“ Eat the Sun “ is a documentary about Sungazing, the ancient practice of starring directly into the sun.While modern science warns of it’s dangers, adherents claim physical as well spiritual health benefits. They claim that it enables one to harmonize and recharge the body with life energy and rid oneself of all physical and mental illnesses. Not only that but also that a person can live just on solar energy for very long periods without eating any food.
That’s just silly scientists say, you’ll burn your retina and cause permanent damage to your sight perhaps even complete blindness.
Even so, Hira Ratan Manek, a spiritual teacher from India, claims he has subsisted on nothing but the sun’s energy for the last 12 years. He has been studied by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania and they have they found his claims to be true. The medical evidence they say suggests he is more healthy than a normal person 76 years of age.
“I went into this thinking much like anyone else would, that this is one of the more ridiculous things I’ve ever heard, that it’s absurd,” he said. “Most of us go through life believing there are some unshakable universal truths, like if you don’t eat you’ll die, or if you stare at the sun you’ll go blind.” says “ Eat the Sun’s “ director, Peter Sorcher,
“I was one of those people too and probably still am. But I found that in making this film there are other ways of thinking that don’t necessarily coexist with science or with what one might call rational thinking. I now think that the power of belief can lead to extraordinary things. “ Modern science still says unequivocally no.
( check out the dismissive Wikipedia entry on Sungazing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sungazing )
We nourish our bodies with food, plants and animal products that were nourished by the energy they got from the sun, so who knows maybe Sungazing is just cutting out the middle man.
Here’s some Sungazing links:
and Hira Ratan Manek’s site: