Excerpt from The Art and Science of Sungazing: Living on Sunlight
In ancient Egypt, the sun was worshipped as Ra. Mankind and animals were said to have come intobeing through his tears. The king himself was believed to be the “Son of Ra”. It was also believed that onhis death, the king would be re-united with his father, the sun. The pyramids were regarded as a ramp or a means of access to the sky. Additionally, Ra was believed to travel across the sky in a boat andthrough the underworld all night. There, in order to rise again the next morning, he had to defeat the evilApepi. He was represented as rising from the ocean of chaos to greet the world again.
In ancient Greece and Rome, Apollo came to be associated with the sun. In Mesopotamia it wasShamash. In the Americas, the sun was also known as Inta. The Indian tribes of America have manyinteresting tales associated with the sun. One of the stories is as follows.
“A long time ago there lived a selfish chief who kept the sun and moon and stars for himself. The worldhad no light at all. At that time, there lived a raven who wanted to get the light and give it to the world. Theraven changed himself into a leaf and was swallowed by the chief’s daughter, who became pregnant andsoon had a baby. The baby was none other than the raven. The baby could see many bundles hungabout in the chief’s house and started to cry for them. The chief was an indulgent grandfather and gavethe child the first bundle. This was a bag of stars and the raven threw them up the chimney. They quicklyarranged themselves in the sky. The child cried again and this time his grandfather gave him a bundle,which contained the moon. Again the child threw it to the sky. Some time later, the child started to cryagain. This time the grandfather gave him the sun and the child quickly changed into a raven and flewwith it out the window. This was how light came to this world.”Science has proved the need for sunlight for growth, agriculture, health and numerous other aspects of human life. Many of the myths from around the world reflect a belief in the need for sunlight in the greater scheme of things. Indian mythology too understands the role of the sun. It was worshipped as “Surya” inIndia in ancient times. According to Indian mythology, Surya was responsible for health and life, areflection of what was perhaps the scientific belief of the time. Surya is one of the principal Vedic deities.
He is pictured as riding across the sky on a chariot pulled by seven horses. One wonders about theanalogy between seven horses and the seven colors of the visible spectrum of light. To get energy for their body, Native Indians sunbathe by standing in the sun for two hours exposing maximum parts of their body, and they don’t need to eat food on those days. They sustain themselves on the “micro food" of sunlight. When clouds gather, we become gloomy. We see the sun and feel energized.The HRM phenomenon is in fact a rediscovery of a scientific ritual that was used to heal physical, mental,emotional and spiritual diseases in ancient times. Ancient Indians called this practice Surya Namaskar;ancient Egyptians and modern Americans called it Heliotherapy; and Europeans called it Apollo therapy.In the Americas, the sun was also known as Inta.
The scientific technique practiced by Hira Ratan Manek allows him to derive his energy from the solar energy of the sun. Mankind is beginning to use solar energy for running solar cookers, solar heaters, andsolar cars. Similarly, what HRM does is to convert himself into a “solar car" by using sunlight.Traditionally, human beings eat secondary sources of energy because plants and other vegetationdepend heavily on the sun for their growth. Simply put, the idea here is to learn how to absorb energyfrom the primary source, that is, the sun itself.There is a possible scientific explanation of what may be occurring during the exercise of this method.Since the brain is a powerful information processor and the retina and pineal gland (third eye) areequipped with photoreceptor cells, a kind of photo analysis could be taking place during the SuryaNamaskar that provides a person with all the energy and vitamins required for the proper functioning of their internal organs. Additionally, the rays of the sun with their seven colors contain a cure for all kinds of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, mental illnesses, andothers. If world peace is to be achieved, everyone should achieve a perfect balance of mind. Thus, thismethod can also contribute to world peace.
Sun Gazing Process