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Sun Gazing 101


A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) in my home state of Delaware. He was on a panel at an India Day festival with 8 doctors who had been studying him for over a year. The panel was a basic Q/A session on the practice of sun gazing and how HRM used the energy of the sun to live without food on a regular basis and to als do a supervised fast for 411 days. Yes you read right - four hundred and eleven days.

Ever since that initial meeting I've been totally inspired by the history, science and possibilities of Sun Gazing. Recently HRM's name has syncretistically come up in conversation and my thoughts, so I thought I'd run with that and share this article about HRM and sun gazing by Maurie D. Prressman, M.D, (originally published in the Monthly Aspectarian Magazine):

Realized Beings Among Us
by Maurie D. Prressman, M.D.

An introduction to HRM, whose trained physical responses--for humanity's betterment--are being studied at various institutions in the U.S. and around the world.

The Tibetan (Alice Bailey's teacher) predicted that in the near future, we shall become the next race of men/women. At that time we shall operate upon mental energy, magnetic energy, sun energy. Scalpels and chemical agents will no longer be necessary.

There is some evidence that this shift is beginning, and I have met an individual, whom I believe is a realized being, hinting at the fact that this movement forward may be happening NOW.

I have had the privilege of meeting, and spending personal time with HRM (Sri Hira Manek Ratan Ji). HRM has come to the United States to offer himself for study at various institutions. More than that, he offers his body as an experimental station for the betterment of humanity. He is well-known in his native country, India, for having fasted on water alone, for 411 days! He has done this by training himself to look into the sunlight at dawn (carefully, and very little by very little) and to walk on the hot earth, in this way absorbing energy from both earth and sun. He believes this is an ability that can be cultivated in all people. He believes and hopes that this will lead to a higher and greater civilization, and most certainly a purer body.

I had the opportunity to spend personal time with him because of the generosity of his host, Dr. Anil Patel. Dr. Patel is well known in the field of herbal research and Ayurvedic Medicine. He is on the streering committee of the University of Pennsylvania (amongst other credits) for the incorporation of Ayurvedic Medicine into the roster of Integrative Medicine.

Sri HRM's story is as follows. He had studied the ancient literature and had learned of advanced humans (throughout the ages) who had the ability to fast for extremely long periods of time, and who had taken their energy from the sun. This was the highly regarded literature of the Vedas and Upanishads. He was, by training, a mechanical engineer. In 1962, he stumbled upon Sri Aurobindo's ashram in Pondicherry There he met The Mother (Aurobindo's partner, who carried on Aurobindo's work after his death). The Mother looked at HRM and said, "You must bring down the sun's energy to the earth, in order to help the Supermind to descend upon humanity." He did nothing with that for quite a while. Much later he met a Rishi. A Rishi is a human (or someone beyond human) so advanced that he has extraordinary powers and knowledge. Many people were visiting him (for he made himself accessible). He looked over the crowd, and his gaze rested directly on HRM. He told him that he must bring the sun's energy down to earth. This stirred HRM, his imagination and his excitement and his commitment. But--he was puzzled about what to do next. He walked in the sun for long periods of time. He left his profession and dedicated himself entirely to his spiritual commitment. As he kept walking in the sun, he felt progressively energized. He also felt less and less need to eat food There was no compulsion to do a fast; no will power was necessary, just a lessened desire for food, but an increase in energy. One day, he came to the conclusion that he must bring the sun's energy directly into his brain--and the best way to do that would be through the eyes. This was something that was not unknown, and I have heard of Mikhael Aivanov, a famed Hungarian teacher who advocated to his students that they must look into the sun. Certainly whole civilizations have given themselves to the worship of the sun. Rudolph Steiner (recent Western Spiritual Scientist and originator of Anthroposophy) taught that the Christ Being inhabited the Sun and spread His energy thus, from the sun to us. Aurobindo taught that the sun was the seat of the Supermind energy, as quoted by Georges Van Vrekehm in Overman pg. 97 Rupa & Co. (2001); New Delhi: "It (the Mind) always vaguely remembers the fundamental Unity at its base; therefore it cannot but persistently try to recover that Unity, which is the clouded Sun behind all human strivings. It is that Sun, that Unity, the Supermind which upholds all existing things, even when they apparently seem to be separated or self-existent."

HRM decided to experiment cautiously. He also submitted himself to medical study as he began to look at the sun for seconds at a time, during the early dawn when the sun was weakest. He increased his ability little by little, until he was able to gaze for a full thirty minutes. At the same time he made it a point to walk the earth barefooted, the hot earth. His explanation is that not only was he able to absorb energy, the sun's energy, through the eyes (to have it energize the brain and the commanding endocrine glands such as the pineal and the pituitary) but also that he was able to draw force up from the earth—and especially through the feet, where every organ of the body is represented in reflexology. He found that there is a North-South flow, the earth being the North, the sun being the South--and flowing through the central, governing vessel of the body. He made certain that he was followed by and advised by physicians, who constantly studied him. When asked if he would be willing to give a year of his life to science, his answer was "Yes." Accordingly, he left his family (with their full consent) and was asked to fast for 365 days. However, because of certain indications in the Hindu literature, he felt that 411 days was a more auspicious time. And so the date was set.

In the beginning he lost perhaps 90 pounds, but no muscle tissue. He found himself to be progressively healthier, calmer, happier. Former disorders such as anxiety, fear, worry and self-occupation left him. Physical ailments were no longer present. He lived on water and sunlight alone.

Now he has come to this country by invitation, and is being studied by Dr. Patel, by Jefferson University, and by other institutions in our country.

During the time I spent with him, I was struck by the fact that his body looked so whole: slender, but graceful, firm, with smooth and elegant movements. He had a calmness about him that was also accompanied by a quiet self-assuredness. His dedication to bringing this to our civilization is real.

