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The sun is the source of life. Without it, no life can ever exist on planet Earth. The sun provides us with warmth so we would not freeze to death. The sun gives us light so we can see the beauty all around us. Sunlight is an essential ingredient in the process of photosynthesis which takes place in plants and produces sugar, water, and oxygen, all essential to our survival.

Plants are therefore distinct from all other animals on earth because of their ability to make food on its own. They are at the bottom of the food chain. They provide nutrition to the all other living things.

Some of us enjoy basking in the sun for a tan or for the purpose of getting our daily dose of Vitamin D. Some of us crave for the warmth of the sun in the cold winter season when the nights are longer than the days. Some of us rely on the adequate amount of sunlight in order for our crops can grow well and our harvest can be plentiful so that we can feed our families.

Some of us find hope in watching the sunrise, witnessing the first ray of light breaking through the darkness, putting an end to loneliness, fear, evil and mystery that are typically associated with the absence of light. Some of us enjoy romantic dates which involve admiring an enchanting sunset which turns the sky to hues of orange, pink and purple.

Some of us take comfort knowing that our sun never fails us, always rising in the east and setting in the west.

The sun is synonymous with life. Thousands of years ago, people worship the Sun God. We now know that the sun is a gigantic sphere made up of hot gases, mainly hydrogen and helium, and emitting tremendous amounts of energy.

There is a group of people who believe that they can harness these energies of the sun to bring about positive benefits to their health simply by looking at the sun. They are called the ‘sun gazers’.

What is sun gazing?

Sun gazing, as the name suggests, involves the practice of looking at the sun. This usually happens at sunrise or sunset when the sun is at its closest distance to the earth, and when the ultraviolet rays are at their weakest strength.

Back in ancient societies like the Egyptians and Aztecs, people believed that there was a strong association between the sun and a person’s health. However, the practice of sun gazing was highly revered and only carried out by priests or shamans.

In the present day, there is a widely practized sun gazing method called HRM. It was founded by Hira Ratan Manek, one of the first people who made the method of sun gazing highly popular in the modern day society.

The practice of sun gazing is believed to harness, in incremental amounts, the energy from the sun each day, so much so that one can go about their daily activities relying on solar energy alone. Hira Ratan Manek had been featured in a documentary titled ‘Eat The Sun’.

He had also been a subject of multiple scientific studies. He was said to have only drunk water for an entire year that he was under study, without the need to ingest anything else. In fact, it is believed that Hira Ratan Manek had only eaten not more than seven meals in a stretch of over thirteen years!

This is incredibly amazing especially given his hectic schedule of traveling the world more than three quarters of each calendar year. Hira Ratan Manek has since been called a ‘Breatharian’, someone who survives practically by breathing only and ingesting very minuscule amounts of calories, or none at all.

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What happens during sun gazing?

Sun gazing is best practiced at the time of sunset and sunrise. This is when the sun is at the closest distance to the earth and when it is not harmful to the person to look at the sun directly.

You need to stand barefoot on the ground. The ground in this case actually refers to sand, soil or dirt on the ground, and not cemented ground. This is also known as ‘earthing’.

For your very first attempt at sungazing, gaze at the sun for only 10 seconds. Thereafter, you are expected to increase your sungazing process by 10 seconds every day. By the hundredth day of sungazing, you would be gazing at the sun for a hundred seconds.

There are sun gazers who persist with this practice until they gaze at the sun for a maximum of 44 minutes each time. That would take about nine months of daily practice of sungazing. More information can be found here:

Some people include prayers during their sun gazing. Others include walking around barefoot on earth ground to enhance the effects of sungazing.

What is the science behind sungazing?

Over twelve years of research, Dr. Arturo Solís of Aguascalientes, Mexico, and his team confirmed that melanin captures the energy and transforms it into chemical energy, hydrogen, which is then delivered to the cell.

Just as chlorophyll is essential in the process of photosynthesis in plants, Dr. Solis’ research states that melanin in humans and all other animals actually behave like chlorophyll. They call it ‘human photosynthesis’.

Dr. Solis’ scientific findings seem to prove the effectiveness of sun gazing. When direct sunlight enters the eyes and then reaches the brain, the pineal gland is being stimulated.

This leads to an increase in secretion of melatonin and serotonin, which are hormones also known as ‘feel-good’ hormones. These hormones help to regulate our sleep-wake cycle and promote positive moods. Melatonin is also a known potent antioxidant which is useful in producing anti-aging effects. The frequent stimulation of the pineal gland as a result of daily sun gazing practice, results in an increase in the physical size of the gland.

