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Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth [Hardcover]

Peter Kelder
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Jan. 20 1998
Legend has it that hidden in the remote reaches of the Himalayan mountains lies a secret that would have saved Ponce de Leon from years of fruitless searching. There, generations of Tibetan monks have passed down a series of exercises with mystical, age-reversing properties. Known as the Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation or the Five Rites, these once-secret exercises are now available to Westerners in Ancient Secret of the Fountain Of Youth. Peter Kelder's book begins with an account of his own introduction to the rites by way of Colonel Bradford, a mysterious retired British army officer who learned of the rites while journeying high up in the Himalayas. Fountain of Youth then offers practical instructions for each of the five rites, which resemble yoga postures. Taking just minutes a day to perform, the benefits for practitioners have included increased energy, weight loss, better memory, new hair growth, pain relief, better digestion, and just feeling younger.

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"It's easy. It's fast. And it works! I love this program." John Gray, Author of Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus "I have done the Five Rites and passed The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth on to many friends over the years. I have recommended them without reservation." Martin Sheen "In this volume, you will be introduced to ideas, techniques, and wisdom that can empower you, enhance your health, increase your joy of living, and cause you to live longer. However, you won't notice that you're living longer. You'll be too busy enjoying life and living it fully." -- Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., from the Foreword "These five simple exercises will make you feel young again." Natural Health --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective Dec 17 2011
By Laura De Giorgio TOP 100 REVIEWER
I got this book after I purchased a similar book from another author and gave it to a friend who decided to keep it. I've read some of the reviews here and see that some people do not like the first exercise - the spinning. It is my favorite. While it does say in this one and other similar books that it is not recommended to go overboard with spinning - there I times I do spin about 99 times three times a day. It's a way of getting naturally high. (On a side not, spinning is my favorite part of salsa dancing).

I also know a woman who has transformed literally in a few months by doing these exercises - and she too, did mostly spinning. Not only did she look younger, but she become way slimmer.

Some reviewers say that this it not a book for beginners - but the exercises (essentially hatha yoga exercises) are very simple and you are meant to do them according to your comfort level, progressing at your own pace, so it doesn't matter how stiff or flexible you are - if you persist with the exercises you are bound to make progress. I'd even call this book "lazy man's book for flexiblity and awakening vital energy" because, after all, it only has five exercises.

There is a sixth "rite", but to the practice of that one, I believe that Taoist books related to the cultivation of sexual energy (e.g. Mantak Chia's) do it much greater justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH IS ALWAYS SHORT, SWEET AND ELEGANT June 9 2003
If there was one book that I would recommend that everyone read, it is this one. This is truly the best book on hands-on spirituality and energetic empowerment that I have ever read-and I have done a lot of reading in this area. What is so beautiful about this book is that there is no "filler", it is just the bare bones truth. It took me just-under two hours to read this book but what a transformative span of time it was.In a few short pages, the book touches upon everything from youth-promoting exercises, to diet to concrete methods for using the power of the mind to create a personal reality imbued with balance and serenity. Buy this book for your friends and family!--they will be eternally grateful, I promise.
Further recommendations:
'The Path' by Esmeralda Arana is also concise and to the point. Provides more detailed instruction vis-a-vis using the mind to create whatever personal reality is desired.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plagerism, incorrect, chakras Nov. 6 2010
The original book on this subject was written by Gnostic Master Samael Aun Weor years before this incorrect text was plagerized into print. First the chakras are incorrect: there are two in the knees which do not appear in Kelder's book. The story of the old Colonel is from another source completely as Samael reveals. The exercises are similar but not exactly as Master Samael has carefully laid them out in his text: The Tibetan Exercises For Rejuvenation. In that Book Samael tells us that he has been to the tibetan temple himself and reveals other important information. Buy the real thing by Samael not this garbage from some one who has copied most of it and has never been to the rejuvenation temple in tibet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fountain of Youth through excercise April 27 2010
The author leads you into a mysterious mind game and then springs on you the idea that you need to exercise. The 5 exercises seem to be based on yoga. I have been doing them for about 4-5 weeks, and they are quite intense, I could see how they could make you lose weight, maybe build up some strength. We will wait and see. The book is interesting in that it tells of a man whom the author hadn't seen for a number of years. When he reappeared he looked about 20-30 years younger and shared the secret of appearance, a trip to see the monks in the hills of a distant country. Of course, he says, it doesn't hurt to eat better, etc.

The digital download has titles on top of some pages that interfere a bit with reading, but all-in-all quite good.

Addenda: I have now tried the excercises for several months and while they are in some ways invigorating, I would not dream of promoting them as a fountain of youth. At least it didn't work for could get quite red in the face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not just body, but lifestyle changes! Sept. 16 2003
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I am 36 years old. I have been doing the five rites for almost two months. This is the second time I have undertaken the rites. The first time was last spring, and I started with too many reps (5-7 in the first week) too fast and became really sick with a terrible wet cough and a killer sinus headache (my first ever) that left me unable to even sit up or tolerate light. I quit the rites at that time and only resumed them several months later. I started out very slowly this time, both because of my last experience and because my body is quite prone to aches and pains (chronic fatigue/fibro). So I did one rep of each exercise for a week and then started increasing the number by one every two weeks. I'm now up to five reps and have noticed quite a few changes in myself. One of the most interesting to me was completely unexpected: I have lost complete interest in watching tv. This is astounding because I am a tv-aholic and have struggled to watch less. Now, I feel indiference to whatever is on. I would rather read or DO something. My energy level is much higher, as well, and I find myself taking on and finishing projects that normally would have languished half-completed. Another interesting change is my posture. I have always had very rounded shoulders (scoliosis, etc.) and without trying to, my posture has become increasingly erect. One cautionary note: the third position (camel--arching backward on knees) had always made me feel somewhat lightheaded. A few weeks ago I actually lost consciousness for a second and hit my nose on the floor! I believe that the vagus nerve (running up the front of the torso) may have been responsible for this reaction (stimulating this nerve causes the heart to slow and blood vessels to dialate: a recipe for fainting). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magic bullet! just do it!!!
My yoga teacher gave a 4 week workshop on the 5 Tibetans. Our class of 20 seniors loved the simplicity,and the story,
also, our teacher is a living example of a devoted... Read more
Published on July 4 2012 by Maili Ambre Davreux
5.0 out of 5 stars Fountain of youth
This book is a very easy read. I recommend reading it twice since you will get additional information the second time. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2011 by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!
My family and I are doing the steps in this book and loving it. I'm glad I found this book, or should I say it found me?
Published on Sept. 28 2009 by Edilberto Azurin
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective, but Largely an Exageration
I do think that the excersices in this book are rather good, and are definitely worth trying out. But to me, I think it is clear that the authors claims are bogus and an immense... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Rodney Ohebsion
2.0 out of 5 stars No results
I wonder were those positives reviews come from...I've practiced the 5 rites for 2 years now 21 times a day, hardly ever skipping a day, but have not noticed any change.. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Carmen
3.0 out of 5 stars One more thing....
I am still considering this book (that's why only 3 stars). I am sure the exercises are beneficial, however, judging from other reviewer's comments on experiencing stress, (... Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Artisan7
2.0 out of 5 stars A marketing trick
I have been practising the five and the additional sixth rite for a year now, performing them at least once a day 21 times and, I have not noticed any change whatsoever. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Fishy
When I find an inconsistency in an instructional work, especially a work intended to improve health, it becomes difficult for me to blindly trust the remaining content. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiction or Non-fiction?
The book offer some great yogo movements that I'm sure can be beneficial, but has anyone applying the program as Mr Kelder outlined ever turned back the clock?
Published on Nov. 7 2003
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