He feels that anyone can accomplish what he has. In fact he has perhaps 4000 or more followers throughout the world, who have incorporated this new way of life, and this new source of energy.

It is his offering of himself to the service of humanity that is the mark of a realized being. It is his absolute faith in the process, in the bringing down of the Supramental (as Aurobindo described it) through the sun. It is his desire to give a gift to humanity in that disease, disorder and hunger can be wiped out. And this seems to have achieved a solid start in other countries.

Dr. Patel, amongst others, will study this gentleman, and I will participate, to understand the changes in psychology and spiritual reach which accompany this type of evolutionary adventure. The very fact of being amongst such realized humans, is in itself a gift.

We are on our way to becoming the next race of men and women.




the basic claim of this site is that chlorophyll is not the same as hemoglobin. thoughts?


I think that lasyk sigury is worse than sungazing. And how many people have done that, include me? when I was child i always look at the sun , I didn,t get blind.


Does sungazing need to be done every day on a continuous basis? What about winter and bad weather.

Raw Vegan Steven

Sungazing should be done whenever you feel it is necessary! HRM knows what he is talking about and he does mention starting out slow... only a littl bit each time. The key is to be and feel comfortable with what your doing. Don't go out there and start gazing for 40 minutes first time! haha! In terms of bad weather and winter and all that... that is where I eat more greens! I personally know/feel they have the most sun energy! In the spring/summer I find my self looking at the sunset more and more... especially on raw food! : )


This is something special. Have a opened mind.


I came across this sungazing stuff awhile ago while looking up treatments for depression and stuff about raw food diets... After reading/watching/listening much of what there is on the subject, in addition to videos and information about religion and how they're all based on sun worship (check out http://youtube.com/watch?v=Kla-BcN8u8Q&feature=related ..part of the video "zeitgeist"), I've decided to give this a try. As I type this post, I have made it to 80 seconds sungazing (I've mostly done before sunset, but have gazed during the occasional sun rise). Unfortunately it has taken me a few weeks to get to this point due to my schedule and the weather. At any rate, I agree with those that think (or know) there is something to this and will continue on and hope to have some results to report before winter hits..


i have come up to 11 min of sungazing. It has helped me fight off depression, and then the general anxiety and panick attacks. The most negative experience (in certain days when the sun gives off a lot of radiation) with it has been some light pain around the eyes and some sensitivity to light, but this has gone away fairly quickly (minutes after i sungaze).

i try and sungaze barefoot in most days, since it helps absorb the sun's energy and i do feel "grounded" with the earth.

After this relatively short time of sungazing, i feel like i have a new lease on life. The doctors had prescribed different drugs for my condition, like xanax, prozac, welbutrin - which i fortunately did not use except for two days, and decided that i was not going to become a vegetable under the effects of those drugs.

i also try to walk barefoot on bare earth whenever i can, and drink sun-charged water, which i find tastes great after it has cooled inside the house and is not lukewarm anymore. I`d tell anyone to sun-gaze, but i do feel that this "call" has to come from within the person.



This sounds very interesting to me..I will have to research more on it.. To me it is better to gaze into the sun than to spend hours gazing on the computer screen lol


I worked up to, and completed my 45 mins yesterday. Thank You. I feel fine. On the last three days, imediately following the gaze, completely new effects occured. Amazing!


Please tell us what new effects occured for you.


I do not mean to be rude, but this makes absolutely no sense scientifically. Reading some of these comments makes me shudder with all of the pseudoscience such as

"Stephen - Everybody "feeds" off the sun, including yourself. However, most people "feed" off the sun through an intermediary (plants and animals), instead of directly from the source.

When you eat plants (fruits and vegetables), you're absorbing (feeding on) sun energy. Same for people who eat meat. They're eating the animal, which has eaten the plants, which was grown by energy from the sun. Without the sun, nothing could exist. The sun gives life to everything and provides the necessary energy to sustain life. So, basically HRM has just eliminated the "middle man," (a "middle man" that is increasingly filled with harmful chemicals, pesticides, and hormones) and he's getting his nourishment directly from the source."

"sun energy" is used by plants to do work. It is not stored by the plants in any kind of form that it came from the sun in, it is used by the plant (similar to how a machine uses electricity) to make and store various sugars. When we eat these sugars, our bodies metabolize them and use them to make a substance called ATP which is the fuel of body cells.

"absorbing" light energy from the sun makes no sense, because we do not physically have the means to capture, store, and use photons to run our biological systems. Our systems requires these sugars, minerals, etc to function. No manner of walking on hot earth or burning your retinas out looking at the sun will bring you any physical nourishment.


Is it really damaging to the eyes if one sungazes during the daytime (as opposed to only during sunrise or sunset)? I sungazed in the broad daylight one time and it did not damage my eyes (atleast I do not think it did). I only did it for about 30 to 60 seconds though.


Please do not try sungazing without learning the basic guidlines. There is a 2 part lecture on Youtube by HRM on Solargazing. Summer is a great time to do it, but only during first hour and last hour of the day when UV levels are zero. I am up to 11 minutes sungazing and I feel great! Meat has fallen away from my diet three weeks ago. I feel more centered and happier. Already eating less. It's a Godsend.

star traveler

our elemants came from sun we are the sun must detox our form so we can golw like the sun and shine on others


You just have to do it in the morning at sunrise or the evening at sunset. Many people look at sunrises and sunsets, anyway and as far as we know no one has gone blind that way.


Stephen, this information is not, "new-agey." As it stands, this is quite old knowledge. The egyptians and other ancient cultures practiced these rituals. That is why Ayurvedic practicioners are, of all newly-RECOGNIZED walks of life, held in such high regard. Don't believe me? Research for yourself.

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