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Byline: Sandra Ramdhanie

Sandra Ramdhanie is a Psychic Consultant, paranormal author and researcher. She has

helped probe some of Ireland's most baffling cases of supernatural events


Pilgrims see boy and tree...

IN THE depths of a dense jungle in Nepal a 15 year old boy, Ram Bahadur Banjan, sits cross-legged, motionless, eyes closed, among the roots of a tree in the Bara Jungle, about 100 miles south of the capital, Katmandu.

According to his followers, Ram has been meditating there without eating or drinking since May 17.

Thousands of pilgrims travel to see him, many believing he is a reincarnation of Gautama Siddhartha, who was born nearby around 500 B.C.E. and later became revered as the Buddha, which means Enlightened One.

A reporter from a local newspaper who spent two days at the site claims about 10,000 people are flocking to visit the boy.

Soldiers have been sent there to control the crowds, while a makeshift parking lot and vendors selling food and drinks have been set up to deal with the influx of pilgrims to the remote spot.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of Banjan from a roped-off area about 80 feet away between dawn and dusk, and many believe he is a God.

At night however his followers place a screen in front of him and no-one knows or sees what goes on.

Police officers have interviewed the boy's associates about their claim that he has gone six months without food or drink, but have not directly questioned the boy himself, who appears deep in meditation and doesn't speak at all.

Local officials have also asked the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology in Katmandu to send scientists to examine Banjan.

Buddhism teaches that right thinking and self-control enables us to achieve Nirvana, a divine state of peace, bliss and release from desire, and has about 325 million followers, mostly in Asia.

Thank heavens

GOOD news from the heavens! Yesterday saw the end of a traumatic Mercury Retrograde phase with the Planet of communications going direct.

This should have a major impact on all our lives, ending a period of frustration, delays and unexpected obstacles.

If you have recently been feeling that your life has taken a strange turn for the worst and people around you have become unreliable and unpredictable, you've been suffering from the effects of Mercury Retrograde.

So today we can celebrate the release of a planetary bind that has seriously affected all of us, especially those born under the sign of Gemini, or who have strong Gemini influences in their birthchart. Mars, the red planet of energy, passion and sexuality goes direct on Friday the 9th so expect positive changes, increased vitality and release from pressure and tension.

Scorpions and those born under the sign of Aries are ruled by Mars and will feel this energy shift most, but we will all benefit. It will be easier to cope with emotional and material insecurity. With Mercury direct in the fiery sign of Sagittarius, the independent free spirit, let your imagination soar.It's time to go for it with confidence and make your dreams come true.

FOR DECEMBER LUCK: Burn Vanilla scented candles and Sandalwood incense, wear Honeysuckle or Musk oil, and wear red and green clothes, jewellery etc. together for love, health and good fortune.

FAMOUS SAGITTARIANS: Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Tyra Banks, Stephen Spielberg, Keith Richards, Arthur C. Clarke, Don Johnson, Beethoven, Jane Austin, J. Paul Getty, Patty Duke, Donny Osmond, Kim Basinger, Sinead O'Connor, Kirk Douglas, James Galway, Sammy Davis jnr., David Carradine, Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Maria Callas, Billy Idol, Mark Twain, Bruce Lee, Billy Jean King, Tina Turner, Harpo Marx, Jimi Hendrix, William Blake, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Dench, Jeff and Beau Bridges, Teri Hatcher, David Carradine, Frank Sinatra, Maurice and Robin Gibb, and Jim Morrison.

SAGITTARIANS ARE: Most compatible with Aries and Leo. Can be good with Capricorn, Aquarius, Libra and Scorpio.

A 50-50 chance with Taurus, Cancer and Sagittarius.

Doubtful with Gemini, Pisces and Virgo.

My witch report

HERE are some tell-tale signs which indicate that your next door neighbour just might be a witch.

All the local cats hang around their garden.

The clothes drying on the line are all black.

Children whisper and stare as they pass their house, and run if they see any movement.

At Halloween kids don't call to the door,not since the year that his/her costume was scarier than theirs!

The house always smells of incense and herbs.

Has strange pets with unpronounceable names.

Wears lots of silver jewellery, even when shopping or hanging out clothes.

Always listens to what you're saying like they really care.

Walks around barefoot, dressed in robes.

Has curtains or cushions decorated with Celtic patterns or the sun, moon and stars.

Is visited by the drug squad, who take away bags of dry green leaves and return them with profuse apologies after analysis!

Is never visited by Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses...not after the last time...


It's like watching paint dry ... Ram Nahadur Banjan is an unlikely crowd-puller
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 4, 2005

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