Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth

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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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Customer Reviews:

  • Seems to be helping with my allergies
    I have been doing these excercises for about 3 months, and I have noticed a distinct improvement in my allergies. Prior to beginning these "rites", I experienced annoying and regular (year round) sneezing and watery eyes. The difference has been staggering; it used to be I couldn't leave the house without antihistimines and half a box of Kleenex, now I very rarely sneeze, never have watery eyes, and can breathe fully, clearly, and comfortably through my nose. I can't think of anything else to attribute these differences to. I know it sounds odd, but the improvements have been tremendous....more info
  • One intense workout!
    This book teaches the same set of five exercizes as discussed in "The Five Tibetans" Christopher S. Kilham.

    I like "The Five Tibetans" slightly better than this book because that book also teaches four forms of meditation to strengthen the mind as well as the body.

    Now to reviewing THIS book.

    This book tells the story of Colonel Bradford a man in his 70s visiting a monastery and learning this exercize regimen.

    Personaly; I believe Colonel Bradford was a literary device in order to tell a story.

    Now the five exercizes described in this book will give you an incredible workout in less than 10 minutes a day.

    Physical exercizes that raises the heart rate will more effecively pump the blood to distribute oxygen and nutrition to your cells, and give you several benefits. A more youthful appearance is only one of the benefits.

    Now these exercizes will NOT make someone in their 80s appear as youthful as someone in their 30s; but is it not uncommon for somone to turn the clock (appearance wise) back 10-20 years.

    Please E-Mail me if you have questions or comments about this review. Two Bears

    Wah doh Ogedoda (We give thanks Great Spirit)...more info

  • Yes, Virginia, there really is a fountain of youth
    If you are doubting the validity of the information in this book, don't.

    I have this latest update as well as a copy of an earlier edition published years ago.

    I began performing the 5 Tibetans, religiously, in 1997. I typically do them first thing in the morning. The entire sequence takes less than 10 minutes. I perform 25 reps rather than the recommended 21 reps.

    The Rites aka The 5 Tibetans are thoroughly explained and demonstrated in the text. I recall the very first time I tried spinning, I made it about 3 turns then lay down on the bed and nearly hurled. My head was spinning and I felt nauseous.

    I'm extremely happy that I stuck with it. In fact, I have a large library on many topics, including health. For what I've gotten out of it, this book is as important as any that I own.

    You don't need to start doing the 5 Rites until you're 35. But when you hit 35, get this book and get started. You will be happy you did. The daily investment of a few minutes is nothing compared to the medical bills and pain and suffering you'll prevent.

    I 'm reticent to even include this note, since it's pretty amazing. But, this is about the Fountain of Youth, so it's more than apropos. I'm going to turn 50 this year, but my metabolic rate is the same as a typical 14-year old.

    I do other things to take care of myself. But the Rites are at the top. Yes, it really does work. ...more info
  • 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..I don't look any younger than other people my age.. Not really motivating to keep on practicing the 5 rites...
    How come the seem to work miracles for others but dont produce any results for me??????????...more info
  • Doing great,,,,,,but here's a warning
    I have posted other reviews about this book but here is a warning. Several times during the past several months I have slacked off and stopped doing the rites. And here is what happened.
    After several weeks I noticed that my eyes are starting to age. They started to go back to the state they should be in as if I had never done the rites. Hollows under the eyes, dark rings, and my skin started to look old, the crease came back on both sides of my mouth, and I started to gain wieght again, while my skin started to dry out and my knee started to hurt again.
    Pretty shocking and eye opening. I guess the way to test if this book really works after you have been doing it for a few months is just simply stop. You will revert back to the age you are supposed to be. Anyway, that jolted me sufficiently to start up the rites again and within a weeks time upon looking in the mirror I noticed things going the other way again. The eyes were looking way better as the hollows under them began to vanish, my skin started getting oily again, and the knee started feeling way better. I know from experience when I do the rites for several months, that is when people start making comments that I am looking way younger. Let me give you an example. I am friends with another guy who is my age (34) and he looks like he is 40. When I saw him a few months ago I had been doing the rites for about 3-4 months straight. He was stunned and said that I look 5 years younger than the last time I saw him and he was shaking his head incrediously. At the same time he appeared a little jealous. So we went out to the dance clubs downstown Chicago (actually the clubs name was Crowbar) where the average age appears to be 22-23 years of age, plenty of young attractive women. I had a two women actually hit on me! One was bumping me repeatedly dancing next to me and then tapped me on the shoulder and said "If I fall, will you catch me?" Well my friend later on was jealous and commented that I didnt look that much older than most of the people here in the club.
    The point is you have to stick with it and maintain....more info
  • Undeniably Great Excersizes
    I am a 17 year old male, and I first heard about these excersizes very briefly about a year ago. I only wish I would have started practicing them then. Being 17, I didn't really have any specific health problems other than a back that is slightly sore after any activity. But I didn't really feel all that healthy, I was tired a lot and really didn't enjoy physical activity too much.
    Today will be my 6th day of practicing the rites and I feel better than I ever have. My energy has doubled, I enjoy moving around because I feel so energetic. My back is getting better, with my posture getting straighter without me even trying......more info
  • Lay your skepticism aside
    January 27, 2001 I first heard about The Ancient Secret Of The Fountain Of Youth in 1997. I found a copy of the book at a friend's home later that year. After reading it I was skeptical but I decided to give it a try. I committed to doing the exercize for three months,hoping that would be long enough to feel any benefits. Within a few weeks I felt an increase in my energy. If I didn't do the five rites for a few days I could feel the difference. I am now 47 and I've been doing the rites for three years.It's the only exercise that I've ever done consistently. My energy level is better now than five years ago. I have good flexibility and I seldom feel any soreness no matter what physical activity I engage in. I've had back problems in the past but not anymore. Most people think I'm in my early thirties. I do the rites every morning before breakfast. I may skip a day once every two weeks. I don't know how but it works! My advice is this: Lay your skepticism aside and try it for two or three months,you'll be pleasantly surprised....more info
  • Easy Read...Great Program
    I read this book, based on it being recommended by a fried. have personally purchased and given away ten copies. Is an easy to follow program for relaxation and flexibility....more info
  • 5 Rites
    I've been doing these exercises over 6 years now. They are challenging to do, but I have been flexible with the number of reps. I always do 21 spins, and do as little as 3 of the others. I can't say for sure what they've done for me, since there is so much else I do that affects me, but my health is very good for 30 years old, and although I always used to look old for my age, the tables have been turning--I'm starting to look younger than my age. If you do the 21 reps of exercises 2 and 5, it is helpful to stretch your back because these two can add a lot of tension and make you pretty sore. I do believe in these exercises, and vanity must be a good motivator because I have done no other routine as faithfully as the 5 rites in my lifetime. Try it out and see what happens. At the very least you'll get some good exercise....more info
  • It's interesting that's for sure!
    This book introduces you to the Tibetan rites of Rejuvenation! It's a series of odd exercises developed in the monasteries of Tibet. It claims to increase energy, help with memory, weight loss, and even help you look younger.

