Prahlad Jani brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, “reduce, reuse, recycle.” This 83-year-old holy man’s body is his recycling bin, according to a recent news article. Claiming to have lived the past seven decades without food or water, Jani was taken in for observation by Indian doctors on April 22, and since then has had no food or water and has not passed urine or stool. His body has remained in perfect health since then, showing no signs of dehydration, hunger or fatigue. He is still active enough to climb stairs and several tests on his brain reveal that it resembles that of a 25-year-old.
Jani claims to be a “breatharian,” a person who can live on “spiritual life force,” since receiving a blessing from a goddess at the age of eight. He says that drops of water, or for him, drops of a magic elixir from the goddess, filter through a hole in his palate, sustaining him. In addition, he is able to produce urine in his bladder as well as reabsorb it back into his body, at will. Ordinarily, a person cannot survive without urinating, but it appears that Jani is able to filter and re-circulate the water that makes up 90 percent of his body at any time.
Here we have waste reduction and recycling in its simplest form. Or maybe it isn’t so simple. Scientists, of course, are baffled by this mystery, and as of yet, have no scientific explanation for it. The “spiritual life force” that sustains him didn’t stop at the blessing of the goddess. At age 83, Jani continues to receive energy through spiritual meditation, adding a fourth “r” – “rethink” – to the famous phrase, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
Jani is undergoing a series of medical tests over a period of fifteen days as scientists are hoping to find solutions for people in emergency situations who must go without food or water for long periods. Last week we gave suggestions for how to survive the apocalypse with six of our best emergency filters. Can we add Jani, the human filter, to our list? Only time will tell, so stay tuned for an update. In the meantime, while you wait for a miracle blessing from a goddess, those six filters still come highly recommended. For Jani and his fellow “breatharians,” we recommend the 3M N95 Respirator Mask in case of emergencies; since meditation involves breathing, they’ll want to make sure they aren’t inhaling air pollutants.