A 120-year-old monk, Swami Sivananda, who is claiming to be the oldest man alive has credited celibacy for his long life.
Although his passport claims he was born August 8, 1896, his Wikipedia says September 8, 1887. Sivananda looks rather younger compared to his age and he is now applying to Guinness World Records to verify his claim. He believes he is the oldest person after Japan's Jiroemon Kimura died June 2013 aged 116 years and 54 days.
According to MirrorUK, Sivananda is said to have been born into an extremely poor family in Kolkata city, India. Despite his old age, Sivananda does not live with anyone who can do all his running-around for him, he does not use any medical aid and he performs yoga for hours daily.
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The Hindu monk has never slept in a bed or used a pillow since he was born, instead, he sleeps on a mat on the floor with a stone brick as his pillow and he is now used to it.
He gives all the credit for his longevity to yoga, food with no spices and no sex. He said:
"Discipline is the most important thing is life. One can conquer anything with discipline in food habits, exercise, and sexual desires.Control over your needs is the biggest gain in life. I have lived for so long because material things don't make me happy."
Sivananda believes that times have changed but he is still the same. He said:
"Because I was born in poverty, I have never had great demands from life. Nowadays, people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot. I just want people to be happy, healthy and peaceful."
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Whether Guinness qualifies him as the oldest man alive or not, his lifestyle has already made him a local celebrity.
He travels to give interviews and lectures on life and people from all over the country flock to him in search of peace and the secret to his longevity. He said:
"My followers persuaded me to come forward to claim the record. Previously I was worried about inviting publicity into my life as these things don't serve any purpose in life. Though my followers would be happy to see my name in the Guinness Book of World Records."