Man Has Raised His Arm Continuously For 38 Years

mahantamarbhartiji190911_630Is his now-gnarled arm a beacon of peace? A symbol of rejection of earthly pleasures? A crystal-clear example of the insanity of religion? In pondering Amar Mahant’s arm, everyone will see what they want to see — like a Cheeto said to resemble both Jesus and Elvis. Via the West Australian:

In 1970 Amar Mahant [of New Delhi] left his job, family and friends to dedicate himself to his religious beliefs. In 1973, the clerk raised his hand in honour of Hindu deity Shiva – and he hasn’t put it down since. It’s now been 38 years.

Amar’s followers claim his sacrifice is a beacon of peace, while others say he has given up the use of a limb in order to separate himself from the pleasures of mortal life.

Amar’s sacrifice has turned his arm into a useless stump of flesh and bone, with a gnarled hand and unclipped fingernails hanging from the end. He says he experienced years of excruciating pain in order to follow his beliefs, but the pain has now passed. What’s left of his arm is now stuck in the bizarre position, atrophied after years of non-use.

Devotees of Hinuisim will often undergo incredible acts of self-sacrifice, sometimes involving starvation or vows of silence. Many of Amar’s followers have followed suit, raising their own arms for years and even decades.

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  • SF2K01

    So what happens when he goes to sleep?

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      he’s so hardcore that he doesn’t sleep…… he waits.

      • Anarchy Pony

        That’s not a recycled chuck norris joke is it?

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          oh it might just be, i feel a little ashamed. Besides, Vin Deisel jokes were always funnier

          • Reasor

            Gary Busey once killed a real life dragon… by throwing a unicorn at it.  Busey jokes FTW.

  • Anonymous

    So what happens when he goes to sleep?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I can never decide if this kinda thing is a display of strength and stoicism, or a display of sheer stupidity in denying that your body has needs.

    I guess is its a little of both.

    • Rex Vestri

      I’d say it’s way more the latter than the former. 

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        yeah i guess after all the tissue dies, and the arm goes numb, there’s only stupid left.

    • Talkswithprayers

      Its sheer.  You shear a sheep.  Although some might say he could use it.

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        whoops, fixed

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I can never decide if this kinda thing is a display of strength and stoicism, or a display of shear stupidity in denying that your body has needs.

    I guess is its a little of both.

  • Rex Vestri

    I’d say it’s way more the latter than the former. 

  • chinagreenelvis

    This guy always has a hard time in classrooms and auctions.

    • iPINCH

      knows it all, buys it all!

    • http://daemos1.wordpress.com/ Daemos_one

      ahhhahahahahahaha
      you made me spill my cornflakes

      • iPINCH

        A fitting sacrifice to the internets !!

    • R2dave2

      thats funny

  • chinagreenelvis

    This guy always has a hard time in classrooms and auctions.

  • Andrea

    I’d go with ‘insanity of religion.’ :/

  • Andrea

    I’d go with ‘insanity of religion.’ :/

    • Jin The Ninja

      broad strokes =/= truth.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    he’s so hardcore that he doesn’t sleep…… he waits.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    yeah i guess after all the tissue dies, and the arm goes numb, there’s only stupid left.

  • Anonymous

    Power to the people!  Forever!

  • smooth_operator

    Power to the people!  Forever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000480492140 Tony Traverso

    what he should do is stick his whole arm up his ass and leave it there for 38 years. I’d be way more impressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000480492140 Tony Traverso

    what he should do is stick his whole arm up his ass and leave it there for 38 years. I’d be way more impressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Sintic/1816517072 Dan Sintic

    Mr Kotter Mr Kotter !

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I’m surprisingly ok with the devoutly religious mortify themselves.

    It’s when they start disabling other people that I have a problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Sintic/1816517072 Dan Sintic

    Mr Kotter Mr Kotter !

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I’m surprisingly ok with the devoutly religious mortifying themselves.

    It’s when they start disabling other people that I have a problem.

    • Redacted

      Pretty much. He does this to honor his god of choice. He forces nothing onto others.

      I have to say, it takes some faith to do what he did. It might be 9/10 stupid, but I prefer to look at the 1/10 strength to honor something above yourself, since there’s always something, even for us Atheists.

  • Dueyv9

    Why didn’t we hear about this at 25 years? 35 years? 2 weeks?

  • Dueyv9

    Why didn’t we hear about this at 25 years? 35 years? 2 weeks?

  • Anonymous

    No Amar, you can’t go to the potty. If you don’t stop raising your hand it will get stuck that way forever.

