Today we will learn about tratak sadhana or tratak meditation which is a popular yoga technique. Let us take a detailed look at the benefits of tratak sadhna.
A Type of Yoga
Tratak sadhana is a type of hath yoga which is used to attain spiritual goals. Infact like the Patanjali yoga which has eight divisions, hatha yoga has six components and they are mentioned below.
These yogas, apart from spiritual advancements, also help in physical and mental development. The first four are exclusively meant for purification of the body and the last two are meant for the attainment of spiritual powers.
Energy Dissipated in Thoughts
The experts believe that eighty per cent of our energy is wasted in thoughts that is absolutely not necessary. If we channelize these thoughts by calming the mind and focusing in the right direction then we can be benefited immensely. The removal of these unwanted thoughts will ensure that we move towards more peace and salvation. This will calm our mind. This is the first and one of the strongest advantage of doing the tratak sadhana.
Types of Tratak Sadhana
The Tratak sadhna can be of three types and they are
1. Inner Tratak
2. Middle Tratak
3. Outer Tratak
The inner tratak is a meditation that is done by closing eyes. In this sadhna the object or focus concentration is within you, what you need to do is concentrate on the third eye. By focusing on the third eye you may feel pain and heat. However, with time you will feel normal. This can help one to develop better intelligence and confidence. The ones who can perform inner tratak well can also hypnotize people from a distance. This also helps to remove all negative thoughts.
The next is the middle tratak. In this you need to keep your eyes open. You should concentrate on a flame of a lamp, a crystal Shivling, or maybe just a point. When you do this you might feel a burning sensation in your eye. This is because you are not supposed to blink. You can close your eyes if the irritation becomes too much and then start the sadhna again. There is nothing wrong in doing so. The distance of the object from your eyes must be at least twenty inches this is ideal for your eyes.
As you keep practicing this you will soon realise that ability to look at the point is only increasing. The middle tratak also improves concentration and memory. An expert in middle tratak can also hypnotise someone easily. The middle tratak sadhna increases foresight and also makes one more spiritual.
The last type of tratak is called the outer tratak. It is the most complex of all tratak sadhnas. In this one needs to concentrate attention on any object like the moon, sun or the stars. This can be done during day or night. You must have a very good eye sight for this. This is because you will have to look at a celestial body and concentrate. This tratak sadhna improve the ability to concentrate and can also remove mental disorders if done well. It is a good tool for motivation too. The foresight that you can gain by doing this tratak is incomparable.
Clubbing Tratak Meditation with Pranayam
In Tratak just concentration is not all you will also have to perform pranayam to get the desired results. The pranayam that you need to do is the Sukhasan pranayam. With pranayam you can get your mind in control. Unless the mind is in control you will not be able to perform the tratak sadhna.
You must sit in the Sukhasan pranayam and start inhaling and exhaling. You must do this for twenty one days regularly and the duration should be for fifteen minutes a day. In the first twenty one days you will be able to understand how well you can do the sadhna. As time moves you can increase the duration of the sadhna for better results.
You must keep your back and spine straight. This is also called Siddhasan. Now concentrate on your thoughts and keep the negative thoughts away. Now put your full concentration into the tratak sadhna. You should do it with full dedication and patience. You must ensure that the sadhna is done in a closed room. You should not be disturbed during this time.
Tips and Tricks
If you can fix a certain time and do the sadhna for better results. You must select any one of the tratak sadhna methods. All the three of them have more or less the same results so you can pick any one. When you select one method don’t expect to get results immediately. You must ensure that the tratak is done at least for three months. Only after doing it for three months will you get the results. You must leave all the addictions to get the best possible results. The best time would be to do it after a bath. You should wear lose clothes and try wearing white clothes to get the best results.
Precautions in Tratak Meditation or Sadhana
These points as mentioned above will definitely help you to get the best results. There are some precautions that you must take while you practice tratak sadhna and they are those who are suffering from heart diseases and weak eye should not try to do tratak. Never move your body while you do the tratak sadhna.
It does not matter what your age is and you can start tratak sadhna from a young age. The younger you start the better you will be with the tratak sadhna. I hope by now you have got a clear idea of what tratak is and what are its numerous benefits. We hope this will help you to understand this meditation technique better and you will be able to get the best results.