Yoga, No Sex Are Secrets Of Healthy Longer Life, Says 120-Year-Old Monk Swami Shivananda

Swami Shivananda credits his age to “Yoga, Discipline and Celibacy”. - Sakshi Post

Varanasi: To live a healthy and active life without any medical complications, according to the oldest man alive in the world, you have to refrain from sex and do yoga on a daily basis.

Swami Shivananda, an Indian and Hindu monk from the holy city of Varanasi, is claiming that his age is now 120 years and also showing his passport as a proof on which his date of birth was registered as 08/08/1896. According to this record, the Swami is representing 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Indian passport authorities also confirmed the monk’s age.

The centenarian is also trying to get his name entered in the Guinness World Records as the oldest man to have lived as of now. But despite his apparent age, he does not look frail and remains strong enough to perform yoga for hours in a day.

The centenarian does yoga as a daily ritual.

According to the Guinness Records, ‘Jiroemon Kimura’ was the oldest man from Japan to have lived for 116 years and 54 days. He died in June 2013.

The 120 year-old Shivanand from the holy city of Varanasi says he keeps away from the new technologies trending now-a-days.

When asked about the secret of his health, Swami Shivanand transpired that exercising serenity, doing yoga daily and refraining from sex are the secrets of his healthy, active and longer life.

Sivananda, who became a monk by the practice of austere life style and grew up in extreme poverty, said he lost his parents when he was 6 years-old and was given away to a spiritual preceptor by his relatives. He says the diet he takes every day was simple comprises boiled rice, dal (pulses) and two or three green chillies.

The century crossed oldest man is still able to live and travel on his own.

“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”, says the monk who used to be parched with empty stomach in his childhood days.

Even now, the monk can perform Yoga for hours without any fatigue.
“Simple diet is best. For many dishes, bring many diseases” is the principle that Shivanand practices.

Standing 1.58 metres tall, Shivanad, who credits his outliving to “Yoga, discipline, and celibacy”, said he still use a wooden seat (board) as a pillow and sleep on floor bed with mat only.

Swami Shivananda was given away to a monk by his parents post the death of his parents when he was 6-year-old.

The still active Shivananda even at the age of unbelievable 120 years can also perform the some tough Yoga postures easily.

The Varanasi resident had applied for the Guinnese Book Of World Records to get his name entered as the Oldest man to have lived.

“Earlier people were happy with fewer things. Nowadays people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot,” he says who settled in Waranasi and living on his own. “I just want people to be happy, healthy and peaceful”, he added.

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