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Food from the sun – The Yogi who hasn’t eaten in 70 years

I read about this remarkable story when I was in India.  I have heard many similar tales of magical yogic powers, most based purely on eye-witness accounts or old tales.  This is different, it is tested in a lab by doctors.

Here is a tiny slice of magic India, the land that inspires us to think that anything is possible with our little flesh suits.

We are generally so skeptical, the rational mind our trophy that we filter this reality through.  Maybe there are things we don’t know?  Or cannot comprehend?

I’m off to sit in the garden.  The sun is out.

Love your truthXXXX

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Swami Yogananda – 101 year old Yogi

Swamiji may well be challenging Welsh Vi for the worlds oldest ‘Yoga Teacher/ Yogi’:

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The World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher (Probably?) – Vi de Ville, Rhosneigr, Wales

Meet Vi de Ville who lives just down the road and is a good advert for practising yoga regularly.  Vi must be one of the oldest yoga teachers around; 90 years old, a great gran, but ‘forever young’!

The Daily Post

Yoga teacher aged 90 still leading classes in Rhosneigr, Wales

A YOGA teacher is still leading classes – at the age of 90.

Vi de Ville celebrates her birthday on Monday – and is more agile than many women half her age.

The nonagenarian from Rhosneigr, Anglesey, said yoga has kept her “forever young” and she can’t wait for her next classes to start in September.

Last year the widow and great-gran of two was teaching 11 classes a week all over Anglesey – until her heart specialist advised her to reduce her workload to three a week.

Her pupils age range from 19 to 90.

Vi said: “There are several who are 80-odd. They work beautifully and sensibly. It’s a lifeline for them with yoga, as it is to me.

“Quite honestly, the flexibility of some women isn’t as good as their mothers.”

Vi has classes at Plas Arthur and Ysgol y Graig, Llangefni and the village hall at Rhosneigr.

She said: “My limit is 26.”

Vi intends to carry on with her yoga until her body tells her it’s “time to hand my cards in.”

She turned to yoga after 20 years as a keep-fit instructor, though ballet was her first love. She married local butcher Ted de Ville and gave up dance while her three daughters were growing up. She moved to Anglesey to be near one daughter in 1979, and yoga proved a lifeline when, 10 years later, her beloved Ted died.

But she isn’t contemplating stopping just yet.

“I wouldn’t know what to do with my time. I don’t play bridge or golf but I’m a social member of the local club. It’s inconceivable to me not to have the lovely girls around me. I am very lucky and very blessed. I love it.

“Apparently, the girls say that at the demonstrations I provide the information about the movements and what’s needed, I give out copiously. If they need help, I go and sort it out. They are friends now after 20 years.

“Without doing yoga, I am almost restless. I try to practise what I preach and get to enjoy my life. Yoga has been wonderful for me, I get all this love and support from my classes and I thank God for yoga.

“It’s brought a heightened sense of awareness and has made all the difference in the world to me, mentally, spiritually and physically. There is a real rapport, an affinity and kindred spirit.

Vi was born in Canada to an English father and Scottish mother but they returned to live in Scotland.

During the blitz, Vi was a nurse with the Volunteer Aid Detachment in Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton London. She said: “I was a Red Cross nurse for five years. It was a lovely war for me. I loved the work. When the doodlebugs fell, we dived into the first hedge.”

One of the limbless patients was World War II hero Douglas Bader.

She said: “We dusted his locker and put the picture of his wife back. I didn’t nurse him or even take his temperature. I can’t remember talking to him. He didn’t suffer us very kindly.”

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A Brief History of Lord Krishna – Delhi, April 2010

Firstly, a brief history of Lord Krishna and all things Hare Krishna.  This knowledge was all taken from my tour around the ISCKON temple Lord Krishna animatronic show.  Quite a sight, like a theme park ride meets a spiritual quest.  At one stage IMAX, the next a fairground ghost train.  The music was load (with many cymbal clashes), the narrator dramatic.  Fun.  I might add that Hinduism is equally fascinating, beautiful and complex.  These are some mere basics.  In no particular order or form:
Karma, the energy of reaction/ action,  a constant.  Karma not eternal, we can end the cycle of life and death, we can alter our destiny.  We can ascend to samsara if we live a devout spiritual life,  and join Krishna in a lovely looking garden (Guruhu), connected with all things natural.   Possibly on a swing.  We can also be demoted to an animal, plant or even worse a small particle.  Once we drop a level, it takes a lifetime to make up the difference.  The material world leads to temptation and many opportunities to sin.  We should aspire to a peaceful, simple life, free of wants and needs.  Full of love, family and god.  We must embrace spiritual realisation.

Krishna said practice yoga, become a yogi.  Through the mastery of hatha yoga, a yogi can transport himself to different spiritual planets.  They can meditate through the heart to Lord Krishna.   This is the ultimate goal in life.  “Stopping the wind with your hand”.

Krishna will help you if you seek him, otherwise he has the power to destroy all.  He is the white light, the space beyond the universe.  Krishna is in everything, he is everything.   Krishna in life was a naughty boy.  He was of the ‘milkman’ caste and was said to steal ladies clothes while they were bathing and look on.  It wasn’t until he recited the book ‘Gita’ that he became a mighty god.

Hinduism colourful, eclectic, ancient……..  I look forward to learning more.

This and many other things formed the basis of my discussion with Prithudas (next).

Radha and Krishna

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