Hindu monk Swami Sivananda, who was born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport has revealed that celibacy, special diet and daily yoga are his secrets to longevity.
The 120-year-old virgin is now applying to Guinness World Records to verify his claim that he is the oldest man to have ever lived, which is currently held by Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who died in June 2013 aged 116 years and 54 days, reports dailymail.
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 holds that changing times has not affected him in any way
“Because I was born in poverty, I have never had great demands from life,” he said.
“Nowadays, people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot. I just want people to be happy, healthy and peaceful.”
Standing 1.58 metres tall, the Hindu monk has never slept in a bed or used a pillow in his life.
He sleeps on the floor with a jute mat beneath him and uses a stone brick as a pillow.
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.”