Pseudoscience & Religion

Beyond Bodily Needs: Prahlad Jani & The Solarian Scam

With the many recent claims of people living without food and water, it has become very necessary to examine the issues that have been raised, particularly the methods used to verify the claims of these people. There is this man from Kerala who claims to have extracted energy from the sun by staring at it and converting it to the energy needed to keep his bodily processes going on. There is this man from Gujarat claiming to have been blessed by a goddess who pours something down his throat, and so he does not need any food or water. He also claims to have lived for seven decades without these!

These recent reports have provided much needed threads for thmataji1e Hindutwavadi gang to cling to. Their illusions have recently been dashed by scandal after scandal and they had been in desperate search for new icons and they have been provided by these new idols proclaiming that they can live without food and water. It is not that these claims are new! We have been hearing of these since time immemorial like the stories of ancient sages living on air for thousands of years and such. But we have not seen one till this day! Those who are around today make desperate attempts to hide their age by dyeing their hirsute appendages and wearing wigs to hide their bald patches! We have sterling examples of the contortionist, the pilot turned Baba, the afro wigged Puttaparthi guy and innumerable such examples. The squeaky voiced patent holder for breathing has a few carefully preserved strands of gray in his mane and beard!

Let us take a look at why one cannot live without food or/and convert solar energy to meet the energy requirements of the body. There is no method by which solar energy can be converted into carbohydrate in animals and that is why we are dependent on the solar energy converted into carbohydrate by the plants and organisms which can do this. Those plants that do this must have a pigment that can trap solar energy- i.e., chlorophyl. None of the people who have these claims have any green color and obviously do not have chlorophyll! Even assuming that they have it, they would have to spend all day in the sunlight to convert enough of the energy for the dark hours! How does one store that? The most efficient form for storage of energy is fat which can given an energy of 9 kcals/gram. Assuming a minimum energy need of at least 50 kcals/hour, for the dark hours one needs 600 kilocalories of energy which would need the storage of at least 65 grams of fat between the sunlight and dark hours! There is no known metaboilc process which can convert sunlight into that in any animal!

Again, the process of converting sunlight into any form of energy containing compound is a very long process and requires lot of surface area and exposure to sunlight. None of these people can show any prolonged exposure to sunlight.

The body would also need to convert atmospheric nitrogen into protein for the build up and repair of the tissues which break down. Nitrogen fixation is a very energy dependent process. That is why all animals depend on nitrogen containing compounds derived from dietary sources. Again, minerals, vitamins and so many other compounds have to come from the diet and diet alone. To say that the human body can run without any of these is like saying a car can be run without any petrol, lubricants, coolant and engine oil. Anyone who has a modicum of common sense will understand that it is not possible to do this! If one claims that the stored energy in the body can serve as the source of energy, the stored energy will have to come from fat. For a person who claims to have lived for several decades without any food, it is impossible to have any stored fat that can meet their energy needs.

Two very different videos on the story

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The original story

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A pseudoscientific and irrational Hindu version of the same story

It is obvious that the people making these claims of living without food and water are charlatans, and the investigators are either hand-in-glove with them or are so gullible that they are not making the proper efforts to investigate. There are many reports of scietists investigating the claims of the breatharians. While we have the breatharians in the West, we have the solarians and the yogarians here.

While the Western charlatans present claims of surviving on air, our home-grown ones have the omnipresent sun-god to fall back upon. There is also the mysterious magical mental powers of the east- yoga! There are claims of yogis thousands of years old with mind over matter powers. But, the only thing is that they are not interested in seeking fame for them to come out of their mysterious abodes in the remote regions of the Himalayas! The few who do come out get corrupted by the materialistic world and pass away like normal people like ourselves!

