Looking remarkably unlined for his claimed 120 years, an Indian monk who says he is the oldest man to have ever lived puts his longevity down to no sex or spices, and daily yoga.
Airport staff at Abu Dhabi were left speechless after they came across an Indian passenger whose passport reflected his age as 123 years.
According to reports, Swami Sivananda’s passport says that he was born on August 8, 1896, in Behala, India. If the information can be believed to be true, Swami Sivananda, will hold the record for the world’s oldest man alive.
India’s passport authorities confirmed Sivananda’s age from a temple register, the only record many Indians even decades younger have of their date of birth.
However, it would be extremely difficult to independently verify his age.
The Sun report states that Sivananda was travelling from London back to Kolkata when he stopped over in Abu Dhabi to change planes.
The catch with Swami Sivananda’s age is that he doesn’t look it. in fact he looks decades younger, but he claims that a disciplined life, yoga and celibacy is what helped him.
“Discipline is the most important thing is life. One can conquer anything with discipline in food habits, exercise and sexual desires.”
5 feet 2 inches tall Swami is fit and without any medical complications, he lives independently and even travels alone on trains.
“I lead a simple and disciplined life. I eat very simply — only boiled food without oil or spices, rice and boiled daal (lentil stew) with a couple of green chillies. I avoid taking milk or fruits because I think these are fancy foods. In my childhood I slept many days on an empty stomach.” he said in a 2016 interview.
He sleeps on a mat on the floor with a wooden slab for a pillow and hankers back to a simpler era.
“Earlier people were happy with fewer things. Nowadays people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot. I just want people to be happy, healthy and peaceful,” adds Sivananda.
He has reportedly been trying to have his age confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records for three years, but it was hard to verify as the only record came from a temple register.