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Superhumans through sunshine

PROJECT: NEW Superhuman Race. Lab: The Himalayas, other hills and ashrams. Sounds incredible? Here?s more to baffle you. The protagonists of the project are Swami Buddhapuri, Swami Suryendu Puri, Swami Prahalad Jani and few others. What has so far been the domain of biotechnologists has been taken over by a group of technocrats-turned-swamis. At their ?lab?, which has as its base a small ashram in Punjab, they are not working with genome but with a bright burning star. Their only tool to create superhumans is the surya (sun).

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 00:48 IST

PROJECT: NEW Superhuman Race. Lab: The Himalayas, other hills and ashrams.

Sounds incredible? Here’s more to baffle you. The protagonists of the project are Swami Buddhapuri, Swami Suryendu Puri, Swami Prahalad Jani and few others.

What has so far been the domain of biotechnologists has been taken over by a group of technocrats-turned-swamis. At their ‘lab’, which has as its base a small ashram in Punjab, they are not working with genome but with a bright burning star. Their only tool to create superhumans is the surya (sun).

The swamis claim that if you “assimilate urja (energy) from surya you can attain perfect health by having little or no food and little sleep”.

The man behind the concept is Swami Buddhapuri. An MTech from IIT, Delhi, he went on to become professor at MNREC, Allahabad. Later in 1984, he quit his job and left for the Himalayas.

In May 2002, he claims to have ‘invented’ Siddhamrit Surya Kriya Yoga (SSKY).
He rarely comes out, but his disciples are spreading the concept.

“SSKY is not a new invention. People practiced it in the Vedic age when they performed sandhyas during morning and evening hours. However, with time, the practice got lost. Guruji reinvented it, making it simple to practice in modern times,” said Swami Suryendu Puri.

This same Swami Suryendu Puri, as a 27-year-old postgraduate in software technology, was traversing a different path in Bangalore three years ago. But as he was waiting for his Visa to take up a job in the USA, he strayed to Buddhapuri’s ashram in Punjab. There he ‘discovered’ the tapping of sun’s energy. The world has changed for him since then.

Now, 30 and a swami, he wears a single piece gerua vastra and khadaau (wooden sandals). He teaches SSKY to people, along with his other mitras.
“I had everything. Qualification, great job, good bank balance, cars, so-called luxuries of life, girls. But that was not what I wanted. I looked deep into people’s lives. People had that so-called ‘all’, but I noticed that somewhere inside they were diseased, lacked real health and happiness. I had excess money and whenever anyone needed, I helped. But that did not make me happy. I wanted to make people capable of helping themselves. And then those two months at the Shabad Surat Sangam Ashram, in Moga (Punjab) taught me what to do and how to live my life.”

And what does this Surya Kriya claims to be? It is a revolutionary practice for physical, mental and social uplift. And as the catchline says — ‘An adventure towards deathlessness’.

This breed of swamis say : “Surya Kriya can cure all optical disorders, constipation, indigestion and gastric troubles. It can cure migraine, depression, insomnia, other mental disorders, all hormonal disorders and skin problems. It increases work efficiency and induces positive behavioural changes. By doing this, one needs less of sleep. Surya can be tapped to dissolve cholesterol and revitalize insulin flow.”

At the Surya Kriya camp in Kudiya Ghat, the swamis spoke about how sun’s energy could be ‘consumed’ even with closed eyes. Explaining the simplicity of the Kriya, they said: “It can be performed by even those who are on their deathbed.”