Active sun gazer Wayne Purdin is the founder of The Sun Center of Phoenix, located in Phoenix, Arizona USA. In this article, Wayne traces the roots of sun worship as practiced in Arizona. Articles includes a photograph of Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) at the Hohokam ruins near Phoenix, Arizona.
Ancient and modern sun worshipers of Phoenix
On Summer Solstice 2005, I arose in the predawn darkness and drove to the Shaw Butte trailhead near Thunderbird and Central Avenue. My objective was the ruins of an ancient Hohokam solar observatory near the peak and I hoped to reach it before sunrise. I had read that archeologists had recently discovered a chamber whose doorway exactly aligned with the Summer Solstice rising sun. I wanted to meditate in that chamber and gaze upon the rising sun just as Hohokam initiates had done hundreds of years ago. But much to my chagrin, when I arrived at the ruins, I discovered three archeologists in the chamber with a video camera filming a documentary about the Hohokam. I had to settle on a spot adjacent to the chamber to do my sun gazing. The archeologists filmed me as an example of a modern-day sun worshiper.
HRM at Hohokam ruins.
HRM at Hohokam ruins.
With an average of 325 sunny days every year, Phoenix is a Mecca for sun worshipers who want to escape the cold and clouds of most other cities. But recently, a different kind of sun worshiper has been gazing at and basking in the rays of the Phoenician sun. Since 2004, sun yogi Hira Ratan Manek has been coming to Phoenix to lecture on the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of sungazing or looking at the sun either at sunrise or sunset. He also advises people to sunbathe during safe hours, drink sun-charged water and walk barefoot on sun-warmed sand. Although he would insist that sungazing is not a religion and requires no beliefs or guru, there are definite spiritual effects from sungazing. In fact, ancient sun worshipers who sungazed formed the foundations of monotheism, as can be seen in the religions of Akhenaton and Zoroaster.
It’s not surprising that the Hohokam Indians, who lived in and around Phoenix and who constructed the intricate canal system that criss-crosses the city, were sun worshipers. According to Charles Poston, the father of Arizona, the Pima Indians also were sun worshipers. Poston himself was a sun worshiping Zoroastrian who converted to that religion after visiting India in the late 1860’s. He even wrote a book about it, The Sun Worshipers of Asia. Poston was convinced that the Pima Indians once had a sun temple on the peak of Primrose Hill in Florence, south of Phoenix. He spent a fortune constructing a road to the top of the hill so he could rebuild the temple, but ran out of money. He died penniless in 1902 in Phoenix. He was later buried in a pyramid-shaped mausoleum on the peak of the hill, which was renamed Poston’s Butte.
I climbed Poston’s Butte on New Year’s Eve 2005 to meditate and gaze at the sunset, but instead of archeologists, I found three revelers getting an early start on the celebrations. I was angry that these locals were disturbing me and that they would show such disrespect for Poston’s final resting place and supposed ruins of an ancient sun temple. It made me wonder if the Hohokam somehow knew that the white man would be coming and didn’t want to be around for it. The name “Hohokam” means “those who have gone.” They disappeared mysteriously around 1450 AD. No one knows why or where they went. Some think that they all died due to drought or floods that destroyed their canals. But legend has it that the Hohokam were children of the sun and that they all ascended to the sun.
Wayne Purdin is the founder of The Sun Center of Phoenix.
ungazing for body, mind and soul
by Wayne Purdin
In all of God’s marvelous creation there is no creature more beautiful, powerful and intelligent than the sun. The sun provides us with light, energy and warmth. It makes plants grow. It regulates the hormonal cycles of animals and humans. It stimulates the production of vitamin D in our skin, which is essential for health, and the secretion of serotonin and melatonin in the brain, which are essential for well being.
But more than this, the ancient people in every culture and religion knew that sunlight was the key to immortality and enlightenment. The ancient Incas, Egyptians, Hindus, Zoroastrians, Essenes, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Native Americans would gaze at the sun during certain times of the day, recite special prayers and mantras, and perform mudras or hand gestures. Most traditional archaeologists and anthropologists dismiss this as the sun worship of primitive societies. They ignore the fact that the monotheistic solar religions of Zarathustra and Akhenaton liberated people for a short while from bondage to the superstitions of pantheistic religions and created peaceful Utopian societies. They also ignore the fact that the great teacher of sungazing, Lord Meru, otherwise known as El Dorado or Quetzalcoatl, raised the primitive tribes of the Central and South American jungles into civilized societies that had knowledge of medicine, metallurgy, farming, animal husbandry, writing, engineering, mathematics and astronomy with cities containing hundreds of stone buildings, water and sewer systems and paved roads. Scientists and historians fail to realize that the physical sun was only the outer symbol of the object of worship, which was the spiritual Sun behind the sun which can enlighten people and transform them into beings of light.