    These excises are fairly simple for a healthy person to do, and I would imagine very difficult for people with various disabilities. I've done them on and off for several years. They do seem to boost your energy. It's a fun book....more info
  • Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth
    I LOVE this book. Found it by accident back in 2000 and started doing the exercises daily. What happened next was quite interesting -- I started having some very spiritual and mystical experiences. Suddenly many coincidences and positive meetings with people who were extremely helpful. This was more than youth-inducing exercise! Besides feeling wonderful, I've become a stronger more compassionate person. I continue to do the exercises daily and know they make a difference. Just last week someone told me I looked like a teenager. As someone well over 45, that comes as a huge compliment. I think it's more than a visual - it's a glow and I am blessed to have found this book. ...more info
  • good enough to be true
    I have been practicing these exercises regularly for about six months now and I am more than happy with the results.
    I had recurring symptoms of stiff neck with excruciating pain that prevented me from sleeping at nights. After looking at x rays, a doctor had told me that I needed physical therapy. Just by chance I bought a copy of this book and started doing the exercises. It may sound incredible but the pain and the stiffness started to disappear after the first day. The symptoms were totally gone after a week. I have been OK for months and I haven't had physical therapy either.

    The exercises all seem very easy, but actually there are different little details about breathing and flexing the muscles, which totally change the way you do the exercises and the way you feel afterwards. I read the book again yesterday and I realized that I had neglected flexing my muscles twice (once when you are close to the ground and once more when your body is in V shape) while doing the last rite. I did the rite by flexing the muscles this morning, and now I feel like I have had strenuous physical exercise.

    It took me six months to do the recommended 21 repetitions (although I am 38 & healthy). The colonel says he does the exercises once in the morning and once at night, which, to me, seems impossible to do at the moment. I still have problems with rotation.

    Oh, I have not lost any weight although I wanted to(I gained about 8 pounds, and I still have gray hairs growing on my head as usual.

    Anyways, I would recommend this book to everybody.

    ...more info
  • This book saved my life
    After my Father passed away I was looking through his books. Amoung them I found The Ancient Secret. I was curious so I tried it. I just did three of each of the rites for a long time. That takes maybe about five minutes. Each time I would do them I would notice a sense of well being that was not present otherwise. I had had cancer for a while, so that sense of well being was very important. After increasing them to 21 I haven't been sick except for two times when I stopped doing them for a while. Both times the changes in my health were dramatic and life threatening. I love doing them so it is a real pleasure to save my life by practicing the five rites. They are not like other excercises that make you tired. These simple excercises give me energy from the moment that I begin to do them....more info
  • I look better, but is it because of the book?
    I bought this book because of the reviews. I've been doing the rites now for 6 weeks and only increasing by 1 repetition a week so I'm up to 9 now. I'm on a self-improvement regimen anyway so I added this as the reviews were fantastic and figured it couldn't hurt. I'm a lot more flexible and can move around a lot easier than before. I also feel happier. I've lost some weight (been dieting though) and I look a lot better if my friends are to be believed. I think I look a little younger, and a man (in his early 40's) who asked me out would not believe I was 51. Maybe it's just a combination of diet, exercise and skin creams, I don't know, it's probably too soon to tell, but I know I feel and look better than I have in years. I've been on self-improvement programs before and not derived as much benefit as from this time, so maybe the 5 rites are really what they're cracked up to be. I do have some gray hair that I dye, and I'm waiting to see if it starts to go away like other people have said. That would be the proof for me as gray hair doesn't respond to diet and exercise! I'll post again in a few months. I recommend this book if for nothing else than to get you to limber up......more info
  • The Five Rites for two and a half Years
    I live in Newcastle NSW AUSTRALIA and I would like to actual meet people who practise the RITES. ... I have been doing the 5 Rites for three and a half years. I do them 21 to 22 times EACH Morning and only miss out two or three days in a year. I find practising the Rites very strenuous and realy don not like doing them day after day after day. But, I do not want to stop because I feel so much fitter and youner.I think I am still as fit as I was before I turned fifty. I look at least fifteen years younger! And feel heaps younger. I am also much more flexible. So I put up with the discomfort and boredom for 15 to 20 minutes and practise them EVERY day, mostly 22 times and the last Rite 26 times.I have rated it four stars because the story sounds a little like fiction, but if it was to be rated on the valuable information to stay fit for life, the ratings would go up and of the scale. After about three years my hair has turned darker and is greyish/brown.Good luck, ......more info
  • My most borrowed, and least returned book.
    Word of advice, if you buy this book (and I recommend that you do), dont ever loan it'll never see it again.

