As someone studing to be a Bates Natural Vision Improvement teacher I find I teach best, the Bates method activites that I perform with benefit on myself and cure of eye problems that I have experienced myself; close and distant blur, astigmatism, slight convergence off.
Decided to test straight at the sun, sun-gazing on myself yesterday, late afternoon.
I was left with a small red (scatoma?) light patch in visual field that lasted all night and today. Is now fading to yellow and on and off reappears. Never had this before and have looked into the sun in the past with the after effect of lights that last only a few minutes. Like when looking at a light bulb accidently.
May have also been a bright firework exploding close to me last night.
Sun-gazing is too risky!
I am staying with closed eye sunning only and looking at the bright sky occasionally.
Special note: There is a Solar Eclipse near the 21st of july. Do not look at/near the sun during a eclipse even when eyes are closed.
Yes, you are right. looking at the sun directly is risky and very dangerous. But there is a way that you can sun gaze and avoid the risk and danger. You can watch the interview done withe the master sun gazer Hira Ratan Manek, where he shares his techniques in sugazing and he discusses the benefits of sun gazing.