Can humans live without food? Is it possible to live solely off the sun’s energy? New studies have shown that people are able to gain the essential nutrients needed for life by walking barefoot on earth and staring into the sun. Hira Ratan Manek was studied by multiple teams of scientists, which all concluded “that he does indeed possess the almost ‘super-human’ ability of not eating, gained through his dedication to this interesting marvel” (Bliss). The HRM phenomenon (named after Manek) is caused by the energy of the sun “moving through the eyes and charging the hypothalamus tract” which over time energizes the brain. People who practice this method have suggested that by not eating food, they are able to lead a more positive and confident life. Bliss states that by starting the diet, “you will first experience a relief of mental tension and worry, since most worry is fueled by the energy received by the foods we eat”. Manek considers food “nothing but a secondary source of sun energy” (Timoshik). Once a person has reached nine months of sun gazing it is advised they “walk barefoot on the earth, 45 minutes per day” (Bliss). Practicing this exercise activates certain glands associated with each toe. “The big toe is thought to be aligned with the pineal gland, the second toe with the pituitary, then the hypothalamus, thalamus and finally the pinky toe correlates to the amygdala. Walking barefoot, with the sun now falling on the top of your head, practitioners claim to create a sort of magnetic field in and around your body that recharges you and your brain.” (Bliss)
To put this belief to the test, doctors from “India as well as scientists from Penn State and Thomas Jefferson University” observed Manek “in a hospital 24 hours a day for 120 days” (Croce). During this observation he “maintained a normal level of activity by only consuming water and gazing at the sun” (Croce). He was also observed by “a team of medical doctors at the University of Pennsylvania” (funded by NASA) for twenty four hours a day for one hundred days (Bliss). This study came to the same conclusion, Manek was “able to survive largely on light with occasionally a small amount of buttermilk or water during this time” (Bliss).
Manek has practiced sun gazing since “June 1995” and “reportedly hasn’t eaten solid food since”, though on occasion to show hospitality “he drinks tea, coffee, and buttermilk” (Timoshik and Croce).
Sun gazing has been practiced by many cultures including “the ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, and Native American tribes as well as practitioners of Indian and Tibetan Yoga” (Timoshik)