Sunday, November 9, 2008

Supercentenarians of Record Who Lived More Than 150 Years - Part 2

So why doesn’t Guinness World Records report any of these supercentenarians, especially Li Ching Yun, as the world’s oldest person that ever lived? Obviously the Guinness people believed they either could not confirm these people from the limited records that are available about them. Or maybe, just maybe, they did not want to confirm any of these people’s incredible age. And because Guinness World Records did not confirm these 150 plus year old supercentenarians, like Li Ching Yun, most people today do not believe it is possible to live beyond 122 years.

While it is true that records dating back 100 years or more are difficult to verify, there is a likelihood that at least some of these supercentenarians of record, did survive more than 150 years. And it is even possible, and likely, that there were many other supercentenarians throughout our history, whose long lives will never be known.

Perhaps a few of them are living among us even today?

So what can we learn from all of these people who lived more than 150 years? There are a few hints of we can learn from the records that we have:

From the stories about the life of Shirali Mistlimov the is a hint of his secret to longevity. First, right up until his final moments of life, he continued to perform his daily chores in his garden and his orchard. He never smoked or drank, but he did walk and ride horseback regularly. He spent most of his life married and raised many children.

From what we know about Javier Pereira, he too walked regularly and survived 5 marriages. Henry Jenkins, who died at the are of 169 years, was known as an excellent swimmer at the age of 100 years.

However, the best information that we have is from the Granddaddy of all known supercentenarians, Li Ching Yun. According to researchers, Li Ching Yun attributed his longevity to his life long vegetarian diet and regular use of rejuvenating herbs plus “inward calm”. He was a renowned herbalist and outlived 23 wives. When asked by a pupil for his secret to long life, Li Ching Yun replied “keep a quiet hear, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”

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2 comments:

Lastexit said...

I found your blog a while ago and I find it very interesting. I do have a question. How do you explain the fact that these centenarians have a very long life, but pretty short comparing to the 2800 year immortal you've meet? I personally belive that there exists such an immortal. No question about it. The world, the universe has to many weird, inexplicable fenomenons and such, that I would of find it very weird if there weren't immortals living among us. Immortality was on my mind since a young age. So I want to ask you - Do you belive there are more immortals, like thousands of years old on this world and based on the conversations you had with the 2800 years old man what is the difference between him and just the centanarians who lived in average 150 years or more.

Ben Abba said...

Thank you Lastexit for your kind comment.

I am finding that there are a variety of centarians and supercentarians out there walking among us. The oldest of these which I could find "on record" is Li Ching Yun who is believed to have lived for 250 years.

From what I have found out so far is that their are about 25 supercentarians who are 200 years old or more including several that are 1,000 years or more.

As for the difference between the 2,800 year old man and the rest of the centarians is what I am righting this blog, my podcasts, and my books are all about.

If you need to have a 5 second answer and have me sum up everything into one brief sentence then it would be this:
"Its all about the programming"!

If you are like me, and you need more context, then keep on reading and I will reveal as much of my research on this unique man as I can, as my time permits.