Sun Gazing

Sun Gazing is an ancient practice that existed in various cultures.
Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) rediscovered, researched and retaught Sungazing

*Warning: It can be harmful to look at the sun during non-safe hours (the time between one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset). Even during safe times, use your own intuition and common sense to gauge whether the sun is safe or unsafe at the time you are watching it. If you eyes are blinking very rapidly or if your face is getting heated up during the practice, you are probably watching the Sun during non-safe hours. Beginners are encouraged to do sun-gazing when UV index is absolutely zero, when the sun is dark orange or red in color (towards the beginning of sun-rise or toward the end of sunset).

*Sungazing is a very simple practice (read the detailed method below before your start the sun gazing practice) where you watch the Sun during safe hours (when UV index is 1 or 0) generally the first hour within sun rise or the last hour before sunset, barefooted on bare earth.

*You start by watching the sun during safe hours 10 seconds a day, and gradually increment the time you watch the sun by 10 seconds everyday until you reach 45 minutes (it will take 9 months to reach this number). Upon reaching 45 minutes you can revert back sungazing for 15 minutes a day to keep the benefits.

*Additionally you need to do Barefoot walking on warm earth (when UV index is around 2) and drinking Sun charged water.

HRM Method of Sungazing:

Summary of Safe Sun Gazing method. Please read the whole technique below in detail along with HRM's website before you commence sungazing practice.

Step 1:

Safe Sun Gazing is to be practised during safe hours, when the UV index is 0 or 1. The UV index is generally 0 or 1 within the first 60 minutes after sunrise and within the last 60 minutes before sunset. Absolute beginners should limit sungazing with first 5 minutes after sun rise and last 5 minutes before sunset. As they gradually increase their gazing time, and their eyes get used to the Sun, they can watch the sun during brighter period of the safe hour (1 hr within sunrise or sunset).

Step 2:

During the safe hour, take off your footwear, and stand barefoot on bare earth. The best choices to stand on and practice sun gazing are Beach sand, mud or dirt. NEVER Stand on Grass as it will drain your energy. If you cannot find bare earth like sand, mud or dirt; it is okay to practice on some other surfaces like concrete, tar road or on terrace although you might not get full benefit. (During winter months it is okay to watch the sun through the window of your house or with your footwear on).

Step 3:

Start watching the sun. You can allow your eyes to blink and flicker naturally. Just watch the sun naturally like you would watch any person from a distance, there is no special type of looking or gazing that needs to employed . Just stand erect comfortably and watch the sun naturally.

Step 4:

If your mind wanders, gently bring the attention back to watching the beautiful Sun.

Step 5:

Relax your neck and feel your feet while watching the Sun.

Step 6:

Have a conviction that the sun cannot do you any harm and that the light of the sun is beneficial to your mind, body and spirit. Even if you don't have this belief, you will still experience the benefits; but having faith in the process allows you to experience full benefits more easily.

Step 7:

The very first day of sun gazing, watch the sun (during safe hour) for a maximum of 10 seconds. On the second day, you can watch the sun for 20 seconds, and on third day you can watch the sun for 30 seconds. Keep increasing your practice time by 10 seconds every day. If you have really sensitive eyes like blue or gray eyes, then increment it just 5-8 seconds every day. You can use a cell phone timer or Kitchen timer to set your practice time accurately. Do not look elsewhere during the practice , just keep your attention on the sun effortlessly.

Step 8:

After finishing your practice close your eyes. Keep your eyes closed for at least 30 seconds until the internal image of the sun fades away. During this time you can visualize spreading the energy of the sun from your crown to the rest of the body. You can also say a prayer if you wish. Use your palms to close your eyes and let the eyes relax. Slowly turn away from the direction of the sun, and uncover your palms and slowly open your eyes. Make sure while opening your eyes, that you are looking elsewhere and not looking back at the sun. This step will help your eyes recover and reorient easily. You might notice that your vision has improved and everything looks sharper and clearer.

Step 9:

In 3 months you would have reached 15 minutes of sun gazing per day (provided you haven't skipped a day), In 6 months you would reach 30 minutes, and in 9 months you would reach 45 minutes of sun gazing per day. After you reach 45 minutes, take off a minute every day until you reach 15 minutes of sun gazing per day, and continue doing 15 minutes of SG every day. Continue to do barefoot walking 45 minutes a day on Bare dry warm earth. Bare dry warm earth (no grass) is the second best source of sun's energy, and helps activate your pineal gland and recharge your body.

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Tip 1:

Have Faith, that looking at the sun is really beneficial and safe for you.

Tip 2:

If you have lighter color eyes (blue or grey) increment 5-8 secs a day of Sun Gazing instead of 10 secs a day (darker eyes).

Tip 3:

If you want to do sungazing just for improving vision, you can stop increasing time once you reach 5 mins and continue sungazing 5 mins a day after that.

Tip 4:

Do not rush the process of 9 months to get to 45 mins.

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