    A friend of mine turned me onto this book about 20 years ago. Yeah, you heard me, twenty years ago. So why am I just now writing a 5 star review? Cause I forgot to, thats why.

    Anyway, I have used these exercises off and on for the past 20 years with great effectiveness when I was disciplined to keep up a routine. The 5 movements prescribed are easy to do, and the 21 reps you may read about only take about 10 minutes to perform once you become proficient. There is a #6 but unless you're ready to give up sex for extended periods then we'll just focus on #1-5.

    At 53, most people guess I'm about 40 or younger. I stopped exercising altogether about 3 years ago, but after going through a fairly traumatic and depressive period, dusted off this magical book and started doing the "rites" again about 3 weeks ago. You know, I am still amazed at the energy charge I get from doing this routine, and after 3 weeks I'm all the way up to the full 21 reps on all movements. Anyway, like I said, if you are disciplined enough to do these exercises everyday, then you will see and begin to feel results in short order....most likely 1-2 weeks.

    The information contained in this book may not be a secret anymore, but none of it was well publicized 20 years ago. The "rites" described in the book work, and you get a big plus in the rather entertaining adventure the book is based on. Buy it, just dont loan it out. 5 Dervishes...more info
  • Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth: Book 1
    Anyone who has wondered about the secrets of youth should do well by reading this book and focusing on a new reality inside the human body: the power of our vital glands. In the East, these are called "chakras" and they are thought to be energy-producing and energy-absorbing centers. The story, the exercises, the advice, and the claims posted by many people on the strength of tangible results, should not be overlooked. Simplicity here, is the key to an awesome power which lies within ourselves....more info
  • New update on rites
    New things have been happening since my last review. I have a goatee that was going grey on the sides. Upon just casually looking at myself in the mirror, It looked way darker. When I seriously paid attention to my goatee and looked in close, I see that the hairs are growing in brown and black, and the grey is dissapearing!! My face over the last several months is taking on a pink youthful color, a glow as it were like someone in thier 20's. My face used to be pasty white. The grey hairs on my head are growing in brown at the roots. My knees were a big issue. During the last several years, my knees have begun to hurt. Hurt when going down the stairs, hurt walking, hurt going up stairs. Now, I have no pain in my knees, like when I was younger. I can climb up and down stairs with no pain. The grey hairs on my chest are turning dark again at the roots. I also feel like I have a boatload of energy now. The wrinkles on my neck are dissapearing, as well as those on my wrists. This book is amazing. However, I am doing the sixth rite, unlike most of the reviewers here on this page. And I am sticking with it. Every day. Most people find that they cant stick with these rites, due to the fact that it is a pain to do them daily. If you have the motivation, you can stay young....more info
  • 5 RitesThe 5 Rites
    I have been doing the 5 Rites for several months. I have lost 40 pounds, and without my fishing, people have told me I look great. One friend told me that I look like I did 15 years ago. Six months ago I could hardly walk without pain, and used a cane for support. I now walk energetically, without pain, and without the cane support. I recommend the 5 Rites to everyone....more info
  • Ok, I have to weigh in on this topic now...
    ...I have seen the recent negative reviews where people have performed the Five Rites as explained in the book, 21 reps a day, and have experienced NO results. I find that unbelievable. My only question would be "how" are they doing the Five Rites? The author/Col. Bradford is adamant about doing the rites completely "to form" and adhering to every aspect as written in the book.

    There is breathing to attend to; physical form with the actual rites movements; and ensuring that the head does indeed go back and forth correctly with each exercise, among many others. It would be my suggestion to those folks who have experienced nothing so far, that they look into "how" they are actually performing the rites.

    I say this because, after five months of doing the five rites (and I am only able to do up to 10 reps of each so far, they are so intense to do!), I have lost 20 POUNDS, and my energy and fitness level has NEVER BEEN BETTER! I have tried many, many exercise routines and eating programs, but I will be doing the five rites for LIFE! I wish I DID have a "before and after" picture for those who are skeptical! All I can say is that I am constantly having co-workers ask me what I have been doing lately, because I look so much better! I also have not been sick since I started the Five Rites.

    This way of living involves so much more than just balances all of your internal systems (hormonal, metabollic, etc.), that is how it works so completely. I had female hormone problems prior to doing the Five Rites, and now I have NO problems in that area (and I am in the middle of peri-menopause).

    Well, I just had to provide my two cents, and to say that this WOL (way of living) is superb, and very satisfying. I feel fit from the inside out, and that is how it should be! Thanks for listening.
    ...more info
  • Good Beginning but there is more
    This book is a good beginning to eternal youth, to gain true immortality you need to do other things. This book will give you some self-discipline which most people sorely lack. Most important tho seldom mentioned in reviews is the step on abstinence from sex. This falls in line with the teachings of the book- The Resurrected Dead Now Immortal Live Among Us; A Manual for Immortality- which says that to gain true physical immortality you have to let go of lust and sex. The Fountain of Youth book makes a good companion to the other book and I recommend Fountain of Youth for anyone seeking to gain longevity which is needed in order to gain immortality. The Fountain of Youth book has been around since the 1980's and I am glad it is finally getting good recognition. Perhaps we are now catching up to what many spiritual adepts have known for centuries....more info
  • Impressions from a health practioner!
    I purchased this book and began the exercises about four weeks ago. I am up to twelve repetition on each of the five rites.
    I am overweight but otherwise in good health. I work out with weights and do aerobics and stretches at least three to four days a week and have done so for years. I was a bit skeptical about the claims made in this little book,
    but a few days after I started to do the rites I noted that my urine turned very dark and smelled bad. I noticed a burning sensation with each urination. I had not finished reading the entire book and did not relate these symptoms to the exercises. Then much to my surprise when I read the last section of the book it stated that these symptoms can occur as the body detoxifies. I was astonished. I feel a little light headed at times from the spinning so I'm going to slow the rate that I spin around down for a time. I do feel like I am already sleeping better and have increased energy levels as evidenced by the increase in my daily productivity both at home and the clinic. I am excited to see what will happen in two or three months from now. I do not know much about yoga or Indian healing arts, but I certainly feel I on to something. I will keep you updated. Tano E. Welch D.C....more info
  • Fountain of Youth
    I currently do exercises and people think I am 20 years younger than my age. This book's exercises will be an addition to my current program of stretching and yoga. I highly recommend this book to anyone who will faithfully do the few exercises in the book - the results will become your reality. ...more info
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry David Thoreau taught similar technique.
    This book introduces, in fascinating story format, the idea of Sex Transmutation (a very powerful but seldom discussed health principle).