One maverick archaeologist, Gene Savoy, who discovered several lost cities of South America, read the records of this ancient solar science and rediscovered its principles and techniques. However, just as the sungazing Essenes did, Savoy kept this information secret and passed it on by word of mouth only to select initiates of his school.
Fortunately, in 1992, Sun yogi Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) began to teach simple, safe and enjoyable techniques of Sun yoga such as sungazing and sun-charged water. He had spent years researching and experimenting before he felt confident enough to offer this knowledge to the world. Since that time, he has taught hundreds of thousands of people attending countless lectures in dozens of countries across the globe. I attended one of them in Phoenix in May of 2005. I consider HRM a guide and confidant, but not a guru. As he tells people, “Sun gazing is a cost-free, guru-free practice that will free mankind from mental and physical disease and spiritual ignorance.”
Could it be that simple? Just gaze at the sun and your worries will melt away, your body will be healed and you’ll become enlightened? It sounded too easy to be true. But as I continued to faithfully sungaze every day and do the three other practices of sun yoga, I found myself becoming more carefree and loving, my “incurable” leukemia slowly died, and I have begun a walk with God that is peaceful and at the same time. I found sungazing while searching desperately for a cure for my Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). At the time, I was spending hours every day researching and trying various herbs, supplements and healing foods. At one point, I was taking a daily salvo of 43 different vitamins, herbs and minerals. To say that I was obsessed with my disease would be putting it mildly.
The first change I noticed after a couple of weeks of sungazing was that I wasn’t concerned as much about finding a cure. I would go for days without thinking about CLL. Over the course of the next 10 months, my blood tests showed a gradual improvement in white blood cell count and other markers. My hematologist told me that, while I wasn’t quite in remission, my condition had stabilized, and she changed the frequency of blood tests from three months to six months and eventually to once a year. Now I rarely think about CLL. At my last blood test, my white blood cell count and other markers were close to normal.
Sun gazing also increased the fire in my spirit, giving me more ambition to fulfill my life purpose as a writer. In the last couple of years, I’ve had several articles published in local magazines and newspapers, I have written three books and the first chapter of a fourth, and I have averaged over an article a day on examiner.com. Just as with the sungazing early Christian writers of the gospels, I would receive inspiration while sungazing. Thus, some of my writing is inspired from the sun.
I have experienced other benefits from sungazing, such as more energy, less need for sleep, loss of food cravings, the ability to be satisfied with small servings, improved eyesight, and better relationships. But what I find most life changing and satisfying are the spiritual benefits.
I haven’t developed spiritual powers or siddhis. I spent many years trying to do that with other techniques. But what I have acquired is a profound conviction that the source of all goodness in the universe, whether you call it God, “the Good,” the Great Central Sun, or whatever, will inspire me, guide and protect me, heal and comfort me, provide for my every need, and work miracles in my life for the greatest good of all concerned. I don’t get upset by set backs and problems; I now understand and live the great maxim “Let go and let God.” Before, I had always tried to solve a problem by researching it to death. I had always thought that the word “understanding” meant that when you stand under a problem and see all its underlying parts, you can arrive at a solution. But now my understanding of understanding is this: When you stand under the sun and receive its healing and enlightening rays, you will automatically arrive at the SOLution, for the sun is over all.
Author Wayne Purdin runs The Sun Center of Phoenix.
The Mysteries of the Sun – Introduction to Sun Gazing
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In his audio book The SOLution, Wayne Purdin presents the history of sun gazing and sun worship, starting in Ancient Egypt and continuing through the 21st century. This article features the introduction to the spiritual practice of Sun Gazing.
