A ‘120-year-old’ monk who claims to be the oldest man alive has credited celibacy for his long life.
Swami Sivananda was born on August 8, 1896, according to details in his
passport.Looking rather youthful for a 120-year-old, Swami is now
applying to Guinness World Records to verify his claim.Sivananda, who
was born in an extremely poor family, lives in Kolkata city, India, but
had lived in the city of Varanasi all his life.
He gives all the credit for his longevity to yoga, food with no spices and no sex.
He said: “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.”
Sivananda believes that times have changed but he is still the same.
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.”I just want people to be happy, healthy
The Hindu monk has never slept in a bed or used a pillow in his life.He
sleeps on the floor with a jute mat beneath him and uses a stone brick
as a pillow.Whether Guinness qualifies him as the oldest man alive or
not, his lifestyle has already made him a local celebrity.
He travels to give interviews and lectures on life and people from all
over the country flock to him in search of peace and the secret to his
He said: “My followers persuaded me to come forward to claim the record.
“Previously I was worried about inviting publicity into my life as these things don’t serve any purpose in life.”
“Though my followers would be happy to see my name in the Guinness Book of World Records.