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Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, Book 2


Here is another great source!  Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth: Book 2 is a companion book to Book 1. It provides the complete Fountain of Youth health program, with detailed information on a variety of topics: the history and origins of the Five Rites, valuable insights about how the Rites work, diet suggestions, and easy-to-follow warm-ups, stretches and strengthener exercises (illustrated with fifty black-and-white photographs)!!

My favorite part of the book: “Using Warms-Ups as Alternatives to the Five Rites”. Rather than doing Rite #1, substitute it with the helicopter. Stand with your feel about 12 inches apart. Extend your arms straight out shoulder height with your palms facing down. Then swing your arms to right, letting your right hand slapping your right shoulder. As you swing in the other direction, allow your left hand to slap your left shoulder. As you swing back and forth, allow your torso and legs to follow the movement.

Rather than Rite #2, do the abdominal strengthener. “Recline on the floor with your legs extended, and elevate your head and shoulders by propping yourself up on your elbows. Your forearms should be flat on the floor, palms facing down. Breathe in as you lift both legs about 6 inches off the floor. Keeping your legs as straight as possible, continue to hold them off the floor for 10 to 20 seconds, if you can. While you are holding your legs up, breathe in and out normally. Keep your eyes open, and look at your toes. Breathe out as you lower your legs to a resting position on the floor.”

Rather than Rite #3, do the thigh strengthener. “Stand in front of a wall, facing away from it. Your feet should be about 6 inches apart, and your heels should be 12 to 18 inches from the wall. Without moving your feet, bend slightly at the hips, and lean back until your buttocks rest against the wall. Breathe in. Then breathe out as you slide downward, bending your knees as you go, and keeping your buttocks in contact with the wall. Continue sliding until your thighs are in the horizontal position, just as if you were sitting upright in an invisible chair. Flatten your back against the wall so that your spine contacts the wall, top to bottom. Breathe in and out deeply. Hold this position as long as you can up to 15 seconds. If you’re in the correct posture, your thighs should quiver.”

Rather than Rite #4, do the bridge warm-up. “Lie flat on your back with your arms on the floor, palms facing down. Bending your legs at the knees, plant your feet on the floor near the buttocks. Breathe in as you slowly press your pelvis up a few inches off the floor. Breathe out as you slowly release and lower your pelvis to the original position.”

And rather than Rite #5, do the downward dog. “Get down on the floor on your hands and knees with your hands positioned under your shoulders and your knees positioned under your hips. This is called the table position.” “Curl your toes under, and breathe in as you bend your hips, raising your buttocks so that your body forms an inverted V, just as it is done in Rite Number Five. Your knees will lift up off the floor, your legs will be straight, and your outstretched arms will be a straight line with your back. Hold this position for 15 seconds, breathing slowly and deeply.”


Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth


Legend has it that hidden high up in the remote reaches of the Himalayans one can find the Fountain of Youth–long sought after by Ponce de Leon. There, generations of Tibetan monks have passed down a series of mystical, age-reversing exercises which helped them to live long, vibrant and healthy lives. These exercises are known as the Tibetan Rite of Rejuvenation or the Five Tibetan Rites. Peter Kelder introduces these rites in his book Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, through Colonel Bradford, a retired British army officer who learned the rites during his travels in the Himalayans.

Note: the original 1939 edition ended with Part Four. However 8 years later, the text was revised to include Part five, entitled “Mantram Mind Magic”. No copy of this edition was thought to survive, until one was found among the author’s personal papers in 1994. This edition includes this “lost chapter”. Make sure that you get this edition!

Potential Benefits of the Five Tibetan Rites

Peter Kelder provides many examples of the benefits of the Five Tibetan Rites including looking younger, sleeping more soundly at night, awakening more refreshed and energetic, better memory, improved vision, improved physical strength, endurance and vigor, arthritis relief, improved emotional and mental health, and overall more energy.

How the Five Rites Work                                                                    

The body has 7 energy centers called vortexes. The Hindus called them chakras—they are powerful energy fields. These chakras govern the endocrine system which in turn regulates the body’s functions, including the process of aging. The major chakras are located at 1) the base of the spine, 2) the lower abdomen, 3) the upper abdomen, 4) the center of the chest, 5) the throat, 6) the center of the forehead, between the eyebrows, and 7) the crown of the head.

In a healthy body, each of the chakras revolves at great speed allowing life energy to flow through the endocrine system. But if one or more of the chakras begins to slow down, the flow of energy is inhibited or blocked—this is just another term for aging. Therefore the fastest way of to regain youth and vitality is to start to get these energy centers spinning normally again. This is accomplished through the Five Tibetan Rites.

The Rites

The 5 Rites are described in Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth. Here is a summary:

Rite #1: “Stand with your arms outstretched, palms facing downward, spin around in a clockwise direction.”

Rite #2: “1. Lie flat on your back with your arms by your sides. 2. Bring your chin to your chest. 3. Lift your legs to a vertical  position, keeping your knees straight.”

Rite #3: “1. Kneel on the floor with your body upright. Place your hand against your thighs. 2. Bring your chin to your chest. 3. Arch your spine as you gently move your head backward as far it will go.”

Rite #4: “1. Sit on the floor with your legs outstretched, your feet apart, and your hands on the floor. 2. Bring your chin to your chest. 3. Let your head sink back as far as it will go. 4. Keeping your arms straight and your hands and feet in place, bend your knees and raise the trunk of your body to a horizontal position. Tense your muscles, then relax.”

Rite #5: “1. Support your body in a sagging position with your arms straight, your hands planted on the floor, and your toes curled under. Gently move your head back as far as it will go. 2. Keeping your hands and feet in place, bend at the hips and bring your body into an inverted V position. Bring your chin forward to your chest.”