Breatharianism, or “pranic feeding” is known as the ability to sustain oneself without food and minimal, (if not any) water. Instead, all energy required to sustain the body is absorbed by conscious breath and collecting life force energy from the sun, known as prana or qi.
Pranic feeding is a practice that has been cultivated for thousands of years and is most commonly found in eastern traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.
Breatharianism however, is a topic that has not seen much attention in terms of its legitimacy in the field of scientific discovery, and while occasional fasting can be beneficial for overall health and well-being, it is a well-known fact that the human body cannot survive without food for more than an estimated 2-3 weeks or without water for more than 2-3 days.
Yet, doesn’t there always seem to be an exception to the rule?
In 2003, Prahlad Jani, a Yogi from India underwent vigorous testing after he made the outrageous claim that he had been living without food or water for 60 years. Due to his extraordinary story, a panel of 21 doctors decided to examine Jani, including a cardiologist, a neurologist, an endocrinologist and diabetologist, among others, to determine the accuracy of his claim.
Jani was studied for a period of 10 days at the Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad, and monitored around the clock by camera surveillance. To the surprise of the panel of skeptics, it was found that Jani in this time period did not relieve himself or pass urine, nor did he show any signs of starvation, or exhibit symptoms dehydration.
“we were a bit hesitant to carry out the tests because of the risk involved as hardly anyone can survive without passing urine beyond three days.” Dr. Shah told the Times of India.
According to Dr. Sanjay Mehta, a radiologist who sonographed Jani for 7 days (twice per day) he found that although formation of urine was found in the bladder, it was then later reabsorbed. Which corroborated Janis claim that his body was re-absorbing its fluids.
After extensive testing which included blood count, renal function, liver function, x-rays and CT scans to name a few, all organs were found to be in perfect function and all tests were found clear and normal, leaving scientists astonished.
Is it possible to live without food?
Jani’s story isn’t the only case found on record which illustrates this phenomenon. Michael Werner, the managing director of a pharmaceutical research institute in Switzerland also claims that he has not ingested any solid food since January, 2001, and was subjected to a 10 day observation in 2004 which determined that he displayed no recorded physiological changes.
While these cases are inspirational in terms of heightened human ability and evolution, transcending lower vibrational primitive means of survival, into not only living in the light, but “living on light”, it is wise to be cautious when venturing into breatharianism
. As such in the case of Jasmuheen (Ellen Greve), a woman from Australia who claimed she could survive solely on pranic feeding and indulged only in a cup of tea for months at a time.
Sadly, it is said, that after being interview on Australia’s 60 minutes she showed signs of difficulty after four days of fasting and the demonstration ceased. A number of followers of Jasmuheens method, are said to have suffered severe repercussions. (source)
Jani on the other hand claims that his is supernatural ability was a gift from the gods after hearing his calling when he was seven years old.
“I get the elixir of life from the hole in my palate, which enables me to go without food and water,” news agencies quoted Jani as saying. (source)
The Breath: Through spiritual purification, known as the trials of the four elements, (earth, air, water, fire) (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) it is said that one can achieve the connection required to bridge the physical and the divine.
Opening the doorway for the fifth element known as the astral light, which is the vibration of “living in the pranic field” accompanied by Akasa (the sixth element) which consciously connects the “divine breath” to the physical, serving as a bridge between the physical and etheric prana field.
It is best to collect qi early morning between 5-7 am and early evening between 5-7pm. To collect qi one must stand with legs shoulder width apart (best to do outside in the sunlight) and place your right hand over your sacral chakra (1-2 inches away).
Begin with small circles, women start your circle upwards towards the heart and men downwards towards the feet. Gradually, increase the size of your circle until your rotation is above your head at the top and at your knees on the lower.
Next, gradually begin to decrease your circle and bring it back down to the sacral chakra where you began. When finished keep your hand at your sacral chakra and visualize the energy that has been collected flowing into your energy body via this channel. Collect Qi for no more than 15 minutes per session and no more than twice per day.
During this practice, eat nutrient rich, high vibrational, light foods such as fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Continue your practice, and remove intake of food only at your own risk.
by LJ Vanier, Team Spirit!