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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

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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

I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO BREATHARIANISM MANY YEARS AGO BUT NEVER PERSUED IT FURHER UNTIL NOW WHEN IM GOING TO HAVE A VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH SOME LIVING BREATHING BREATHARIANS I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED AS TO HOW THAT TURNS OUT. I FASTED ON OCCASION THREE WEEKS AT THE LONGEST IT WAS ENLIGHTENING FREEING AND HEALTH RESORING FOR ME I KNOW THE BODY DOES NOT NEED TO EAT WHAT WE DO AS MUCH AS WE DO OR AS OFTEN AS WE DO IT IS A DRUG INDUCED SOCIETIAL CONDITIONING THAT WE HAVE BECOME VICTIMS TOO. LOOK AROUND AT OBESIITY FAMINE THE TWO SPECTRUM EXTREEMS AND YOU KNOW WHAT I SEE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE WE WANT TO BE BUT WE ARENT. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER SYMPTOM TO FIND BALANCE MY HOPE IS THAT WE DO, BUT TIME AND CONDITIONING TO SOMETHING BETTER IS NOT AN OVER NIGHT THING NOR IS IT FOR ALL THERE IS A PLACE FOR IT AND THERE IS A NEED TO EMBRACE THIS POSSIBILITY, AND PATH FOR BALANCE FOR ALL.

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