Researchers Find Miracles in Yogi’s Fasting

By Stephanie Lam
Epoch Times Staff
Created: May 2, 2010 Last Updated: August 17, 2013
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HUMAN MIRACLE: Prahlad Jani sits on a bed at Sterling hospital in Ahmedabad on Nov. 22, 2003. Scientific examinations have shown that yoga exercises have transformed his body. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

HUMAN MIRACLE: Prahlad Jani sits on a bed at Sterling hospital in Ahmedabad on Nov. 22, 2003. Scientific examinations have shown that yoga exercises have transformed his body. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The 82-year-old Indian yogi Prahlad Jani, who claims to have spent over 70 years without food or water, is being examined for the second time by scientists, who have found that his biology is indeed extraordinary.

Jani said he left home when he was 7 to live as a wandering monk, and was blessed by a goddess a year later. He claims that there is a hole in his palate through which his head drops nectar, giving him nutrition and enabling him to live without food or water.

“If his claims are verified, it will be a breakthrough in medical science,” said Dr. G. Ilavazhagan of India’s Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences in a news conference. “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.”

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

Doctors found no deterioration in his health, although he lost weight slightly. It was found that urine formed in his bladder, but it was reabsorbed later.

Since April 22, Jani has returned to Sterling Hospital for further investigation by a team of 35 scientists from India’s Defense Research & Development Organization. Two 24-hour video cameras monitor his acts in his room, while another follows him when he goes out of the room.

The experiment will take 15–20 days and will involve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and blood tests, and other measurements of Jani’s brain and heart activity.

As of April 28, doctors have not found any aversive effects in his body from hunger or dehydration. It has been found that yoga exercises have caused Jani’s body to undergo a biological transformation and that his brain is in a state equivalent to that of a 25-year-old.

Dr. Sudhir Shah, a neurophysician involved in the study, called this a “miracle in the science.”

“A person can live without food and water for three, four, seven, to 12 days; and we have studied during fasting in the past that 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,” he said.

Without water, most people cannot survive for more than four days, and even with water, most people cannot survive without food for 50 days. The longest hunger strike known was of Terence MacSwiney, Ireland’s Lord Mayor of Cork during the Irish War of Independence. He went on a hunger strike while being detained by the British, and died after 74 days.

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  • Jack Hammer

    you people are funny. anybody question why did he need a mouthwash? Because the lining of the mouth will absorb water very quickly when the body is in extreme thirst. So, he went without water for ten days, other than the three ounces he took. I wouldn’t say “Ilavazhagan of India’s Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences” is the objective place to have such a study. I’m sorry people, there is no magic. nothing is happening outside of the laws of physics. there are however lot’s of fascinating things going on inside the laws of physics. but i guess it’s easier to believe in ghosts and ferries than it is to learn basic sciences. magic is merely something the magician understands, and you don’t. It can be impressive, but don’t get that confused with something it is not. for the Indian fakir’s, it’s a living, with a long proud history.

    • Ashish Kumar

      Jack Hammer, Wow what an a$$hole you are. Just because he asked 100 ml water for mouthwash, you are out-rightly rejecting something unique that ppl like you can never dream about. And why only you, its the entire science fraternity that cannot dream to do this. BTW how many ppl can live on 100ml water.

      Moreover if you come out of your b00ze that you had last night, then think for a while that this is not a question of something inside the law of physics or outside the law of physics but instead its about the claim that have been claimed by indian epics for centuries that such things are possible and he is just giving the proof. Can your scientific research worth billion dollar produce such results even after 200 years of scientific evolution.

      • Jack Hammer

        It’s easy to resort to profane name calling when you have no scientifically supported counter argument to make. If you don’t ‘like’ someones argument, and are not equipped to issue a counter argument, the cheap and easy thing to do is to attack the personally.

        The problem is, you have not falsified a single thing I said.

        • Ashish Kumar

          Great…. The problem with guys like you are that you think that the culprit has to give proof that he is innocent but not the police. Actually it should be the reverse. If you think that prahlad jani is fake, then it is you who should give scientific proofs to prove him wrong and not He.
          It doesn’t require to be a rocket scientist to keep a check on a person sitting inside a room locked.
          BTW you are asking me to base my argument on scientific data, I would like to ask you on which scientific data did you base your argument on.

          • Jack Hammer

            No no no. You don’t get to use that one on me.

            The burden of proof is on the one making a claim. You’re proofs I have read fall short,

            This is a very extraodinary claim. In fact, the claim appears to be supernatural. That is the highest order of claim and should require the highest order of proof.

            All extraordinary claim require extraordinary proofs.

            That is you burden,

          • Ashish Kumar

            Man, what are you saying, what the hell is he doing then, isn’t he getting examined by researchers in their lab, what else are you expecting from Him.

            Moreover if at all he is a cheat, would it take so many months to trap Him. And if he is really fake and is so capable of cheating that even researchers are finding it out so difficult to prove it, then for this very reason I would salute this man.

            BTW, please dont be too happy about the like you got for ur reply, it was done by me by mistake.

            I still cannot figure out what your definition of proof is, I think you are expecting him to stand over Eiffel tower and shout that he is not fake. You are really funny.

          • Jack Hammer

            Do you know what objective scientific research is?

          • Ashish Kumar

            And do you know what common sense is ?
            BTW how old are you ?


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