    The physical exercises (rites 1-5) do much; but, the most powerful effect of the first 5 rites is to increase the Sex Energy and so increase the energy transumted by the final technique "rite number six." Here's a quote from the book...

    "Please understand that in order to perform rite number six, it is absolutely necessary that an individual have active sexual urge. He or she could not possibly transmute reproductive energy if there were little or nothing to trnasmute. It is absolutely impossible for a person who has lost sexual urge to perform this rite. He or she should not even attempt it, because it would only lead to discouragement, and more harm than good. Instead, such an individual, regardless of age, should first practice the other five rites until they regain an normal sexual urge. When this is achieved, he or she may then go into the business of being a superman or superwoman."

    For more practical techniques about how to transmute sexual energy, I recommend Thoreau's "Walden"... the chapter on higher laws where he describes sex transmutation as the beginning of genius.

    Also, Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich," chapter 10 "The Mystery of Sex Transmutation." Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks (translation available here on Amazon) mentions the technique without elaborating on how to apply it. Freud discusses the techniue as part of the reason for da Vinci's genius.

    Read "Anytime...for as Long as You Want: Strength, Genius, Libido, & Erection by Integrative Sex Transmutation" for practical advice about how to pull these classic thinkers together with a practical plan that includes the latest in modern medicine.

    ...more info
  • This book is a god-send.
    I think it more or less goes without saying that this book is incredible, all you have to do is read a couple of the reviews and I think you can see that it really is what it is cracked up to be. I knew that it was real from the very first time I did the rites. The amazing inner energy and feelings that I experienced were enough to turn me into a believer and shortly afterwards into a fanatic. Everything that has been said, I can vouch for, and say that I have either experienced, or, I am very sincerely, and eagerly, anticipating to experience soon. Oh yes, no is a great book!!! I just want to add one or two things that may be helpful to anybody trying them out. When I started doing them, every couple of weeks I would throw my neck out so bad that I had to go to the chiropractor, and it was so painful and debilitating, that at times I could not move at all, I imagined that I had broken my neck, and at times, felt like I would die! It was unbelievable. Anyways, I could tell more about that, but to make a long story short, I found that it was this new energy that was beginning to travel up my spine that had caused all these disturbing things, and, after about four starts and stops now, it has all finally sorted itself out, and I know that this energy is from god, and that I was just being tested in my sincerity of wanting to follow him! I am now up to doing them 17x each day, and, I feel it is a miracle that I am able to do them. I did not think I would ever be able to. I feel better now than I have ever felt before in my life, that is all I am going to say! If anyone has problems with anything when you are doing these rites..."believe, and it shall be made right!" Also, do not do them so intensely, be kind to your body, and do not push any of the arching movements at will be o.k.! I am indebted to Amazon, for this reviewer's section, because I got a lot of encouragement from reading about other people's experiences...This is more than just a book, dudes, it is really a gift from god!...more info
  • Wonderful read-practice
    The practice of the rites was recommended to me by a very dear friend who offered to loan me their book... Glad I immediately ordered mine! The practice of the rites is something I am working up to, as I am VERY out of shape, but I am confident that I will be able to perform them, and I am already seeing benefit, after 1 month. I also recommend the second book, which I ordered at the same time....more info
  • A comment
    When I read this book it triggered my memory; about 3 0r 4 decades ago I came across a similar book with a similar title. I remember that it was dated 1946. The date was easy to remember because that was the year I returned to civilian life.

    The statement that Colonel Bradford travelled to Tibet in the 1930s is probably correct. After September 1939 Colonel Bradford would have been returned to active duty: and after 1946 with the partition of India it would have been impossible to make this kind of trip.

    With the rank of Colonel and knowledge of languages, Colonel Bradford could have been in British Army Intelligence. On the other hand the Germans made 2 scientific trips to Tibet in the 1930s. Educated Europeans tend know many languages, so Colonel Bradford may have been a German officer.

    If anyone has any information on Colonel Bradford please post it.

    The exercises look very interesting. They seem similar to some of the physical therapy exercises that I do. I am modifying my schedule to include these.

    ...more info
  • Some gems amidst the baubles
    Favorite quote of the book: (page 24) "Each one of us who strives to raise his or her consciousness to higher levels helps to elevate the consciousness of mankind as a whole."

    Book motivation: Judging from the appeals in the back of the book, the motivation of this book seems to be to heighten interest in the Tibetan cause in this Western world. Tibetans suffered unimaginably during the Chinese takeover. A secondary motivation might be to introduce and embody Eastern concepts in an enticing Western packaging. This book may certainly be responsible for people delving further into Hatha Yoga, Tibetan Yoga styles, and Sufism, although it doesn't overtly push this agenda.

    Book Format: Uses an easy to follow story to keep attention and introduce the exercises. The book employs several methods of propaganda. First there is the title 'Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth'. There is the Colonel, an undisclosed individual, who quested after this secret knowledge in Tibet and returned to yield his very hard-won and incredibly valuable knowledge to his friends. There is the 'lost chapter." There are the testimonials, which are many and various, and located at the book beginning to heighten your expectations and whet your appetite (6+% of the book is relegated to testimonials). There is an introduction by a doctor. There are claims of a much earlier printing. These and other literary devices make it an interesting read.

