179-year-old man from India reveals the secret of his "immortality"

When you see the delicate Murasi wrapped in his blanket, you would never believe that his frail body hides a phenomenal secret: the former shoemaker from India claims to be 180 years old, which would make him officially the oldest person to have ever lived.

Murasi was born in 1835 — according to records of the time — during the British colonial era. Two centuries and seven generations later, he has outlived his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. That's the tragic downside of "immortality." "Death simply forgot me," said Murasi. "For a long time I've had no more hope that someday I'll be allowed to die. I think I'm immortal." Murasi makes no secret of the reason for his unbelievable longevity: "My trick is to surrender to everything that happens." 

Whether or not Murasi is really 180 is definitely up for debate. But one thing is for sure: he's been around a lot longer than most people could ever hope to live.

If peace and tranquility are really the ingredients for immortality, we can learn a lot from Murasi. But in all seriousness: who wants to live forever?


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