Let us try to understand why the so called investigators are a gullible lot; firstly they are overawed by the claims of these so called yogis and look upon them with reverence. They dare not question them or watch them closely. About 6 years ago I was told about one such yogi who had lived for 60 days underground without food, water and air. When I proposed that we get him tested, the informant told me that he could arrange for an interview with him. When I told him, I who had spent 90 days without food, air and water did not need to interview such a person. Then he told me that I should prove it to him. I informed him that he could interview me! He was furious. Then I had to tell him that the same standards which applied to his guru should be applicable to me too. I asked him whether his guru’s heart was functioning. He said yes. Then I told him that I could stop mine at will. I told him to check my pulse and heart beat and he assured me that they were normal. Then I went into a ‘yogic trance‘ before which I asked him to check my heart beat and pulse after 30 secs. He did that and announced that they had stopped! After that I opened my eyes and asked him to check them again. He said they were restored. He asked me how I did it and I told him that my yoga was greater than his guru’s. He had no reply! A few years later I repeated the same trick for a show called as Medicine Men, filmed by BBC Channel 4. This time I had to take off my shirt and was examined by two doctors who were specialists in tropical medicine. They too were surprised.

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James Randi’s take on the story

There was such a scam perpetuated in Karnataka many years ago. There was a teenager who was supposedly living without consuming any food. This was reported in the press and a cutting was sent by someone to the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, who asked the govt. of Karnataka to investigate the same. Those were the days of food shortages and Nehru wanted this technique to be studied. The girl was admitted to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences at Bangalore and kept under close observation. For a fortnight she was observed and she was not eating anything! She was drinking water only. There was no fall in her weight and it looked like she could live without affecting her health without consuming any food! Her mother was staying with her and bringing a container of food. When queried she said that it was her food and her daughter was not eating anything and she was under close observation. Those were the days when there were no CC TV cameras and only humans could keep watch! She was under observation 24 hours of the day. The doctors were amazed. There was no apparent explanation and for that! But, it was observed later that the girls mother would hide food beind the ventilator in the toilet! The ‘fasting’ girl would go to the toilet and eat really fast. She had not gotten caught as no one expects someone to eat in the toilet of all places! So, the secret was out. The secrets of all these people who claim to survive without food will be out if properly investigated.

How can people fast for long periods without suffering from problems? When one does not consume any food the energy needs of the bodybretharian are met by the ketone bodies formed in the liver from the free fatty acids mobilised from the adipose tissue. These are also excreted in the urine and one loses salt along with them. So, experienced fasters take measures to see that the depletion of salt does not take place. They take care to see that plenty of liquids and salt are consumed. The seasoned veteran of fasts, Gandhi, used to do just that. During his fasting he would drink plenty of water with salt and lemon juice added. That will take care of the most immediate problems that could arise during the first few days of fasting. Longer fasts could cause more complications and failing health would ensure early negotiations to stop the fast. So, what could be the reasons for such a claim? The obvious one would be name and fame for the claimant. What is more covert is the publicity for the alleged investigators and the secret agenda of the Hindutwa brigade- our ancients had wonderful knowledge with which they could do things that the decadent West can only dream of! The claims of the DRDO are aimed at that. We dont need these agencies to investigate these claims; just hand over the claimant to us and give us a free hand to investigate. The truth will be out in a week’s time. Care should be taken to search all belongings, access should be totally denied to all suspected of helping the claimants, and so on. If this proposal is put forward, we can expect excuses saying that the atheists’ negative energy affects the intervention of the gods etc. Any takers?

Professor Narendra Nayak is the President of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations. He is a retired professor of Biochemistry.

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  • Excellent write-up on this fraud, Prof. Nayak. Thank you for elucidating the biochemical requirements that make such feats a practical impossibility. I hope that the people who are responsible for this scam are exposed by the rationalists.

  • Dear Sir,

    An interesting read, but the reasoning used in this article appears to be flawed. The logic followed is that because X who claims to live without food is a fraud and Y who claims to live without food is a fraud, hence Z also is a fraud. Similarly, because energy for life cannot be obtained from known source A and energy cannot be obtained from known source B, then it has been reasoned that energy cannot be obtained from any source at all. However, there may be other sources that exist but are not known or well understood. To take an example, scientists claim that dark energy exists in the universe, but not too much about this is known or understood. Similarly there may be other forms of energy that exist, which possibly some people can utilize for (partially or fully) sustaining their metabolism. Do you think that this possibility can be ruled out completely?

