Amazing Story Behind 256 Year-Old Man

Amazing Story

Behind 256

Year-Old Man

Too amazing?

Li Ching-Yun
Photo: Li Ching-Yun. 李清雲 Image from The People’s Republic of China

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Official Media Report of His Death

(Healingtalks) According to the obituaries in both Time Magazine and the New York Times on May 6, 1933 Li Ching-Yun was reported to have buried 23 wives and fostered 180 descendants by the time he died at the age of 256. Was he really that old?  Was he really married every 10 year or so , on average? Could he have forgotten his own birthday or exaggerated his claim wildly?

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Secrets of Li Ching Yun’s Life

“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”
These were the words of advice Li gave to Wu Pei-fu, the warlord, who took Li into his house to learn the secret of extremely long life. Li maintained that inward calm and peace of mind were the secrets to incredible longevity. His diet after all, was mainly based on rice and wine.

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From 0 to 256 Years of Age

Unsurprisingly, not much is known about Li Ching-Yun’s early life. He was born in the province of Szechwan in China, where he died. We also know that by his tenth birthday, Ching-Yun was literate and had traveled to Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. Then  for over one hundred years, Li continued selling his own herbs and then subsequently sold herbs collected by others. He also (according to Time) had six-inch long fingernails on his right hand. You might be thinking that he looked decrepit, shriveled, leather-like and creepy, however sources at the time were astonished at his youthfulness. Was this suspect? Was Li Ching-Yun as old as he claimed he was, or was his birthday a clerical error or exaggeration?

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Nine Lives of Li Ching-Yun

By his own admission he was born in 1736 and had lived 197 years. However, in 1930, Wu Chung-chien, a professor and dean at Minkuo University found records “proving” Li was born in 1677. Records allegedly showed that the Imperial Chinese Government congratulated him on his 150th and 200th Birthdays. So the question is, had he forgotten his own birthday? Was this even the same Li Ching-Yun? Looking at all of this from a medical and documented perspective: Jeanne Louise Calment, a French woman who died in 1997 so far holds the title for the person who has roamed the earth the longest: 122 years and  164 days. That means, that if the records discovered by Wu Chung-chien were accurate, Li Ching-Yun’s age would surpass the official record by more than 130 years.

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Li Ching-Yun’s Exercises

One of his disciples, the Taijiquan Master Da Liu told of Master Li’s story: at 130 years old Master Li encountered an older hermit, over 500 years old, in the mountains who taught him Baguazhang and a set of Qigong with breathing instructions, movements training coordinated with specific sounds, and dietary recommendations. Da Liu reports that his master said that his longevity “is due to the fact that I performed the exercises every day – regularly, correctly, and with sincerity – for 120 years.”

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Keeping Emptyness

The Taoist Master Liu Pai Lin (劉百齡), who lived in São Paulo, Brazil from 1975 until 2000, had in his classroom another photograph of Master Li Ching Yuen unknown to the West. In this photo his face is clearly visible, as are his long and curled fingernails.[10] Master Liu had met him personally in China, and considered him as one of his Masters. He used to say that Master Li answered to him that the fundamental taoist practice is to learn to keep the “Emptiness” (Wuji). Master Liu’s son, Master Liu Chih Ming, teaches the 12 Silks Qigong in CEMETRAC, as transmitted by Master Li.

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Li Ching-Yun’s Youthful Appearance

Then there is Li’s youthful appearance, noted in a 1928 article from the New York Times. Visually and physically, he appeared to look like a typical 60 year-old. Does this mean he had a superhuman body capable of lasting one quarter of a millennium, or is the story of Li Ching-Yun a hoax, a tall Asian story based on a fabrications and  exaggerations?
Unfortunately, we may never know. You draw your own logical conclusions.

Sources: Wikepedia, Environmental Graffiti

 

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