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Trataka : Yoga For Eyesight & Yoga For Higher Concentration

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How To Do Tratak – Powers Of Tratak – Dangers Of Tratak

Yogi Swatmarama mentions a practitioner becoming clairvoyant and developing other capacities such as telepathy, telekinesis, psychic healing, etc., by regular practice of Tratak. Benefits of Tratak include strong willpower and improved memory. Physiologically, Tratak relieves eye diseases such as eye strain and headache, myopia, astigmatism and even early stages of cataracts.

Tratak Meaning

Looking intently with an unwavering gaze at a small point without blink until tears are shed, is known as Tratak. Tratak is an important Kriya amongst the six processes of purification called Shatkarma”.

Types Of Tratak

There are two forms of the practice of Tratak :

  1. ‘Bahiranga’ or external Tratak. In this practice one simply has to gaze at an object or a symbol.
  2. ‘Antaranga’ or internal Tratak. In Antaranga Tratak, the clear and stable inner visualization of an object is involved.

Important Points To Know In Tratak

  • In the practice of Tratak, a practitioner has to gaze an object until its subtle form manifests in front of his closed eyes.
  • The point of concentration is usually a symbol or object which activates the inner potential and can absorb the mind.
  • The symbol most commonly used is a candle flame (called Jyoti Tratak) and the second one being a black bindi or dot put on a wall.
  • The purpose of focusing the eyes on an external object is to arouse the internal vision and make it steady by stopping the eye movements.

There are many symbols on which Tratak can be done viz.: candle flame, a Shiva lingam, yantra, mandala, the full moon, a star, the rising or setting sun (when it is orange, not yellow), a chakra, the symbol of Om etc. The Tratak can also be done on a rose, a mountain, the sky, a black dot or any object of your choice.

How To Do Tratak

The steps of Jyoti Tratak technique are –

  1. Select a dark room which is free from drafts and insects.
  2. Place a candle at arm’s length in front, with the flame at eye’s level.
  3. It is important that the flame does not flicker and remains steady.
  4. Sit in either Siddhasana or Padmasana with hands in either Gyana mudra or Chin mudra
  5. Relax the whole body, close the eyes and get ready for Trataka.
  6. Open the eyes and gaze steadily at the flame.
  7. Gaze for as long as possible without blinking and without strain until the eyes begin to water or tire.
  8. The awareness should be so centered on the flame that body awareness is lost.
  9. Close the eyes and gaze at the after-image of the flame in the space in front of the closed eyes.
  10. If the after-image moves, bring it back and try to stabilize it and continue gazing until the impression disappears.
  11. When the image can no longer be retained, gently open the eyes and gaze at the flame again.
  12. Repeat the above procedure 3 to 4 times.
  13. After completing the final round, practice the technique of palming, before opening the eyes.

When To Do Tratak

Tratak can be done at any time but is more effective when performed on an empty stomach. The most suitable time is between four and six in the morning after asana and pranayama practice. If you wish to delve deeper into the mind, Tratak should be done late at night before going to bed and before Japa or meditation.

Tratak Contraindications

  • People suffering from glaucoma should not practice Tratak.
  • People with myopia ( short-sightedness ) should retain their glasses while practicing Tratak on a flame.
  • People suffering from Epilepsy should not practice Tratak on a candle flame.

Tratak Benefits

  • According to the ‘Hatha Yoga Pradipika‘ of Swatmarama, ‘Tratak eradicates all eye diseases, fatigue and sloth and closes the doorway creating these problems.
  • Tratak is one of the best practices for developing high concentration and memory improvement.
  • Tratak is beneficial for a whole range of physiological and mental functions. It is therapeutic for depression, insomnia, allergy, anxiety, postural problems, poor concentration, and memory.
  • The eyes become clear and bright.
  • It balances the nervous system relieving the nervous tension.
  • Regular practice of Tratak is very good for eyes as it results in improvement of eyesight naturally.
  • Tratak relieves eye ailments such as eye strain and headache, myopia, astigmatism and even early stages of cataracts.

Powers Of Tratak

  • Tratak unlocks the inherent energy of the mind and channelizes it to the dormant areas of the unconscious. Yogi Swatmarama mentions the practitioner becoming clairvoyant but other capacities such as telepathy, telekinesis, psychic healing, etc., can develop.
  • The high concentration which is arrived at by Tratak result in strong willpower and improved memory. Physiologically.

Dangers Of Tratak

  • Trataka can be harmful if not done properly as it could cause vision-related problems, headaches, and anger. One should be patient, should not force the sessions for longer durations and avoid stressing own eyes.
  • Kids should not practice Tratak.
  • People having eye-related problems should avoid Tratak.

About the author

Mahendra Kumar Vyas

Mahendra Vyas, with parental home at Jodhpur and born to Late Shri Goverdhan Lal Vyas and Shrimati Sharda Vyas, did Civil Engineering from M.B.M.Engineering College, Jodhpur. Shifted to Mumbai after completing engineering and worked with Sanjay Narang's Mars Group and Aditya Birla Group. With an inclination to spirituality and service, joined the Yoga stream and became a part of Yoga Niketan, Goregaon (west) in 2002 and since then practicing and imparting Yoga knowledge at Yoga Niketan and different corporates.

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