    Story Line Shortcomings: Sounds like fantasy. First there is the 'alias' of the Colonel, a thoroughly unprovable entity . Next, the out of place body mirror in the monastery. Next, although this monastery is almost impossible to find, while there, the Colonel runs into two Western men, one being a bio-chemist. Next, instead of delineating the Tibetan diet and leaving it at that, he adulterates the book with many of his own opinions concerning a proper diet and forwards them as facts. Apparently the Lama's pure dietary advice is not good enough for 'Mr. Kelder.' For instance 'Mr. Kelder' advocates drinking your coffee black if drinking it diluted with milk or cream bothers you. You are also recommended to drink 12 8oz. glasses of water daily. Whew! Next, there is the proffered 'fact' that to become a superman or superwoman, one must necessarily become celibate. If you are not getting younger then maybe there are certain activities you need to quit, otherwise expect less results.

    Technical Shortcomings: The book does not overtly spur its readers on to learning more about increasing health using additional asanas and other practices in Yoga, and thus lacks as a primer. There is also his identification of the 'subconscious' with a 'super-conscious', although this might not bother but the most discerning readers. Then there are the Dervishes. They do spin both ways, but in 'Mr. Kelder's' book you must only spin clockwise. This point is even punched up by 'doctor' in the appendix. Are doctors experts on whirling directions? Dervishes spin clockwise to increase their outward flow and create yang. They spin counterclockwise to heighten their inner channeling and yin. An Arabic poet, Rumi, started the divine practice of whirling.

    Belying statements to the programs efficacy: (page 72-73) " achieve this kind of miracle, you must first desire to do so. Then you must accept the idea that it certain you will. As long as the goal of growing younger is an impossible dream to you, it will remain just that." (So, if you find yourself getting older while doing these 'rites,' maybe you just missed the fundamental first step of believing, without a doubt, that they will work). (page 82) "The rewards you want should always be expressed in terms of feelings." (not observable results). (page 80) " create and shape your life with your thoughts.

    Silver Lining: For those of us in reasonable shape, who do not have one of the precluding conditions listed in the books appendix, this may be a good short workout to incorporate into the day. Do them as described, very carefully and slowly in the beginning. Anyone who can charm the idle off of their duffs and into action gets my vote. The introductory discourse on mantra/mantrum is probably one of the better aspects of this book. You can read this book in under three hours if you bypass the testimonials.
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  • A Very Good Start
    There exactly two good things about this book.

    1. The first part of it is written in a adventure type storey book fashion that will get interested and excited to do the exercises.

    2. For the subject matter it claims to cover it is complete within it's small range.

    The truth is there is quite a bit more to Hatha Yoga and Sufism and Tibetian Yoga and some of the other arts this book is based on, but it gives what it claims which are 5 Rites or Body Positions that are designed to keep your body healthy and energetic long after the normal time period.

    Probably the best part of this book is that it, for some, will peak your interest to looking into books that detail the arts this book is based and thus expanding your knowledge and reaping the many subsequent rewards.

    For any beginnner a must buy!...more info

  • Amazing, but true!
    My wife, Jami and I received The Ancient Secret... from a 70 year old co-worker of mine as a wedding gift. Rae, my 70 year old co-worker, is attractive, vital and always on the go, with an incredibly youthful attitude.
    My wife and I were in pretty good shape at 6'2", 202 lbs and her at 5'8", 137 when we read the book.
    It was an easy read with a story line that kept our interest. We read the book in one reading and began doing the 5 exersises "rites" everyday. It took us 3 weeks to be able to do the 21 reps.
    Now, 90 days later, I've lost 8 lbs and gained muscle tone without lifting weights, and my wife has lost 3 lbs while gaining muscle tone and firming up.
    As a former weight trainer, I highly recommend this book and the 5-rites. They can be done under 15 minutes on the living room floor with no need for any special equipment.
    As for the story reminds me of "Way of the Peaceful Warrior." The truth may really lie in the results you get, once you incorporate it into your daily routine.

    ...more info
  • Definate Results
    My mother bought me this book. I thought the story was sort of ridiculous. It is supposed to be true but seems like a fable to me. Regardless of my opinion I thought the five Yoga Positions were easy enough to try out. So I started one week ago today and have lost six pounds. I definately have more energy also. I have a video also that my mom (thanx mom) gave to me with the book. The video shows you how to do the positions correctly and I wish she would have just given me the video and spared me from having to read the book. Also, I started out at the 21 reps. I do this in the morning and at night! Have Fun!...more info
  • The information contained in this book changed my life.
    I am so grateful to have been told about this book. I tell everyone I know about it. The commitment is so minimal and the reward to so great. ...more info
  • Exercises Beneficial, Metaphysics Ludicrous
    The Fountain of Youth contains five beneficial exercises within the reach of most people. Unfortunately, this material could be reduced to a single web page. The rest of the book is padded with the well worn path of Eastern metaphysics. In other words, the majority is gross superstitions systematized to seduce the ignorant. It contains the standard promises to the gullible which range everywhere from becoming a "Superman" to restoring hair growth. The dietary practices advocated have not only been widely discredited by universities repeatedly, but can actually be harmful.

