Saturday, June 27, 2009
Praise to Om Namo Guru Buddha Gyani (otherwise known as Palden Dorje, Tamang Tulku Rimpoche or Ram Bahadur Bomjon) who is now in his third year of meditation in the jungle of Bara District in Nepal.The blessed Guru was born on the 9th of April, 1990 in the village of Ratanpuri, Bara District not far from Lumbini, the birthplace of the great Buddha Shakyamuni.
He took his studies seriously and rarely played with other children, choosing instead to remain alone. Guru refused to fight, and was always calm. He spent his time reading scriptures, meditating and worshipping the pipal tree which seemed to bring him joy. Seeing this behavior, Guru’s father sent him to study the scriptures of Lama Chhyoi with Samden Lama in their village. After that Guru decided to embrace a religious life. He was taken to be educated by Som Bahadur Lama who lived at Sudha.
Sheshha Naga and the Snakebite
On November 6, 2005 The snake god Sheshha Naga granted Guru an audience that Guru might achieve the level of a Bodhisattva. Shessha Naga then bit Guru, and Guru’s body was poisoned. Guru sweated more than two liters while he continued to meditate, and thus he overcame the poison. Guru’s followers believe that on that day he was enlightened, for the Bodhisattva has the ability to survive attached to a tree, soil and stone, to digest snake poison, to be unaffected by the wind and to understand the language of all creatures.
On March 11, 2006 Guru disappeared from the site leaving his clothes behind. At first everyone feared he had been abducted. However he was found on December 25, 2006. “There was no peace.” Guru said. “I have been wondering in the forests since then. I am engaged in devotion which will continue for 6 years.” After returning to his meditation site for a couple of months, he again disappeared on the 11th of March, 2007.
Documentary About Buddha Boy By Discovery Channel :
Part 1 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v29clGMWU84
Part 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndg_6eajjNM
Part 3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGMwa4yZLL4
Part 4 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzNAZE2gaBY
Part 5 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSKBYaVlYKU
Here are some memorable pictures :-
Thursday, June 25, 2009
biggest biceps in the World. His arms have a circumference of 28 inches. Gregg
followed a 28 year body-building regime without relying on performance enhancing
drugs, but this didn't set the record. This came after a further 2 years of
intensive training and anabolic steroids to pump his muscles to these extremes.
Steroids would be his road to fame, and ultimately to infamy.
In the UK, Dave Talbot is in the gym at five o'clock every morning. He will
train for two and a half hours before returning home for breakfast. He will take
the kids to school before returning to the gym for another two and a half hour
workout. He will do this seven days a week for months on end.
Dave consumes some 12,000 calories a day to fuel his workouts and build his
muscles to a toned perfection. This training routine will last for 15 months
and it is all for a single body-building competition.
he achieves fourth place. Is it enough? Was all that work worth it?
Gregg Valentino became a minor celebrity in America a curiosity who has
crossed over from extreme body-building to the outer fringes. Considered by
many, including those in body-building circles, to be a freak.
Gregg made a fortune from his training videos demonstrating the power in
his drugged-up arms, but he was about to pay the price for his drug abuse.
Dr. Harrison Pope, the author of The Adonis Complex uses the term Bigorexia to
describe what he considers to be an obsessive compulsive condition that
steroid-fuelled body-building is becoming. Bigorexia was coined by the fitness
community as an opposite to anorexia. After years of steroid injections, Gregg Valentino's arms were like
pin-cushions and he became careless reusing needles and failing to ensure they
were sterile. He got an infection in the arm. This caused a bad fever and the
arm blew up like a balloon filled with pus, like a giant zit.
the haematoma by himself. He set about stabbing the arm with a syringe to draw
the pus out.
After 20 minutes of self-mutilation and two tumblers of coagulated blood and
gore, Gregg ended up in emergency surgery, and all his body-building efforts
disappeared under the surgeon's knife. Steroids had destroyed his body, and he
thought things couldn't get any worse.
Steroids are illegal in the USA and Gregg was going to discover this to his
cost. Over the years Gregg had not only been using steroids himself, he had
been supplying them to others. He was arrested and jailed. He lost everything,
his house, his cars, his money, and his gym.
steroid misuse. He had won 22 titles including Mr USA, Muscleman USA, and Mr
America without resorting to steroids. But following a trip to Europe he
succumbed to the attraction of bigger muscles and started anabolic steroids.
