We will lose 2 hours and 50 minutes of life per day for this excess sleep of half an hour. For this reason it is found that people who are not early risers are usually short-lived.
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Don't Waste Your Breath

Excerpt from Yogic Therapy by Swami Shivananda Saraswati

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The Yogins have discovered the explanation as to how we are capable of prolonging life or curtailing it at our will. Although it is not possible to dilate upon this subject in this small article, we will try to throw only a little light upon it.

According to the Yogins, an average healthy person has 15 respirations a minute. This basis gives us 900 respirations per hour and 21600 times in twenty-four hours. Normally our inspirations is 'ten angulies'—i.e. roughly 7 inches long—and aspiration is 'twelve angulies' long—i.e. roughly about 8 inches. During Physical labour the measurement of our breaths is proportionate to the exertion. During a slumber our exhalation becomes 80 'angulies' long. The annual requirement of our breaths has been fixed up in consideration of our exact requirement of physical labour and sleep, which we can easily calculate arithmetically. According to these data our longevity is calculated at a hundred years or more. We can, therefore, live up to a full life of 100 to 125 years, provided we maintain this fixed limit of breathings by limiting our excesses in physical exertions, our lust and anger, our sleep and in our diet and thereby preserve our health intact. But if we lead a life in the reverse order—that is to say, if we exert ourselves to the extreme, transgressing the order of methodical living, become extremely lusty, prolong our sleeping hours, transgress the principle of Balanced Diet to the detriment of our health, the body shall definitely become diseased. All the above delinquencies directly affect systematic breathing—i.e. prolong it abnormally and the inevitable result is the proportionate loss of our 'total span of breath' which we otherwise call our longevity. This fact clearly explains how men waste their lives to court premature death. It is now superfluous to further explain the glaring fact that the abuse or overworking of the 'dynamo' of our life—namely the breathing and circulatory apparatus, is solely responsible for sending our world-famous athletes and wrestlers to the graves long before their fixed hours of life.

We will here try to explain this mystery of 'diminution of life' through breathing. During half an hour we normally exhale 30x15x12=5400 angulies—i.e. 225 cubits, or 337-1/2 feet, which gives an average of 7-1/2 cubits or 11-1/4 feet per minute. We exhale during the same half an hour's sleep 30x15x83=3600 angulies—i.e. 1500 cubits or 2200 feet. If we idly sleep half an hour more than is necessary for maintaining health—which varies according to age—we will lose [(3600-5400)÷(15x12)] angulies=2 hours and 50 minutes of life per day for this excess sleep of half an hour. For this reason it is found that people who are not early risers are usually short-lived. Thus we waste our fixed longevity by favouring excessive sleep and courting disease by our intemperance only. In serious sickness exhalation exceeds even the 80 angulies as in sleep, and the exhalation of the dying person is the longest, which finishes away the residual life-breath very soon.

The above 'law of life' does not, of course, hold good in cases of death by accident, by suicide or in wars, which we have already said. These are however the ultimates of malefactory activity of the individual or society or of nations—what is commonly understood as 'ill-luck' or 'destiny.' We can, therefore, legitimately conclude that every individual has the right to, nay, has the jurisdiction over living up to a full 100 years to 125 years at will.

Since our 'life-span' is diminshed by disease and delinquencies, we can prolong the same inasmuch as we can diminish the length of our breaths by means of some Yogic process. For this reason, the Yogins change their normal length of breaths from 10-12 'angulies' to 9-11 or even to 8-10 'angulies'. Accordingly, the Yogins enjoy life prolongd up to a century or two in proportion to their efforts for diminishing the length of breaths. For this reason, Yogins living 150 years to 200 years are found in India in all the ages.

Because our 'longevity' is fixed by the number of breaths, we can extend or diminish life at our will. It has been explained that our life-span becomes shortened by excesses, disease, over-work, prolonged sleep, etc., which directly make our breaths longer. Again, all the above defects are fundamentally due to an apathy to 'Balanced food' and 'ideal food' [sattvik diet]. The hopeless lovers of excessive proteins and concentrated food-stuff cannot save themselves from sexual abuse and disease. This leads us to the only conclusion that taking of 'Balanced diet' or "Ideal diet' is a means to resist premature death and as such, we have only briefly stated this fact upheld by the Yogins of India.

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