    Reading this book reminds me of the astonishment of an Indian physician recalling the pilgrimages of the wealthy international celebrities to visit India in the `60s. He stated that the number of people coming to one of the most backward ares of the globe to throw money at the feet of gurus whose malarky was mocked by their own people never ceased to amaze him. The modern Ponce De Leons who follow these "spiritual" practices will find their "ancient wisdom" here the same superstitious garbage it always has been....more info
  • Response to xraylionel about Colonel Bradford

    You may very well be correct in your surmise that Colonel Bradford was an intelligence officer in the British Army. And you are correct about there being a 1946 edition of this book. It was entitled "The Eye of Revelation" and expanded upon the 1939 edition. I found a copy of the 1946 a few years ago and have republished it as a means of perserving the original text (which would be tragic to lose) and to correct the many revisions other editors have introduced in their versions of Kelder's original.

    I theorize that Colonel Bradford may have been Major-General Sir Wilfrid Malleson who was a British intelligence officer. I can't say for certain that Bradford was Malleson, but it is very likely that Colonel Bradford was deeply involved in the "Great Game" in which Great Britain and Russia were striving to bring Tibet under their influence.

    See: THE EYE OF REVELATION: The Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation
    xraylionel's original post:

    When I read this book it triggered my memory; about 3 0r 4 decades ago I came across a similar book with a similar title. I remember that it was dated 1946. The date was easy to remember because that was the year I returned to civilian life.

    The statement that Colonel Bradford travelled to Tibet in the 1930s is probably correct. After September 1939 Colonel Bradford would have been returned to active duty: and after 1946 with the partition of India it would have been impossible to make this kind of trip.

    With the rank of Colonel and knowledge of languages, Colonel Bradford could have been in British Army Intelligence. On the other hand the Germans made 2 scientific trips to Tibet in the 1930s. Educated Europeans tend know many languages, so Colonel Bradford may have been a German officer.

    If anyone has any information on Colonel Bradford please post it.

    The exercises look very interesting. They seem similar to some of the physical therapy exercises that I do. I am modifying my schedule to include these.

    ...more info
  • Escellent
    In the month that I have been puting the teaching into practice,I have felt better like I haven't felt in eleven years. My weight is going down and my energy is increasing. I am getting a lot of compliments, and someone told me I look more like 31 than 51 which is my real age....more info
  • Enlightening!
    I received this book during a period that I was under stress and performing the exercises really made me feel good! I attest to the power of these simple moves....more info
  • Not Really Secrets - Nothing Unusual
    The book leads you on a bit that the secrect of youth is going to be revealed and really , except for the spinning rite, the others are forms of yoga exercises, stretches or isometrics which you can find in any good yoga exercise book. There is a section on giving up sex and rechanneling that energy, if you want to. The lost chapter is just about making affirmations. The spinning is the only thing fairly different (Tibetan Whirling Dervishes), although I have done it in a yoga class. Since the rites/exercises are easy, I plan to do them, just in case the combination just happens to be the fountain of youth. The book's value is that it is small, though wordy at times, and it puts together a program you can do easily and quickly and will be of some value to your body and mine and which could become a nice habit/ritual to stay with "forever." It could also make an interesting gift. ...more info
  • 5 tibetan rites
    I have been doing yoga for 16 or so years, and have known about the 5 tibetan rites for several years. What I didn't know until I read this book is where this set of exercises came from. This book was easy to read, and to the point of how this set of 5 exercises can help improve your level of fitness and well being. It also gave me incentive as to how beneficial adding this routine to your yoga daily practice can be....more info
  • Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth
    Excellent, SIMPLE, yoga exercises used by a person in incredible back pain
    and he reserected himself. My wife and I asked how.
    This was his answer....more info
  • Interesting but is this REALLY what you want?
    I read this book from cover to cover. I already have a very good understanding of what the seven Chakras are, how they work and the Tibetan philosophy, which is good because the book really doesn't get into that, although I think it should. The philosophy and way of life is more important than the five exercises that are performed daily. It is drastically different from our Western way of thinking and this book tries desperately to put the Tibetan monks system of beliefs and views into a Western category of thinking, which is WAY off! It is NOTHING like American ideals, philosophies, and way of life and should NEVER be compared to it. It is completely different. That aside, the book does explain each Rite (or exercise) very clearly and in case you are wondering, YES, they do work. They give you more flexibility, they make you feel younger, they have a detoxifying effect on the body and they make you more relaxed. It is basically stretching and improving your circulation, which in essence makes you feel and look younger. ONE THING YOU SHOULD KNOW!! READ THIS CAREFULLY PLEASE. If you want to look as young as the Tibetan monks described in this book you need to be CELIBATE. This is something they don't tell you from the beginning. It is only half way through the book that this little tidbit of information is revealed. I think this should be plastered on the cover!! After all, how many of us are willing to become celibate even for a couple more years of life? Come on now, be truthful! The book even gives you an exercise to release sexual tension. This is what I have to say to that: I would rather die young than live a long, healthy life without sex. That's just my opinion of course, but it just ain't worth it. I'm not a monk and I don't want to be one. My suggestion, if you want to look and feel younger, exercise at least 5 days a week for at least 20 minutes a day, eat right and reduce the amount of meat and unhealthy fat in your diet and if you want to detoxify your system, take a good multi-vitamin twice a week. I'm serious about this. It would work just as well and you won't have to swear off your significant other who may not understand that you are going into celibacy to discover the Tibetan monk's fountain of youth....more info
  • Changes happen slowly yet quickly
    It is hard to see the aging process moving backwards on your own, but other people tell me. I showed a lady my drivers licence as I was showing her the new copyproof features the state has put on it, and she remarked that I was looking way younger than the picture that was on it taken two years ago. Another time me and my brother were at a store a month ago and the sales clerk asked which one of us was older...he was serious, waiting for an answer. I am in my 30s and my brother is 8 years younger than me. Another lady recently told me I looked late 20's. So as these instances start to stack up without me asking or fishing for any of these comments, it causes me to take pause and realize that this book really works. Good luck all....more info
  • Truly life changing!
    I purchased this book over 9 years ago and quickly began doing the rites faithfully. Over the years I have performed them off and on, faltering as my schedule became busy. Now I am back to performing them daily, because over the years I have identified them as the single most important factor that has contributed to maintaining my ideal body weight. During my last spell away from the rites, I gained 30 pounds and felt sluggish all the time. I came across my book and began performing the rites again consistently and I dropped 20 pounds within 6 weeks. After about 6 months of consistent performance, I have lost the entire 30 pounds that I gained and I look and feel great. I am often asked what I have done to lose the weight and I always share this book with anyone who asks. It doesn't happen overnight, but if you perform these rites faithfully, you will see results. The great thing is that even when you have worked up to 21 reps of each rite, they can still be easily performed in under 20 minutes. Added benefits of long term commitment are incredible flexibility, increased energy, and an overall state of wellness. ...more info
  • A Youthful Body is Attainable
    I have ready many books that claim they have the secret to youth and they have all fallen short, until now! The Tibetan Llamas have revealed their well kep secrets and if you would like to know how to appear and feel more youthful, then you definately want to buy this book....more info
  • Hyped
    Peter Kelder never wrote a book called Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth. It's title is The Eye of Revelation and has been published by Borderland Sciences since as early at 1975. These rites are very effective. There has been some recent research into what makes these simple exercises so powerful.
    It is just my opinion, but if you want to stay on track it is best to go with the original publishers on this one and explore how an entire collection of scientific material hangs together. There is a depth to these exercises that can be reached only with a little research....more info
  • A Life Saver for Pain Suffers and Everyone Else
    My cranial sacral therapist had given me xeroxed copies of these particular yoga poses that she felt would help me while I got my body straightened out. She took them from an old book that she had had. I started doing the poses but did not stick to them on a regular basis. However, I was still curious if I could somehow find the book. After a successful search online, I found the book and immediately ordered it. I must say it is fascinating to read how the Colonel explain these five particular Tibetan ancient exercises changed his life and made him look much younger than his age. The Colonel traveled through some forbidden Tibetan territory, enduring mountainous onstacles in search of this ageless monk society. The exercises are simple and do detox your system. You must be cautious and not overdo yourself in the fist couple of weeks. I love this book and will refer many people to it. It sure beats enduring an operation which may or may not cure you. It is simply another part of the growing search for alternative medicine and lfe styles....more info
  • On a roll
    A couple of months ago, I met up with a friend who is quite a physical guy, but in the last 10 years, his age was catching up with him, as is mine, both of us just being over 60. While we were talking, I noticed how lovely and clear his skin was, with a glow to him. When we went outside, I saw he'd lost his bloat. He is a muscular solid guy, but like many of us, he had a fullness around his middle. I tapped him on the belly, and remarked that he'd lost some weight. "Yes" he said, "I've been doing five Tibetan exercises" and said he'd be doing them the rest of his life. Knowing him, I know that he will. So he told me about the book, which I then ordered from Amazon, as well as book 2.
    I've been doing the exercises, or rites going into my 4th week. I feel great. It had been months since I'd been doing a regular workout and I had become rather soft, with a little roll around my waist. Had dimples in my knees and thighs. Being about 10 or so pounds overweight didn't help either. Now I look forward to doing the rites, and am at 11 repetitions. My sugar (cookies) addiction has fallen away as well as dimples. Even my roll has lessened. Actually the rites have spurred me on to do 3 other exercises which I used to do before. One is the Pliaz which is great for circulation and tightening the thighs, plus one for the roll and sometimes squats. Just because I feel like it!
    This is an easy to read book, with pictures of the 5 exercises, with explanations.
    I'm looking forward to increasing vitality and tone, as well as the mental/emotional benefits of feeling great....more info
  • Improve your Health!
    We have used the techniques described in this book for years with good success. It is well written but a warning: exercises might be too difficult for elderly readers....more info
  • I like it...
    I don't know if this program is going to turn me into a 22 year old again, but I find the exercises worth the 5-10 minutes a day to do. They help promote flexibility and strength.

