Abu Dhabi: 124-year-old banks on regular Yoga, no sex and spices for longevity


Daijiworld Media Network - Abu Dhabi (SP)

Abu Dhabi, Oct 8: Swami Sivananda's presence at the Abu Dhabi airport here sent the officials in a tizzy. The fact that this fit, 124-year-old Indian, has all his organs and body parts working fine made them to miss a heartbeat recently.

Is there any secret to his health? Swami Sivananda, who was born in 1896, has a secret. He reveals that he has been able to keep himself fit as a fiddle on account of abstinence from sex, keeping spices at bay, and never failing to perform daily dose of Yogasanas.

Swami Sivananda, who gave up worldly pleasures when very young and guides people on spirituality, was born on August 8, 1896. Even at the age of 124, he is able to perform Yoga for hours on end.

The passport authorities had relied on records maintained by a temple to take down his actual date of birth. He grew at Varanasi, belonged to extremely poor family and adopted the path of leading a life devoid of any luxuries. He has simple advice to anyone who wants to stay young - stay away from sex, adopt discipline, perform Yoga regularly. He confesses that he consumes only boiled rice with dal without oil or spices. He however, uses green chilli during meals along with rice. He wants people to avoid milk and fruits. He says he was accustomed to stay without food for several days on a trot when young because of poverty. He had lost his parents when too young, and was given away by his relatives to a spiritual guide when he was six. He travelled with monks all over the country before settling down in Varanasi.

Sivananda has applied under pressure from his supporters, for recognition as the oldest living person on earth.

His sleeping habits are very simple. He sleeps on a mat laid out on the floor, and uses wooden block his pillow. His habits appear to be very healthy because even at this age, he does not suffer from health complications, travels independently, and does not need any support.

Sivananda seems to drive home the point that if we give up pleasures of life, one can enjoy long, healthy life.

  

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  • Salim, Bagalkot

    Thu, Oct 10 2019

    Incredible, unbelievable. I dont have adjectives to compliment the elderly Swamiji. Everyone has his or her priorities in life. I would add that live life as you want to but never be a trouble to others and to your own self. Yoga can do wonders.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Long live Swamiji and keep educating the people as of now in future too... God bless... Old is gold.

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  • Sekhar, Goa

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    One should salute the Swamiji for his excellent healthy habits and strict adherence to his principles making him not only the oldest living man but also for his good health with all organs in perfect condition putting all our senior citizens to feel shy as 98% suffer from age related ailments of joint pains ,poor eyesight and hearing problems not to mention about BP& Diabetes.

    one thing is certain to live longmental happiness& peace at home are very important besides good healthy habits& controlled food habits and avoiding junk food,besides regular walking or yoga ,Then u may live upto 85 and beyond that age even if one manage to live what for simply burden for family pray to leave this world peacefully beyond 85.

    Do ur best for the welfare of the society sharing iyour good and bad worldly experiences and advice to the younger generation,just like this 124 years swamijifor the benefit of younger generation

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Swamiji, you are certainly a beacon of light, shining for the young and the old, admire your values, simple living, with daily yoga, meditation, can do wonders and revive any sick, ailing body..... Continue to be a blessing and an inspiration !!!!!

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  • DD Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Old man does not look like 124 yrs.

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  • JNB, Bejai,Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    How 124 yrs old actually should look????

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  • SN, MANGALORE

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    In the past there are no proper records maintained regarding year of birth let alone date of birth in some families, looking at his him he is very old but 124 years old only god knows. I have seen 100 + years old two people but the other old people who know their age by some calculations say that they are around 90. My saying is only probability his age may 124 or may not be 124.

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  • Abhi, Manipal

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Advaniji up above 90...still looks just 70. Sab paramatma ka krupa hai.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Life would be boring without ...

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    .....spicy!??

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Jossey sir... Life is not boring for him without...........He is happy without.........

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Wow, good one Cynthia Madam

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Thanks Vishu.... ಜೊಸ್ಸಿ ಸಾರ್ ನ ಮೇಸೇಜ್ ಈರೆಗ್ ಅರ್ಥ ಆತಿನಾ ಆವೋಲಿ....ಬರ್ಸ ಉಂತುಂಡ್ ಅತ್ತೆ...ಗಿರ್ಗಿಟ್ಲು ಸುರು ಆಂಡ್ ಬಲ್ಪೆರೆ....ಕಿನ್ನಿಗೋಳಿದ ಬಸ್ಸ್ ತಿಕ್ಕ್ಂಡಾ ಬಲೇ....ಬೆಚ್ಚ ಬೆಚ್ಚ ಗೋಳಿಬಜೆ ಬೊಕ್ಕ ಚಾ ಆರ್ಡರ್ ಮಲ್ತೆ......

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    He must be 85 years. He himself has to assume his age. I dont think he has a knowledge on his date of birth . Anyways he is alive with so many years are the blessings.

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  • WILLIAM DSOUZA, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    CONGRATULATIONS AND WISHING HIM HEALTHY LIVING.. HE LOOKS LIKE, SOMETHING AROUND 95.. (NO. WRINKLES ON HIS FACE, IS A CLEAR INDICATION..) .

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, MALAD-MALWANI

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    QUITE UNBELIEVABLE. HAS MEDICAL SCIENCE CONFIRMED HIS AGE..?

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  • Alban D Souza, Udyavara/ Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Congratulation ! All living creatures die one day but being alive still at this age is great Gods gift. We say life is short but here is an example life is long How? He follows certain limit in his diet etc. Whatever is the age or personal life he is great . He does not enjoy material life but he gives an example of living spiritual life and man / woman is called to live not only materialistic life like spice or sex but a spiritual long life as well a gift from God which only a few can have and we believe in eternal bliss which is being with God (Heaven) after this earthly life.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    What is the point in living 100 years if there is no spice and sex?

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  • Syed Mohiudin, Iruvail/Riyadh

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Word of Thousand

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    ಅಜ್ಜೇರ್ ನ ಹಠ
    ಖಾರಲ ಬೋಡ್ಚಿ
    ಬ್ಯಾರಲ ಬೋಡ್ಚಿ

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Now someone will say if he was a Ghora you would believe even if it is not true. Let him enjoy his life whatever way he wants. If he lives 80 or 124 years it matters to him. You enjoy your life for 20 -30 or 80 years. It is your choice

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  • Harish N. Shetty, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Yes, it must be a typo by passport issuing authority which was not cross checked. He really does not look like 124. The question is what was he doing in Abu Dhabi? Does anyone know?

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  • JNB, Bejai,Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    "Shivanand Baba travelling from Calcutta to London VIA Abu Dhabi on board Etihad Airways"

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  • MM, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    He is blessed by God Almighty with long life and he should thank him

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  • JNB, Bejai,Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    We can not judge a book by it look!
    Those who believe need no explanation,
    Those who don't there is no explanation.

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    If Yoga can make people live 124 years and look like 90 years, then people will either desire to live long and soon cry foul saying they are a burden. Therefore, it won't be a surprise they are labelled anti-nationals, as the elderly are a burden to the nation. In politics anything is possible.

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  • Joseph, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    This poem I learnt in 1981 in my 11 th standard in SAC manglore

    Here poet is telling what is the use of a oak tree ? It’s life is 100 years and it’s good for nothing
    But consider the life of lily it’s life is only one day but it’s useful to someone
    It is not growing like a tree
    In bulk, doth make man better be;
    Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
    To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
    A lily of a day
    Is fairer far in May,
    Although it fall and die that night—
    It was the plant and flower of Light.
    In small proportions we just beauties see;
    And in short measures life may perfect be.

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  • James, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Good poem
    But Oak tree has its advantages. It gives seasoned wood that is used to make wooden flooring of courts and inturn helps to protect joints of International players.

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  • James, Belman

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Life is not called life when you sacrifice everything and live 100 plus years. Who want such life to live. Live 10 years as a parrot than 100 years as a crow.

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    He does not look more than 90. That record must be fictitious. Moreover, there is no guarantee that if one avoids sex and spices he or she can live long. pure fekuism

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  • Shashi Shetty, Santhoor

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    You are perfectly right . The real and Pakka Fekuism . The passport was issued in 2010. 😶

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  • Abhi, Manipal

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    To me he looks like more than 140...!! May be some people uttered wrongly. Better we counter-question and grill him for more than eight hours as done with DK/Chiddu/Vadra pouring various questions on world war/Battle of Adwa..where in 20000 italians massacared by ethopians/Britishers occupy West Africa.

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  • Kumar, Kinnigoli

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    WHAT IS THE USE OF LONGIVITY..... WITHOUT.......

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    He does not look older than 90. It is obvious that there was an error in recording his Date of Birth.

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Whatever his age doesn’t matter , but yoga or food habits cannot increase the age . But sure to stay fit do warm exercises, food without much spices , getup early, go to bed early and look into your own mistakes instead of peeping into others.

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  • Santosh Santhu Vas, Bangalore / MANGALORE

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    There is no point living like this man, total waste. One needs to enjoy God's bountiful gifts, work hard, play hard, live life to the holy by enjoying the fruits of one's labor. I don't think this man's age is 124 , another feku. I'd rather live short but live well.

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  • Syed Mohiudin, Iruvail/Riyadh

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    He looks like just 96

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Apparently the information of his supposed birth year was provided by a temple where he grew up.

    No birth certificate, no record.

    I am surprised that the Indian Government officials accepted the year 1896 without any scrutiny.

    As others here have opined, and looking at his face, the man is probably no more than 90.

    But, for a 90 year old, he is surprisingly fit. He walks briskly, proving that he has no joints issues whatsoever.

    If he was in US, he would have been going around in lecture tours on how to be healthy.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    He looks around 80-90 and definitely not 124...Yes, Yoga helps to keep body fresh and fit , but i don't think it makes 30 years younger in look !! Can it be an ERROR in Passport ? My wild guess....Anyway, God Bless Ajja....Let him hit Double Century...

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  • gm, Mlur

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Exactly, sure not more than 100. He is short so he is ok at this age, if people are tall they bend then cannot control their body.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    There is a doubt that he was born in 1896. It has not been officially confirmed. In olden days where was the birth certificates to show as a proof??? Many People used to give whatever dates and years in the government record books. There is a very little chance to agree that he is 124 year old. If the records are true then it's a real wonder of present century as average human life filled with diseases are just 65

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    I don't want to live so long, I have money only up to 80years old to take care of myself.

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  • Jembar Bappu, Bajpe

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Morning , noon and night only 90 each

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  • Vincent D'Mello, Karkala/India

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    "90" Medicine for all diseases....

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Hahaha, Though we can live for as much as we like, but your longevity is stupidity.There should be an age limit for people, You just have to say to them, You lived long enough, now listen you know, no roaming around, stay in bed. or you have to die. lol

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  • Abhi, Manipal

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    How we convince others..??

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  • gm, Mlur

    Tue, Oct 8 2019

    Do not go to convince others, you just follow his preaching.

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