Indian ascetic lives without eating and drinking from 74 years

Man who lives on air undergoes defence tests. Scientists begin study on how Prahlad Jani lives without food or water. The idea is to replicate the process in soldiers, astronauts. Prahlad Jani, who has not eaten food or drunk water for 74 years of his 82-year-old life, will be kept under observation by the a wing of the defence ministry for 15 days. The members of Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Science (DIPAS) want to understand if this process can be replicated in others’ bodies. The observation is being undertaken at the Sterling hospital.DIPAS Director G Ilavazhagan said, “Jani was earlier tested for 10 days at the hospital in 2003. Neurophysician Dr Sudhir Shah and his team had conducted the tests to certify that Jani did indeed live without food and water. He also did not pass out urine or stool.”Most people can live without food for several weeks, but without water, average human can survive only 3 or 4 days. Survival tactics On why the defence ministry was interested in Jani, he explained, “We have soldiers manning border areas where food and water is not easily available. We are trying to locate Jani’s source of energy. If this can be transferred to the soldiers, or utilised by them in some manner, it will be greatly beneficial. It

may help in working out strategies for survival during natural calamities, extreme stressful conditions and extra-terrestrial explorations like future missions to Moon and Mars.” Ilavazhagan, however, was unsure what the study would reveal. “As and when a development occurs, we will reveal it to the world,” he said, adding: “Jani says he meditates to get energy. Our soldiers will not be able meditate, but we would still like to find out more about the man and his body.”Parameters fixed;  Dr Shah said, “The hospital and the defence team have formed two committees. We have fixed certain parameters including the tests that needs to be conducted on the 80-year-old. We will conduct regular echocardiogram (ECG), blood and urine tests. We will use MRI to scan his brain activity.” Recollecting an incident that occurred during the 2003 tests, Dr Shah said, “We found his bladder contained 120 ml urine. We asked him to reduce it to 50 ml. Without passing the urine, he managed to do as asked. By evening, we asked him to reduce it to zero. And by the stipulated time, there was not a drop of urine in his bladder. A human has to pass urine to survive. If he does not, his kidneys will fails. But Jani continued to remain in perfect health.” Earlier MRIs revealed that the 82-year-old’s

brain development matched that of a 25-year-old. Dr Shah and his team is part of the study to evaluate if Jani is showing signs of aging over the past 6 years. Life insurance;  Mr Rajiv Sharma, CEO of Sterling Hospital, revealed that 35 doctors were monitoring Jani. “We wanted to insure Jani’s life. However, due to certain legalities, insurance firms refused our request. Finally, the state government insured his life so that the study could be conducted,” he said. Famous breatharians; Hira Ratan Manek, an Indian engineer, who hasn’t eaten nor drunk for many years, was invited by NASA to study how he had survived on liquid and sunlight. Every evening, he stares at sunlight for an hour without batting an eyelid. NASA reports he survived 130 days only with water, and they even named it after his name: HRM phenomenon. He stopped to eat completely after he went on his pilgrimage to Himalaya. Zinaida Baranova, a73-year-old Russian woman, stopped eating on March 29, 2000. She first stopped eating food and in a couple of weeks, stopped drinking water too. She claims she stopped smelling food though she could smell all other things. She says she gains nourishment from the air. Scientists of the Bauman

Institute examined her body and were very surprised to find out that the woman’s biological age corresponded to 20 years. Dr Michael Werner, a German cancer researcher, in 2005 claimed to have eaten nothing for four years. He said he derived all his energy from sunlight and drank only water mixed with a small amount of fruit juice. In his book, Living through the Energy of Light, he wrote: “I can’t really explain what is happening on a scientific level in my case, but perhaps just a little bit of faith is all that is needed.”  Who is Prahlad Jani Prahlad Jani grew in Charod village in Mehsana district. He claims to have been blessed by a goddess at the age of 8. He says he has survived several decades without food or water because of a hole in his palate. Drops of water filter through this hole, he says, sustaining him. He wears a red garment, nose ring, and gold bracelets. He also sports a ‘tikka’ on his forehead. His followers call him ‘mataji’or goddess. news from

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