    I know that the 5 Tibetan Rites are supposed to line up my Chakras. I don't know a whole lot about Chakras, but I do know that the 5 movements stressed in this book have been a good addition to my daily physical fitness plan.

    Enjoy....more info
  • Reversing time-just a little
    I found this book to be informative and easy to read. I practiced the exercises in it and have noticed an increase in energy and alertness. Suddenly people are making "you look so young" comments (I'm 60 years old) and my 95% grey hair has actually gotton a bit darker (my hairdresser even commented on it). The book is a quick read and the exercises only take 10 minutes a day. It is well worth it....more info
  • 2nd review of a great book
    I last posted on April 16th and am still doing the rites. I have felt great ever since I started them and will do them the rest of my life if I can. I can feel the difference when I practice them every day and when I haven't done them for a few days, I'm more sluggish. I've found out that when I just do 10 of them I'm able to do them more often. For some reason the idea of doing 21 makes me want to put them off. I've derived great benefit from just doing 10 of them each day. I was wondering if some grey hair would go away. For some reason I thought the gray would diminish uniformly; in some areas it's as gray as before but in other areas it seems to have diminished a lot, it's noticable. When friends remark how much younger and healthier I look I tell them about the rites. Some go and buy the book, others that don't probably don't believe it. They're really missing out, I can't say enough about how much this book has done for me....more info
  • one of the most important books ever written
    If you can get past the completely hokey title and put your skepticism aside, you will find a priceless gem. I have several herniated disks in my back which were causing severe pain. After doing the exercises for ten days, I felt a current of energy move up my spine and I have not had any significant back pain since. In fact, everyone who I have introduced to the exercises reports almost immediate improvement in their health and energy. Just read the other reviews for more confirmation regarding these five exercises.

