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July 21st, 2000

The Breatharians

You start as a vegetarian, avoiding all meat products. Then you work your way to being a fruitarian where you only eat items that won’t kill the plant or tree they come from (apples, oranges, some nuts, etc.). So, now that you’re kind to both animals and plants, where do you go?

Become a Breatharian.

Apparently, this cult-like organization was exposed in the 1970′s to be fraudlent (at least in the United States). The idea behind this group is that man does not need food, and that it is actually healthier to not eat or drink anything at all. They argue that you get can get all the life force you need to live and feel good from the air. The man on the above site, Wiley Brooks, is in his 60′s and has supposedly only eaten a couple times in the last 20 years (presumably for social reasons). It’s easy to doubt this movement, but it has religious roots (as most cults do, I guess). Extended fasting was the norm in both Tibetan Buddhism and the mystic sects of Islam (Sufis). And even in Catholicism, there’s the case of Terese Neumann, a German nun, who did not eat anything at all for 35 years. And in Dr. Weil‘s latest book, he mentions Paramahansa Yogananda, a yogi that also never ate.

In the United States, as mentioned earlier, the Breatharians have had little success. 20 or 30 years ago, after giving a talk on Breatharian living, the so-called “guru” was seen at a Jack in the Box eating a huge stack of cheeseburgers. In another case, a hidden camera caught a guru in the snack room during a break in his talk, hoarding candy and other snacks.

Read through this page and see what you think. -ram

Posted in Just Plain Odd

DATE: Friday July 21, 2000 -- 10:34:37AM
All this did was make me really really want a cheeseburger. :P

FROM: Spoor
DATE: Friday July 21, 2000 -- 8:14:48PM
I was thinking the same thing

FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday July 22, 2000 -- 9:41:56AM
Ryan, lately I can't help but wonder if you're going through the old book High Weirdness by Mail. It explored all sorts of weird and/or bizarre stuff you could get through the mail just by asking, and I remember a full-page spread on the Breatharians.

A quick search on Amazon didn't reveal the book, and there's a great chance that most of the addresses are long gone, but it's still an entertaining read.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Saturday July 22, 2000 -- 10:44:19AM
If I could pick one fast food place to be revealed as a fraud, it would have to be Jack in the Box.

FROM: Andrew
DATE: Monday February 26, 2001 -- 1:19:51AM
Man, I just stinks.

If I was a breatharian, I wouldn't ever fart again I suppose.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday February 26, 2001 -- 9:44:11AM
Andrew -- Either that or it would just be like exhaling a breath... from a different end...

FROM: Heather
DATE: Friday March 9, 2001 -- 10:27:03PM
Eating nothing, drinking nothing but urine? Ooooh, I want to be a Breatharian when I grow up!!!

FROM: izabela
DATE: Saturday March 17, 2001 -- 11:43:43PM
wtf? thats messed up...

FROM: Lucy
DATE: Tuesday May 1, 2001 -- 9:28:58PM
How weird! dont yhey like eating. One of the seven wonders of the world. LOL Just kidding who can live with out icecream and pizza and tacoes and ...

FROM: Lucy
DATE: Tuesday May 1, 2001 -- 9:29:06PM
How weird! dont yhey like eating. One of the seven wonders of the world. LOL Just kidding who can live with out icecream and pizza and tacoes and ...

FROM: Devon
DATE: Thursday May 24, 2001 -- 12:01:22PM
FYI, Yogananda wasn't a "Breatharian" or someone who claimed he never ate; wonder who told you that one. He was actually known for being an excellent chef and there are lots of stories about the many dishes he prepared. He also clearly commented on enjoying feasts many times in his writing; and joked about how he got fat travelling in India because he considered it impolite to refuse meals prepared for him by others. His favorite food, by the way: Mangos! He states as a boy he would feast on them in ridiculous quantities!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday May 24, 2001 -- 2:36:16PM
Devon -- Thank you for the correction. I'm actually reading Yogananda's book right now, but haven't gotten too far into it as yet.

