Breatharians: Art Of Living Without Food

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Updated: Friday, August 3, 2012, 18:32 [IST]

Have you ever gone without food for a day or two? We are not talking about going hungry; we are talking about a situation when the body (and mind) feels no need for food. There is an ancient myth about the people of Atlantis. Atlantis as you know was the most perfect civilisation in the world (according to Greek mythology); only the worthy could be a part of this civilisation. If myths are to be believed then the people of this perfect civilisation lived without food.

Art Of Living Without Food:

Even today there are people who reject food and live on the energy of the sun that they absorb directly. They are called Breatharians. The Breatharians know the art of living on light and energies derived from the sun. But it is no magic trick. The spiritual leaders in an India have named this technique as the Prana Yoga.

Breatharians: Art Of Living Without Food

What Is Prana?

There several meanings of the word 'prana'. The most rudimentary meaning would be 'life' or 'soul'. But in a deeper context 'prana' means 'energy' and it comes mainly from the sun. According to yogic sciences, the sun emits 12 different types of pranas but only those who are spiritually evolved can absorb all of them. Breatharians have mastered the art of living on prana and therefore, their body rejects food.

How Does Prana Replace Food?

What happens when we eat? The food is broken down into smaller particles of glucose that is converted to energy. Breatharians are people whose body cells have learned to absorb the energy directly from the prana or literally speaking sunlight around them. So their is no need for external intake of food.

How Does One Live On Prana?

You would be surprised to know that one of the most basic steps of Prana yoga is just breathing deeply or Pranayama. When you breathe deeply and deliberately, your body absorbs more prana. The word Breatharians thus, comes from the basic element of 'breath'.

Another method of Prana yoga says that you can absorb energy by sun gazing. Stare at the sun just before sunset and sunrise. You can start from 30 seconds and go up to 45 minutes of sun gazing. When you stare at the sun, then not only your eyes but your entire being draws energy.

You have to be really commuted to make the process of living on prana work for you. Whether it works or not, it is certainly some 'food' for thought!

Topics: spirituality, yoga
 
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Story first published:  Friday, August 3, 2012, 18:25 [IST]
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