Longevity & Immortality
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Excerpt from bbc.co.uk -TV Series - How to Build a Human -
Elixir of Youth:
The sale of life-extending elixirs has always been big business. In the past, people have been persuaded that they'll regain their youth by sleeping with virgins, drinking gladiator blood or even injecting themselves with concoctions made from the testes of monkeys, guinea pigs and criminals. Nowadays many people are happy to pop anti-ageing pills and inject themselves with youth-giving hormones, whatever the cost. But have any of these strategies ever really worked?
Professor Leonard Hayflick, an authority in the field of ageing claims that, "no intervention has been proven to slow or stop ageing." Evidence suggests that even the most legitimate anti-ageing therapies can only make you healthier, which reduces your risk of dying young. They neither make you young nor increase your lifespan. We now know more than ever about how we age, leading many to claim that we'll soon be able to extend our lives way beyond the current human lifespan. Until this comes to pass, here are some strategies you can follow that are likely to keep you feeling younger and stronger for longer. Research has shown that where lifespan is concerned, it's as important to look after your mind as your body.
Body and Mind
Officially the oldest person ever
Jeanne Calment of France lived to be 122, is the oldest person ever to have lived with a fully authenticated birth record. She died in 1997. In her youth she was a friend of Van Goghs. Jeanne was always healthy, riding a bike until she was 100. She smoked until she was 110, when she said, "it was becoming a habit." Until two years before her death she had a glass of port and a piece of her favourite chocolate every day.
The oldest person ever?
Elizabeth Israel, known as Ma Pampo on the Caribbean island of Dominica, is said to be 127. This should make her the oldest person alive today, however, there is no documentation to confirm her age. Ma Pampo gave up smoking in her 90s and was still working at 104. She attributes her long life to eating organically grown crops.
Oldest man in the world
Sardinian Antonio Todde, died just before his 113th birthday in January 2002. On his 112th birthday, Todde spoke about the secret of a long life. "Just love your brother and drink a good glass of red wine every day," he said. Before his death, Todde held the Guinness world record for Oldest Living Man. 112 year old Yukichi Chuganji from Japan, now holds this title.
Oldest woman in the UK
Amy Hulmes is Britain's oldest woman until she died at the age of 114 in 2001. Born in the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, she put her longevity down to drinking four bottles of Guinness every night and taking cold baths.
Previous oldest men in the UK
Harry Halford was the UK's oldest man until he died in 2000 aged 109. Harry smoked until he was 65. He believed that the secret of his long life was that he started every day with a cooked breakfast. Retired farmer David Henderson was the UK's oldest man until he died in 1998, just shy of his 110th birthday. Mr Henderson attributed his long life to porridge, prunes and never going to bed on a full stomach.
The Okinawan Way
The inhabitants of Okinawa, Japan, have the longest life expectancy on the planet. Okinawan longevity is attributed in part to a healthy diet rich in vegetables and grains. But there's more to it than that. Most lead active lives through into old age. Activities such as dancing, walking, gardening and gentle martial arts such as tai chi are all popular among the middle aged and elderly.
Buddhist, Taoist , Kabbalah Perspectives
Maharaj by TS Anantha Murthy - 'Kaya Kalpa' practised by ascetic Shriman Tapasviji, who reportedly lived to the age of 185
THE SECRETS OF LONGEVITY
Dharma talk on 07/12/92 (page 300-302 Achievement of Rainbow Light Body Volume five) Translated by Yuan Zheng Tang
Since so many of you are coughing badly today, I shall talk on how a cultivator can lead a healthy life. Once a cultivator met three centenarians while he was traveling. Humbly, he asked them for their secrets of longevity . The first old man told him : " I am very particular about my eating and drinking habits. I have never indulged in them. I consume a moderate amount of food at fixed times of the day." The second oldman said : " My wife is not pretty ! In fact she is very ugly, that is why I live a long life ." Why ? He has been abstaining from greed (sexual desire included). The length of our life is proportionate to our greed. The more greed we have, the shorter our lives will be. The third oldman answered : "I never let my blanket cover my nose when I sleep at night !" What he revealed is full of wisdom. If the "qi" (vital energy) can pass through our body without hindrance i.e. the flow is smooth without any blockage, we will enjoy long life. Otherwise , we are sure to die young. Therefore, in order to live longer, we must learn the art of accumulating "qi" and ensure that the "qi" passes through our body freely. In fact, When qi cannot flow through certain parts of our body, those areas are sure to be afflicted by diseases. To use an analogy, if the water is flowing freeing , the drain is functioning properly. If the drain is blocked, and the water cannot flow, and very soon the water will turn stale and start to stink. Why must a cultivator take good care of his own health ? If his life is short, he cannot complete his study of Buddhism, and therefore his spiritual attainment would not be high. On the other hand, if his life is longer, he could spend a lot more time understanding Buddhism. Proficient and meticulous practice will lead to higher spiritual attainment. If we start to learn Sutrayana Buddhism at the age of twenty, after twenty years (12 years of Sutrayana and 8 years of Tantrayana) we should be forty. If we practice assiduously for another ten to twenty years, we should have great spiritual attainment. If our life is shorter than 60, then it is unlikely that we can have high spiritual attainment. A lot of time is required to do spiritual cultivation and succor other sentient beings.
