Monday, 20 July 2009

Human Photosynthesis - back to our origins?

An interview with Hira Ratan Manek by Miriam Knight

Hira Ratan Manek was born in 1937 and grew up in Kerala, India, getting his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Kerala. After graduation, he joined the family business, which was shipping and spice trading, and continued working there until he retired in 1992. After he retired, he began to study sun gazing, particularly the teachings of Lord Mahavir of the Jains, who practiced this method two thousand six hundred years ago. Since June 1995 HRM has lived on sun energy, water and the occasional cup of tea or buttermilk "for social purposes."

MK: Hira, you stopped eating solid food in 1995 and have baffled the doctors and scientists who have studied you during water fasts of 211 and 411 days. How do you manage it?

HRM: This is an ancient practice based on logic and modern biological science that relys on water and sunlight for energy. This is really photosynthesis taking place in the human body.

MK: Is it an all or nothing thing or are there increasing benefits from increasing exposure to the sun?

HRM: Yes, there are three divisions. First comes the mental health that you get with three months of gazing at the sun. You must start slowly with 10 seconds and work up to, say, 15 minutes a day, but only within the first hour after sunrise or before sunset. For children you limit it to 5 minutes. You don’t have to give up food, just reduce the quantities. And the best health drink is solarized water – leave it in the sun in glass jars. It is even better if you put gemstones in it.

If you do this for six months you get physical health. If you go for nine months, then you get spiritual health also. It is your choice.

What we are scared about nowadays is the ultraviolet effect of sunlight. Modern science has misguided us by referring to UV light at midday. But sunlight doesn’t always have the bad ultraviolet. It has been proved that during the first hour after sunrise or before sunset in any part of the world and at any time of the year, there is zero UV.

MK: Why does the light bring that kind of effect?

HRM: Because from birth we have infinite powers. Our brain is a supercomputer. We are moving into an age where computers will be a thing of the past. We will be using our "brainuter!" The power we enjoy from birth is the software of this computer. Then our thinking process is the combination of the keyboard and the mouse. Now what this computer lacks is the power supply, and the power supply is the sun energy. After all we know that this generates electricity. This light can enter the brain only through the human eye. The eye is connected directly to the brain – that is a medical fact....

....Even medical men agree that the body requires only energy, not food. When we eat plants, we convert food into energy, but it is a secondary source of sun energy. That is why the raw food people say not to cook, because the sun energy will be lost. The energy in non-vegetarian food is even more degraded....

....Your body has the mechanism to absorb sunlight directly to the brain and stimulate five important glands. The pineal gland, what we call the third eye, used to be considered useless by medical science. But it has been scientifically demonstrated, with before and after MRIs, that as the pineal gets activated, more and more neurons regenerate in the brain.

MK: Tell me about the development of the spiritual side after a year of this practice.

HRM: Yes, that is the best thing. Why are we backward in spiritualism? Because we lack mental health and spiritual balance. We have so many desires, desires... They are killing our physical system and disturbing our peace and world peace.

When you are in perfect balance, positive and fearless, you will not harm other people. What is sin, after all but harming others? When there is no sin, you are in the spiritual kingdom; the best things will come to you automatically. It is simple – don’t harm others.

MK: What is the vision that drives you to lecture all around the world?

HRM: Global healing and peace everywhere. There will be no energy crisis because sun energy will never end; no pollution because sun energy never produces pollutants; no obesity and no hunger; no aids and no cancer. All will be mentally, physically and spiritually fit. Yes, we are moving towards the golden age of satyayuga from the present kaliyuga – from bad to eternal good.

Anybody with questions, doubts or difficulties in understanding is welcome to write to HRM at, or go to his website:

Thankyou to Hira Ratan Manek and Miriam Knight. The full version of this interview is available at :

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