This article by Wayne Purdin presents an overview of the practice of sun gazing. With ancient roots in many world religions, sun gazing has resurfaced in 1992 when Hira Ratan Manek began teaching this powerful health tool. Learn about sun gazing and Wayne Purdin’s own experience with the power of sun gazing.
Sungazing for body, mind and soul
by Wayne Purdin
In all of God’s marvelous creation there is no creature more beautiful, powerful and intelligent than the sun. The sun provides us with light, energy and warmth. It makes plants grow. It regulates the hormonal cycles of animals and humans. It stimulates the production of vitamin D in our skin, which is essential for health, and the secretion of serotonin and melatonin in the brain, which are essential for well being.
But more than this, the ancient people in every culture and religion knew that sunlight was the key to immortality and enlightenment. The ancient Incas, Egyptians, Hindus, Zoroastrians, Essenes, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Native Americans would gaze at the sun during certain times of the day, recite special prayers and mantras, and perform mudras or hand gestures. Most traditional archaeologists and anthropologists dismiss this as the sun worship of primitive societies. They ignore the fact that the monotheistic solar religions of Zarathustra and Akhenaton liberated people for a short while from bondage to the superstitions of pantheistic religions and created peaceful Utopian societies. They also ignore the fact that the great teacher of sungazing, Lord Meru, otherwise known as El Dorado or Quetzalcoatl, raised the primitive tribes of the Central and South American jungles into civilized societies that had knowledge of medicine, metallurgy, farming, animal husbandry, writing, engineering, mathematics and astronomy with cities containing hundreds of stone buildings, water and sewer systems and paved roads. Scientists and historians fail to realize that the physical sun was only the outer symbol of the object of worship, which was the spiritual Sun behind the sun which can enlighten people and transform them into beings of light.
One maverick archaeologist, Gene Savoy, who discovered several lost cities of South America, read the records of this ancient solar science and rediscovered its principles and techniques. However, just as the sungazing Essenes did, Savoy kept this information secret and passed it on by word of mouth only to select initiates of his school.
Fortunately, in 1992, Sun yogi Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) began to teach simple, safe and enjoyable techniques of Sun yoga such as sungazing and sun-charged water. He had spent years researching and experimenting before he felt confident enough to offer this knowledge to the world. Since that time, he has taught hundreds of thousands of people attending countless lectures in dozens of countries across the globe. I attended one of them in Phoenix in May of 2005. I consider HRM a guide and confidant, but not a guru. As he tells people, “Sun gazing is a cost-free, guru-free practice that will free mankind from mental and physical disease and spiritual ignorance.”
Could it be that simple? Just gaze at the sun and your worries will melt away, your body will be healed and you’ll become enlightened? It sounded too easy to be true. But as I continued to faithfully sungaze every day and do the three other practices of sun yoga, I found myself becoming more carefree and loving, my “incurable” leukemia slowly died, and I have begun a walk with God that is peaceful and at the same time. I found sungazing while searching desperately for a cure for my Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). At the time, I was spending hours every day researching and trying various herbs, supplements and healing foods. At one point, I was taking a daily salvo of 43 different vitamins, herbs and minerals. To say that I was obsessed with my disease would be putting it mildly.
The first change I noticed after a couple of weeks of sungazing was that I wasn’t concerned as much about finding a cure. I would go for days without thinking about CLL. Over the course of the next 10 months, my blood tests showed a gradual improvement in white blood cell count and other markers. My hematologist told me that, while I wasn’t quite in remission, my condition had stabilized, and she changed the frequency of blood tests from three months to six months and eventually to once a year. Now I rarely think about CLL. At my last blood test, my white blood cell count and other markers were close to normal.
Sun gazing also increased the fire in my spirit, giving me more ambition to fulfill my life purpose as a writer. In the last couple of years, I’ve had several articles published in local magazines and newspapers, I have written three books and the first chapter of a fourth, and I have averaged over an article a day on examiner.com. Just as with the sungazing early Christian writers of the gospels, I would receive inspiration while sungazing. Thus, some of my writing is inspired from the sun.
I have experienced other benefits from sungazing, such as more energy, less need for sleep, loss of food cravings, the ability to be satisfied with small servings, improved eyesight, and better relationships. But what I find most life changing and satisfying are the spiritual benefits.
I haven’t developed spiritual powers or siddhis. I spent many years trying to do that with other techniques. But what I have acquired is a profound conviction that the source of all goodness in the universe, whether you call it God, “the Good,” the Great Central Sun, or whatever, will inspire me, guide and protect me, heal and comfort me, provide for my every need, and work miracles in my life for the greatest good of all concerned. I don’t get upset by set backs and problems; I now understand and live the great maxim “Let go and let God.” Before, I had always tried to solve a problem by researching it to death. I had always thought that the word “understanding” meant that when you stand under a problem and see all its underlying parts, you can arrive at a solution. But now my understanding of understanding is this: When you stand under the sun and receive its healing and enlightening rays, you will automatically arrive at the SOLution, for the sun is over all.
Author Wayne Purdin runs The Sun Center of Phoenix.
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