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Saturday, 28 April 2012
PRAHLAD JANI NO FOOD AND WATER FOR 70YRS: “I feel no need for food and water”
Prahlad Jani, old Indian ascetic who lives in a cave near the Ambaji
temple in the state of Gujarat. Mr. Jani claims that he has not had food
or fluids to drink for the last 70 years. At the age of seven years he
left home in search of spiritual unfoldment. Jani states that at the age
of eleven years he was blessed by a goddess. He claims that since that
blessing he has gained his sustenance from nectar that filters down
through a hole in his palate, and has not passed urine or stools since
then. Mr. Jani explained, “I get the elixir of life from the hole in my
palate, which enables me to go without food and water.” Almost daily Mr.
Jani enters a state of Samadhi characterized by extreme bliss and
enormous light and strength. He says that he has never experienced
medical problems. He says that he did not speak for a period of
forty-five years. In November 2003, after over a year of coaxing,
Prahlad Jani was finally persuaded to participate in a scientific
research study. A medical research team of twenty-one specialists,
headed by Dr. Sudhir V. Shah, had Mr. Jani under twenty-four hours of
observation for ten days at the Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad. The
team’s research expertise included cardiology, neurology, urology,
gastroenterology, ophthalmology, renal function, pulmonary function, ENT
analysis, psychiatry, general medicine, and other specialities.
A series of
investigations were done on Mr. Jani in each of these areas according
to a pre-determined protocol, and additional tests were carried out as
per suggestions of the team. At the conclusion of their intensive
investigations the team’s doctors were left with an unexplained mystery,
unable to disprove Mr. Jani’s claims. Mr. Jani was initially kept in
ICU for the first twenty-four hours. For the next nine days he was kept
in a specially prepared room with a sealed-off toilet and a glass door.
The room was also equipped with video surveillance to continuously
monitor Mr. Jani. Additionally, staff persons were assigned to stay in
the same room with Jani round-the-clock to make sure that he did not
eat, drink, or pass urine or stool.To assure researchers of no possible
intake of water, Mr. Jani agreed he would not bathe during the medical
investigation. Mr. Jani was permitted a small measured quantity of water
to use as a mouthwash. He then spat the water into a beaker to verify
that none had been drunk. An ultrasound, which was made of Mr. Jani’s
bladder twice daily, indicated that there was urine accumulation, which
subsequently decreased on its own without passing. At the end of the ten
days of observation, the team of doctors verified that Prahladbhai Jani
had not taken food or drank fluids. (The average person cannot survive
without water for more than four days.) The team concluded that Mr.
Jani’s health had not deteriorated during this study. Also, according to
the hospital’s deputy superintendent, Dr. Dinesh Desai, “A series of
tests conducted on him show his body mechanism is that of a normal
person.” Mr. Jani’s survival without food or fluids remains one of those
unexplained mysteries. The following are excerpts from the research
team’s concluding report:
1. The protocol was strictly adhered to.
2. Mr. Jani had not passed or dribbled urine during these 10 days.
3. He has not taken anything by mouth or by any other routes not even water for 10 days.
4. All his parameters remained within the range determined by the committee.
5. He has shown evidence of formation of urine, which seems to be reabsorbed from his bladder wall.
present the committee does not have any scientific explanation for the
same but the help of senior scientists and medical personnel of the
country is being taken for the same. We are surprised as to how he has
survived despite above particularly without passing urine for 10 days
and remaining generally physically fit. However, it should be made very
clear that we have confirmed the claim over 10 days only and we as
scientists and responsible doctors cannot say anything regarding
validity of the claim of his sustaining without food, drinks, urination
and excretion of stools over several years. Dr. Sudhir V. Shah
(Consultant Neurophysician, Sterling Hospital/Associate professor of
neurology at K. M. School of PGMR, Ahmedabad) headed the research panel
of doctors who performed this study. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Sudhir
V. Shah for providing the Case Summary of this study along with the
photos of Mr. Jani. To view the Case Summary of Mr. Jani in its entirety
please go to: P. Jani Medical Report. Another similar research study,
also headed by Dr. Sudhir V. Shah at Sterling Hospital, was conducted on
Hira Ratan Manek. Mr. Manek claimed not to have eaten since 1995. Mr.
Manek was kept under scientific observation round-the-clock for 411
continuous days. During this time Mr. Manek subsisted only on boiled
water. This study also left researchers baffled. Dr. Sudhir V. Shah
kindly provided a copy of his article about this study which was
published in Gujarat Medical Journal – March 2001. To view this report
search online Mr. Manek Medical Report. Military doctors hope the
experiments on Prahlad Jani can help soldiers develop their survival
strategies.The long-haired and bearded yogi is under 24-hour observation
by a team of 30 specialists during three weeks of tests at a hospital
in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. Two cameras have been set up in
his room, while a mobile camera films him when he goes outside,
guaranteeing round-the-clock observation. His body will be scanned and
his brain and heart activity measured with electrodes.
observation from this study may throw light on human survival without
food and water,” said Dr. G. Ilavazahagan, who is directing the
research. “This may help in working out strategies for survival during
natural calamities, extreme stressful conditions and extra-terrestrial
explorations like future missions to the Moon and Mars by the human
race.” Since the experiment began on April 22, Jani has had no food or
water and has not been to the toilet. “The exercise of taking this yogi
under the medical scanner is to understand what energy supports his
existence,” Ilavazahagan added. “Jani says he meditates to get energy.
Our soldiers will not be able to meditate, but we would still like to
find out more about the man and his body.” Jani, who dresses in red and
wears a nose ring, grew up in Charod village in the Mehsana district in
Gujarat. He claims to have been blessed by a goddess when he was
8-years-old, which has enabled him to survive without sustenance.