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David Guyatt
05-11-2010, 10:34 AM
Pity that the only people interested in this are the military, but hardly surprising that they are these days...

The concept that complete bodily sustenance can be provided wholly by sunlight (and I suspect the circualtion of "prana") is a fascinating one.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20100510/tod-starving-yogi-astounds-indian-scient-451ab4f.html


'Starving yogi' astounds Indian scientists
Monday, May 10 12:14 pm
Rajesh Joshi
An 83-year-old Indian holy man who says he has spent seven decades without food or water has astounded a team of military doctors who studied him during a two-week observation period. Skip related content

Prahlad Jani spent a fortnight in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat under constant surveillance from a team of 30 medics equipped with cameras and closed circuit television.

During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet.

"We still do not know how he survives," neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters after the end of the experiment. "It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is."

The long-haired and bearded yogi was sealed in a hospital in the city of Ahmedabad in a study initiated by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the state defence and military research institute.

The DRDO hopes that the findings, set to be released in greater detail in several months, could help soldiers survive without food and drink, assist astronauts or even save the lives of people trapped in natural disasters.

"(Jani's) only contact with any kind of fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically during the period," G. Ilavazahagan, director of India's Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), said in a statement.

Jani has since returned to his village near Ambaji in northern Gujarat where he will resume his routine of yoga and meditation. He says that he was blessed by a goddess at a young age, which gave him special powers.

During the 15-day observation, which ended on Thursday, the doctors took scans of Jani's organs, brain, and blood vessels, as well as doing tests on his heart, lungs and memory capacity.

"The reports were all in the pre-determined safety range through the observation period," Shah told reporters at a press conference last week.

Other results from DNA analysis, molecular biological studies and tests on his hormones, enzymes, energy metabolism and genes will take months to come through.

"If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one," said Shah.

"As medical practitioners we cannot shut our eyes to possibilities, to a source of energy other than calories."

Magda Hassan
05-11-2010, 12:25 PM
I saw this recently too and was disappointed that it was the military who were interested in his skills. Their idea of nirvana is quite different to his I am sure. I am sure they have checked this out but I can't help wondering that he doesn't have a secret stash of Tim Tams somewhere in that room. This also reminds me of Tesla and his electricity sourced from the atmosphere.

Charles Drago
05-11-2010, 01:53 PM
If Prahlad Jani were to order a frankfurter, do you know what he'd say?








Make me one with everything.

Keith Millea
05-11-2010, 02:36 PM
I remember reading an article or a small pamphlet back in the 70s' about people that can live on sunlight only.


"If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one," said Shah.

:dontknow:

David Guyatt
05-11-2010, 04:24 PM
I suppose that without any sunlight none of us would have any food anyway, so the possibility must be there.

Mind you, I still enjoy the Sun's actual bounty too much to want to attempt going down this particular ascetic road.

Keith Millea
05-11-2010, 05:18 PM
Well I guess I still have a few brain cells left,I found the book:

"Survival Into The 21st Century"-Planetary Healers Manual
Viktoras Kulvinskas-1975

One chapter is called "Breatharianism;Sunshine for Lunch"

He lists some half dozen or so people who have lived for years without food.Here is what he has to say about one such person.

Giri Bala,Bahar West Bengal,now over 70 years,as a child had an insatiable appetite but has taken no food nor fluid since she was 12.She has never been sick,is an expert in Pranayama and yoga,is always gay,looks like a child,does normal housework,has no bodily excretions.Her case was investigated by the late Sri Bijaly Chand Mahtab,Maharajah of Burdwan.

Another:
Teresa Avila,Bavarian Peasant,born 1898,has taken no food,no water,and no sleep since 1926;she is not thin or sickly,works in her garden,and is described as one of the happiest persons.

Magda Hassan
05-11-2010, 10:05 PM
There was a local Breatharian who was definitely dipping into a stash of biscuits ans found to be doing so. She ran some sort of cult here a few years ago. I don't think the Yogi is in the same league though.