reply to post by afoolbyanyothername
A very thoughtfull observation in the OP.
From my humble knowledge of these topics, it is quite possible your thoughts were correct. However, I have a feeling we should not hope for a
confirmation or further insight from the member Methuselah. If the person was a in possesion of a knowledge of ways to keep the body from aging, I
would suspect the person to be in danger if publicly identified, even by a funny post on an internet forum. As there are people that are seeking the
knowledge, there are undoubtedly people seeking to destroy it and those that keep it through centuries.
I will offer my opinion as speculation of the origin of the "12 member group", as it reminds me of something I read while researching the pursuit of
long-life. It is the story of Nicholas Flammel (en.wikipedia.org...
) that sent me on a several-day-reading-rampage during wich
I saw some references to a group of people (from the middle east if I recall correctly) who were initiated into the secrets of extreme longevity and
spent their lives learning and improving themselves while traveling through different parts of the world. Allegedly, they would meet regularly
(quarterly, I think) and share experiences and knowledge gained.
The means by wich they obteained long life should probably be based on early alchemical practises that we are probably not even aware of.
I presume (since european culture ows to the islamic world a lot of its own history and knowledge) there are places in the middle east, africa, india
and perhaps china, where alchemical practices were not lost or forgotten during the course of time.
Unfortunately for those of us seeking knowledge and understanding of such practices, all we can offer to each other here are clues and guesswork.
Some other interesting things to note, for those intrigued by "immortality":
Mahavatar Babaji is a person with a very interesting story to tell. I have experienced one form of "kriya yoga" that he allegedly promotes to the
world, and can say that it is a powerful and excelent practice, certainly worth your time to explore and try.
(he was mentioned in the original
Another notable long-lived person (who I am surprised nobody mentioned in these threads) is the famous Count de Saint Germaine.
Ibn Battutah has an extremely interesting story to tell too. He has not lived for hundreds of years, but he writes of meeting some people who have.
Here is an incredible documentary by Tim Macintosh about him:
Have fun searching.