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Prahlad Jani (Mataji): the Indian hermit with no food or water for more than 70 years

Update (November 11th, 2010): Address of Prahlad Jani (Mataji)

Dear all,

One of the readers of this blog, simran, has just provided us with the address of Prahlad Jani. I quote from his comment: “its in Amba JI Gabbar Pahar, half an hour drive from Abu Road railway station, after reaching Amba JI asked anyone for Chunriwale Mataji, everybody knows him, but the meeting days are only Sunday and Puranmaasi from 8-12am.”

Thank you simran. Much appreciated!


Indian military scientists are studying an 82-year-old who claims he has not had any food or drink for more than 70 years. The holy man claims that he derives energy through meditation.

Prahlad Jani is being held in isolation since April 22nd 2010 in a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gurjarat, where he is being closely monitored by India’s defence research organization, who believe he may have a genuine quality which could help save lives.

So far, Mr Prahlad appears to be standing up to scrutiny. He has not eaten or drunk any fluids in six days, and similarly has not passed urine or a stool in that time. He remains fit and healthy and shows no sign of lethargy. Doctors will continue observing him for 15 days in which time they would expect to see some muscle wastage, serious dehydration, weight loss, and fatigue followed by organ failure.

More information on this in the video below by BBC:

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Krishnamurti’s 1985 speech at the United Nations

I would love to share with you a talk by one of my favorite speakers on spiritual subjects: Jiddu Krishnamurti. For those who don’t know him, he was born in 1895 in India, and was a well known writer and speaker on subjects that included the purpose of meditation, human relationships, the nature of the mind, and how to enact positive change in global society. He died on February 17, 1986, at the age of 90, from pancreatic cancer.

In 1984, shortly before his death, he was awarded the United Nations (UN) Peace Medal, and at the age of 90, he was invited to give a speech at the 40th anniversary of the UN in 1985. In his speech, he spoke of how mankind, through its evolution some fifty thousands years ago till now, has not found peace on earth ‘pacem in terris’ and how it still lives in conflict. He stressed that if there is no radical change at the present time, the future will still be what it is now. He questioned whether human beings can live peacefully with each other, and that organizations did not solve this problem. According to him, “there can only be peace when mankind, when you and I, have no conflict in ourselves.”

You can find more information about Krishnamurti on Wikipedia. Watch the 30 minute video (with French subtitles) of Krishnamurti’s speech at the 40th anniversary of the UN in 1985:

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Life and Music as told by Alan Watts

For most of us, we think of life as a journey that has a serious purpose of the end, and the thing is to get to that end. We go to kindergarten, then we head to school, then high school, then university, then work, etc… as if the great thing is coming at the end of each grade.

But, we miss the point the whole way along. It is a musical thing, and we’re supposed to sing or dance while the music is being played.

Watch the animation below by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of the famous animation South Park) on top of a short narration by Alan Watts, best known as a foremost interpreter of Eastern philosophies to the West:

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The Fly by Hanjin Song: change your thoughts, and you change your world

In this excellent 3D animated short entitled The Fly by Hanjin Song, and inspired by Asian philosophy, a Samurai seeks inner peace through meditation. But as he tries to rid himself of distractions, he discovers that they seem to be coming at him harder and faster.

The morale here is not to resist the problems, but let them flow naturally. As Lao Tzu says, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

This short animation was his 2006 thesis in Computer Animation received from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. You can find more information about Hanjin Song on his blog here.

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History of Religion

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? The map below from MapsOfWar.com gives a brief history of the world’s most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted.

Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Click on the ‘Play’ button below:


Note: other religions have not been shown here due to the short length of the video.