    If you want the technical (albeit spiritual) explanation, the five exercises clear blockages and regulate the energy flow in the body's energy centers that are commonly referred to as "chakras". While it is true that Western "slash and burn" medicine does not recognize the existence of these energy centers, anyone who has had less than desirable experiences with establishment medicine can testify to the ignorance, incompetence, greed and insensitivity of this profession.

    When you finally get tired of your health problems, lack of energy and premature aging, start doing the exercises regularly without missing a day. I can guarantee you that within a short period of time you will be overwhelmed by the amazing surprise which awaits you....more info

  • Helpful Tibetan Exercise
    If you are thorough, if you are organized, if you are determined, this boook will change you. I am doing these exercises for approx. ten years; and they have blown great activity and health into my life. They are simple, they are easy to follow and not time consuming at all. If followed daily and they can become a habit, since it does not take more than 15-20 min/day, your life changes, you feel energized to start a day. The book is easily absorbed, readable and convincing and worth a try!...more info
  • I'm not old or even middle aged, but here's a report anyway.
    I started doing the rites when I was 28 solely because they're quick and 'easy.' I still feel that repetitive exercise that goes on longer than 15 minutes -- except walking -- is some kind of evil-self torture. I'm 36. Here it goes:

    1. I look the same as my mug in pics taken 8 years ago. Better, actually, because my face has more colour.

    2. I can easily get into the jeans I wore at University -- half my age -- with the wear at the same hole of my belts to prove it.

    3. No grey hair. Not genetics maybe -- my younger brother is half-grey.

    4. I can rarely count past fifteen after I get into bed before I crash out.

    5. Love food when there is some, but feel zero craving for it otherwise. Much the same with sex.

    6. Other people's projections, angst, attempts of manipulation, and 'designer spites' feel as if they pass right through my body, with no 'wall' there to take the hits. They no longer seem 'real' and I can smile/laugh in spite of external circumstances.

    Point 6 brings me to an experience I want to share. Before I began doing the rites, I had been the sort who lived almost entirely in my head. After doing the rites for a few weeks, my head and face felt heavy all the time. I discovered the 'solution' quite by accident. I chanced upon somebody I knew in a pub and I smiled at her. I suddenly felt the said 'heaviness' moved from my eye sockets into my third-eye chakra, then upwards to the top of my head, and dispersed. It felt as if I got connected to the 'dance' of being as it was.

    Wonder why sages advise the thinking/serious type to smile a lot more.

    Let's make constant, sincere smiling the seventh -- if not the most important -- rite!...more info

  • Interesting concept
    I am still reading and learning. I always read through then read in detail the second time. Exercises are difficult but working great! ...more info
  • 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, (...), back aches, fatigue, etc.. - these are typical symptoms of dedydration. As with any exercise program or just living in general, the body needs lots of water - a lot more than we normally think as being OK (other liquids such as juice, soda or tea does not benefit the body like water).

    I strongly recommend "You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty - Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life" written by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. He explains why water is so vital, the benefits and how to do it. Water helps all bodily functions to work more efficiently down to the cellular level. Please note that among water's many benefits is the tendency to slow down and prevent premature aging.

    He also recommends vitamin supplements as well to round out your water regimen.

    So stay hydrated and enjoy your exercise!...more info

  • The Fountain of Youth - Book 1
    This has got to be my favorite book of all time. I have purchased and given away so many of these books as gifts that I have lost count. If you want to live your best healthy, mentally focused, and inner self appreciation, you need to get this book.

    The exercises are easy to learn and will improve any physical problems that create a decline in a health or sexual situation in your life. It is a life style change that, if faithfully used, will keep you in a good place physically, mentally and spiritually for the rest of your days. I recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy way to heal and maintain a healthy life. ...more info
  • A very valuable and enjoyable book
    Thought it was time to give my two cents to Fountain of Youth and the Five Tibetans.

    I've been doing the Five Tibetans, on and off, and out of sequence, for a few months now. I do yoga and dance and spend a lot of time walking my dogs so I only do them when I have the time and energy. I also -shamefully- don't do the correct number of repetitions (I spin 21 times and the others I do as many reps that feel "right"). Still, doing the Tibetans in this unorganized way (which I don't advocate), gives me many positive benefits. I often wonder what would happen if I did them the correct way, regularly and in sequence (as the books teaches) and working up to 21 reps a day. Maybe my near-sightedness would improve! Maybe MIRACLES would happen.

    On the days I do them I simply feel an obvious change in my well-being and energy. One day after doing them, I felt so much more charisma. I was noticed more, it was like I had more "spark". I noticed my posture was taller and stronger. I also often feel a heat in my neck area and down my spine. I figure this is the Chakra energy being opened. I also have noticed that on the days I do them, I don't feel the need for any caffeine to get me going as the rites have already done that. It's really amazing! Today when I did them, it was a cloudy grey day. I didn't sleep very well and did not wake up refreshed but once I got myself to do the Five Tibetans (I didn't FEEL like it when I started, but I did them anyway), not only did I no longer feel sleep deprived, but I actually felt good. I do admit, however, to doing a couple of other Seamm Jasani exercises (see other books recommended) with the Five Tibetans. I have to give credit to where credit it due! This change happened within one half hour of time. These exercises are special.

    I think this is a gem of a book with very valuable information. I also agree (as the books suggests) that a natural foods plant-based diet and food combining is the way to go. All of these ideas are key in your physical well being and happiness. I've been following this kind of diet for years and it has served me well.

    Put the diet together with the Five Tibetans and you get a recipe for exceptional well-being. But don't be like me and do them them everyday, even if it's only a little bit. You are sure to reap rewards.

    I wholeheartedly recommend this book and the ideas within it. So many are suffering ill health before their time. Don't be one of these people! Be different. Do the Five Tibetans. Eat a plant based diet. Don't overeat. Take supplements and you will be the envy of your peers and show others how they can have vibrant health into their golden years, too. Peace.

    ...more info


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