FROM: Mary
DATE: Tuesday September 25, 2001 -- 6:17:59PM
I have an old copy of Wiley Brooks's book on Breatharianism; someone donated it to the library. It is hilarious! Not only is it ridiculous, it is very poorly written. We used to pass it around and read aloud until we laughed so hard we cried.

DATE: Sunday December 16, 2001 -- 10:03:46AM

FROM: Ping Schming
DATE: Sunday December 23, 2001 -- 1:08:08AM
You all have a severe lack of open-mindedness. You should read up on the subject a little more before criticizing these peoples' way of life. Shame on you.

FROM: I\'mNoSewer
DATE: Monday March 11, 2002 -- 6:22:45 am
I suppose all you naysayers think fasting is bad for you to? Wait, let me guess, vegetarianism is bad for you to? Wait, let me guess, that spare tire on your abdomen is actually good for you?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday March 11, 2002 -- 9:28:23 am
Exactly, I'mNoSewer. I, personally, think vegetarianism is an awful decision.

And there's a big difference between regular fasting and what the Breatharians do.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday March 11, 2002 -- 12:50:54 pm
Or what the breatharians don't do. It's a complete hoax. You would die in a matter of days if you had no water or food.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday March 11, 2002 -- 12:52:46 pm
Breatharians don't actually eat *nothing*, from what I've read recently. They do an extreme form of fasting, so extreme that many people that attempt it end up getting severely ill.

FROM: Dana
DATE: Thursday August 15, 2002 -- 9:30:05 am
I can hardly believe that not eating is good for you. Why would God have created all these different types of food. I do believe fasting is good though. I believe that from a religious point of view. Which has a lot of different advantages to it. My out look is you need to do only what God askes of you. Which may be different for everyone. So I don't judge what that person is doing just hoping they know the Lord.

FROM: Doris W. Davis
DATE: Friday September 6, 2002 -- 11:19:39 am
I read Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi" many years ago, but I still vividly recall the compelling chapter on "The Fasting Saint" a woman in her 50s who had learned the breathing techniques which allowed her to go without eating for many years. When Yogananda asked her how she did it, she said her guru had taught her. Could she teach him and others? She hinted that the world was not ready yet for this spiritual technology. (Evidently it is not something easily accomplished by the man on the street!) She also commented that the world economy is not ready to disturb the balance of our reliance upon agricultural products. This is the point, however: not the absence of food, but the presence of spiritual sustenance. Jesus said, "I have meat to eat you know not of." What might he have been referring to? If we really knew how to breathe, to absorb the breath of life -- so to speak -- might we begin to have the deep satisfaction that is required to wean ourselves from overdependence upon food and drink, not to mention cigarettes! My experiences with fasting have shown me that "there is more to life than is dreamed of in your refrigerator, Horatio." (to fracture the Bard a bit.) I know for a fact that when I breathe properly -- deeply and with spiritual intent -- I am satisfied with far less food. What's up with that?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday September 6, 2002 -- 1:17:08 pm
Robert -- Bite your tongue.

Doris -- I haven't gotten to that chapter yet, but it's the one that made me curious enough to buy the book in the first place. Sounds interesting.

FROM: Katie
DATE: Tuesday November 26, 2002 -- 7:04:10 pm
I think this is the biggest crock of
@#$%^!!! I've ever heard! And now I'm hungry!

FROM: nerinda
DATE: Sunday April 20, 2003 -- 6:21:50 am
Over the past fiew weeks I have been reading extensively about breatharians. The conclution I came to was that normal breathing and light is not enough to sustain the body. True breatharians make use of a different type of light that they obtain from raising there level of consiousness. That is why it is often linked with spiritual tractice or deep mediation. The ordinary guy in the street will die if they just stop eating. Breatharianism is not for everyone. You have to feel it inside yourself to know if it is for you. The human mind has huge untaped resouces. This concept needs more that just an open minded aprouch. It requires inlightenment. A true intunement with nature and your imvironment. I also think it can be very dangerous for anyone who has not reached this level of attunement to even attempt breatharianism. I also think any cult promoting such teachings are dangerous. Attunement to nature is a personal journey, the same with spirituality. Trust your feelings and instinct about this. If it is is not for you. If yes, first seek true alignment with nature, with yourself and with your creator. Procees with true understanding, nothing less. For those who love eating......keep eating. We are all different, but that should not be the reason for closing your mind to what can be for others.

