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Man lives for 11 years eating only sunlight
Pravda ^ | August 28, 2006 | by Alexander Timoshik

Posted on 08/28/2006 8:31:36 AM PDT by aculeus

Hira Ratan Manek claims that since 1995 he has lived many days solely on sunlight and water.

Sun gazing is the practice of staring directly at the sun to receive “nourishment” from it.

The practice is controversial since some believe that looking directly at the sun for even brief periods of time may cause blindness or severe damage to the eye. Most eye care professionals advise against looking directly at the sun.

“Sun gazing is a relaxed look at the sun just as we see sunrise and sunset,” Manek said. “It gives all benefits for health. Those who practice sun gazing get total health of mind, body and spirit without any cost … but only at safe times of the sun.”

Sun gazing is often practiced with the bare feet in direct contact with bare earth. Some sun gazers only sun gaze during the so-called safe hours, one half hour after sunrise and one half hour before sunset, while others feel that sun gazing can be done at other times of the day.

Manek, 69, from Bodhavad, India, has studied sun gazing for several years and claims that since June 1995 he has lived only on sun energy and water. Occasionally for hospitality and social purposes he drinks tea, coffee and buttermilk.

According to Manek and other proponents, sun gazing was practiced by a number of cultures including the ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans and Native American tribes as well as practitioners of Indian and Tibetan Yoga.

When asked how depriving the body of food would lead to adverse effects, Manek said the human body requires energy and that the sun is capable of providing the body with all the energy it needs to function.

“What we traditionally eat is nothing but a secondary source of sun energy,” he said. “But the body has a mechanism to receive energy directly from the sun and store it to use as it requires.”

Some positive results reported by sun gazers are increased energy level and decreased appetite.

Pravda.ru has recently published an article about another case of so called “sun eating”.

Nikolai Dolgoruky calls himself a “sun eater.” He lives in the Dnepr region of Ukraine. He feeds only on prana and solar energy.

“After arriving in a village where he lives, I saw a barefooted man standing on the porch. He was wearing a bright orange dress with the sun embroidered on the chest. The man’s face looked otherworldly, his eyes glistened, and a smile crossed his face. He moved about easily and seemed to be barely touching the ground. He did not have no sunken cheeks nor bags under his eyes. His skin was glowing from inside as if he were a happy teenaged girl”. (Read the full text of the article “Ukrainian man eats only sunshine and lives by the law of flowers”)


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Link for article about his Ukranian competitor who is pictured below.

Nikolay Dolgoruky

1 posted on 08/28/2006 8:31:36 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus

The sunlight that passes thru the holes in swiss cheese and donuts..........


2 posted on 08/28/2006 8:33:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: aculeus

Somebody send this article to Cindy Sheehan.


3 posted on 08/28/2006 8:34:34 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: aculeus

Well feed me corn and watch me grow! Hira sure sounds like fun on a date!

I wonder what sun-block level he uses?


4 posted on 08/28/2006 8:34:42 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: aculeus

All we need is another diet fad.


5 posted on 08/28/2006 8:34:51 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: aculeus

Tastes like chicken.


6 posted on 08/28/2006 8:35:07 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: aculeus

As they used to say: "There is no Truth in Pravda"


7 posted on 08/28/2006 8:35:29 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ( “I'm the Emperor, and I want dumplings!” (German: Ich bin der Kaiser und will Knödel.))
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To: aculeus

Unless he is making chlorophyll in his cells, he's going to be one blind, dead hippy unless he eats something.


8 posted on 08/28/2006 8:35:39 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: martin_fierro; Constitution Day

Everyone knows sunlight has more nutrients than "host" ess cupcakes.


9 posted on 08/28/2006 8:35:42 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Where did I leave my matches?)
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To: aculeus

10 posted on 08/28/2006 8:35:48 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: aculeus
Occasionally for hospitality and social purposes he drinks tea, coffee and buttermilk.

Hmmmm....I'm wondering just how much buttermilk?????

11 posted on 08/28/2006 8:36:07 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: aculeus

12 posted on 08/28/2006 8:36:10 AM PDT by Lando Lincoln (For what cause would a liberal go to war? (Revolutions don't count))
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To: demkicker

I saw him at Burger King just the other night.


