Fiction or mystification?
Live plant food and herb cleaning work wonders.
All living centenarians have to live at least another hundred years to beat the established Li Ching-Yuen’s record. This man lived to 256 years!
And it's a true story; this story was investigated by scholars and journalists! In the New York Times article from 1930 it is said that the Chengdu University Professor Wu Chung-Chieh discovered the government records of the Chinese Empire from 1827 in which Li Ching-Yuen was congratulated on his happy 150th birthday as well as the documents of 1877 in which he was already congratulated on the 200th anniversary.
In 1928 the New York Times journalist wrote that most of the elderly who lived next door to Li Yuen recalled how even their grandfathers told them that he knew him from their childhood but even at that time he was already an adult man.
Li Ching-Yuen was an herb merchant. Being 10 years he collected them in the mountains and learned that they could lead to longevity. For almost 40 years he was on the herbal diet, eating only herbs, such as lingzhi, goji berry, and wild ginseng. In 1749 at the age of 71 he joined the army as a teacher of martial arts. Li was a people person, he was married 23 times and he became a father more than 200 times.
According to the accepted stories in his province Li could read and write from his childhood, and gathering herbs by 10 years he already visited Gansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria.
During his first hundred years he continued to collect and sell medicinal herbs. Later he continued to sell herbs collected by the others. Along with other Chinese herbs, he sold lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu and gotu kola and lived on these herbs diet.
He was not the only one.
According to the one of his students’ words, once he met a man who was more than 500 years. This man taught him some breathing exercises and gave some dietary pieces of advice that could help him to extend its life to the superhuman terms.
On his deathbed, Li said his famous phrase:
"I did everything I was supposed to do in this world. I'm going home."
Can these words be one of the biggest secrets of the long and happy life? It is interesting that we are trying to fight age by using high-tech infrared devices and the most modern medicines in the modern civilized world.
The secret of longevity of the wise man.
One day Li was asked about his secret of longevity and here is what he said:
"Keep the heart in silence, sit like a tortoise, walk cheerfully as a pigeon and sleep like a sleeping watchdog".
Li confirmed that the inner peace and tranquility combined with the breathing exercises was the secret of his longevity. Obviously, his diet also played the important role. But it is interesting that the oldest man on the Earth attributed his longevity to the state of his mind.
Why is it so hard to believe in?
For people whose average life expectancy is 65 years it is hard to believe even in life after 100. And to imagine that someone can live more than 200 years is very difficult.
We should consider that there are people who don't live in a grueling work schedule, they have no deal with outstanding loans, and they do not breathe the polluted city air and regularly do physical exercises. They don't eat sugar, flour or any other product treated by pesticides. They do not eat in haste, as we get used.
They don't eat meat, sweet desserts and food with GMO. They do not smoke or drink alcohol. Their diet is not just free from the harmful products that we often enjoy. It includes the highly health food and medicinal plants that are like the steroids affect our bodies and the immune system.
They also spend all their free time in the nature, meditating and practicing the breathing techniques that improve mental, physical and emotional health. There is no doubt that if we all follow these healthy patterns of behavior, life up to 100 wouldn't seem so mythical to us.
It is important to understand and realize that health should not be a self aim for the man. Health is just a tool that can help the person to fulfill the main task of his incarnation. Appreciate your precious human birth and don’t waste it in vain!