The Mysteries of the Sun – Introduction to Sun Gazing
Sun gazing is as old as mankind. According to the creation myth of the sun gazing Yezidis of Iraq, after the creation of Earth, God sent the seven archangels to the Garden of Eden with the specific mission of creating and educating Adam and Eve. Archangel Michael created them and endowed them with a soul by blowing the breath of life into them. His first lesson ensued when he turned them towards the rising sun while informing them that they and their descendants were to daily worship the flaming orb as symbolic of the supreme God. To enhance their worship, he gave them special prayers they were to recite while meditating on God. Sun gazing was part of the esoteric mystery teachings of many religions and secret societies: Atonism, Mithraism, Gnosticism, Zoroastrianism, Kaballah, Surya Yoga, the Roscicrucians, Freemasonry, Cathars, Bogomils and others.
The special prayers or mantras are another part of these teachings, which I call “the mysteries of the sun.” They have been given to every culture by great adepts as means of enlightening the minds of the people and freeing them from the darkness of ignorance and superstition. I will examine the life and teachings of eleven adepts from the most distant, Ra, to the most recent, Omraam. I could have included more, but I think that the teachings of these eleven will provide a complete enough understanding of the SOLution they presented to mankind. These masters taught that we should look to the sun and take it within, that it expands the mind, and that you begin, through the rays of the sun, to tap into the very mind of God. What these teachers all have in common is that they have become liberated from the cycle of birth and death and have ascended to the etheric realm. They are either ascended masters, otherwise known as saints, or cosmic beings, otherwise known as gods. A saint or ascended master is a soul who has graduated from the elementary school of Earth, has put on the garment of immortality and has moved on to higher realms. A god is a soul who has received a doctorate from the universe in a particular virtue or quality or has an important position in hierarchy, such as rulership of a planet or star.
Today, as the Sun of Aquarius dawns upon our collective awareness, all of the ascended masters, archangels and cosmic beings are coming forth with new teachings in a concerted effort to establish a golden-age solar civilization. These teachings are freely available to everyone through various activities of the Great White Brotherhood in the form of messages called dictations. The ascended master El Morya said that dictations are “expanding matrices designed to expand, through your own meditation, the circumference of self-awareness.” The ascended master Omraam, when he was in embodiment, instructed his disciples to contemplate luminous thoughts while gazing at the Sun. There can be no more luminous thoughts than the words of ascended masters and cosmic beings released in dictations.
The radiant being that ensouls the sun is known by many names in every culture: Ra, Helios, Mithra, Inti, Shamash and so on. This cosmic being was a part of the pantheon of gods of every ancient religion. Today, Helios and his consort Vesta are part of the hierarchy of the Great White Brotherhood as the representatives of the Solar Presence for our solar system.
The following is an excerpt from a message that Helios delivered in the city of the sun, Phoenix, through the messenger David C. Lewis on December 31, 2006.
“It is time for mankind to understand the sacred science of sungazing and of corollary sciences whereby they may have greater healing of body, mind and soul through attuning to the warmth of the inner richness of the heart, center of all life. You see, blessed ones, when your eyes are trained upon the solar disk in the heavens, there is the transfer through your eye, unto your pineal gland and to all of your inner glands, the light of my presence. And this radiance can be not only for the homeostasis of your physical being, but of the greater enfiring of all of your spiritual centers and of your inner bodies. There can be the reconnection, in a greater manifestation, between all of your inner bodies when you understand the science of the sun. For within each body there is, at its core, a Solar Presence, and when, in alignment, these sun-fire energies are all clearly in resonance with each other, creating a vortex of fire within you, such that great quantities of cosmic radiance may enter your being, even through your crown chakra at the point where the pulsation from your God Presence does enter through your crystal cord.”
Source: http://www.angelfire.com/moon2/isisaz/ , The SOLution audio eBook
Spring 2009 marks the release of the International Sun Imbibers’ Society’s eighth Sun Gazette Newsletter. Featuring an interview with Mark Amaru Pinkham of the Solar Brotherhood of Peru and a Templar Knight of The International Order of Gnostic Templars and an article by Dr. Mitchell Gibson.
This 8-page newsletter, features the articles
* Creating the Golden Age
* Hearts Center Easter class
* Hidden Reality of Sunlight by Dr. Mitchell Gibson
* Interview with Mark Amaru Pinkham
* Basics of Sun Yoga
The Sun Gazzette newsletter is created by Wayne Purdin, author of The SOLution and founder of The Sun Center of Phoenix.
Download the .pdf newsletter: sungzet8