The Yoga of the Sun

“Praise to You, O lord our God, for all Your creatures,
especially our dear Brother Sun,

Who is the day through whom You give us light.

Fair is he, in splendour radiant,
Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness…”

Saint Francis

Another foggy morning in #Maine so here's some virtual sunshine!
Part I

Sun gazing is a meditation and healing practice that heals the emotions and the physical body, calms the mind, and lifts the spirit.  Hira Ratan Manek (HRM), amongst many others has proven that it is not only possible but incredibly beneficial for a person to live on solar energy alone for long periods with no need of food.  Due to Hira Manek’s scientifically tested and monitored fasts of four hundred days and more, the method has become known as the HRM phenomenon.


This straight-forward and effective method of sun gazing and the ancillary practice that is in integral part of HRM will leave one free of mental disturbances and fear within three months of beginning practice, leading to a calm and balanced mind.  Continual practice for six months will lead to total freedom from physical illness, while one year of dedicated practice will remove your need for food as a source of nutrition.  Through the Sun, one can recharge the body with life energy and return to a state of unity with all creation.

An Explanation

In ancient times, the sun was worshipped in India as “Surya,” one of the principal Vedic deities who was responsible for health and life.  Surya was depicted as riding across the sky on a chariot pulled by seven horses. (Seven colors light may be diffracted into?).  The HRM phenomenon represents a rediscovery of the scientific ritual known as “Surya Namaskar,” or “sun salutation,” also known as Heliotherapy in ancient Egypt and in earlier Europe, Apollo therapy.

Traditionally, human beings eat secondary sources of energy as the plant life and other vegetation we consume depends heavily on the sun for its growth.  In using the HRM method, one learns to absorb the necessary energy directly from the primary source; the sun itself.

From a scientific standpoint, there may be a plausible explanation that accounts for the events that occur during the practice of the HRM technique:  The brain acts as a powerful information processor as we are already aware, processing the bulk of the information subconsciously or beyond our immediate waking knowledge.  During Surya Namaskar or sun salutation, both the retina and the pineal gland (also equipped with photoreceptor cells), provide a kind of ‘photo analysis’ that provides a person with all the energy and nutrition needed for the proper functioning of their internal organs.  When we also consider advances in light therapy, of which the sun is the natural master of, we see that the seven colors of the rainbow contain a cure for all kinds of degenerative and ‘incurable’ diseases.

The HRM Method

Sun gazing is a one-time practice, usually done for a period of nine months, or forty four minutes of sun gazing.  Once completing the nine months of sun gazing, you must then walk barefoot on the earth every day for forty-five minutes for a period of an additional year.  The practice of sun gazing entails looking at the rising OR setting sun once a day, only during the safe hours.  No harm will come to your eyes during the morning and evening safe hours. Safe sun gazing hours occur anytime within the one hour window after sunrise or anytime within the one hour window before sunset. It is scientifically proven beyond a reasonable doubt that during these times, one is free from exposure to ultraviolet and infrared rays that are harmful to our eyes.

To determine the time of sunrise or sunset, you can check the local newspaper, which also lists the UV Index as 0 during these times. Both times are good for practice – it depends on what is convenient for each individual. Sun gazing also has the added advantage of producing vitamin D during the one hour safe period window. If you sun gaze, the need for spectacles and their associated adjustments for the eye will go away. This method will provide better eyesight without glasses.


For those who cannot initially sun gaze during the safe periods, sunbathing is an effective method for receiving the sun energy at a slower pace until one is able to sun gaze. Best times to sunbathe are when the UV index is lower than two. This usually occurs within the two-hour window after sunrise or before sunset.  Sun bathing during the day is to be avoided, except for during the winter months, when the UV index usually remains at two throughout the day, which is safe for sunbathing. Check your local newspaper to see the published results for UV Index to be sure. Also, do not use sunscreen when sunbathing during these times. When the body heats up, you perspire and perspiration is a waste product excreted by the body.  When you are painted or coated with lotions and creams – they degenerate and the chemicals enter your body. It is our malpractice -our wrong use- why we blame the sun for skin cancers.

The Practice

0 – 3 Months

First day, during the safe hours, look directly at the sun for a maximum of ten seconds. Second day, gaze for twenty seconds at the rising sun, adding ten seconds every succeeding day. So at the end of ten continuous days of sun gazing, you will be looking at the sun for 100 seconds – i.e. 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Stand on bare earth with bare feet. Your eyes can blink and/or flicker. Stillness or steadiness of the eyes is not required. Do not wear any lenses or glasses while sun gazing. Develop a belief that the sun’s rays you are receiving into your eyes are of immense benefit, and will not harm you. This will give you quicker and better results. Even without a belief component, you will get results, provided that you follow the practice, however, it will take a longer time. On the other hand, you need not restrict any of your normal daily routines. There are no restrictions. You can enjoy your food while applying this practice. Hunger will disappear eventually by itself (this is a possibility for some).

You may consider gazing from the same place at the same time daily. Following circadian patterns has its advantages. If you pray, you can use any prayer of your choice. No particular one is suggested and it is not a requirement. As a precaution, have your eyes examined by a doctor. This is to err on the side of caution from a scientific standpoint.

When you reach three months, you will have gazed at the sun up to 15 minutes (if you were able to get sunlight every day).  The sun energy or the sun rays passing through the human eye are charging the hypothalamus tract; which is the pathway behind the retina leading to the human brain. As the brain receives power through this pathway, it activates one of the software programs inherent in the brain and we will begin to realize positive changes because we will have no mental tension or worries. We will enjoy self-confidence to face life’s problems by means of developing a positive mindset instead of a negative one. Moreover, we will become fearless because all our mental ills will have disappeared. This is the first phase of the method and lasts around 3 months…

Next week we will cover off the last two phases of the core practice as well as the ancillary practice (very simple, again – one time practice)!

Namaste, my friends…

3 thoughts on “The Yoga of the Sun”

  1. Thank you so much for this very informative post. I have never come across instructions for the actual practice of “eating the sun”, but I have intuited that it must be possible. A while ago I finally realized that the solar plexus may be named after the sun because of its location near our stomach where we process the sun’s energy. Will look forward to delving into this practice.

  2. Thank you for your comments to both Kent and Nicole. Kent, I have personally began this practice effective Monday of this week and will journal things as I go. The actual science behind it is quite supportive, the lectures and tests ran on Hira Manek appear to be genuine and following sound scientific method. I too have minor reservations, but am prepared to approach it with an open mind for three months! Nicole, you will find research into the photo receptors on our pineal glands quite interesting as well as relates to this subject.

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