Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Thoughts: You may or may not have seen the article today about the 83-year-old Indian man who says he has spent seven decades without food or water. Well he has certainly astounded the majority of the population including a team of military doctors who studied him during a two-week observation period.
The majority of the population find this fascinating or unbelievable. Some of you know this as truth. How you know this as truth depends on your consciousness.
Some people don't believe it and dismiss it as "Mabye theres a chees burger in that beard and a bottle of water under his chin?" Mark Seattle WA (Monday, May 10, 2010 8:29 PM
Prahlad Jani spent a fortnight in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat under constant surveillance from a team of 30 medics equipped with cameras and closed circuit television. During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet.
Certain consciousness will simply not understand this, "We still do not know how he survives," neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters after the end of the experiment. "It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is."
Gurdjieff a spiritual leader said "It's astonishing how little of ourselves we feel, even physically. We live in our body and normally sense it very little, in any conscious way. And it's correspondingly amazing how much transpires emotionally and instinctively in us, which we normally do not feel. Most psychologists agree we are driven by unconscious impulses; many acknowledge a "script" driving our responses - but do we sense these patterns in ourselves?"
The DRDO hopes that the findings, set to be released in greater detail in several months, could help soldiers survive without food and drink, assist astronauts or even save the lives of people trapped in natural disasters.
"(Jani's) only contact with any kind of fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically during the period," G. Ilavazahagan, director of India's Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), said in a statement.
Jani has since returned to his village near Ambaji in northern Gujarat where he will resume his routine of yoga and meditation.
A common question asked is 'well is he healthy?' During the 15-day observation, which ended on Thursday, the doctors took scans of Jani's organs, brain, and blood vessels, as well as doing tests on his heart, lungs and memory capacity.
Other results from DNA analysis, molecular biological studies and tests on his hormones, enzymes, energy metabolism and genes will take months to come through.
"If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one," said Shah.
"As medical practitioners we cannot shut our eyes to possibilities, to a source of energy other than calories."
So what about those displaced populations who lack food and water? Why are they dying?
Van Rooyen says that depending on climate conditions like temperature and humidity, an ordinary human could survive five or six days without water, maybe a day or two longer in extraordinary circumstances. We can go much longer without food – even up to three months if that person is taking liquids fortified with vitamins and electrolytes.
Bob Dylan sang. One can go with the general current, manifesting a semiconscious existence, generating a crude grade of energies to be used by the cosmos on one level - or one can choose the harder Way, to try to be, to consciously evolve, and move toward the capacity to receive and to generate a finer energy, in a higher service to the forces of creation. Either way, nothing is wasted - which idea dovetails with scientific observations of nature: Everything, in nature, is "food" for something; everything is utilized.
Gandhi was also known to go long stretches without food, including a 21-day hunger strike in 1932.
Prahlad Jani claims he has survived without food and water for more than seven decades.
You can see humans skepticism when we hear of such extraordinary events like these. "The human body cannot survive without it. The effects of food and water deprivation are profound" Van Rooyen explained. “Ultimately, instead of metabolizing sugar and glycogen [the body’s energy sources] you start to metabolize fat and then cause muscle breakdown. Without food, your body chemistry changes. Profoundly malnourished people autodigest, they consume their own body’s resources. You get liver failure, tachycardia, heart strain. You fall apart.” Well this man had better not try living without food or water. His thoughts do not permit it. He is not open to it. For one to be able to survive on this, it would take a thought pattern to have it be truth.
Some people on Earth do get it, "What this yogi is doing has been done by yogi's for millenia. It is an amazing feat in that it is real and it took this particular man an almost inconceivable of discipline to achieve. Our physicists are just beginning to skim the finest surface of understanding of our human potential and while going without food for so long may not seem to serve a purpose - it is one of many ways to make the journey inward that we all must make eventually. We are all connected and when one achieves the level of discipline and inward seeking that this man has - it is for all of us." John Patton (Monday, May 10, 2010 8:27 PM)
"What western medicine fails to recognize is that the human body has many secrets and capacities that few have explored. The human organism is not merely mechanical. And the capacity of the universe to surprise us with the unexpected should make modern doctors be more humble. For example: doctors dismissed germ theory as bunk just a 150 years ago. "Wash my hands? What rubbish." Be open minded and humble you masters of medicine and the knife!!" Chuck Henderson (Monday, May 10, 2010 8:28 PM)
"This can be a real event where a person gains his energy from other sources which are not nutritional in the usual sense. A term sometimes used is "breathers" getting energy from the prana in the environment." F, Jackson, MS (Monday, May 10, 2010 8:30 PM)
"Just another "breathairian... one who survives only by breathing air. This myth has been around a long time. Just wait long enough, and you'll see them sneaking in a twinky." C Norris, AZ (Monday, May 10, 2010 8:31 PM)
"We are spiritual being just having human experience and for many yogis that can transcend this dimension and exist in the 4th dimension which is beyond man's common understand." R W Arnold (Monday, May 10, 2010 8:31 PM)
It is beyond my common understanding, which reminds me that I am only scratching at the surface of my own consciousness and what is really possible.
"It not just about logic or reality because logic and reality in the 4th dimension is the illusion.
It may truly be an example of mind over matter. These are things that enligtened being have been doing since the beginning of time...Jesus stated, "You will do things even greater than I.
Study Quantum Physics......"
Dr. Elon Bomani, Missouri City, Tx. (Monday, May 10, 2010 8:32 PM)
The human body is a machine, plain and simple.
This blog thanks to Mike Baniasadi.
Challenges: “Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy” - Denis Diderot - French Philosopher
Triumphs: “In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism and skepticism and humbug and we shall want to live more musically” - Vincent van Gogh
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: Water with lemon. Strawberries! A beet, carrot, celery, ginger juice.
Lunch: Brazilian Black Beans with brown rice from last nights creation. Mmm a hott creamy dish!
Dinner: Balls of chocolate with peanut butter. Yes I eat this for dinner! Yum yum yum! Just like the yogi showed - there is not set way we have to be - breakfast lunch and dinner are not necessary unless you say they are necessary.
Dessert: Sweet sweet Pineapple!
Snacks: Peanuts :)
Recipe: Mmmm recipes for balls of chocolate will be in the earth diet book that is published this November!
Exercise: Today I exercised my mind. I sat in a hott hott bath with epsom salts and lavender. I had the shower curtain closed so it was like my own little sauna. I sat in darkness with 2 candles burning their light, with some soft wordless music. The idea for the epsom salts bath is to relax the muscles and sweat out the toxins. There is always a point where your mind will say 'time to get out - too hott' and at that point I exercise the power of my mind - to stay in the bath until I feel my organs sweating! After the 'torture' period - and I say torture as it's like a battle between my mind and self. It's a very similar to experience to that of doing Bikram Yoga. :)
179 days to go!!!
teachings from Gurdjieff