    I am not taking a stand for or against the authenticity of the claim, but merely commenting on the rigour of logic applied.


    • Actually, the lack of rigor is on your part because you are ignoring the concept of scientific likelihood. Much of the knowledge we have about the human body is challenged by this mystical claim. At least a few dozen known biological “rules” are being violated here. In science, when a claim is in contradiction to an established scientific “fact”, its explanation must be at least as scientifically satisfactory as the known fact that is being violated. In this case, there are a few dozen violations of scientific “facts” that must be explained. What this claim amounts to is a slap in the face of the past 100 years of biological science research. When someone makes an extraordinary claim, it requires evidence for that claim.

      What you refer to as flawed logic is actually the way induction works. If A and B are frauds, and C is claiming the same, unless you have evidence that C is not a fraud it is logical to assume that C is also a fraud. Same goes for the energy thing. There is no known other energy source in humans. All known human functions have energy sources that are accounted for (at least in theory). Until you show us evidence to the contrary, it can be logically concluded that there is none. Inductive reasoning is an integral component of scientific reasoning.

      • Right on Ajita. All this debate wouldn’t be necessary if the doctors who are observing Prahlad publish the methodology they used to confirm that Prahlad is indeed surviving without any food. They then can validate it with other scientists to make sure that it is foolproof. But that didn’t happen. All we have is the word of the doctors.

        • Exactly, Lije. These folks are asking us to abandon known science on the possibility that there could be something that we don’t know going on. The inadequacy of this idea seems to escape them.

        • We lost a good oppurtunity to catch a charlatan “with his pants down”. Now that the deed is done, even when the “doctors” publish their papers, all that will happen is that the methodology will be disputed. Stupid superstition has won the day.

          As Randi says, the bath was one instance where Prahlad Jani could have sipped small amounts of water. Even though the doctors say they measured the before and after amounts of water from the bath.. cmon they have to discount some amount of water loss (absorption by the hair, remaining on body, etc).

          We need to kick DRDO’s ass here. When they are willing to spend good money on this project because “so much is at stake” (for e.g we “discover” a mechanism to keep our troops running at low food levels etc), why wouldnt they publicize this much earlier, and contact rationalists or garner opinions? I am reminded of a blog on nirmukta from a while ago.. which discusses how even the scientific community in India is blind/irrational when it comes to supernatural stuff (for e.g “Ayudha pooja” for computers, cars, etc).

      • Ajita, I am not saying that the fella is or isn’t a fraud. But your argumnets definitely make me feel laugh. There is a LOOOOOTTTTTT in this universe that we don’t even have any clue about. Your argument that, “Much of the knowledge we have about the human body is challenged by this mystical claim….What this claim amounts to is a slap in the face of the past 100 years of biological science research.” doesn’t really go well with the history. Just as an example when Galelio came up with his idea that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe, he went against the centuries old (not only years) scentific, religious and philosophical beliefes. And as we know today, his observation wasn’t incorrect. We got to understand that we know a really little about this universe and I don’t think its right to think that somehting that is unproven/unknown is necessarily wrong. That thinking goes completely against the idea of scientific research. Its more like reacting like a religious believer than a researcher. Dr Narendra is also making similar arguments in his writeup, which don’t make much sense to me. What is termed as ‘facts’ can be ‘beliefs’.

        “To question today’s beliefs about everything is the way to go… thats the way towards discovery and innovention…” This isn’t any fact. Its my thought 🙂

        • Irrational,

          You seem to have missed my points and are misrepresenting how science works.

          You say “as an example when Galileo came up with his idea that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe, he went against the centuries old (not only years) scientific, religious and philosophical beliefs. And as we know today, his observation wasn’t incorrect.”

          Of course, Galileo was right and the geocentric model was wrong. The reason Galileo had the right answer is because for the first time in history he proposed a solution to the problem of the movements of heavenly bodies based on observation of the evidence, instead of on intuition and religious theories. Galileo’s model better explained the evidence that he collected by observation. This is how science works. I am the one standing up for Galileo and Jani represents the those who stand for the geocentric model of the universe.

