Ageing is a natural process. No one wants to be old. There has been a frantic search for developing ways and means to stall youth. But until now not much progress has been made in this direction. Scientists, however, are optimistic that they will be able to make youth permanent for far longer periods and lengthen longevity up to 200 to 400 years. So far the oldest man to have ever lived on this earth is Japan’s Jioremon Kimura who in june 2013 at the age of 116 years and 54 days. But now we have found that Kolkata Hindu monk Swami Sivananda is actually the world’s oldest man.
Looking remarkably healthy and fit for his claimed 120 years, a Hindu monk says he is the oldest man to have ever lived puts his longevity down to no sex or spices and daily yoga. Swami Sivananda was born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport. If true, his life would have spanned three centuries, but despite his apparent age he remains strong enough to perform yoga for hours at a time.
Swami Sivananda is now applying to Guinness World Records for verifying his claim. 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’s not so easy to independently verify his age. Sivananda, from the holy city of Varanasi, grew up in extreme poverty and chose to become a monk at the age of 19. “I lead a simple and disciplined life, I just want people to be happy, healthy and peaceful” said Swami when asking about his health and routine.
Sivananda, who was born in colonial-era India without electricity, cars or telephones, says he is not enthused by new technology and prefers being on his own. If his claim is right, than it would be yet another Guinness world record from India.