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Five Tibetan Rites
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The Eye of Revelation by Peter KelderThe Five Tibetan Rites is a system of exercises first publicized by Peter Kelder, an orphan from the Midwestern United States. In his booklet "The Eye of Revelation
", published 1939, Kelder claims to relay the travel stories of a retired British army colonel he met in southern California.
Although the rites are unsupported by Tibetan scholars and religious leaders, some westerners believe it to be a form of yoga similar to the more well-known forms of yoga that originated in India, even though Tibet already has its own traditional yoga with well-known teachers.
Traditional Tibetan yoga emphasizes "a continuous sequence of movement" whereas Indian forms focus on "static positions".
Although the Five Rites are practiced and promoted extensively in Western countries, Tibetan Buddhist and Bon practitioners in Tibet and India opt to engage in the already well-established traditional forms of Tibetan yoga.
The Five Tibetan Rites are also referred to as The Five Rites, The Five Tibetans and The Five Rites of Rejuvenation.
1 The booklet
2 Questionable origins
3 Performing the exercises
3.1 Claimed benefits of performing the rites
5 References supporting the Five Rites
6 References contradicting or unsupportive of the Five Rites
7 External links to The Five Rites
Kelder's booklet states, while stationed in India, British army officer Colonel Bradford (a pseudonym) heard a story about a group of Lamas who had apparently discovered a "Fountain of Youth
". The "wandering natives
", as he called them, told him of old men who inexplicably became healthy, strong and full of "vigor and virility
" after entering a particular lamasery. After retiring, Kelder's Colonel Bradford went on to discover the lamasery and lived with the monks where they taught him five exercises, which they called "Rites
". According to the booklet, the Lamas describe 7 spinning vortices (chakras) within the body. As we grow older, the spin rate of the chakras diminish resulting in "ill-health
". The spin rate of these vortices can be restored resulting in improved health by performing the Five Rites on a daily basis. Bradford was also instructed in how to perform a Sixth Rite (an abdominal breathing exercise), which the Lamas only recommended for those willing to choose a lifestyle of celibacy. Additionally, Bradford reveals information on the importance of what foods one should eat, proper food combinations and the correct method of eating.
There is little historical or cultural evidence to support Kelder's booklet. Most scholars of Tibet and authentic lineage holders state his publications are works of fiction (in the same vein as Lobsang Rampa). Kelder's writing is notably discordant with the five traditional Lamaits schools in many ways, and indeed there is no lineage holder, of either high or lower stature, from any tradition in Tibet, that acknowledges anything to do with The Five Rites.
There are five chakras in Tibetan medicine, not seven chakras.
Tibetan medicine considers health to be a balance of five elements, not the speeding up of seven vortices.
Yoga in Tibet never included whirling.
Buddhist Lamas teach to transcend attachment to the body, including ideas of being young, thin or beautiful. Tibetan master Milarepa taught that illness and signs of aging were a wonderful blessing for cutting though our ego and attachment.Authentic Tibetan yoga includes over a 100 movements and involves a variety of exercises.Tibetan yoga also includes several breathing practices, hundreds of complex visualisations and many meditation practices that a practitioner will take years to perfect under strict guidance from their personal Lama.An authentic Tibetan practitioner will always reveal the name and lineage of their teacher, usually accompanied by long dedicational verses. Similarly, authentic practitioners of any Tibetan system will make frequent citation and indeed veneration of any practice from an authentic ancient text. Generally said, any authentic Tibetan practice will have numerous references to lineage and provenance, and will contain countless safeguards against invasive foreign interpolations.Tibetan monks did not teach secret yoga practices or share anything but minor spiritual practices with Westerners or laypersons generally in 1939.Chris Kilham, whose 1994 book 'The Five Tibetans' resparked the 'The Five Rites' current popularity says, "Perhaps they come from Nepal or northern India...As the story has it, they were shared by Tibetan lamas; beyond that I know nothing of their history. Personally, I think these exercises are most likely Tibetan in origin." 
First Rite (Clockwise Whirling)Second Rite (Head and Leg Raises)Third Rite (Camel)Fourth Rite (Tabletop)Fifth Rite (Up and Down Dog)Sixth Rite (Uddyana Bandha Abdominal Breathing Exercise)Variations in performing the rites exist between schools, with many adding their own variations. For additional details, instructions, information and photographic representations, see #External links to The Five Rites below.
Schools that teach the rites often claim they yield positive medical effects, which range from improved eyesight, memory, potency, hair growth, restoring full color to completely grey hair, and anti-aging. While the five-rites may improve health because of the increased stimulation to the body, there is currently no sound scientific evidence to support the more controversial 'miracles'.
^ Brief biography of Kelder as an orphan^ Kelder claimed to have met a yogi colonel in southern California^ Yoga Journal:The Tang of Tibet
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