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Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youthby Peter Kelder
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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 Kites of Rejuvenation or the Five Rites, these once secret exercises are now available to Westerners in "Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth".
The book begins with Kelder's own discovery of the rites by way of Colonel Bradford, a mysterious retired British army officer who learned of them while journeying high up in the Himalayas. It then offers practical instructions for each of the five rites, which resemble yoga postures. Taking just minutes to perform, these exercises have benefited daily practitioners with various health improvements, such as increased energy, weight loss, better memory, new hair growth, pain relief, and just feeling younger.
Originally introduced to the rites in the 1930s, Kelder published his work in 1985 with Harbor Press in Gig Harbor, Washington. The response that has greeted this work throughout the world can only be described as phenomenal. With only word of mouth to fuel its momentum, "Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth" has gone on to sell over 700,000 copies in the United States — most copies being sold via mail order — with an additional one million copies sold overseas. This 1998 edition adds a foreword by bestselling author Bernie Siegel and restores the final "missing chapter".
It's the late 1920s in colonial India. Driven by a seemingly irrational wish, an aging British Army officer embarks upon an adventure of discovery that leads to forbidden Tibet - an ancient land obscured by centuries of isolation; a land of wonder, where miraculous feats are a part of everyday life. There, in the shadows of the earth's tallest mountains, he stumbles on the hidden Shangri-La, a mysterious place without time where people age but somehow never grow old. So begins Peter Kelder's chronicle of Colonel Bradford, whose extraordinary adventure brings him back to the West years later at age 73, looking and acting like a man of 45! How did he accomplish this remarkable feat of rejuvenation? The secret, says Bradford, is a series of five ancient Tibetan exercises, which anyone can perform in a matter of minutes. These simple exercises - which he calls the Five Rites - restore youthful health and vitality by balancing and harmonizing invisible energy vortexes within the body. Originally written in the 1930s, Kelder's book was revived in 1985. Helped only by word-of-mouth, it soared in popularity, quickly becoming a number one international bestseller. This expanded and updated edition restores the book's final chapter, unseen in more than half a century.
"The Celestine Prophecy" meets Deepak Chopra in this simple yet effective series of exercises handed down from generations of Tibetan monks, designed to benefit daily practitioners with various health improvements. "It's easy. It's fast. And it works. I love this program".--John Gray, author of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus". 24 photos. 80 pp. Print ads. Off-the-book-page features. Media publicity. 120,000 print.
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