Although it hasn’t been verified, the oldest living man may be 123-year-old Swami Sivananda. The Hindu monk was changing planes in Abu Dhabi when airport staff checked his passport that claimed he was born on August 8, 1896.
Sivananda, who was born in Behala, India, has tried for three years to get the Guinness Book of World Records to verify his age but with both of his parents dying when he was 6-years-old, he was taken to a spiritual guru and the only record of his birth is a temple register.
Sivananda doesn’t look 123, something he credits by living a “simple and disciplined” life. Yoga, celibacy and simple food are a way of life for Sivananda.
“One can conquer anything with discipline in food habits, exercise, and sexual desires,” says Sivananda. The oldest person on record currently is Kane Tanaka, of Japan, who is 116-years-old.
If you could live for as long as you wanted, how long would you want to live?