By the time he was in his mid 40s, Steve had suffered liver failure, had a
heart attack and a stroke. He spent time in a mental institution trying to
come to terms with what he had done. Now he promotes steroid-free
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The boy, Prithviraj Patil, the son of a well-to-do farmer in Sangalwadi near Sangli, is otherwise a healthy normal child. The facial hair, which is up to three-inches (8 cm) long may look awful, but it does not induce any itch or rash on the skin and it is not accompanied by any odor or skin disorder. "Hairy nevus, where a person has patches of excess hair growth or hirsutism, is not uncommon. But hair persisting all over the body is very rare", said plastic surgeon Vinay Saoji.
"Though I have not come across such cases or its documentation anywhere, I suppose options like epilation could be tried out to rid the boy of the embarrassment", Saoji told IANS.
Such traits, reminding us of real or supposed evolutionary lost characteristics are called atavisms. They usually appear because genes for previously existing phenotypical traits are not discarded from the genome, but often preserved and just inhibited by our DNA. Even if these genes are not expressed, a mutation can reactivate them.
Atavisms that have been found in humans are for example babies born with a vestigial tail, named "coccygeal process", "coccygeal projection", and "caudal appendage", but other atavic traits in humans can be the presence of large, ape-like canines, the development of claws instead of nail or the presence of more than one pair of mammary glands.
Atavisms have been also signaled in animals: whales and dolphins with small hind fins (showing clearly that they evolved from four limbed land mammals), or extra-toes in horses, showing that their ancestors had 5 fingers and toes like the rest of the mammals.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
By rights Ahad should have died, but doctors and surgeons at the hospital where he was in intensive care were amazed when, after a five hour operation, the 14 year old regained consciousness and tried to speak.
Plastic surgeons used a plastic implant to fill the hole in his skull where the brain had been and stretched his scalp over his new skull.
Incredibly, not only did Ahad retain sufficient mental faculties to speak, walk and live a normal life, he managed to graduate from his local University with an honours degree.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
32-year-old Dede, who lives in a remote village in Indonesia with his two children, feared that he would be killed by the tree-like growths that cover his body.
Known locally as 'Tree Man' his condition has baffled local doctors for 20 years.
He has root like structures growing out of his body - branches that can grow up to 5cm a year and which protrude from his hands and feet, and welts covering his whole body.
In an attempt to earn a living to support his family, he is part of a circus troupe, displaying his Tree Man limbs along with others afflicted with skin deformities in 'freak' shows.
The former fisherman was the subject of a documentary "Half Man Half Tree", part of the "My Shocking Story" series on Discovery Channel TV.
Dede's story began when wart-like "roots" started growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident. The medical world was completely baffled.
The welts spread rapidly across his body and soon he was not able to carry out ordinary household tasks.
Dede was sacked from his job and deserted by his wife. He has been raising two children, now in their late teens, in poverty. He is resigned to the fact that local doctors have no cure for his condition.
To try to support his family he even joined a local "freak show", parading in front of a paying audience along with victims of other peculiar diseases.
While he has the support of his extended family, he has frequently been a target of ridicule and abuse in rural fishing village where he lives.
But now new hope has emerged for Dede after an American dermatology expert flew out to his home village south of the capital Jakarta.
Dr. Anthony Gaspari of the University of Maryland claims to have identified Dede's condition, and has proposed a treatment that could completely change his life.
Following the testing of samples of the lesions and Dede's blood, Dr. Gaspari says his condition is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This is a fairly common infection that usually causes small warts to develop on sufferers.
Dede's problem is that he has a rare genetic fault that impedes his immune system. This means his body is unable to contain the warts.
According to Dr. Gaspari, the virus was able to "hijack the cellular machinery of his skin cells", instructing them to produce huge amounts of the substance that caused the tree-like growths known as "cutaneous horns" on both his hands and feet.
The doctor became involved in the case through the Discovery Channel documentary, and he is convinced that Dede's condition can be largely cleared up by a daily doses of a synthetic form of Vitamin A, which has been demonstrated to stop the growth of warts in severe cases of HPV.
Dr. Gaspari said that Dede's warts should reduce in size to the point where he can use his hands. He said he had never seen anything like this in his entire career.