Why practice Sun gazing

Surya yoga (Surya = Sun) is the highest yoga and the fastest path to union according to Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, as he wrote: “Surya yoga includes all: worship, wisdom, empowerment as well as purity, activity and devotion, the light and the sacred fire of divine love… By practicing Surya yoga, we strengthen the connection between ourselves and the force that gives life to the entire Universe: the Sun”.

Omraam refers to the inner sun, the spiritual guide that illuminates us internally, the physical sun is merely the reflection of the spiritual.

In free rendering, we would call it sungazing or sungazing. It may sound a bit strange, but in fact the technique of Sun gazing was known to many ancient cultures, such as the Mayans, Greeks, Egyptians, Essenes, Aztecs, Incas, Tibetans and Chinese. Even today in South America, especially in Peru and the cultures of the Andes, the biggest annual celebration is dedicated to the sun with similar traditions.

In India, sungazing is said to have appeared about two thousand years ago with the teachings of Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. Surya yoga is associated with the practice called Surya Namaskar and is still practiced today, although its meaning, its correct procedure, has been lost over time.

In the 20th century Surya yoga became known in the West through three people. The first was Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov philosopher and leading teacher of Western Esotericism in 20th century Europe, who left a vast body of knowledge in his nearly fifty years of teaching. Over seventy books have been published from his notes with enough material for 400 more books.

The second person was the archaeologist, Gene Savoy, who discovered many lost cities of South America. There he studied several texts of ancient solar science and brought to light rich material on the principles and techniques of heliotheasis.

The third person is Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) who claims to have learned about the existence of this ancient technique in 1962 while at Sri Aurobindo’s ashram. It took 30 years of research and experimentation before he felt confident enough to offer this knowledge to the world. Since 1992, he has taught hundreds of thousands of people in more than 1,500 lectures, in twelve countries around the world.

The practice of Sun gazing

Warning: For your safety before applying any technique for the first time you need to consult your doctor or be guided by an experienced teacher.

Viewing the sun requires no special training or equipment. What you need are the three “bare” foundations: 1) with bare feet 2) on bare ground 3) with naked eyes and of course not “playing with fire”. Direct exposure to the sun can damage the eyes and cause irreversible retinal damage and vision loss. The safest times of the day for Sun gazing are when the sunlight is soft, that is, from sunrise and for 30 minutes or 30 minutes before sunset and until sunset.

Sunrise light has more UV rays, while sunset light has more infrared rays. Both are beneficial, so it is recommended to divide the total viewing time, per day, between sunrise and sunset for a more balanced result.

Hira Rattan Manek has created a specific Sun gazing protocol that lasts 9 months with a gradual increase in viewing up to 44 minutes, which is the maximum of beneficial solar exposure with the naked eye. During the 9 months the practitioners start with 10 seconds of sun gazing and add 10 seconds each day.

According to Manek, during the first three (3) months of practice, the pineal gland is activated: the energy of the sun, passing through the Ajna chakra, accumulates in the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus has two very important functions:

  1. A) Adjusts the autonomic nervous system (visceral motility, sleep-wake rhythm, body temperature, appetite, emotional states) and
  2. B) It affects the endocrine system that produces oxytocin, a substance often referred to as the “love hormone”, and it is the one that makes us calm, confident and likable.

In addition, the pineal gland when stimulated secretes melatonin and serotonin, two hormones that regulate sleep/wake cycles and positive states of mind. Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant that reduces the effects of aging.

In the video below you can see the presentation and analysis of the technique by Hira Rattan Manek.

Furthermore, from studies conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University, a significant increase in the size of the pineal gland was observed in people who practiced sungazing compared to the average normal person.

Over the next 6 months, the protocol suggests gradually increasing sun exposure up to forty-four (44) minutes per day, with specific steps adding 10 seconds of sun exposure per day.

Then Manek confirms that the solar energy has charged all the cells of the brain and all the cells of the body and it is no longer necessary to continue the practice.

How to look the sun in the eyes Sun gazing

1) Drink a glass of water before and after Sun gazing because Sun gazing can become a very cathartic experience and water helps flush out toxins.

2) If you wear glasses take them off, but contact lenses can stay on. Look towards the sun calmly, without straining. It’s okay to blink. If you tear up, don’t rub your eyes. Tears provide excellent hydration.

3) Don’t be impatient. Put aside high expectations because the more you push things, the more the results are delayed. Play like a child with the sun and enjoy its beauty without demands, only with love and gratitude.

4) Start gradually, looking at the sun for a few seconds, then close your eyes and try again after a while. The goal is to gradually increase the viewing time, daily, until you feel comfortable. The limit is 44 minutes which can occur over a period of 9 months.


As in all things we need patience. This technique requires a gradual and conscious effort to protect the retina. If you feel any discomfort, you better stop at that moment because it is a sign that you are overstepping your limits.

If you feel pain in your eyes or if you notice differences in your vision during the day, this means that you need to see a specialist immediately.

Apply with discipline the proven method of 10 seconds a day and do not exaggerate in any case as intense exposure to the sun is not at all safe.

It is also helpful to maintain an attitude of non-attachment. In South America they say that you need to be careful not to fall in love with the sun because you can be sucked in by its energy. In other words, you can get carried away in excesses and the results can be harmful to the body or the mind.

IMPORTANT: The information on this website is not intended to replace a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended to be medical advice.