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 30, 2003 -- 2:11:56 am
Not exactly a breatharian because this man drinks liquids, but similar.

FROM: Martin
DATE: Thursday July 10, 2003 -- 1:34:50 pm
Breatharianism is not something you want to do...its something you become when you are superconsious
when you attein a state of pure silence ...then and then only you renounce to desires and the illusory aspects of the world...we/you have to return to nature...then we can live on air!
read Hilton Hotema and Sami Sivananda...

FROM: stewart
DATE: Friday July 11, 2003 -- 10:15:22 pm
I know Wiley Brooks. He is a beautiful being. Parahamansa Yoganada was a beautiful being. People who are searching for a better way to live are using beauty to create beauty! Breatharianism is just a beautiful idea as is LOVE

FROM: Mike
DATE: Sunday August 31, 2003 -- 3:35:10 pm
I do think that fasting on occasion is healthy because it cleanses the boy and gives your digestive system a break. However, I do think that if you do not eat at all then you will adventually die. As far the breath it is generally excepted in many religions (especially the anceint Indo-European and Eastern religions) that it has a relationship with the spirit, and that it does animate all living things. Sunlight is also proven to improve energy levels and their are many anceint Solar rites that do exactly that. However, these are only two of many different kinds of energy systems that exist within the psycho-somatic complex, and the other energy systems (such as those that deal with transforming material food into energy that fuels the body) should NOT be neglected. I would also like to point out that there are methods of *breathing less* that has healthful effects on the body. One of the things that bothered me in the article on this page was the Mr. Wiles felt that one should lower their frequency as a means to harmonise with the "lower frequency people" around you so that one doesn't "cause them stress" and that "love will flow more freely". This is completely and utterly rediculous as I personally feel little to no Need to lower mySelf so that lesser people won't feel stress.....why should I suffer for their inferiority complexes?

FROM: Dianne
DATE: Friday September 19, 2003 -- 3:19:24 pm
Would like to meet/talk to a breatharian, I have read Yogananda and also Living on Light by Jasmuheen, this has all made me curious, Christ fasted for 40 days and nights. Dr Usui fasted for 21 days to receive the Reik symbols, so it seems to me that the process is one of spiritual development, and correctly said by another writer not something that one dips in and out of because one feels like it.

FROM: Reality check
DATE: Tuesday October 7, 2003 -- 12:26:06 pm
I was wondering if breatharians poop. Since poop is the body's way of eliminating waste from food and If breatharians just absorb the nutrients they need through air and light it seems that they wouldn't. Furthermore if if this is the desired state of being and we are truly meant to be this way then I have to ask why do we have rectums or any part of our digestive system for that matter. Hmmm....interesting. Sounds more like a bunch of anorexics having hunger delusions to me.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday October 7, 2003 -- 1:18:59 pm
I was wondering if breatharians poop.

Never, ever, has a more important question been posed on the Ping.

FROM: Dee Dee
DATE: Sunday January 25, 2004 -- 1:40:11 pm
Why would the Bible read, "many called but FEW Chosen."? Paul said of Messiah," He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, FILLING OUR HEARTS WITH FOOD AND GLADNESS." So, you tell me what food did the heart get? The Chosen have the ability to raise their consciousness to a level which they can live on the light, (MESSIAH) which was the life of man! I have fasted 3 times 40 days and nights without food or water! I am alive and well, satisfied spiritually and physically! It is like this everybody has to work out their own salvation! What works for one may not work for another! You have to keep an open mind and not let ignorance speak! In other words don't knock it if you hadn't tried it! Oh ye of LITTLE faith!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 9:45:04 am
Nutrition is a false god, I guess.