          You are ignoring scientific likelihood. I have made that point and you seem to be disinclined to read up on that which you are trying to debate. So let me explain it clearly. A theory works in science if and only if it fits the evidence as well as or better than any competing theories. Scientific theories are strengthened by evidence from other theories and areas of science, gathered over time by studying the evidence. Over time, as science progresses, some theories are well established because of how successful they are at explaining reality. A good example is the germ theory of disease. There are still crazy people out there who don’t believe in the germ theory, but the science is well supported. Entire areas of biology, chemistry, physics and medicine are reliant on facts founded on the germ theory. If a theory challenges the germ theory of disease, it must at least explain as much of the evidence and scientific facts as the germ theory.

          All these theories are constantly being tested by other scientists. Scientists love to destroy an old theory, but there are a couple of fundamental rules of parsimony that determine how science progresses. A theory that replaces another must:

          1. Adequately explain the evidence better than the theory it replaces.
          2. Must better explain the phenomena supported by the other theories that are reliant on the theory being replaced.

          The flaw in your argument is in equating all the non-scientific ideas of primitive men (in the Galileo example) to the great evidence-based discoveries of modern science (in the case of Jani). In the Galileo example, science is winning over an older way of seeing the world, a way without the concept of observation and evidence. In our case, we at Nirmukta are the ones standing up for science and Prahlad Jani’s supporters represent the old, mystical and superstitious way of thinking.

        • Irrational,
          1) You say “as an example when Galelio came up with his idea that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe, he went against the centuries old (not only years) scentific, religious and philosophical beliefes”.
          Thats not acurate. The modern, robust (4-step) scientific method was established only in 1500’s, and Galileo’s ideas adhered to this. The past beliefs werent “scientific”.

          2) You also say “We got to understand that we know really little about this universe and I don’t think its right to think that somehting that is unproven/unknown is necessarily wrong”

          Thats wrong too. As an amatuer astronomer, I know that astronomers/physicicts know a whole lot about the Universe. for e.g astronomers have even managed to draw a 3-dimensional map of the observable universe. See “The Sloan Digital Sky Survey”

          And as to what physicists have figured out.. Take a look at ‘A Universe From Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss, AAI 2009

          A common approach I see amongst the uninformed is.. “Oh.. we know nothing.. maybe this hocus-pocus is true”. A smarter approach is “Mankind has learnt incredible things. Lets get informed, and evaluate things in that light”.

    • Another reason for us to call the whole thing as a fraud is because of the lack of transparency in the whole affair. Why not allow us to investigate this mans claims? Dr.Samaram of the Atheist Center, Vijayawada has made an offer to investigate Jani at his hospital. Since he is the National President of the Indian medical Association they could take his offer.
      As Ajita says when extraordinary claims are made the onus of proving them is on the claimant!

  • “Care should be taken to search all belongings, access should be totally denied to all suspected of helping the claimants, and so on. If this proposal is put forward, we can expect excuses saying that the atheists’ negative energy affects the intervention of the gods etc. Any takers?”

    This excuse is so funny. A variation of it is always trotted out when claims of special powers get debunked.
    Who knew that we sceptics had such awesome powers?

    How close does a sceptic have to come to one of these mystics before our powers of unbelief overcome theirs?

    Obviously it can’t be a non-local effect because the mere existence of sceptics should cancel out all psychic energies.
    It must be some quantum effect that only happens when we are directly observing the phenomena.

    It seems obvious that such a power would be useless to the military. All it would take would be for the enemy forces to get within visual range when they could wish away the ability, and the military would drop dead of hunger and thirst.

  • I can think in two ways here. One is the team of doctors who examined, are actively involved in the propoganda for this pseudo holyman. Secondly thier study had ‘observers bias’ where belief of observer in study will itself bias the outcome of the study. When belief comes, reasoning goes! When it is univerasl truth that we need food, water and electrolytes for energy, which is taught in very first year of medical schooling in detail, it is waste of energy, sources and time investigating this kind of pseudoscience. If ever govt wants to prove the validity, I think govt should offer a challenge in front of press/media and public. If he fails to prove it he should be kept behind bars. I really dont understand as to why some hindu associations blindly support when these pseudo godman are really cheating Indians where majorities are Hindus !!

