Turns out people – like plants – can get nourishment directly from the sun, and not just Vitamin D.
Not only does sun-gazing not damage his eyes, his eyesight actually improves. And, the longer he does it, the less reliant he becomes on food.
“Your brain can become like a solar battery,” says Mason Dwinell, the main character of the film. “You can become solar powered.”
Mason’s journey was inspired by an Indian man named Hira Ratan Manek (HRM), who has lived almost solely on solar energy and water since 1995. HRM says he “accidentally lost his hunger” several months into his sun-gazing practice.
Mason followed HRM’s protocol for sun-gazing, which involves standing barefoot on bare earth (soil, mud or sand) and staring directly into the sun, only during the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset. HRM recommends starting with 10 seconds of sun-gazing the first day, and then adding about 10 seconds each day, until you reach 44 minutes.
“At that point your mind is supposedly fully charged,” Mason says in the film.
The process takes between 9 months and a year, depending on the weather.
Hira Ratan Manek
Dr. Sudhir Shah, a neurophysician in Mumbai, led a team of doctors and scientists that studied HRM for a full year of fasting.
“We did his ECG every month,” Shah said in the film. “We did his CAT scan and MRI and electroencephalogram of the brain every month. We did genetic testing, chromosomal studies, hair sampling, extensive biochemical studies, hormonal levels and endocrine levels.”
“We made sure he had no access to food by any means.”
“We didn’t find anything abnormal except an enlarged pineal gland.”
HRM’s brain scan, revealed a pineal gland three times the size of a normal man, despite his old age (70), when the gland tends to shrink.
The “Third Eye”
“There are several areas of the brain that are particularly involved with regulating most of the body’s basic functions, including the pineal gland,” said Andrew Newberg, professor of nuclear medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “If someone were able to actually cause those parts of the brain to be more active than typical, it’s possible that how we maintain ourselves could be altered.”
The theory is that the pineal gland gets stimulated by direct sunlight entering the brain through the eye – the only external part of the brain – and traveling along the retinal-hypothalamic tract.
“Only in the last few years have a number of scientific teams discovered the presence of a different type of photo receptor in the retina,” said David Sliney, manager of the laser/optical radiation program for the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine.
“Up until now everyone assumed we had cones and rods. There’s another type of receptor that’s been discovered that’s located in a neural layer of the retina that has a different neuropathway back to the brain and has a line to the pineal body in the brain.”
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science
How the human brain can transform into a solar power generator for the body remains largely a mystery. It’s a phenomenon scientists cannot yet fully explain, but also cannot deny.
“When I got intrigued with light and started looking at the historical record, of course it mentioned the Incans, the Aztecs, the Egyptians – everybody looked at the sun,” said Jacob Lieberman, fellow emeritus at the American Academy of Optometry. “Here today it’s ‘don’t look at the sun – you’ll burn your eyeballs out.'”
“As I was able to do it longer I could allow more of the light to enter not only without harming my eyes – my eyesight improved,” Lieberman said in the film.
Lieberman met a group of sun-gazers in Australia who didn’t eat.
“I discovered one, I could go 8 days without drinking, and two, you can live without eating,” he said. “There’s no question about it. It’s not a theory for me or anything I need to prove. I know it firsthand, I did it. I lived with people that did it. I had friends who didn’t eat for a year.”
The Holy Grail/Fountain of Youth
Sun-gazing occurred in almost every ancient civilization known to man, but was reserved for only high priests and forbidden to commoners. Today, the internet has revived the practice and spread its secrets all over the globe.
According to Gene Savoy – the real-life explorer who inspired the Indiana Jones movies – Christianity was originally a solar religion.
“What happened subsequently with Rome – when they outlawed looking at the sun – changed the church,” Gene’s son Sean said in the film. “Because the early Christians were looking at the sun.”
“The only way an individual could understand what Jesus was doing was to look at the sun,” Gene Savoy said. “They wanted to make spiritual faculties, normally dormant, awake. Once those faculties were awake they could then understand what he was doing. That’s the real power of the message of Jesus.”
Savoy wrote about his adventures to lost cities and his discoveries of secret priesthoods that lived to “great ages” in his book Project X: The Search for the Secrets of Immortality.
Sean Savoy talks more about his father’s knowledge here.