In fact, brain scans have shown that Hira Ratan Manek’s pineal gland is actually three times the size of a person his age! He is now 81 years old and is apparently still in very good health.

The most significant result of sun gazing is probably its ability to reduce the need for food. Sun gazing is, therefore, also known as ‘eating the sun’. Scientific research has shown that a lack of sunlight results in a reduction in vitamin D levels, which leads to weight gain.

High stress levels and low serotonin levels also trigger false hunger signals and result in the craving for starch and sugary foods, which would lead to weight gain. The practice of sun gazing is thus believed to be able to curb appetite and help in weight loss due to the stimulation of vitamin D levels in our body, and the release of serotonin as a result of exposure to the sun. More information can be found here:

What are the benefits of sun gazing?


  • Relief of stress and tension
  • Increased energy
  • Boosts production of the ‘feel good’ hormones serotonin and melatonin
  • Improved eyesight
  • Reduced appetite; weight loss – the body is completely nourished by the sun (Some people claim to have been able to take part in this practice undergo long-term fasting, without having to eat any solid food for an extended period of nine to ten months.)
  • Stimulation of the pineal gland
  • Increased size of pineal gland
  • Improved overall health
  • Increased sex drive and general vitality
  • Increased consciousness and awareness

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Who can become a sun gazer?


Apparently, everybody, even children can become sun gazers! In fact, one of the benefits of sun gazing is an improved vision. To my fellow bespectacled friends, we have a non-invasive therapy to improve our vision without going for Lasik!

For those of us who are wearing contact lenses or spectacles, it is advised for us to remove them during the process of sun gazing to maximize the benefits of the therapy.

You would certainly have to be disciplined if you want to practice sun gazing since you can only do it at specific times of the day. Do keep in mind that the safe hours are an hour within sunset and sunrise.


Reviews of the positive effects of sun gazing




John shares in this YouTube video that his eyesight has improved, his mood has become calmer, and even his dreams have become more pleasant after practising sun gazing.

To John, sun gazing is not just a physical therapy, it is an enlightenment which improves along with the practice of sun gazing. More information can be found here:



Sorisha shares in this YouTube video that in the year that she has been practising sun gazing, her eye condition which she had previously thought was deteriorating, was in fact improving from the effects of sun gazing.

In addition, Sorisha claims that sun gazing keeps her feeling full all day and helps her stay energized throughout the day. Sun gazing has helped Sorisha reduced appetite and curbed cravings such that she actually eats very little through the day.

Despite eating little, Sorisha still leads a very active lifestyle and stays slim and fit. More information can be found here:


Aahana shares in this YouTube video documenting her third week of sun gazing. She says that she is noticing subtle changes within her after her daily practise of sun gazing. Aahana claims that she seems to have increased self-awareness, subtle gain in self-confidence and not as bothered by others’ opinions.

She also noticed an increased desire to eat raw foods like fruits and vegetables, but her appetite in general has reduced. More information can be found here:



Lopeds shares in this YouTube video about his experience one month into the practice of sun gazing. Lopeds says that his diet has drastically changed.

He could stay away from processed food and has been eating only about once a day. He claims that sun gazing has reduced his appetite such that even one meal could keep him full until night time the next day, which means he could last for over 30 hours between meals.

He also shares that he has since experienced a new spiritual dimension and enlightenment through the practice of sun gazing. Here is the full video:



Barnone shares in this YouTube video that he has finally completed the practice of sun gazing after over two years, achieving the maximum 45-minute mark for sun gazing.

Barnone shares that he has medical history of pneumonia and breathing difficulties his entire life. However, during the two years that he was practising sun gazing, he did not fall sick at all!

He encourages everyone to try out sun gazing for themselves and he believes that everyone can benefit immensely from the practice of sun gazing.

He believes that sun gazing helps to boost his immune system and he believes that when we change our perspective and be more open-minded, we could also benefit from sun gazing like him. To see the full video:



After looking at the scientific evidence on how exposure to sunlight through sun gazing can indeed provide benefits to our health, are you also sold on the idea of sun gazing? What would be a stumbling block to you giving sun gazing a try?

After all, sun gazing is a completely free therapy. All you have to do is find a spot to gaze at the sun. I believe it would certainly appeal to those who are keen on trying new things and also mindful of any high costs involved, which is very common for advanced medical therapy.

In my opinion, sun gazing seems perfectly harmless to try, but certainly requires a lot of discipline to implement. If we can really harness energy directly from the sun, our lives can indeed drastically change for the better on so many levels.


















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