  • Why is this man put in a private hospital by DRDO? Why not AIIMS? It is sad that DRDO is involved with this scam, I think I have lost the little remaining respect I had for the org.

  • Sh Parlahd Jani states that during his childhood Maa Amba told him to keep his Tongue in the hole in the Talwa after ovula in the mouth (also called Khechri Mudra)
    It is the wonder of this Yogic Mudra, with this Mudra what to talk of water and food even there is no inhaling and exhaling through nose the breathing also becomes internal through Sushmna and there is perfect control on mind.I wish that all members of investigation team should learn to apply Khechri Mudra and experience its wonder in body.
    For more information on this Mudra Ref Geeta an Patanjali Yoga Sutras pl contact.

  • Read all the comments and feel what a shame.This body is from the area of science and Techmology being associated with DRDO on the project of RTS AND RLS also for the Wireless System With electronics counter measure and has undertaken training abbroad in USA and now practicing KRIYA YOGA again Ref Geeta and Patanjali Yoga Sutras.For this practice of Kriya Yoga precondition is Kechrimudra .So for more detail search the Technique of Khechri Mudra on internet Good sites are on Kriya Yoga,Advance Yoga Practices and etc.As compare to the field of Divinity the science is not yet born.Most of the research is on Jadtatav only not on Chatanya Tat av.Have faith on the experience of great Saints May be of any region or faith. Lord Rama,Lord Krishana,Lord Juis Christ,Prophet Mohammad,Lorda Budha,Saint Kabir and Gurunanakdev.There is a common message of divinity

      • Khechri Mudra is a established and validated technique for entering long duration Samadhi state.Human body is getting 80% energy from cosmic and 2o% from food.With Khechri Mudra the transfer of this cosmic energy becomes more efficient due to vertical polarization of tongue.After perfection of this Mudra even brething also becomes internal through Susanna and there is no inhaling and exhaling from the nose.This mudra also helps in controlling the mind.For more details about this Mudra pl search on internet.Human child during the pregnancy is in this Mudra and this Mudra breaks when the child weeps 1st time.

        • The Law of Pseudoscience dictates that the human body gets its energy from decomposition of shit. Bacteria are an all pervading entity which suffuse the Universe. They are the actuators of energy. When they break down shit molecules, they generate tachyon energy and transfer it to the bacteria in our guts by way of neutrinos. From there the energy gets transferred to mitochondria in the cells of our body. This transfer is possible because mitochondria are the descendents of ancient bacteria.

          So, humans don’t get 80% energy from cosmic. They get that energy from shit.

          Also, vertical polarization of the tongue is not the most efficient one. The tongue is a dimension of a 3-manifold structure called Galactus-Dickus, the description of which is hidden in the movie “Life of Brian”. The projection of tongue in 3-manifold space is not vertical. It is hyperbolic and hence it is the most efficient polarization.

          To achieve hyperbolic polarization, one needs to put their index and middle fingers of both their hands in the mouth, hold their tongue firmly between the fingers and rotate their wrists by precisely 42 degrees with respect to the magnetic axis of the Earth. Then one should chant the mantra LA-LA-LA. That will maximize neutrino intake by the gut bacteria.

          • Interesting. This seems to be a variation of the mudra where one can protect oneself from negative energies such as those in the sound vibrations of sceptics.
            In this case the mantra LA-LA-LA is repeated while the index finger of each hand is inserted in the earholes.

            Truly this is a wondrous science.

  • Greatest wonder in this universe is human body created by The God.Religion is a Self realization.For these type of investigation the enlightened Yogi from Bihar School of Yoga,Yogananda Sant Sangha Ranchi,Self realization foundation may be involbed.Pl refer this case to Kriya Yog linages available on internet.Refer the Bhagavad Gita (GOD TALKS WITH ARJUNA ) by Sri Sri Parmahansa Yogananda Chapter X Saloka no. 28.deatails about Khechri Mudra and control of desires such as breath,water and food given.

