Monday, August 9, 2010


HELSINKI (STT) - Vladimir Ladyzhensky and Timo Kaukonen of Finland, the other finalist, were rushed to hospital after fainting when the competition was cut short and the sauna doors were opened. Ossi Arvela, the head of the sauna-sitting competition, said in a statement: “The Russian competitor has died in the sauna world championships.” He added that Kaukonen had been taken from the competition site in Heinola, 86 miles north of Helsinki, to a hospital further south in the larger city of Lahti for treatment. The event “was halted immediately after the accident”, he said, adding: “We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event.” Mr Arvela said police had launched an investigation and he insisted that “all the rules were followed” and that all contestants had undergone medical checks before the competition. Kaukonen, last year’s winner, and Ladyzhensky were among the favourites to win the competition in which participants were asked to withstand a temperature 110 degrees Celsius (230 degrees Fahrenheit) for as long as possible.

Rules in the competition require the sauna to be heated to 110 C (230 F). Water is added to the stove every 30 seconds and the last person to remain in the sauna wins. Competitors must verify their condition by giving a thumbs up to judges when asked, and be able to leave the sauna unaided. This was the 12th world sauna championships, where competitors try to outlast others in the heat and steam. The event has been held in Heinola, 86 miles north-east of Helsinki, since 1999. Ladyzhenskiy and Kaukonen had made it through to the final ahead of more than 130 other participants, but six minutes into the contest, judges noticed something was wrong with the Russian, and dragged both competitors from the sauna. Both middle-aged men were seen to have severe burns on their bodies and were given first aid after they collapsed. Police were investigating the cause of death.

If the human body is composed of 70% water ... How can they risk themselves to voluntarily support for 6 minutes more than 110 degrees Celsius? Do they ignore what is the boiling point of water? Another example of the madness to compete and try to beat others to feel successful. It is better to engage in Devotional Service to the Supreme Lord and achieve the goal of this life?

The average lifetime of a human being consists of many days and nights, so major scares are bound to come up every now and then, incidents which bring a person to the verge of death or some other major calamity. If one is lucky enough to survive these scares, they should take every opportunity to prevent them from reoccurring. Some things such as accidents and natural disasters are more or less unavoidable, but other scares come about through choices that are made. ... Harmful behavior can only be eradicated if we have a higher engagement. ... The problem is that the activities which best stimulate the senses are often those which are the most harmful. So what can be done? The Vedas, the ancient scriptures of India, tell us that the living entities need a higher engagement, something which transcends all other activities. ... This discipline is known as Bhakti-yoga, or devotional service.

Jai Shri Krishna :
“Dangerous Behavior” - Posted on July 17, 2010

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