Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hungry For Enlightenment

"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..."

Full Nepalese Fasting Boy Article

"Doctors and experts are baffled by an Indian hermit who claims not to have eaten or drunk anything for several decades - but is still in perfect health.

Mr Prahlad Jani under surveillance in hospital Prahlad Jani, a holy man, or fakir, who is over 70 years old, has just spent 10 days under constant observation in Sterling Hospital, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. During that time, he did not consume anything and "neither did he pass urine or stool", according to the hospital's deputy superintendent, Dr Dinesh Desai. Yet he is in fine mental and physical fettle, say doctors.

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..."

Full Fakir Article

2 Comments:

At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Chaits said...

Check out this article with pictures of the Maha Kumba Mela taken from space.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1137833.stm

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

The interesting thing is how the sediments shifted. With the only question now being not if, but how high the ocean is going to rise, it will be interesting to see how this afects the Ganges and all the activities involved with it.

Seems a culture that is based on where the actual banks of the river are will have a better chance of surviving than one that fixates on a single point and builds all its future on being able to maintain that site.

 

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