlightenment - as did the Buddha some 250km (160 miles) away in Lumbini in western Nepal... Most people can live without food for several weeks, with the body drawing on its fat and protein stores. But the average human can survive for only three to four days without water.

Followers of holy men and ascetics have often ascribed extraordinary powers to them, but such powers are seldom subject to scientific inspection.

But the number of people seeking real evidence here is increasing.

Under pressure, locals have asked the administration to find out the truth.

'We have agreed to conduct a scientific examination on him,' said the local administrator, Mr Koirala.

The challenge is to do so without touching him."