13 posted on 08/28/2006 8:36:29 AM PDT by xxyyxx
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To: aculeus

There was a cult in Oakland (one of many I recall) called the breathairians. You didn't eat, you just breathed. One night someone took a photo of the founder in the drive-thru lane at MickyDs. End od organization.


14 posted on 08/28/2006 8:36:47 AM PDT by osideplanner
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To: aculeus

I just drink beer at night. Works for me.


15 posted on 08/28/2006 8:36:58 AM PDT by mad puppy ( The Southern border is THE issue)
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To: COUNTrecount

Wow.
With skin like that, you could make shoes...


16 posted on 08/28/2006 8:38:00 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: COUNTrecount
LOL!!
17 posted on 08/28/2006 8:38:11 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: aculeus
Well, when you think about it, most food comes ultimately from sunlight. Sunlight is what makes plants grow, and those plants are eaten by cows, pigs, birds, etc..

I've lived for nearly 40 years on sunlight! (lightweight)

18 posted on 08/28/2006 8:38:34 AM PDT by TChris (Banning DDT wasn't about birds. It was about power.)
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To: aculeus

Even if it is true, which I doubt, who would choose to live like that? Never mind.


19 posted on 08/28/2006 8:39:15 AM PDT by Aliska
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To: aculeus
Totally ridiculous...

Everyone knows that only people from the destroyed planet of Krypton can get their nourishment solely from the sun.
20 posted on 08/28/2006 8:39:37 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: aculeus
"They lived on love ... and air."

Name the author or the short story, win a virtual prize!

21 posted on 08/28/2006 8:39:45 AM PDT by ikka
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To: aculeus

I saw a host in the sun once...


22 posted on 08/28/2006 8:40:32 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (What Darwin denied he now regrets)
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To: COUNTrecount

lol


23 posted on 08/28/2006 8:41:13 AM PDT by meanie monster
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To: aculeus


What the...?


24 posted on 08/28/2006 8:41:34 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: aculeus

I believe they're called 'Breatharians'... (from a comedy central show about guys with eating disorders)


25 posted on 08/28/2006 8:41:50 AM PDT by farlander (Strategery - sure beats liberalism!)
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To: aculeus

Uhhhh....right...

"blleeeek...bleek!" (Sound of car doors being locked...)


26 posted on 08/28/2006 8:42:27 AM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: aculeus

Damn, what if it's cloudy?

I guess he'd "starve" in Seattle. LOL


27 posted on 08/28/2006 8:42:44 AM PDT by maggief
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To: aculeus; mikrofon; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim; dead; Constitution Day

"How do you do it? Ukraine your neck and look up!"

28 posted on 08/28/2006 8:42:58 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Fools Russian. . . .)
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To: mysterio

There is also the small matter of cellular components to account for. Unless 'sun gazing' converts photons into actual molecules....

It hurts for me to write that.


29 posted on 08/28/2006 8:43:11 AM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: ikka
Al Gore?

Love Canal Story?

30 posted on 08/28/2006 8:43:17 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afganistan and Iraq))
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Where do you think that skin came from???


31 posted on 08/28/2006 8:43:21 AM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: aculeus
“What we traditionally eat is nothing but a secondary source of sun energy,” he said. “But the body has a mechanism to receive energy directly from the sun and store it to use as it requires.”

Athough he seems to have the IQ of a plant (or is as clever as a fox), he doesn't have the biochemical makeup to convert sun energy to squat. Even plants, which have clorophyll, need a source of carbon and other elements to build and replace cells and run essential machinery.

32 posted on 08/28/2006 8:44:00 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus
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To: aculeus; Charles Henrickson; Constitution Day; dead; dighton; Lazamataz; mikrofon; Thinkin' Gal; ...
Man lives for 11 years eating only sunlight

And watching only Monty Python.

33 posted on 08/28/2006 8:44:06 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: COUNTrecount; aculeus

LOL. Well, some people go overboard.

According to
http://www.falconblanco.com/sungazing/manekji.htm
the maximimum one should stare at the sun is 44 minutes a day

Close up

http://www.falconblanco.com/sungazing/manek.jpg


34 posted on 08/28/2006 8:44:19 AM PDT by bwteim (bwteim: Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: aculeus

35 posted on 08/28/2006 8:44:24 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on......)
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To: aculeus

Elwood is that you?

