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Abodes of Surya – Konark Sun Temple

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The Konark Sun temple is probably the best and most majestic specimen of temple art in Orissa, India, despite its ruined state. The Konark sun temple attracts thousands of visitor every year because of it’s magnificent architecture and historical significance.

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History of Sun Temple at Konark, Orissa

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This professional YouTube video shares the significant history and amazing artwork of the Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa, India. This Sun Temple took 12 hundred artisans and architects 12 years to construct. Learn also about the curative powers of Suyra, the Hindu Sun god, and the legend of Samba, son of Lord Krishna, who was cured of leprosy by worshiping the sun.

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Here Comes the Sun: Surya Namaskar (2 of 2)

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That most familiar of asana sequences, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is as rich in symbolic and mythic overtones as it is in physical benefits. Part 2 of this article in Yoga Journal magazine teaches the asana sequence of Surya Namaskar and offers tips to deepen your yoga experience.

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Abodes of Surya – Surya Pahar

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The Surya Pahar temple is situated amongst several archaeological remains in Goalpara in Assam, India. This temple is an ancient center of sun worship that is literally an art gallery of Indian sculpture.

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Legends related to Surya

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Surya is the India god of the sun. Surya is often considered the highest god in the Vedas and the most important god to worship. This article summaries some of the stories and legends of Surya, the great Indian god of the sun.

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Ancient texts in India say Jesus Christ was a sun gazer

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In Swami Nirmalananda Giri’s article The Christ of India, Swami presents research that claims that Jesus Christ was a practicing sun gazer.  Sun gazing was a common practice in the Essene sect of early Christianity.

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Seeing Beyond the Sun by Swami Nirmalananda Giri (part 1)

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This commentary on the Isha Upanishad by Swami Nirmalananda Giri discusses the significant of the sun in spiritual practice. The outer material aspects of the sun and the inner metaphysical aspects of the sun are discussed in detail. Part 1 discusses the six characteristics of the “golden orb” of the sun: physcial sunlight and it’s affects on the human body and pineal gland; sunlight prana; consciousness; mind; and atman or spiritual Self; and the evolutionary urge.

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Life Positive: Sun Yogi of India

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The incredible story of a man who has overcome the need to take food or water by absorbing energy directly from the sun through a system that he is now teaching. Learn about the Sun Yogi Umashanka in this Life Positive magazine story.

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Martand, India – Vedic center of Sun worship

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Throughout history, the Sun has honored by many spiritual cultures as a focus of worship.  Offering praise and thanks to the Sun was common in India during the time of the Vedas and Vedic culture.  Locations and temples of Sun worship still exist, such as this temple in Martand, India.

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Feasting on Sunshine by Dr. Mercola

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Dr. Mercola, owner of the largest alternative health website online, posted a comprehensive article on Sun Gazing on January 8, 2009.  This article includes Dr. Mercola’s own thoughts, the pratice and process of Sun Gazing, Hira Ratan Manek, the pineal gland, skeptics’ opinions, and research findings.

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CNN – Mystic’s fast baffles doctors

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A 76-year-old Indian mystic claims to have survived the past 68 years — yes, years — without eating, drinking or going to the toilet.  A 10-day trial under 24 hour surveillance by a team of medical doctors has scientists baffled.  Prahlad Jani says his fasting ability is divinely inspired.

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Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy inspired by the Sun

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The great sage of India Rabindranath Tagore lived up to his name – Rabi means the Sun.  Read how Rabindranath Tagors carried the message of the Sun in his songs, poems, and books.

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Abodes of Surya – Sun Worship in India

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India has one of the world’s earliest records of sun worship. This article reveals some the sun temples that exist in India. These temples were once the centers of spiritual worship and now function largely as tourist centers and historic landmarks.

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What If? The movie features Sun Yogis HRM and Uma Sankar

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What If? The Movie focuses on humanity’s truly unlimited potential, while show-casing extraordinary ideas and people from around the globe. Featuring sun gazers Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) and Uma Sankar, and 31 other extraordinary people.

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Suryayog the Panacea

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“The human body is not mere flesh and bones but also has electromagnetic dust, where rays from the Sun (Surya) can cause positive vibrations to balance the body, mind and spirit naturally. [The] human body is a gigantic Atomic Reactor and a moving Power House. Brain is the Generator and heart is the Transmitter”.

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Institute of Healing and Alternative Therapy to teach Suryayog

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On June 9, 2003, The Times of India annoucned that The Institute of Healing and Alternative Therapy in Patna, India will begin teaching courses on Suryayog and the power of the Sun.

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Course After Death by Swami Krishnananda

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Swami Krishnananda’s discourse on The Chhandogya Upanishad teaches about the journey of the soul after the death of the body. Ancient seers of India taught that the soul journeys to the sun after death. A properly evolved soul would be allowed passage through the sun and into higher spiritual realms. Teachings on prana, nadis, nerves, and kundalini are included in this discourse.

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Discovery Channel documentary on breatharian Prahlad Jani

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On June 26, 2006, The Discovery Channel aired a documentary featuring Prahlad Jani – a man who has not eaten food nor water for over 60 years. Dr. Sudhir Shah hypothesized that Prahlad Jani is receiving nourishment from the sun – similar to the sun yogi Hira Ratan Manek.

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Suryayog helps one find solutions within oneself

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Surya Swami gives this interview to The Times of India on June 6, 2003.  Surya Swami teaches Suryayog a yoga practice that includes gazing at the sun with naked eye, chanting mantras, deep breathing, a few yogic postures and bowing to Nature.

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Secret Mysteries of the Sun Revealed

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Sungazer and author Wayne Purdin published an article on the history of Sun Gazing and Sun Worship in the  Spring 2008 edition of the World Explorer Magazine (vol.5 no.1).  Includes the history of Sun Worship in the spiritual traditions: Egypt, Judaism, Christianity, Rosicrucian, Essene, Gnostics, Knights Templar, Cathars, and India Yoga.

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Open Your Heart, Let in the Light of the Sun

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This article by The Times of India shares the connection between the Love and the Sun, as taught in India’s greatest spiritual texts.  Connection are made in the teachings of Jesus, Tagore, and the Torah.

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What is Sunlightenment?

This website is dedicated to the free discemination of information on the healing powers of the Sun and the spiritual practices of Sun Gazing and Surya (Sun) Yoga. All information is given in the spirit of the Sun, whom shares its Light and Love without restriction. May all of humanity benefit from the enlightening energy of the Sun and the wisdom of all beings who share in this service of Sun Yoga.


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