  • Anonymous

    No Amar, you can’t go to the potty. If you don’t stop raising your hand it will get stuck that way forever.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    No Amar, you can’t go to the potty. If you don’t stop raising your hand it will get stuck that way forever.

  • Nunzio X

    Meh.

    It’s been done before.

  • Nunzio X

    Meh.

    It’s been done before.

  • Wanooski

    That’s not a recycled chuck norris joke is it?

  • John Smith

    Say what you will about this and Hinduism, but at least Hindus (generally) aren’t evangelicals who go around ramming their beliefs down peoples’ throats.

  • John Smith

    Say what you will about this and Hinduism, but at least Hindus (generally) aren’t evangelicals who go around ramming their beliefs down peoples’ throats.

    • Redacted

      There’s always Jai Maharaj.

    • Butter Knife

      Indian Buddhists and Muslims tend to say otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    There’s always Jai Maharaj.

  • Anonymous

    broad strokes =/= truth.

  • Talkswithprayers

    Its sheer.  You shear a sheep.  Although some might say he could use it.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    oh it might just be, i feel a little ashamed. Besides, Vin Deisel jokes were always funnier

  • DameOfDeath

    nice flag pole

  • DameOfDeath

    nice flag pole

  • DameOfDeath

    nice flag pole

  • Butter Knife

    Indian Buddhists and Muslims tend to say otherwise.

  • iPINCH

    knows it all, buys it all!

  • yeah i said it

    Meh so what? I’v masturbated everyday 5+  times a day for about 8 years now in the name of my sexy religious beliefs. This guy is totally missing out on thing he could be doing with that arm. 

  • yeah i said it

    Meh so what? I’v masturbated everyday 5+  times a day for about 8 years now in the name of my sexy religious beliefs. This guy is totally missing out on thing he could be doing with that arm. 

  • Dubtheworld

    “He had a single dreadlock in honor of lord Shiva”
     

  • Dubtheworld

    “He had a single dreadlock in honor of lord Shiva”
     

  • Anonymous

    Gary Busey once killed a real life dragon… by throwing a unicorn at it.  Busey jokes FTW.

  • Simiantongue

    I bet he says things like “Wasaaaaap!” or “Hey dude!” or “Put er there!” a lot. Those hands in the air people tend to. Not to be prejudiced or judgmental or anything. You can’ t tell me you’ve never noticed. Every time you see someone with their hand in the air they’re saying that.

  • Simiantongue

    I bet he says things like “Wasaaaaap!” or “Hey dude!” or “Put er there!” a lot. Those hands in the air people tend to. Not to be prejudiced or judgmental or anything. You can’ t tell me you’ve never noticed. Every time you see someone with their hand in the air they’re saying that.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    whoops, fixed

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    whoops, fixed

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Not Impressed.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Not Impressed.

  • http://twitter.com/MiGaOh Michael G. O’Hair

    What is with Indians trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records?

    “In 1970 Amar Mahant [of New Delhi] left his job, family and friends to
    dedicate himself to his religious beliefs. In 1973, the clerk raised his
    hand in honour of Hindu deity Shiva – and he hasn’t put it down since.
    It’s now been 38 years.”

    Well, I guess he’s a special case because he’s a nut-job.

  • http://twitter.com/MiGaOh Michael G. O’Hair

    What is with Indians trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records?

    “In 1970 Amar Mahant [of New Delhi] left his job, family and friends to
    dedicate himself to his religious beliefs. In 1973, the clerk raised his
    hand in honour of Hindu deity Shiva – and he hasn’t put it down since.
    It’s now been 38 years.”

    Well, I guess he’s a special case because he’s a nut-job.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty much. He does this to honor his god of choice. He forces nothing onto others.

    I have to say, it takes some faith to do what he did. It might be 9/10 stupid, but I prefer to look at the 1/10 strength to honor something above yourself, since there’s always something, even for us Atheists.

  • Tirelo Mabetoa

    ahhhahahahahahaha
    you made me spill my cornflakes

  • iPINCH

    A fitting sacrifice to the internets !!

  • R2dave2

    thats funny

  • Vigilantius

    He’s actually sitting in the local TGIF’s trying to get waited on.

  • Vigilantius

    He’s actually sitting in the local TGIF’s trying to get waited on.

  • Dunzain

    Wow, and I almost freaked out at the dentist today.

    I don’t even got the willpower to do anything about my fat ass. Got to give this guy some points for willpower.

  • Dunzain

    Wow, and I almost freaked out at the dentist today.

    I don’t even got the willpower to do anything about my fat ass. Got to give this guy some points for willpower.

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