Hira Ratan Manek
Hira Ratan Manek is the world leader in the Sun Gazing movement. Known to many as HRM, he re-discovered the secrets of sun gazing and has been sharing them with the world for 22 years. HRM began his research into this lifelong interest in the ancient practice, a very advanced method of Yoga, in 1992. He was inspired by his knowledge of the practice by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Native Americans. Yet his primary influence was a 26 hundred year old teaching on the practice by Lord Mahavir of Jains.
What HRM has proven is that a person can live just on solar energy for very long periods without eating any food. This has come to be known as the HRM phenomenon. To prove the validity of his scientific discovery HRM has undergone extensive fasting during which he took in just sun energy and only water and was under the control and observation of various science and medical teams.
His first supervised fast in 1995-1996, living only on sunlight energy and water was for 211 days in Calicut, India. Then in 2000-2001, HRM fasted for 411 days under the constant supervision of a team of international doctors. HRM has also been studied for 130 days by a team of neurologists at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This medical science team, led by leading authorities on the brain and pineal gland, found that the gray cells in HRM's brain are regenerating. Photos documented neurons were reported to be active and not dying. Furthermore, the pineal gland was expanding and not shrinking which is typically what happens after mid fifties and its maximum average size is about 6 x 6 mm, however for HRM, it has been measured to be at 8 x 11 mm. As other have also now proven this phenomenon, scientists and doctors have agreed that hunger is being reduced if not eliminated. This method of taking in sunlight has also been credited with curing all kinds of psychosomatic, mental and physical illnesses as well as increasing memory power and mental strength.
Now over 75, HRM has traveled the world from India for 12 years giving on average 300 free lectures on sungazing in different languages each year. His interviews and documentaries have appeared in leading media and TV all over the world. There are now Solar Healing Centers coming up worldwide and facilitating a global group of HRM Phenomenon practitioners.