The fruitarian diet consists of raw fruit and seeds only and it is more than a nutrition system, it is a life style. Most spiritual seekers are drawn towards vegetarianism or even towards Fruitarianism. The website of the International Fruitarian Organization provides a solid overview of what a fruitarian diet is all about.

After my 10 day detox I tried a strictly fruitarian diet for about a month, but then resorted to the variety of a broad vegetarian diet. While the benefits of a fruitarian diet are eminent, it did not appear to be practical dietary choice for myself  at this time:  I started to feel sluggish after about two weeks as if lacking vital nutrients.

This was one year ago. After this year’s detox I felt different during and after my fast. And having spent some 10 days on a fruitarian diet  I am thriving with vitality. So what has changed from one year ago?

The main difference has been my intensification of Pranayma within my practice of yoga. Effects of Pranayama defy common perception of human physiology. The Sanskrit word ‘Prana’ is a combination of two syllables, ‘pra’ and ‘na’, and denotes constancy, a force in constant motion. Prana is the vital force that sustains not only the body, but creation at every level. The Upanishads relate the following story: One day all the deities that reside in the body – air, fire, water, earth, ether, speech and mind – quarreled about who is superior to all the others. Each claimed ‘I sustain this perishable body’. Prana simply observed the argument and finally declared: ‘Do not delude yourself. It is I, having divided myself into five parts, who supports and sustains this body’. As the other deities did not believe, Prana began to withdraw from the body. At this moment, all the other deities found themselves withdrawing too. As Prana resettled in the body, the deities faund themselves assuming their respective places. Upon this convincing display of superiority, all deities now pay obeisance to Prana.

The science of Pranayama (nyama = to suspend or restrain in Sanskrit) uses the agency of the breath to access the pranic field, to attain balance and control of the mind. The practice of Pranayama involve guiding the respirationbeyond its normal limit, stretching it, speeding it up and slowing it down in order to experience the full range of respiration both the gross and the subtle level.

While  my progress in Pranayama is nowhere near that of  the 82-year-old who claims he has not had any food or drink for 70 years and recently made it into the international press, I can clearly detect a more vivid and balanced life force.  The article in the Telegraph states that ‘Mr Jani, who claims to have left home aged seven and lived as a wandering sadhu or holy man in Rajasthan, is regarded as a ‘breatharian’ who can live on a ‘spiritual life-force’ alone. He believes he is sustained by a goddess who pours an ‘elixir’ through a hole in his palate’.

This may not prove anything. However, from my own experience I can assert that not only food nourishes our body, but that it is a practice like Pranayama, aiming at control of the vital force, that make Fruitarianism a viable dietary choice. Without such a ‘spiritual practice’ and the accompanying gains in concsiousness, follwoing a fruitarian diet may well be beyond the capabilities of the average person aiming at improving general health.