Rubber Biscuit-The Blue Brothers A Briefcase Full of Blues

Bow bow bow...

(um, do that again)

Bow bow bow...

Have you ever heard of a wish sandwich? a wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you, hee hee hee, wish you had some meat...

Bow bow bow...

Ummm... the other day I had a ricochet biscuit. a ricochet biscuit is the kind of a biscuit that's supposed to bounce back off the wall into your mouth. if it don't bounce back... you go hungry!

Bow bow bow...

Umm, umm, umm... the other day I had a cool water sandwich and a sunday-go-to-meetin' bun...

Bow bow bow...

Hee hee hee hee... what da ya want for nothing? ... a rubber biscuit?

Bow bow bow...


36 posted on 08/28/2006 8:44:41 AM PDT by Boiler Plate (Mom always said why be difficult, when with just a little more effort you can be impossible.)
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To: aculeus

I bet his neighbor drinks cow urine... another big thing in India... {/rolling eyes...


37 posted on 08/28/2006 8:44:52 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: aculeus
According to Manek and other proponents, sun gazing was practiced by a number of cultures including the ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans and Native American tribes as well as practitioners of Indian and Tibetan Yoga.


Egyptian Ruins


Aztec Ruins


Mayan Ruins

38 posted on 08/28/2006 8:44:54 AM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (There's a fine, fine line between a stoat and a sporkweasel.)
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To: SteveMcKing

His brain may be composed primarily of vegetable matter, therefore it can create the needed nutrients via photosynthesis.

... or not...


39 posted on 08/28/2006 8:46:41 AM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: aculeus

So I'm curious. Why are they starving in Africa? Seems like there's plenty of sunlight...


40 posted on 08/28/2006 8:47:35 AM PDT by CertainInalienableRights
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To: aculeus; mikrofon; martin_fierro
"His skin was glowing from inside as if he were a happy teenaged girl."

Sun-Dieter:


41 posted on 08/28/2006 8:48:31 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Ich bin ein Sun-Dieter.)
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To: aculeus

Paging Al Gore. This guy can eat the big, bad sun!


42 posted on 08/28/2006 8:48:47 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Does he have to worry about skin cancer on his tonsils?


43 posted on 08/28/2006 8:49:25 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: bwteim

Better than South Beach diet?

44 posted on 08/28/2006 8:50:17 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: aculeus

Not to mention the nutritional value of Bullsh*t.


45 posted on 08/28/2006 8:51:26 AM PDT by Natural Law
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To: aculeus

The first documented Human Chia Pet......


46 posted on 08/28/2006 8:51:36 AM PDT by blasater1960 ( Ishmaelites...Still a wild-ass of a people....)
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To: osideplanner

I once heard Bubba the Love Sponge interview that guy. Hilarious!


47 posted on 08/28/2006 8:51:47 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (We gotta watch out for the Hellbazoo and the Hamas...)
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To: aculeus
Okay...sounds like a supermarket tabloid story...When these 'sun eating' guys are featured in Scientific American, then I'll give the idea a think...until then, "pass the potatoes".
48 posted on 08/28/2006 8:51:48 AM PDT by aligncare (Journalists killed journalism)
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To: bwteim
Interesting paragraph from that link:

If there is a problem of macular degeneration, Shri Manek suggests to do the following modified exercise: Look at the sun for a second or so. Then close your eyes and “see” the image of the sun in the “third eye” (ajna chakra – middle of the eyebrows). Keep focusing on this mental image as long as it persists. When the image goes away, open the eyes and just look at the sun once again, and then repeat the process (focus on the image with closed eyes). Repeat a third time. Do this until the image persists for about 5-6 minutes. At this time, the macular problem will be healed, and then you can do the regular practice.

Somehow, staring at the sun to cure macular degeneration sounds counterproductive.
49 posted on 08/28/2006 8:53:25 AM PDT by CertainInalienableRights
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To: aculeus

What a load of horse hockey. Living off the sun and no food. This guy is a totally flipped out tree huggine freakazoid. Maybe we could send him to the sun and then he could live forever. Idiot.


50 posted on 08/28/2006 8:54:30 AM PDT by TexasPatriot8 (Irrational is the person who is offended by the mention of a God that he doesn't believe exists.)
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