Swami Sivananda – who vowed to stay celibate – was born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport. Continue Reading>>>
Swami is now applying to Guinness World Records to verify his claim to be the oldest person on earth.
The current record holder is Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura who died in June 2013 aged 116 years and 54 days. Continue Reading>>>
The Hindu monk claims his secret is hours of yoga, food with no spices and no sex.
His shock claims have made him a local celebrity in his home town of Varanasi in India.
He added: “Discipline is the most important thing is life. One can conquer anything with discipline in food habits, exercise, and sexual desires.
“Control over your needs is the biggest gain in life. I have lived for so long because material things don’t make me happy.”
Despite his age, Swami lives without help or medical aids and still sleeps on the floor with a stone brick for a pillow.
He said: “Because I was born in poverty, I have never had great demands from life.
“Nowadays, people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot.”
He added: “My followers persuaded me to come forward to claim the record.”
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