Therefore it is imperative that those who want
to cultivate must have longer life. In conclusion, a cultivator must :
1. Regulate his food and drink intake.
2. Moderate his greed.
3. Ensure that adequate "Qi" is flowing through his body.
Om Mani Padme Hum
How to prolong life- the Karma Way
There is a method to prolong life: by saving the life of many beings in danger. For example, by buying and the let free animals that are going to be killed. In India people go to fishermen, buy fishes and let them free. Saving the life of living beings is the best method to prolong life. This behaviour is followed both by Buddhists and by Hindus. Also the Nagpo Gutup pill, which is made of 9 substances and contains many blessings, from the point of view of Tibetan Medicine has the potency of prolong life and makes us more happy.
The ultimate aim of both Kaballah and Taoist Yoga is first to develop our light body and then in Greater Enlightenment to develop our immortal body or Rainbow Body.
THE ANTI-WRINKLE DIET
New evidence shows that to avoid wrinkles, we should consume more vegetables, olive oil, fish, peas and beans, and low-fat milk products. A study of 450 Australians, Greeks, and Swedes 70 found that Greeks who ate a lot of green leafy vegetables and beans had fewer wrinkles than their fellow Greeks who ate processed meat, pudding, dessert, or butter. Australians who consumed sardines, asparagus, grapes, melons, multigrain bread and tea fared best, as did Swedes who avoided roast beef, fried potatoes, ice cream, jam and soft drinks but emphasised skimmed milk, low-fat yoghurt, lima beans and spinach pie. (Journal of the American College of Nutrition). Journal of Chinese Medicine http://www.jcm.co.uk
I want to be immortal, not by being remembered, but by not dying - paraphrased Woody Allen
The Path of Transcendance and Immortality
© Roger Jahnke O.M.D. (Author of The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods for Creating Optimal Health, Harper-Collins)
In the spiritual traditions of China, Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism, practices and disciplines for refinement of the spirit are common. Qigong is a primary system for spiritual attainment. The practice of Qigong, in this context, is aimed at the evolution and development of the inner being. The body is seen as a local representative of the entire universe. As in the hologram of modern science, the individual is, in a special sort of way, the whole cosmos. One description of Qigong is as a discipline to "refine the body of pure energy". The acupuncture centers on the front and back primary channels of the "microcosmic orbit" are like energy gates. When the gates are open the Qi develops and circulates. It spills out into all of the channels and circuits. This is called the circulation of the light. When the light is circulating to all of the organs, glands, limbs, tissues and cells the practitioner is filled with, acknowledges and celebrates the light. As the practitioner's attention is fixed on the body of light the dense body of substance becomes secondary. Rather than a physical body with a resonating energy field the individual, from this perspective, is an energy field that has a small dense body of flesh at its center.
Thousands of years ago Chuang Tzu asked, "Is it Chuang Tzu asleep dreaming he is a butterfly? Or is it the butterfly dreaming he is Chuang Tzu." In the Qigong of transcendence it is asked, "Is the practitioner in the deep Qigong state a person in a moment of transcendent energetic experience, or is manifestation in a physical body actually a brief exploration into substance by an entity whose normal state is one of highly refined, resonating light energy". The post Einsteinian physics of the unified field has revealed that our world is composed of dynamic relationships of energy. Therefore, it is not that strange that the practice of transcendence should be as much a part of the Qigong tradition as calisthenics and breathing exercises that lower blood pressure. Richard Wilhelm's translation of "The Secret of the Golden Flower" is a translation of a beautiful Chinese classic of transcendence that focuses on the "circulation of the light and the backward flowing breath". "Compared to the great Way, heaven and earth are like a bubble and a shadow. Only the primal spirit and the true nature overcome time and space. The energy of the seed, like heaven and earth, is transitory, but the primal spirit is beyond polar differences. Here is the place where heaven and earth derive their being. When students understand how to grasp to the primal spirit they overcome the polar opposites of light and darkness and tarry no longer in the three worlds. Only the seeker who has envisioned human nature's original face is able to do this."(21)
ANTI-AGING BENEFITS OF QIGONG
Kenneth M. Sancier Qigong Institute 561 Berkeley Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025 Abstract Clinical studies are reviewed to illustrate that qigong can improve the health of people suffering from different chronic medical problems that accelerate the aging process. The focus is on personal practice of qigong exercise to improve many functions of the body, improve health and reverse aging. Clinical studies suggest that a combination therapy of qigong and drugs is superior to drug therapy alone, as indicated in the case of two diseases, hypertension and cancer. Qigong therapy can complement Western medicine in many ways to improve healthcare. Key words: anti-aging, blood pressure, brain, cancer, cardiovascular, cell culture, Chinese medicine, clinical, drug uptake, EEG, electroacupuncture, emitted qi, estradiol, exercise, health, hypertension, internal qi, lung, medical, meditation, meridians, mice, microcirculation, mind, preventive medicine, Qigong Database, qigong, qi, senility, sex hormones, stroke, testosterone, tumor, ultrasonic, Voll, waiqi. Journal of the International Society of Life Information Science,14 (1) 12-21 (1996).
Tibetan - Pancha Karma
Maharaj by TS Anantha Murthy - 'Kaya Kalpa' practised by ascetic Shriman Tapasviji, who reportedly lived to the age of 185 -adidam.org
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