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The Five Rites are simple range of motion "exercises" which can have astonishing rejuvenation effects.
Actually, the Tibetan Buddhist monks didn't think of them as exercises per se, but rather as rites -- yet
not in the religious sense. You see, these "exercises" were just too easy to be considered exercises.
And you will find this to be true, unless you are really out of shape.
What I am about to tell you is going to sound like "snake oil," but I assure you it is not. Consider what
Rohan from Mumbai, India wrote on Facebook (December 17, 2015):
As someone who is generally skeptical about tall claims, I can attest that these rites are
pure magic. I haven't felt better in years and it's only been 2 months. The list of benefits
are too numerous to mention, but namely massive energy, a sense of spiritual purpose in
life, and a feeling of peace and gratitude.
Actual reported benefits are:
- Increased energy (and this seems to be the number one effect)
- Improved memory and mental clarity
- Hair regrowth (no fooling) and lessening of grey hair (also, no fooling)
- Weight loss (but only in regions where doughnuts are outlawed)
- Vision improvement (been there)
- Increased libido (yup)
- Greater flexibility (true)
- More youthful appearance (check)
- And, truly, many more
A fella by the name of Peter Kelder published a small monograph in 1939 entitled the Eye of
Revelation. It was this book that brought the Rites to the West. He published a revised edition in
1946 which, as far as I'm concerned, is the authoritative edition. It also had new information
pertaining to the Rites.
According to Kelder, it was a British Army officer, a Colonel Bradford, who found a remote monastery
in the Himalayas where the monks lived for more -- and sometimes much more -- than a century. It
was Colonel Bradford who taught the Rites to Kelder who then revealed them to the world.
There were a lot of books and correspondence courses back in the 1930's and 1940's that sold "snake
oil." At first glance, the Eye of Revelation appears to be just one more such offering. If ever there
was a book destined for the dustbin of history, it was a book touting five simple exercises which
rejuvenate. Yet it survived, and now is thriving. There is a simple reason why: the Five Tibetan Rites
of Rejuvenation actually work.
This is not to say that everyone who has ever tried the Rites has gotten results. Some have not.
There could be a number of reasons for this, including incorrect technique, poor diet, excessive
alcohol, etc. I suspect that the major reason is poor technique. The Rites should not be performed as
though you are knocking out a hundred push ups or fifty jumping jacks. The Rites should be done
slowly and deliberately with relaxation pauses between reps -- almost as though you were performing a
rite of some sort.
The 1946 Eye of Revelation