Eat the Sun – Journey into the little known world of sungazing

San Francisco, CA 2004: A flyer at school advertising a lecture by an elderly Indian gentleman sparks the imagination of a young man named Mason. The flyer reads: “You can become solar powered.” It also states that the Indian man giving the lecture, who goes by the acronym HRM (Hira Ratan Manek), has not eaten in over 8 years, a direct result of sungazing.

Intrigued, Mason begins this simple practice along with a few other classmates. Everyday, in accordance with HRM’s protocol, they stand barefooted on the bare earth looking directly into the sun and every day they add 10 seconds to their sungazing time. The goal, according to HRM, is to reach 44 consecutive minutes of looking directly at the sun … which could take 9 to 12 months to achieve … at which time one would be “fully charged”, meaning not only cured of all mental and physical ailments but also now without the desire or need to eat food.
In many ancient civilizations, from the Incas and Aztecs to the Greeks and Egyptians — this practice was exclusive to only the high priests and forbidden for ‘ordinary’ people. Today, with the help of the Internet, this revived practice is gathering global momentum.

Modern day sungazers claim a multitude of health benefits including better eyesight, enhanced vitality, weight loss and, in some more profound cases, a complete loss of the desire and need to eat food. The main theory of how this is possible focuses on the stimulation of the pineal gland from direct sunlight entering the brain via the eye — the only external expression of the brain — and traveling along the retinal-hypothalamic tract. (The pineal, once believed to have no function, is now considered a master gland, controlling the secretion of melatonin and serotonin). Brain scans of HRM, age 70, reveal a pineal gland 3 times the size of a normal man, despite his advanced age when the pineal tends to shrink. (Additionally, HRM was part of a 411-day medical study during which time he did not eat).

Mason soon discovers that this journey is going to be a lonely one, as society seems to revolve around food; family gatherings, social functions and dating all center on eating. But as his sungazing time increases so do the positive effects. As a former Olympic hopeful in ski jumping and cross-country skiing, Mason has experienced both physical and mental strengthening and he finds that sungazing is far more potent than anything he has felt before. On the downside, he is alienating himself from society; his girlfriend breaks up with him because of his obsession with sungazing, and others, including his family, are put off by his new zealousness.

When Mason approaches 40 minutes of sungazing his desire to eat fades. His conflicts are socially and culturally driven and counter to what he is actually feeling. The only reason he eats anything at all is because of social expectations and some self-doubt. Can this really be happening? Is it possible?

Mason’s loneliness and curiosity fuel his desire to meet other people who look at the sun — other than a 70 year old Indian man — in hopes that they can share their stories and experiences so he can better understand this phenomena. Eat The Sun follows Mason on a cross country tour that links him with a variety of colorful sungazers: a Hollywood lawyer, a practicing Mormon with 5 kids, a religious group that believes Jesus was a sungazer and even a sungazing ophthalmologist, some of whom have been sungazing for over 20 years. Interspersed with Mason’s journey are interviews with scientists and doctors.

Mason’s confusion builds as he navigates through this subculture of sungazing. His story culminates in his final decision to continue and finish HRM’s 44 minute protocol. Will Mason succeed? What will happen when he reaches 44 minutes of staring directly into the sun? Has HRM been truthful? Is it really possible to live without eating?

Eat The Sun is the story of one man’s struggle to uncover the truth and, ultimately, reveals the power of the mind.


  • The human digestive system is in the body for a reason. Nothing in the human body is a waste of space. Go, bask in the sunrise & sunset, gaze if you can. Choose your food wisely.

    More importantly, know what you’re doing and for what end purpose.

    I’m glad Mason has found his own path that’s more truthful for himself.

  • The science behind sunlight and sungazing.
    sunlight . orgfree . com/sungazing . htm
    Thanks for the upload.Love and light to ALL!

  • me again..wasn’t that Indian doctor the same doctor Sidhurishah studying Prahlad Jani for 10 days not being able to explain how he doesn’t eat AND doesn’t drink? :/

  • I have to say this , this guy (the main character is watching the sun when its too strong thats why his eyes are watering, i saw him watching him when the sun was on top of high mountain, THAT IS NOT SUNSET,watch the sun IF YOU CAN WHEN ITS AT EYE LEVEL, and when the color is red,orange.

  • The poeple who make sungazing their everything have created a religion for themselves. I knew HRM was a fraud the minute I saw him, but I do think sungazing is very beneficial and will decrease apetite.

  • If you see hess having trouble lookin at the sun at 07:31, he egnored the simptoms and he hurt hes eyes

  • I don’t get it.If sun gazing is beneficial why just not say ok it’s beneficial but you still have to eat. Maybe you’ll eat less than before and make better food choices but you still got to eat at least a little bit. Why go to extremes like HRM who supposedly doesn’t have to eat?Makes no sense.

  • You say HRM supposedly doesn’t eat. It was proven he went 411 days without food. Thats over a year so nobody can say we NEED food now. I personally believe sun gazing is our natural diet but we have all been so brainwashed into conventional thinking it feels like it’s going against everything we think we know. I also believe when sun gazing our consciousness improves which means our fears manifest themselves. For example, if your worried about your eyes, you will manifest eye damage.

  • Of course all the opticians are going to say that, they all spent 5+ years of their life haven’t mainstream theories drilled into them and they’ve only become an optician because they were able to remember and repeat everything they were told them. In other words, people who earn a degree are by far the most brainwashed people of society because theres no room for any alternative theories that go against mainstream thinking. They’re just excellent at repeating stuff and thats all. Its sad really

  • If we really cut through everything and get to the fundementals, food is the one thing that removes our freedom. Its the one thing that makes us controllable, so off course the authorities from the roman empire up till now have an invested interest in stopping us looking at the sun. I’ve come to learn that authorities always control through fear i.e telling us the sun is dangerous
    Without food we have no need to work, no need for money, without food we are truely free and thats a powerful truth.

  • ahahahahahaa i cant stop laughing! the guy eating raw beef is hilarious, its so natural but he makes a sauce in his blender so it doesnt taste boring. ahahaha

  • This was very interesting. I do believe it’s possible for some to live without eating. My main question though is, would Tratak Sadhana be just as good as sun gazing?

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