FROM: rob ruitenberg
DATE: Monday May 24, 2004 -- 2:29:21 pm
well .. i dont know , id be interesting to follow this guy for acouple o months non stop close observation , strange seemingly inexplicable things do happen and the spirit is capable of pretty wild things .. what would happen if it was treu , what would the possibilities be?.. idont know if these claims , proposals are treu ,but ido know man can ascend to greater hights , wouldnt it be great if some countries ( idont know wich but i do expect it happens ) woulnt be able to controle other people< countries by theire supply of food wat if the famine rate of thisplanet could be cut down by fifty percent .. funny thing is that gorrilas only live on plant food , im not an advocater of going in to the yard and start chomping away on some nice young healthy shoots , the point im trying to make is that this guy probably weighs in at 400 pounds ... all muscle ..... of plant food , i think thats pretty wild when ye stop to consider it , so building muscle and body you dont need to eat burgers ,milk , tacos . sure they taste nice but if you bring it back to basics they dont seem to be necessary i think its worh looking into, i thats youre goal . another thing , at the top is the story of how this guy was caught on hidden camera "scoffing" candy bars well... where is this clip ?show me that, youre just stating rumors , not very reliable . and who is this guy who saw him eating at jack in the box . where is he , doesnt say , no facts no .as far as im concerned theire just plain lies . theire not verified , so a very faint chance at best that theire treu , i dont know im getting a bit cerie d away i just dont like very much these kind of statements cause theire very, very general at best and what ever this breaharin is could be agood thing , they seem to be very spiritual , im still sticking to my " thai" and what have you not , but who knows, it would save a lot of money , and what about next life time ? rob

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday May 24, 2004 -- 3:46:28 pm
Damn, words can be really hard to read sometimes.

FROM: rob ruitenberg
DATE: Tuesday May 25, 2004 -- 4:53:48 pm
give you that , i was kind of wrestling with this keyboard , couple of things got stuck , curser for one thing + ive sat behind a keyboard about 20 times in my life , but youre right the spelling sucks ... rob

FROM: Sungazing
DATE: Friday November 26, 2004 -- 12:35:51 pm
HRM is a real Breatharian and accomplised it my gazing at the sun. He does drink a little tea each day and drink water but check him out by doing a google HRM sungazing

FROM: truth
DATE: Wednesday December 15, 2004 -- 12:10:08 pm
HRM drinks tea, buttermilk, eats fruit etc and is not a breatharian, check this false claims made about and concerning a test etc with NASA, and research shows it is not true. Now, one thing I would like to say is that if we need food, does it make sense that anything dead can be beneficial? Most food is cooked/dead and the raw foods including fruit which I have found to be a great cleanser , mostly non sugar fruits and alot of water before and after during the day, but plants in their raw state are in the process of dying after taken from it's source, root/tree etc. Logically most of what people eat is dead and nothing dead can have any life. Personally I have found in my experinece that food is really like a drug and the source of all suffering, which is sickness, disease,....suffering...on all levels, mind body , emotions, spirit. My personal experience shows that food deteriorates the body and mind until death happens. I am not one living without plants and animals but am close but not ready, but that does not change what I see, which is, that food is really a drug which deterioates the human being (aging/deterioation). I have also found no true breatharians in my research, for if one eats or drinks anything imo they are not living without food/breatharians.


DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:37:02 pm

FROM: victoria
DATE: Sunday January 30, 2005 -- 4:19:25 am
wow, that was fun. I started looking up raw food diets, as I am really sick, and found all in the light..and slowed down vibration of illness had me forgetting which way was up....until now. I ain't no Paramahansa yogananda, but they say his body has yet to decay, since he made his Mahasamadhi, and smells like flowers, that must mean something.

FROM: joey
DATE: Monday April 25, 2005 -- 2:15:36 pm
wow.. this was really informative.

FROM: Steph
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 7:38:11 pm
More info, please. I'm addicted to hamburgers, but I really want to stop the insanity.

