Subject: Solar Fasting
From: John Cullison < JDCullison@aol.com > | Show All messages posted by John Cullison |
Date: 23:21 Jul 30 2002 (7 months)
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Indian Claims To Be Solar Fed - No Food For A Year
January 2, 2001 06:00 CDT
The Times of India recently reported on a man who claims that he has not swallowed an ounce of food in the last 364 days. The only thing to pass his lips has been boiled water. He claims to be feeding off of the Sun.
Sixty-four-year-old retired mechanical engineer, Hira Ratan Manek, claims that the human body can turn into a photovoltaic cell and covert the rays of the sun into energy.
"We humans live primarily on secondary solar energy as the plants which we consume depend heavily on the sun to grow," Manek, a Kutchi living in Coimbatore, says. "All you need to do is learn to absorb from the primary source of solar energy."
Manek's health has been monitored by an array of doctors from the Health Care International Multitherapy Institute and the Jain Doctors Association since the beginning of his fast, which will last up to February 15 to complete 411 days.
According to Manek, in order to live off of the Sun, you start by looking straight into the rising morning sun for only a few seconds. Slowly, you bring your time up to 30 to 35 minutes. "If you do it gradually, your eyes will not be damaged and help in charging your brain with solar energy."
Once you reach 15 minutes, you slowly lose your hunger for food. "It is victory over hunger, not its suppression." By the time you reach 30 to 35 minutes your brain begins to develop the capacity to store solar energy. "All you need to do is take a walk barefoot for about 40 to 45 minutes in the sun everyday to recharge the energy."
"Only through this process can man achieve complete freedom or Moksha. You rid yourself from physical and psychological ailments. Psychosomatic ailments out of stress become a distant dream. But more importantly you develop a corona of energy around you. As this energy field becomes stronger, diseases don't harm you. Even your worst enemy will become harmless."
Eminent neuro-physician Sudhir Shah, who has been monitoring Manek's health with a team of doctors, says, "What we have is not 100 percent science, but hypothesis. However, we believe that this is a chronic case of adaptation syndrome where the body reduces its demand for energy after 16 to 30 days of fasting. This is done by downing the regulation of receptors."
Shah supports the possibility that the temporal lobe in the human brain, which is believed to control parapsychic activity like the sixth sense, may have been activated due to this process.
For Manek, the fast has both religious and scientific connotations. "All this search for a microchip to insert in the human brain to store loads of information and increase memory is ridiculous," he says. "We don't even use 10 percent of it. But once charged, its capacity is increased manifold. In fact, enlightenment in spiritual terms is nothing but 100 percent use of the brain!"