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September 2010 Volume

Researchers Find Miracles in Yogi’s Fasting,2933,592544,00.html
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India: Prahlad Jani, an 82-year-old Indian yogi, claims to have spent over 70 years without food or water. He was recently examined for the second time by scientists. They have found that his biology is indeed extraordinary.

“If his claims are verified, it will be a breakthrough in medical science,” said Dr. G. Ilavazhagan. “This may help in working out strategies for survival without food and water when it is not available; for example, in natural calamities, people face this situation. Similarly, our soldiers may also face this situation when they are left in the deserts or in forest or in high-altitude areas.”

Jani left home when he was 7 to live as a wandering monk. A year later he was blessed by a goddess who gave him special powers. He says there is a hole in his palate through which his head drops nectar. The nectar gives him the nutrition needed to live without food or water.

In 2003, Jani was kept under surveillance for 10 days in Sterling Hospital.  He did not bathe and was given only 100 milliliters (about 3 ounces) of water each day as mouthwash. The mouthwash was then collected and measured to make sure that Jani didn’t drink any of it.

Although he lost a slight amount of weight, Jani's health did not deteriorate. Doctors learned that the urine formed in his bladder was reabsorbed later.

In April, 2010, Jani returned to the hospital for 15 days.  The yogi was sealed in a ward where he was observed 24/7 by a team of 35 doctors and scientists.  He astounded them all by not eating, drinking or going to the bathroom.

The doctors also scanned Jani's organs, brain and blood vessels, and conducted tests on his heart, lungs and memory capacity.

Dr. Sudhir Shah called this a “miracle in the science.

"A person can live without food and water for three, four, seven, to 12 days," the neurophysician said, "... in the past, people have done fasting for 16 or 30 days, but they were taking water after eight days and certainly they pass urine—but this case is a unique phenomenon.

"We still do not know how he survives," Shah added. "It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is. If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one.  As medical practitioners, we cannot shut our eyes to possibilities, to a source of energy other than calories."

Jani has returned to his village near Ambaji in northern Gujarat where he will resume his routine of yoga and meditation.

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