- The secret to a long life of Hindu Monk Swami Sivananda is a life without sex and spices and daily yoga
- Sivananda, who claims that he is the oldest man to ever live, was born in 1896 and is still strong and healthy
- The old monk is trying to challenge Japan’s Kimura who was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest man to ever live
Hindu monk Swami Sivananda says that his secret to living a long life is no sex or spices and daily yoga. Still looking healthy and strong, Sivananda also claims that he is the oldest man to ever live and he owes his longevity to his lifestyle.
Based on his passport, Sivananda was born on August 8, 1896. Despite his age, he can still perform yoga for four hours.
Coming from the holy city of Varanasi, Sivananda experienced extreme poverty while growing up. He lost his parents when he was 6 and was given to a special guru by his relatives. Sivananda settled in Varanasi where he decided to be a monk and dedicated his life to yoga, discipline, and celibacy.
“I lead a simple and disciplined life. I eat very simply―only boiled food without oil or spices, rice and boiled daal (lentil stew) with a couple of green chillies,” said Sivananda who just finished his two-hour yoga in Kolkata prior the interview.
Completely avoiding the pleasures in life, Sivananda also avoids milk or fruits. He further recalled how he would sleep on an empty stomach when he was a child.
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“Earlier people were happy with fewer things. Nowadays people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot. I just want people to be happy, healthy, and peaceful,” he said.
The old monk lives independently and is still fit and suffers no medical complications. Indeed, Sivananda is living a simple life as he only sleeps on a mat on the floor and uses a wood as a pillow.
Sivananda is trying to replace Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura after recently applying to Guinness World Records. Kimura died at the age of 116 which made him to be listed as the oldest man to ever live.
Passport authorities in India confirmed Sivananda’s age from a temple register. However, the Times of India noted that he looked 50 years younger than the age he was claiming. – Kami Media