To practice Sun Meditation, beginners should start by looking at the sun early in the morning one to two hours after the sunrise. In the wintertime, we will start our practice later in the morning than in the summertime, because the sun is not that much strong in the early winter mornings, and Sunyoga requires us to slowly adjust to the stronger sun.
It is more effective to look at the morning sun (because we are gradually adjusting to the stronger sun) than in the afternoon (where the sun is gradually decreasing its strength).
Try not to blink, but if you feel discomfort, blink several times and then start again. If you do this three or four times, your resistance power will be increased and it will be easy to look at the sun. Then, we can gradually increase the time that we gaze at the sun.
When you properly follow Sunyoga practice, as we are entering the thoughtless condition the inside of the sun will appear as a blue sky surrounded by a ring of light, it will sometimes appear as two suns, sometimes rotating clockwise or anticlockwise. As your concentration develops and you can gaze at the sun for longer, you will be able to see a
‘black spot’ in the middle of the sun. Sometimes this black spot will be bigger, at other times smaller. After some practice, the black spot will remain fixed in one place. Suddenly, from this black spot, seven colors will emerge and move around the sun, sometimes clockwise, sometimes anti-clockwise. As your concentration increases, a powerful beam of light will come from the sun towards your body. In the beginning, this beam of light will not touch the body, it will come towards you and then retreat to the sun. Eventually, as your concentration improves, this light will touch your body and you will attain complete thoughtless condition. This is the start of the Pratyaharam stage and indicates the beginning of Sun Yoga India’s experience.
After being touched by this light, a vibration will start from the heart, allowing us to control three negatives that are shame, hatred, and fear. With regular practice, this vibration will increase and you will be able to gain control over five more negativities that are anger, greed, narrow attraction, ego, and jealousy. As the vibration increases you will be able to control sexual desire and lust. At this point, the Pratyaharam stage is complete.
The next step, as the inner vibration increases and extends from the Muladhara chakra at the base of the spine to the Sahasradhara chakra at the top of the head, you reach the Dharana stage.
As the inner vibration develops, we will discover that there are two more chakras, one above the head called the Dhyana chakra and one below the body called the Dhyanrodhak chakra. At this point, we will be able to hear a sound, which some people call AUM, and some have called it AMEN, while others have called it ALAM. We can then receive divine messages from the universe.
Next, the sadhak will experience Sahaja Samadhi during which he or she will be able to see a bright light, inside of which there will be a beautiful structure. This is the Atmadarsanam stage, the ‘who am I’ stage, or the Sadguru stage, or the Mukha stage. At that time the sadhak will feel, ‘I know him but I have never seen’ because it has always been within our Sagunabramha structure. This marks the completion of the Dhyana stage.
The final stage is Nirvikalpa Samadhi, at which point further two chakras are discovered, one above the Dhyana chakra called the Samadhi chakra, and one below the Dhayanarodhak chakra called the Samadhirodhak chakra. Our mental force will be more than gravitational force, and at this point, our soul will leave the body and unite with the supreme soul.