SunGazing [anyone tried it?]

Adam C (@addosh) 10 years, 6 months ago

So we’ve all been told not to look in to the sun because it causes blindness etc.
I’ve recently stumbled upon the practice of Sungazing and was wondering if anyone here has found info, practiced it or just some general opinions.
A summary from Wikipedia – "Sungazing is a practice that includes gazing at the sun for nourishment or as a spiritual practice. Looking into the sun is dangerous, and can cause solar retinopathy and lead to permanent eye damage or blindness"

What I have found so far [the main main HRM (Hira Ratan Manek)] suggests starting off slow at 10 seconds. The following day increase it to 20 seconds, then 30 the day after and so on. Eventually people get up to 45 minutes and believe that this restores your body to 100% health, also saying they lose the need to eat. Strange, huh!?
Only doing it within the first hour of the sunrise or last hour before sunset, when there are zero UV rays. I’ve downloaded an app to confirm there are no UV’s in those times and so far have got up to 1 minute 10 seconds. It’s a small start as I definitely would not rush the process. So far I have been feeling great, and am not yet blind haha!
Anyway, I know it is quite strange, and thought this might be the perfect forum to get some group feedback.


March 15, 2012 at 1:54 am
Dimitris (27) (@cubilone) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

I’m sorry but I disagree with the “if it was that simple” sentiment. A lot of the things we’re discussing here on HE are simple in theory (eg meditation) but are conspicuously absent from the lives of the many.

Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 10 years, 6 months ago ago

I don’t know anyone that gets up at sunrise everyday and looks at the sun for 10 seconds. haha. Maybe it is that simple, but no one bothered to try?

marci (5) (@marciness) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

I have been reciently been very interested in attempting at sungazing. The whole idea sounds beautiful to me.
From what i read you start out with small amounts, starting at 10 seconds and increasing by the day. You’re eyes become accustom to sungazing and it won’t blind you any longer.

odani (0) (@odanife) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

oh yeah, i watched a discovery channel documentary about a a boy who hasn’t eaten in like a really long time because of a meditation, and on this certain documentary, they also featured an old man, who doesn’t eat at all, and he says he gets his energy from the sun.
so in his room, where he bathes, sleeps, do his thing, etc., there is this window where he gazes out when the sun is up. and this is his way of meditating and he has done it for decades already. amazing but i find unbelievable.

anyway i tried sungazing, and now i’m blind. ha-ha. kidding.

K. (601) (@guts) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

I used to stare into the sun as a child, I’d do it all the time just to prove I could really because adults told me not to as it supposedly would ruin my eyes. Now I have terrible vision and can’t see anything sharply if it’s further than a metre away. If I don’t have my contacts in I feel vulnerable because I can’t even recognize people I know well because I have such bad eyesight. I’m not necessarily assuming the two are related – I never assume anything but it seems likely…Both my parents being medical professionals teaching me how the eye works and why it can be damaged by the sun it leads me to believe it is likely to have been a factor as to why my sight is so terrible.
So yeah, I don’t believe sungazing is something I’ll be experimenting with anytime soon, there are plenty of more sensible and more fulfilling spiritual practices out there…

Ricardo (32) (@ricardomrodriguez) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

The only time I’ve gazed it at it (with glasses of course) was back when I was kid somewhere around 1994 for a solar eclipse. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen

Sisyphus (48) (@sisyphus) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

The human body cannot operate on nutrients alone. If that was true, vitamins would be the answer to world hunger. Plain and simple, we need caloric energy or our body eats itself to get those calories.

Anonymous (2,833) (@) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Lets do some math eh?
the largest a pupil can get is 4.5mm radius.
That means the area of light coming is: 63 mm^2

mJ = (mW/cm^2) x (Area in cm^2) x (Time in sec)

mJ = millejoules
mW = Milliwatts

Convert cm^2 to mm^2:
mJ = (13700 mW/mm^2)x(63 mm^2)x(44 mins * 60 seconds) = 2278584000 mJ
= 2278484 J
= 2278 kJ
1 kilojoule = 0.239005736 kilocalories

2278 kJ = 544 Calories in 44 minutes of staring at the sun.

Good luck with that!

Oh I almost forgot – this is only 1 eye, so you’d get 1088 Calories for 44 minutes. This also takes into account that the sun is directly over head (equator), and has maximum power, and that your pupil is dilated FULLY.

Anonymous (2,833) (@) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

If you only did this every day, you also could not piss or shit, ever.

Your body would instinctually start to eat itself.

You cannot simply synthesize the building blocks of your body from sunlight.

The claim that you can live on 44 minutes of sunlight alone with no food is completely bogus, I hope I have proved that.

Gosho (50) (@gosho) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, how did you calculate the amount of energy that the Sun provides? Everyone can spill a couple of numbers and say “I proved you are wrong” ;)

On topic, I believe it is possible to “feed off” the Sun – after all, life on Earth is entirely dependent on it – just it would be a matter of time (months, years?) for the body to adapt to the new way of accumulating energy.

Also, about eye damage, I guess it depends – if you gaze at noon, the Sun is very strong and might be damaging, but if its dusk/dawn, then it’s good. Also, pay attention to what your body is telling you – if it starts hurting too much, probably a good idea is to look away. Although I’ve noticed that there is a certain point (couple of tears might fall) after which there is no more pain and you can continue for an extended period of time.

I do it whenever possible and I enjoy it. Even if I still have to eat, at least it can lift your mood up and remind you that someone loves you.

Anonymous (2,833) (@) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

@gosho, Nasa’s website gave the number. The sun gives off so many photons per second per area on earth, you can calculate the energy then from that .

Do you not believe it? lol

I know that your body needs sunlight for Vitamin D synthesis. I am a lover of the sun, I worship it. The blue sky, the white fluffy clouds, and the sun are my best friends. I know the sun changes the mind & body for the better. But I am very skeptical that we can just evolve some sort of photosynthesis on command…

pat (169) (@epath) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

@odanife, There was a woman recently who died because she tried to follow that guru or a guru like him. She died of starvation.

I’d say don’t stare at the sun. Or at least study up on it a bit more rather than listening to anecdotes.

zoomboom (24) (@zoomboom) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

I tried with my polaroids on.Was fun man sun is really active lmao

zoomboom (24) (@zoomboom) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

and i personaly think directly looking at the sun is not a good idea you could just sit in the sun for sometime would be same i think. but its always fun to look at sun when its setting down or rising thats perfectly normal

TheisThatway (52) (@roguenet) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

I just started my sungazing cycle today.

Thomas (238) (@funfsinn14) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

@roguenet, how is the sungazing going?

Eq (9) (@truthseeker) 7 years ago ago


I know it’s probably going to be pretty much a shot in the dark but it’s still worth a try.. I’m thinking of writing about sungazing as part of an assignment at a course I’m taking, and before making up my mind about whether it’s a good idea or not, I thought I’d search some ground and see if there would be any people willing to share their stories with me. If so, hit me up. Many thanks in advance…. And ignore the username. I’m not hoping to find any ultimate  truth,so no pressure :-D 

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