“Your thoughts are your message to the world. Just as the rays are the messages of the Sun.” ― Amit Ray
Photography by Georgia Hilmer
What is Sun Gazing?
Sun gazing is the act of looking directly into the Sun, as a means of tapping into solar energy as part of a spiritual practice.
Hira Ratan Manek (HRM), popularized this technique – and claims to have gone without food since June 18th, 1995 (living only on sun energy and water). He claims he was inspired from the teachings of Lord Mahavir of Jains, who practiced the sun gazing method 2,600 years ago. HRM believes that practicing sun gazing can allow you to tap into your ultimate human potential, dissolve fear and cure various types of psychosomatic, mental and physical illnesses as well as increasing memory power and mental strength. He claims if you practice the proper sun gazing practice for 6 months, you’ll be liberated from physical illness – and after 9 months, hunger will disappear completely. According to HRM the sunrise holds more energy, vitamins and minerals then the sunset.
How to Sun Gaze
Depending on the weather and the level of commitment this is only a nine month to a year practice, and once you reach 44 minutes of sun gazing you are finished.
To sun gaze, you should time your practice to when the sun rises, and stand bare footed on the bare earth (sand, gravel, mud or dirt)…try to avoid standing on tar, concrete, granite, stone or even on grass (the grass absorbs the solar energy).
Follow the instructions below to learn how to properly experiment with sun gazing over a 9 month period…
Sungazing is a one-time practice of your lifetime usually for a period of 9 months. You can break up the practice in three phases. 0 to 3 months, 3-6 months and 6- 9 months. You have to walk barefoot for 45 minutes for the rest of your life. The practice entails looking at the rising or setting sun one time per day only during the safe hours. The safe hours are anytime within 1-hour window after sunrise or anytime within the 1-hr window before sunset.
Sungazing: 0 – 3 months.
First day, during the safe hours, sungaze for a maximum of 10 seconds. Second day sungaze for 20 seconds at the rising sun adding ten seconds every succeeding day. So at the end of 10 continuous days of sungazing you will be looking at the sun for 100 seconds i.e. 1 minute and 40 seconds. Stand on bare earth with bare foot. Eyes can blink and/or flicker. Stillness or steadiness of the eyes is not required. Do not wear any lenses or glasses while sungazing.
When you reach three months you will have gazed at the sun 15 minutes at a stretch. The sun energy or the sunrays passing through the human eye are charging the hypothalamus tract, which is the pathway behind the retina leading to the human brain. This is the first phase of the method and lasts around 3 months.
Sungazing: 3 – 6 months.
Next, Physical diseases will start being cured. 70 to 80% of the energy synthesized from food is taken by the brain and is used up in fueling tensions and worries. With a lack of mental tension, brain does not require the same amount of energy as before. As you proceed in sun gazing and as your tensions decrease the need for food intake will go down. When you reach 30 minutes duration of continuously sungazing, you will slowly be liberated from physical disease since by then all the colors of the sun will have reached the brain through the eye.
Eyes receive the entire spectrum of the sunlight while sungazing, which is distributed to the different parts of the body by the brain on a need per basis. As a result, you are cured from all diseases. A 3rd intermediate medium is avoided. As you continue sungazing, energy is no longer being used up for mental impairments or physical ailments; thus its storage level increases in your body. You are your own master within 6 months.
Sungazing: 6 – 9months.
After 6-months of sungazing you will start to have the original form of micro food, which is our sun. Additionally, this can avoid the toxic waste that you take into your body while you eat regular food.
7.5 months and 35 min of sungazing is when hunger starts going down palpably. Need for food intake decreases. No one needs to eat more than his or her hunger levels. Hunger comes because of energy requirements of the body, which is a must for its existence. Food is not a necessity for the body to function, only energy is. Conventionally, you are indirectly getting the sun energy while eating food, which is a by-product of sun energy. If there is no sunlight, no food will grow.
Therefore, as you consume the original form of food by sungazing, hunger goes down starting to disappear eventually. By eight months, you should see hunger almost gone. For a dull or weak student or with no belief, this time period may be 9 months or 44 minutes. After that time, hunger disappears forever. All mechanisms associated with hunger like aroma, cravings, and hunger pangs also disappear. Moreover, energy levels are at a higher level. There is a judgment (having had this experience) that the brain is well activated with the sun energy.
Sungazing after 9 Months:
After nine months or when you reach to a 44 minutes level, you should give up sungazing since solar science prohibits further gazing for the sake of eye care. The body will get discharged when you stop practicing, which has to be recharged. Now you have to start walking on bare foot on bare earth for 45 minutes daily for a total of 6 days. Relaxed walking only. No need to walk briskly, jog or run. Any convenient time of the day is all right, however it is preferred to do that when the earth is warmer and the sunlight is falling on your body. When you walk bare foot, an important gland in the brain’s center called the pineal gland or the third eye is activated. The big toe of the foot represents this gland. 25 years ago it was considered a useless gland. Now it has become an important gland for study and up to now, about 18,000 papers have been published about it. It has always been known as the Seat of the soul. The Pineal gland has optic nerve endings. The remaining four toes represent glands too — pituitary, hypothalamus, thalamus and amygdala. Amygdala for the last 2 years has been gaining importance in medical research. It’s a nucleus of the sun or cosmic energy and plays an important role in the photosynthesis via the sunlight reaching the brain through the eye. When you walk bare foot, your body weight stimulates all these 5 glands through your toes. This is strengthened by the earth heat/energy and the sun prana falling on the head or the crown chakra. The chakras are not in the spinal cord that is an imaginary location; they are definitely in the brain. All these create a magnetic field and the body/brain recharges with the energy of the sun entering in you. Relax. Walk 45 minutes for one year and food continues to be away from you. After one year of recharging, if you are satisfied with your progress you can give up barefoot walking. Few minutes of sun energy falling on you once in 3-4 days will be enough from then on.
But if you want the immune system to strengthen, then keep on the bare foot walking. Also if you want memory power or intelligence to increase, continue the walking practice. As you increase the sun’s heat on your feet the brain will activate more and more, which will result in the more activity of the Pineal gland.
To learn more…
watch the YouTube video below – which explores the HRM Phenomenon…