The article below was published on August 2008. According to the article, since June 1995, Hira Ratan Manek “has lived only on sun energy and water. Occasionally for hospitality and social purposes he drinks tea, coffee and buttermilk.” If what the article said is accurate and Hira is still on his sunlight diet, he would have lived now for nearly 22 years consuming mostly sunlight through the process called sun gazing. – Pao Chang
By Alexander Timoshik, contributing writer for PravdaReport.com
Hira Ratan Manek claims that since 1995 he has lived many days solely on sunlight and water.
Sun gazing is the practice of staring directly at the sun to receive “nourishment” from it.
The practice is controversial since some believe that looking directly at the sun for even brief periods of time may cause blindness or severe damage to the eye. Most eye care professionals advise against looking directly at the sun.
“Sun gazing is a relaxed look at the sun just as we see sunrise and sunset,” Manek said. “It gives all benefits for health. Those who practice sun gazing get total health of mind, body and spirit without any cost … but only at safe times of the sun.”
Sun gazing is often practiced with the bare feet in direct contact with bare earth. Some sun gazers only sun gaze during the so-called safe hours, one half hour after sunrise and one half hour before sunset, while others feel that sun gazing can be done at other times of the day.
Manek, 69, from Bodhavad, India, has studied sun gazing for several years and claims that since June 1995 he has lived only on sun energy and water. Occasionally for hospitality and social purposes he drinks tea, coffee and buttermilk.
According to Manek and other proponents, sun gazing was practiced by a number of cultures including the ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans and Native American tribes as well as practitioners of Indian and Tibetan Yoga.
When asked how depriving the body of food would lead to adverse effects, Manek said the human body requires energy and that the sun is capable of providing the body with all the energy it needs to function.
Original title: Man lives for 11 years eating only sunlight