Swami Sivananda: Oldest Living Man Turns 120

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Swami Sivananda, a Hindu monk and yoga practitioner from India, recently celebrated his 120th birthday. If verified, this would make him the oldest known living person on Earth.


Sivananda was born on August 8, 1896, in Varanasi, India. His longevity has been attributed to his disciplined lifestyle, which includes a simple diet, daily yoga practice, and celibacy.

Verification of Age

Sivananda’s birthdate is supported by a temple register and has been verified by Indian authorities. He is currently in the process of applying to the Guinness World Records for official recognition as the oldest living man.

Legacy and Reflections

Sivananda has witnessed over a century of technological advancements and social change. He emphasizes the importance of contentment and moderation in life, contrasting it with the materialism prevalent in today’s society. He advocates for happiness, health, and peace as the true measures of a meaningful existence.

Comparative Longevity

The current world record holder for oldest living man is Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, who died in 2013 at the age of 114. Sivananda’s longevity, if confirmed, would surpass Kimura’s record.

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Historical Context

The year of Sivananda’s birth, 1896, marked significant historical events:

* The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece.
* Wilfrid Laurier became the seventh Prime Minister of Canada.
* The Röntgen X-ray was discovered, revolutionizing the field of medicine.

Additional Information

Sivananda continues to live independently and travel extensively. He is an inspiration to those seeking a purposeful and long-lasting life.


Swami Sivananda’s extraordinary age and lifestyle challenge common perceptions of aging and longevity. His teachings and example serve as a testament to the transformative power of discipline, contentment, and a deep connection to one’s inner self.

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