Seven Decades Without Food and Water

H/T: Fox News (here). Proof, I think, that fasting is only a means and not a sign of our holiness. The question remains however, as is stated below, “What energy supports his existence?”

Indian doctors are studying an 83-year-old holy man who claims to have spent the last seven decades without food and water.

Military doctors hope the experiments on Prahlad Jani can help soldiers develop their survival strategies.

The long-haired and bearded yogi is under 24-hour observation by a team of 30 specialists during three weeks of tests at a hospital in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.

Two cameras have been set up in his room, while a mobile camera films him when he goes outside, guaranteeing round-the-clock observation.

His body will be scanned and his brain and heart activity measured with electrodes.

“The observation from this study may throw light on human survival without food and water,” said Dr. G. Ilavazahagan, who is directing the research. “This may help in working out strategies for survival during natural calamities, extreme stressful conditions and extra-terrestrial explorations like future missions to the Moon and Mars by the human race.”

Since the experiment began on April 22, Jani has had no food or water and has not been to the toilet.

“The exercise of taking this yogi under the medical scanner is to understand what energy supports his existence,” Ilavazahagan added. “Jani says he meditates to get energy. Our soldiers will not be able to meditate, but we would still like to find out more about the man and his body.”

Jani, who dresses in red and wears a nose ring, grew up in Charod village in the Mehsana district in Gujarat.

He claims to have been blessed by a goddess when he was 8-years-old, which has enabled him to survive without sustenance.

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New Serbian Saints

H/T: Website of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America (here)

SPECIAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE HOLY ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS
OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Belgrade, Serbia – At their afternoon session on April 29, 2010, the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church unanimously adopted the proposal of the presiding Diocesan hierarchs and entered into the Dyptichs of the holy Orthodox Churches the names of Archimandrite Justin Popovic of blessed repose, the spiritual father of Monastery Celije near Valjevo (1894-1979), from now the Venerable Justin of Celije and Simeon Popovic of blessed repose, the abbot of Monastery Dajbabe near Podgorica (1854-1941), from now the Venerable Simeon of Dajbaba.

The liturgical commemoration of Venerable Justin will be celebrated on June 1 according to the old calendar (June 14 according to the new calendar), and the memory of the Venerable Simeon will be celebrated on March 19 according to the old calendar (April 1 according to the new calendar).

The formal celebration of the newly canonized chosen ones of God will be at the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy next Sunday, May 2 at the St. Sava Temple on Vracar, beginning at 9am.

Our Venerable and God bearing Fathers Justin and Simeon, pray to God for us!

Bishop Irinej of Backa
Spokesman of the Holy Assembly of Bishops

BloodMoney

The clip below is a trailer of an upcoming film entitled BloodMoney. Here is a description from their website:

BloodMoney is a documentary film that exposes the truth behind the Abortion Industry from the Pro Life perspective.

This film will examine the history of abortion in America, from the inception of Planned Parenthood and the profitability of abortion clinics, to Roe v. Wade, to the denial of when life begins, to the fight to save the lives of innocent babies, and the devastating effects it has had on the women that have had them.

The Road to Pentecost

In his homily on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Bishop Grigorije (here) writes:

“…That which Christ is speaking of on this occasion with the Samaritan woman is a continuation of that which He said on the feast of Mid-Pentecost …. And while Pentecost – the fulfilling of Christ’s promise, “the birthday of the Church, “the Feast of Comfort” at which the Spirit, the Comforter, is given to the people of God until the Second and glorious coming of Christ (which we await and this expectation we express in the Creed) so that this Mid-Pentecost is something like a “encouragement” on that road to Pentecost. On this feast, Christ calls Himself the Source of Life, standing in the midst the Jewish temple and cried out: ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink!’ For this reason do we sing in the troparion of that day: ‘In the middle of the Feast, O Savior, fill my thirsting soul with the waters of godliness, as Thou didst cry to all: ‘If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink’  O Christ God, Fountain of our life, glory be to Thee!

It is also on this feast of Mid-Pentecost that in the gospel reading our Lord says “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment”. We notice that our Lord doesn’t finish that thought by saying “but don’t judge at all…” Rather, He almost invites us to judge others. That is, if we are fit to judge with objectivity.

Blessed Augustine explains this verse:

“Who is he that judges not according to the person? He that loves equally. Equal love causes  that persons be not accepted. It is not when we honor men  in diverse measure according to their degrees that we ought to fear lest we are accepting persons. For where we judge between two, and at times between relations, sometimes it happens that judgment  has to be made between father and son; the father complains of a bad son, or the son complains of a harsh father; we regard the honor which is due to the father from the son; we do not make the son equal to the father in honor, but we give him preference if he has a good cause: let us regard the son on an equality with the father in the truth, and thus shall we bestow the honor  due, so that equity destroy not merit. Thus we profit by the words of the Lord, and that we may profit, we are assisted by His grace.”

Natural Disaster or Nature’s Wrath

While Iranians say that the Eyjafjallajokull eruption was not only God’s doing but a suggestion is made “that the problems created by the volcano are akin to God’s own sanction against EU countries”, one Iranian cleric, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedigi, gave a more scientific explanation on why earthquakes occur:

“Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes…”.

Actually, as women took to the streets baring their breasts in protest of the above claim the earth shook in Taiwan (photo above). Was the cleric on to something? You be the judge.

In the meantime, you can read about both stories here: