A Swiss woman who was on a spiritual journey managed to starve herself to death after trying to follow a sunlight-only diet. Meaning, she consumed NO food and no water, believing that she too could live the way that an Indian guru did who claimed to feed his body only sunlight and air for 70 years. Was she high to believe that she could actually do this and survive?
Apparently. After watching the 2010 film In the Beginning There Was Light where an Indian yogi named Prahlad Jani claims to have lived for seven decades without food or water, the Swiss woman decided to set out on her own spiritual journey and try the diet for herself.
After spending a week “consuming” just air and sunlight while eating and drinking nothing—not even her own saliva —the unnamed woman stopped at the request of her children. But that didn’t last long. She resumed the crazy lifestyle and was later found dead in her home. The cause of death? You guessed it–starvation.
In case you haven’t heard of this crazy practice, it’s called Breatharianism. Basically, believers claim food and water are unnecessary for survival. They claim that humans can be sustained solely by prana (the vital life force in Hinduism), or simply by the energy in sunlight (according to Ayurveda, sunlight is one of the main sources of prana).
Well someone clearly doesn’t know what they’re talking about because you obviously CANNOT live on just sunlight and air alone. I’m all for yoga and am a yogi myself, and I hate that this type of lifestyle is connected with a supposed yogi guru. It just gives yoga a bad rap. But so does following any type of guru. That’s just dangerous and, in this case, stupid, to think one person has all the answers and we should follow the way he lives.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, reports indicate that several others have also tried this sunlight diet. And guess what? They all died too.