  • Case study of Parhlad Jani is a scientfic study by the reputed team of scientist so any debate on the methodology is not desired. All the persons giving comments should learn these techniques of Kriya Yoga and shoud practice with faith and shall reality in self the wonders

  • Science needs to prove first its theories are correct, they change every century, if something is most inconsistent that is science as we know it, how can we believe in it then, at least the vedas are consistent for thousands of years and that shows the truth in them

    • You actually thought you found something wrong with science. But that is the way science works, by definition.

      Unlike people who subscribe to Vedas, us freethinkers are not so arrogant as to presume that we understand everything about the Universe. We are humble enough to accept that our knowledge is not complete and are constantly looking to improve on it. And science has proven to be the best available tool for that.

      And what are the truths in Vedas you are talking about? Are you referring to the ridiculous notions like – natural phenomenon are caused by gods like Varuna, Agni, Vayu etc… and that humans need to beg for their favors by bribing them with homas and yagnas?

      • science is most autocratic, although it is dependent on conditions, when it proves something it nullifies the other possibilities,even though that proof is relative & circumstantial, that shows science is more than arrogant, if science lack anything that is freedom of thought process. Science eats humble pie becoz of its inability to explain the universe; science has never proven to be the best tool in anything, it has done more harm than good

        science can not render complete knowledge as it has no control over mind which is a critical part of life, so science is only required for external developments

        Even science gives names n forms to atoms & molecules, stars & galaxies so did Vedas, so ur argument fails again here

        Homas & Yajnas were ways of life, Vedas encompass existence, way of living, livelihood, science, philosophy, medicine & many more; Vedas not only mean spiritual knowledge. Vedas being ancient texts included practices of those ages, which ur scientific mind fails to understand as u lack self introspection and comment without sufficient knowledge & wisdom about Vedanta philosophy. Even science is preached to school children in lucid form to make them understand, same happened with Vedas which was taught to the evolving audience of those times mixing it with their ways of life. Then as a science scholar gains in depth with each higher level, so does a Vedic scholar when he acquires the spiritual knowledge of Vedas as is contained in Upanishads.

        • What have your Vedic scholars done to improve human life in tangible ways?

          Science cured smallpox while ignorant people tried to propitiate a “Smallpox Goddess”.

          Vedas build castles in the air. It is a pretense at knowledge that is fruitless in the end. It is one long appeal to authority: guru, sadhu, sastra.

          Come back when you have actual evidence. Demonstrate a siddhi. Show us real knowledge about the world that isn’t just a retroactive reinterpretation of Vedas to pretend that something the scientific method has understood and explained was already in the scripture.

          Till then all your homas and yajyas are the futile sympathetic magic we see in all pre-modern cultures, and all too unfortunately still in the world today. The illusion that words and rituals have power to change reality.

          Ancient India’s contributions to human knowledge aren’t these superstitions, but things like the sine and cosine functions in trigonometry, zero, and the decimal system.

          Cease with the fallacy that because something is ancient it must somehow be wise. You might believe that this age has degenerated from one more perfect but there is no evidence of that outside your fairy tales. Just another of your unwarranted beliefs.

          You are typical of all religious people who make claims to knowledge and yet have nothing to show for it.

          Generating concepts and nomenclature is not knowledge unless it is grounded in reality.

          When you talk of freedom of mind it is so ironic. It is obvious that you consider letting your imagination roam untethered from reality as freedom. Yet in the end all you have to offer is verbiage. .

          Saying science has done more harm than good is rot. Even the opportunity the internet gives people like you to sound the clarion call for ignorance and superstition is outweighed by the opportunity it offers those who can recognise that your whole post lacks substance, and look elsewhere.

          Nothing you have said refutes the observation that Prahlad Jani and his ilk are the latest in a long line of charlatans.

