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Man Goes Seven Decades wtihout Food or Water
Posted 5/21/10

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How can anyone believe this???


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Posted 5/22/10
Interesting, I think the human body is capable of doing extraordinary things. For example in a case where say a mother saw her kids trapped under a car that has rolled over, in that brief moment the mother may gain almost super-human strength and lift the car off her kids, this had happened by the way people have lifted cars off trapped people. In a normal situation most humans couldn't lift a car but in a situation like that they can temporarily gain that ability. Perhaps when placed in certain situations or by possessing an especially strong will we can push our bodies to limits beyond normal human capabilities? So maybe the things these monks claim to do are not so impossible after all. I know that sounds crazy...
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the human body on average can live without food for 3 weeks. this news is obviously bogus
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Posted 5/23/10 , edited 5/23/10

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Although the typical product of skeptical western culture is suspicious of such practices, Buddhist and Hindu monks have continuously amazed scientists for well over a century now. Researchers have found them inexplicably capable of generating intense heat with no apparent source (this study involved several monks sitting in snow-storms with temperatures well below zero wearing nothing but wet towels) to change the PH level of water simply by thinking at it, and now one yogi claims to have gone without food or water for the past 70 years.

There is no way to verify the historical accuracy of his claim, but the yogi still stunned scientists when he volunteered for a two-week program during which he was kept under constant surveillance. An average human can survive for roughly five days without significant amounts of water. Prahlad Jani, on the other-hand, completed his two week program without hydration with absolutely –no- change in his health.

http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/05/10/2299480.aspx?GT1=43001

The only possible explanation I can see for this is human error in the study, but after a bit of searching I find absolutely no formal complaints about the methodology. Nobody has provided evidence that the conduct was unscientific or contrary to orthodox procedure and indeed nobody has even asserted this.

One suggestion was that the yogi had soaked water up in his beard and secretly ingested it. How a man under constant surveillance would manage to secretly soak his beard, ring it out, and consume the water without notice is beyond me.

During the study the yogi was allowed to bathe and swish water in his mouth for hygiene purposes. However, the researches made very precise measurements before and after and found the he had not consumed any of the water.

Similar awe-striking evidence of supposed miracles have left researches boggled across the world, and these are not limited to eastern religions. A double blind experiment involving hundreds of heart patients at a San Francisco hospital found that patients being prayed for were immensely more likely to recover than those who were not being prayed for…even though the patients involved in the study had no way of knowing whether or not they were in the group being prayed for. This study has been criticized because it does not control the variable of religious affiliation, but has been repeated with consistent results.

What are your thoughts on these findings? I do not think there is any evidence of anything explicitly “super natural.” The prayer study, for example, was not specific to one religion. So, Christians cannot cite this as evidence that their God heals people since Muslims, Jews, and people of other religious affiliations were allowed to participate as well.

My theory then is that prayer has an effect because our minds are able to interact with the physical universe. This may seem doubtful, but I find there is strong scientific evidence for the assertion. Several studies, for example, have found that by thinking negative thoughts at certain plants researchers can trigger defense mechanisms within the plants. Some plants, for example, release various toxins when threatened. Researchers imagined themselves eating the plants from separate facilities while scientists elsewhere monitored the plant behavior. Sure enough, the plant reacted as if it were going to be devoured.

Producing heat with no apparent source? The mind is the source. Changing the PH level of a pool with no physical contact? The mind may be able to do this as well. Fasting for seventy years? If the mind can produce heat and interact with our physical brains why not engender chemical energy?

In the end this is just my hazardous theory. I do not “believe,” these words…I simply propose them as a possible explanation and remain agnostic until I see more conclusive results. What are your thoughts on the matter?


it was probably a hoax or it may have had something to do with his chi/metabilisms/energy from the sun. It is true that modern science has learned a lot from these guys-like biofeedback. Though in the end when we understand this- if will be a commmon practice done by many. At the end of the day, there is a lot we can learn from other cultures and practices- for it hasnt served them for 1000s of yrs without good reason.

Edit: Here's a site that may give a better explanation for this. http://www.amazingabilities.com/amaze7a.html

Some plants can live for hundreds of years without any food,some animals can live for 100s of yrs as well. But "food" can mean many things and this man gets his energy from somewhere and i think he gets it from the sun...a lot of it from the sun. peace over war

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