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Lesson 167 -
Living on Air and Sunlight Alone? (Audio)
Date: Thu Apr 15, 2004 3:03pm
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Q: Have you heard of this practice or practice it yourself or know anyone do
this practice that one sustains one's body only on the essence from space or
sunlight? I read many biography of past MahaSiddha, almost all of them has
undergone austerity (fasting) and develop the ability of sustaining the
physical body NOT on food. By the way, I am doing the sungazing practice
rediscovered by HRM and he says he now only lives on sunlight and water.
A: I have no contact with those who exist on prana in the air or sunlight
alone, and it is not an ability I am focused on developing at this time.
However, the principle should be fairly clear from our yoga practices and
As we advance in yoga our nervous system purifies and opens to our inner
pranic energies, fed by the kundalini/sexual energy rising from the pelvic
region. As this process matures we are nourished by the active life force
(prana) much more from within. So much so that breath can suspend
spontaneously for long periods during pranayama and meditation, and
eventually outside practices too. Even beginning meditators experience this
automatic slow down and stoppage of breath. The same applies to food intake.
If we are nourished from within, then we are less dependent on constant food
intake also and can fast easily without discomfort, though this is a more
delayed process than the immediate response of the breath.
It stands to reason that inner prana must be replenished from somewhere,
normally by both air and food, and that may be where the methods of the
"breatharians" and "sungazers" come in. Based on what I just said about
inner nourishment, it would seem that these practices are not for direct
nourishment, but for replenishing and storing prana in the body (probably in
the lower centers) for inner sustenance.
It seems to me that all this would be best served by first engaging in yoga
practices to bring about the purification and opening of the nervous system
that is prerequisite to such refined inner nourishment, which then can be
sustained, if desired, by harvesting prana from the air and/or the sunlight.
So these practices would seem to be later stage things in the overall
process of enlightenment.
The first question in the lessons is always, what does this contribute to
the process of human spiritual transformation today? Is it leading to more
purification and opening in the nervous system, or is it getting the cart in
front of the horse? We'd all love to live as the siddha-saints do, but have
we first done all the yoga they did to get to the stage we would like to
emulate? Is developing the ability to live on air and sunlight so important?
Or is it just a by-product ability (a siddhi) of something much more
important -- our enlightenment, which is the joining of inner silence and
the ecstatic energies within us. How we replenish our prana is a fairly
mundane subject compared to the divine union going on inside.
No doubt higher abilities will come when required by the opening of our
nervous system, and the natural rise of ecstatic bliss and divine love. This
is the best, and least distracting, attitude to have about the development
of any kind of siddhis.
Just some food (pun!) for thought. I wish you all success on your chosen
path to enlightenment.
The guru is in you.
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