  • Few years back there was a documentary by BBC on Budhdha boy.BBC continously observed the boy for four days and night.He was without food and water for that period; a feet which is impossible as per modern science.

    • Was the boy scientifically tested? Did they eliminate experimenter bias? Was the test repeated multiple number of times by different groups to account for “the decline effect”? Do you have links to any peer reviewed publications which says that what was observed was inexplicable as per our knowledge of the human body? Otherwise your statement “a feet which is impossible as per modern science.” doesn’t hold much water. I know quite a few people whose profession is to do feats which on the surface seem “impossible as per modern science”. They are magicians and mentalists. In fact some of them took it upon themselves to prove that even people whose business is to be skeptical can be fooled quite easily.

      You could also watch this show by Prof. Nayak demonstrating how things which were once considered “impossible as per modern science” are just trickery.

    • Then you won’t have any trouble finding and offering a link to support what you say. I live in the UK and have scoured the BBC site looking for it and have failed to find anything about this.

  • Hi,

    The documentary was shown by Discovery channel in 2006 titled ‘The Boy With Divine Powers’.They observed the boy continuously for 96 hrs.
    Hope it helps.


    • Ridiculous. I finally found this progamme and it actually says that each night they had to move away from the boy.

      They don’t mentioned the well-documented cover that was placed over the boy each night when he could have eaten and drumk.
      If you weren’t so willing to suspend your disbelief you could have easily suspected cheating.

    • Here is the video, if you can sit through 40+ mins learning nothing.
      To spare others the agony of wasting time, lemme recap the story. A 15-year old kid starts meditating “non-stop” under a big tree, and soon people start associating him with buddha, and people start visiting the place and a small pilgrimage-business develops (vendors blah blah at a home-town). His brother decides to “protect” him from visitors by building 2 fences, one at 25-ft (I think) and one beyond that. The brother becomes manager of the show. Pilgrims are not allowed beyond the outer fence, and a select set (such as Discovery channel documentary team) can be allowed to the inner fence. documentary team videotapes him non-stop during the day, {b}but cant do it at night because their infra-red cameras cant work at that distance{\b}. 4 days of shooting, and you got to give credit to the kid for being pretty-much motionless in general, but minor fidgeting to shift weight. Its quite an achievement, I concede. Anyways.. no sight of any eating, drinking, or even trick-feeding during the day. The documentary team says the only entry/exit from the area is through the main entrance they are at, but I dont buy that. The fences are simple enough that one can scale over them in the darkness of night. After 4 days, the documentary team calls it quits. And then many weeks/months later, the boy is reported to have disappeared (maybe went deep into the forest for meditation? kidnapped? those are the speculations). End of story.

  • .wow all of what you people are saying is awsome. But what most dont understand is that this is from a greater science than the one we made for our selves.

    • Your claim of ‘greater science than the one we made for our selves’ is merely a claim without any evidence to support it. If it were scientific there would be evidence to support it; without evidence it is deception to associate it with science. You are trying to steal some of the trust that people have in the scientific method by associating these claims to that actual science.

  • we can’t understand the suttle things by our scientific instrumemts, they are inefficient to study suttle science

    Science will become pure and sweet when it
    associates with spirituality. For spirituality is the mother of science. Science is at the moment
    a bit lost and struggling to
    usher in world peace, because it is separated from
    its dear mother – Spirituality.

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    తవిలి మృగతృష్ణలో నీరు త్రాగవచ్చు
    తిరిగి కుందేటి కొమ్ము సాధింప వచ్చు
    చేరి మూర్ఖుని మనసు రంజింప రాదు

  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, undertook 17 fasts during India’s freedom movement. His longest fasts lasted 21 days.

    Fasting came easy to Gandhi. The Mahatma had perfected a routine for long fasts. Before going on one, he would have lemon juice and honey with warm water. He would keep having water, occasionally with salt or lemon juice, through the day, no matter how nauseous or weak he felt.

    With a bit of preparation if a 73 year old can survive with just few sips of juice and water for 21 days then a healthy young adult can SURELY survive without food, water for longer than 21 days.

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