FROM: elle
DATE: Sunday September 18, 2005 -- 2:51:30 am
i'm researching this for an assignment...

Breatharians think they can survive on air and light energy.

There have been a few cases of death, so it isn't advisable you opt for this 'lifestyle'

FROM: Emily
DATE: Tuesday November 1, 2005 -- 10:03:28 am
i couldnt believe it when i was told of such belief its unreal but i give full blown respect to those who believe and do it!Good luck xxxxxxxxxxxxx

FROM: Eddy
DATE: Wednesday July 5, 2006 -- 6:26:42 am
Extended fasting is not part of Buddhism. Siddharta Guatama, before founding Buddhism, studied many of the then current religions and cults. He knew that overeating made man too satisfied to take action. He also learnt from experience that all fasting was doing was making his body too weak to take action. So the first lesson of Buddhism is the middle path and it applies to eating as well as to other aspects of life.

Buddhist munks are a self-selected group. Anyone can claim to be knowlegdable about Buddhism because there is no central authority that will say otherwise. Lesson two of Buddhism is choosing a teacher. You must find someone that you trust, but you have to challenge the teacher in order for him to prove his knowlegde. To study Buddhisme well, you need multiple teachers.
A monk in a monestary is probably a good indication of how good a teacher he is, but it is hard to get into a monestary to learn about Buddhism.

Unfortunately, there are many claims about Buddhism that simply are not true. They make fantastic stories that are fun to hear, but they do harm to Buddhism if that is all people get to hear. Stories about extented fasting in Buddhisme are part of that: fun to hear but completely bogus. Even when it comes from a solitairy individual living on a mountaintop dressed as a monk.

There are four sources of misconception about Buddhism.

Folklore. When Buddhism was introduced, people wanted to hold onto believes they already had. Similar things happened to Christianity.

Attention. Anyone can make up stories and, with enough attention, will stretch the truth with every telling.

Hinduism. Here there is a claim that Buddha is a reincarnation of Shiva. This is a complete misinterpretation of what Buddha is, but it introduces stories that have nothing to do with Buddhism at all.

Yoga. Part of practising Buddhism is thinking about the teachings through meditation. In order to be able to meditate for longer periods of time (a few hours at most, longer is meaningless), you need a body that is capable of sitting still during that time. Keeping your body fit and healty is important or you won't be able to meditate.
The exercises are taken from Yoga. This doesn't mean that what Yogi claim is part of Buddhism. That is completely reversed, but the distinction is so that many won't see the difference at this leads to false believes.

Hopes this helps.

Mysticalman68 November 23, 2008, 11:31 pm

Breatharianism is nothing new. What´s new about it is that now there are people thinking that not eating at all will propel them to higher levels of consciousness, which is outright spiritual materialism.
A consistent theme is that people that truly stopped eating and drinking altogether were spiritually very advanced and never pursued it, it just came to them as some sort of by-product of their spiritual/yogic path and never deemed that to be some sort of proof of their specialness. Before it happened, those individuals had eaten and drank as any other living person, and did not attend workshops of any kind to get rid of something so ¨unspiritual¨ and ¨unevolved¨.
The most evolved individuals of our time ate and drank and surely defecated. Now, a bunch of pretentious wackos like Jasmuheen are promoting something they even cannot do, and that even if they could attain, would not add anything to what`s really important, and that is true spiritual development.

amorea13 October 5, 2010, 11:23 pm

I know pretty much zero about Breatharianism and I am no religious fanatic but I will say this: IF, as has been suggested by some enlightened individuals, we are all ONE and that our truly natural state is to live in Free-Will and abide by the free-will choices of ALL other beings then quite simply no-one should eat anything – no not even plants let alone animals!

This would leave only Breatharianism as the alternative for survival. Actually, intellectually, I would find that a perfectly sane response and it would for sure solve a number of problems experienced regularly by humanity!

MYSTIC EL January 1, 2013, 11:36 pm


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