Braco the Gazer has a special talent in the realm of alternative spirituality. He can heal people by just by gazing at them for a few minutes. Hundreds claim that their aches and ailments have all vanished after they looked into his peaceful eyes. The 46-year-old Croatian is now immensely popular in Europe and is a growing phenomenon in the United States.
He doesn’t call himself a healer, guru or teacher. In fact, Braco (pronounced Brah-tzo) leads a pretty normal lifestyle; he smokes, eats meat and lives with his wife and child. But none of that gets in the way of his gazing powers. According to his followers, Braco has connectivity with the Sun, which makes him a conduit for the transmission of divine energy, and a portal to oneness or the quantum field. Apparently, the power of his gaze is so strong that pregnant women are forbidden to attend his gazing events…
That might sound like a whole lot of spiritual mumbo-jumbo to the uninitiated. But it makes perfect sense to those who have been ‘touched’ by Braco’s gaze. He does not speak in public or give interviews; the only time people have heard his ‘loving’ voice is on DVD. Some people say he hasn’t actually spoken to anyone outside his inner circle since 2002. It’s almost as though he might lose his special powers if he utters more words than strictly necessary.
Braco, a former engineer, wasn’t born with his gift; he inherited it from the Serbian master gazer Ivica Prokic, whom he met in Croatia. Prokic is said to have passed on his powers and re-christened him Braco, which means ‘little brother’. After Prokic died, Braco took his new gift, ‘the gaze’, on a tour of the world. He gathered many followers and supporters during his travels, who now vouch for the magical, healing properties of his eyes.
‘The gaze’ can be experienced in various ways – through DVD, via live online sessions, in group events, or through personal meetings. Braco encourages people to bring a photo of their child or a person needing help. The sessions are intended for adults above 18 years of age; children can meet Braco only on his birthday. These sessions can cost anywhere between $3 to $8. There’s expensive merchandise to be purchased as well, like a range of ‘sun jewelry’ featuring Prokic’s symbol – a golden sun with 13 rays. A 14 carat gold version costs around $5,000.
If the accounts of Braco’s followers are to be believed, the effects of the gaze are pretty strong. Some say that they saw him shape-shift instantly, while others describe it as a ‘shower of golden specks like a confetti’ flowing over their body. A few people were reduced to tears.
Some said that their ‘terrible foot pains’ had vanished and some were grateful for instant relief from a bad toothache. “My back usually really hurts and it hasn’t,” said a recipient of the gaze. Most people said that they felt heat, warmth, a lightness, a tingling sensation, and in some cases, a bubble of love.
According to one follower, the effects of the gaze extended to his family as well. “The next day I went to see my mom, and I walked into the hospital, and she was walking down the hall on a walker with a nurse on each side. And they’re all going, ‘My God! This was a miracle. She just got up this morning and wanted to walk in and eat breakfast.’ She hadn’t eaten anything but a cup of little something for a month.”
The gaze seems to cure all sorts of ailments and problems. One woman’s adopted daughter reached out to her birth mother, another’s brother recovered from a bone marrow transplant. A woman’s lost granddaughter found her way home. Some were cured of Lyme’s disease, a woman’s ovaries exploded (which was needed for curing her). It seems to work on animals as well, according to a woman who claimed that her mom’s cat was saved.
Although the testimonials are quite strong, there are those who believe that Braco is a fraud. Several questions have been raised about his credibility, and some people wonder if the positive effects of the gaze are merely psychological.