Luckily we have, at least in our hemisphere, more than enough food and the joy of eating can enrich our lives.
So, in order to guard against another common misunderstanding concerning my film I would like to make very clear, that "IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS LIGHT" does NOT encourage you to stop eating, but only desires to question the predominating mechanistic materialistic world view - more on that later.
So this is not a film about eating or not eating. "Light" does not even focus on motivating you to eat less or healthier, because it is already common knowledge that, at least in the western world, we eat too much and too much of the wrong food!
Meanwhile, it is widely accepted by mainstream science, that "calorie restriction" can be an antidote to aging and disease. With the vast amounts of food eaten in our developed societies, we mainly feed our "emotional body" and, at the same time, harm our physical body and our environment.
|A long-term study at the University of Wisconsin showed that |
"calorie restriction" makes monkeys healthier.
"Living on light" is not a sport or a discipline to satisfy spiritual ambition. If you force it, it can harm your body and your soul as the Indian Yoga teacher Pantanjali wrote thousands of years ago.
In the Yoga Sutras, the "bible" of the yogis, Pantanjali describes the ability to live without eating and drinking as one of the Siddhi, the supernatural powers that can appear through meditation.
But no yogi should enforce the Siddhi. They are seen more as a gift that is nice to have, but not necessary on the spiritual journey. They are a by product. The siddhi can be seductive and even corrupt the soul if the yogi uses them for boosting his ego. So like in other traditions from Christianity to Taoist Kung Fu the ability to survive without eating and drinking is described as an actual existing phenomenon, as a side effect of a certain level of consciousness but not as a goal itself.
Even Hira Ratan Manek, known in the media as being Breatharian, says about his Sungazing-Meditation: "This is not a process to make you eat less or nothing at all...but it can happen as a byproduct."
Eating less or nothing can be a byproduct - but is not a goal as itself for Sungazer Hira Ratan Manek.
|He cannot eat! Yogi Prahalad Jani (right) has allegedly stopped eating and drinking at the age of seven. |
His elder brother (left) states that whenever Jani was force-fed by their mother as a child he had to vomit.
Most "Breatharians" I met never pushed themselves to renounce from eating; some like Yogi Prahlad are not even able to eat anymore. As his brother told me in an interview, Prahlad Jani had to vomit whenever he was forced to eat, since he stopped eating at the age of 7 years.
On the other side, Qigong master Tianying, who lives in a light state of BIGU since 1993, still drinks and enjoys sometimes a few nuts or a fruit once a week, but enjoys the times without eating even more. She says: "People who have never experienced BIGU derive the greatest pleasure from eating. But once they have experienced BIGU, the greatest pleasure comes from BIGU."