Has Anyone Discovered Any History Or Proof Of The Origins of "The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation?" Could it be Fiction?
It is unlikely we will ever find the original developers of The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation. When China invaded Tibet, in the 1950s, they destroyed numerous monasteries, ancient spiritual texts, and sacred images, and with it the chance of discovering the true source of the Rites. Out of 6,259 monasteries and nunneries in the whole of Tibet, only eight remain undestroyed. (Source: Dept of Culture & Religion, Tibetan Government-In-Exile).
However, research continues to be carried out by a number of people using Tibetan & Indian texts, some of which date back 2,500 years. Another researcher, antiquarian book dealer Jerry Watt has focused on tracking down the limited clues contained in the original book Download Here. In particular, those clues that relate to the protagonist in the book 'Colonel Bradford' - and the author Peter Kelder.
The overall feeling of the researchers mentioned above, including myself, is that they are real. The benefits that are described in the book are exactly what people achieve, regardless of whether they know (or believe) the story or not!
I believe there was an original & very knowledgeable teacher who imparted this information to the retired British Army Officer (Colonel Bradford) mentioned in the book. The order of the movements is well-sequenced in yogic terms to produce the energizing & mood uplifting effects on the body that they are so well-renowned for. For example, the 1st Rite, the Spin is a 'standing pose' which promotes emotional stability & strength. The 3rd Rite, the Kneeling Backbend elevates mood, reduces depression and anxiety - and the last pose (downward/upward dog) is an inversion which increases energy, engenders equanimity and a sense of well-being. Read More...
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