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Tratak

OUR MIND IS ALWAYS OCCUPIED WITH THE INCESSANT FLOW OF THOUGHTS. IT IS ALWAYS IN A STATE OF DISTURBANCE, AND HAS A HABITUAL TENDENCY FOR DISTRACTION. THIS LEAVES US FEELING SO MUCH FRAGMENTED THAT WE FIND OURSELVES SCATTERED IN ALL DIRECTIONS. IT IS NO EXAGGERATION THEN, TO SAY THAT OUR MIND CANNOT STAY STILL FOR LONGER THAN A FEW MOMENTS, WHICH EVENTUALLY RESULTS IN LACK OF CONCENTRATION AND LOSS OF MEMORY. WE ARE UNABLE TO GRASP AND FOCUS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.

tratak

Now, how do we enhance our power of concentration and strengthen our memory? A unique meditation technique called Tratak is an answer to this. It has many benefits. Tratak not only brings an end to the mind’s distractions but also enhances the ability to concentrate. It increases the power of memory and brings the mind in a state of awareness, attention and focus. Tratak is an ideal meditation technique for people of all age groups, especially for students who need to concentrate on studies. Older people who often tend to forget every now and then can greatly benefit from this technique. As a result of its continuous practice, you will witness an immense rise in your confidence level, stability in your thoughts, and an ability to focus on whatever task you undertake.

Method

Light a candle (or diya) in your meditation room or wherever you are comfortable, three to four feet in front of you. Sit in front of it. Remember, the flame should be at the level of your eyes so that you can see straight at it without being uncomfortable.


Posture

This is the most essential part of any meditation technique. Keep your spine erect so that inner energy can flow easily through the subtle channels of the body and render tranquility to the restless mind.

Sit with your legs crossed or in Padmasana. Sit gracefully, with poise.


Determination

You can derive maximum benefit from this meditation technique only when you are determined to practice it. Keep your gaze fixed at the flame without being distracted with the outer disturbances or thoughts.

Never give up! And do not move your body while you meditate.


Stage 1

This powerful technique of meditation is based on fixing one’s gaze at the flame of a candle or diya. The flame should burn steadily and it will do so only when we calm the air around it.
Begin with slow and deep breathing. As you inhale, let the stomach expand, and breathe out with complete contraction. While you breathe in this manner, keep a steady gaze at the flame.
Keep your eyes focused. Gaze at the flame, not the wick or the candle or the diya; just the flame. Let your vision be at the flame. If thoughts arise, simply ignore them; do not struggle to remove them. It is important to be wakeful and vigilant.

Stage 2

Imagine the flame is entering your body through your eyes and illuminating your inner being. At this stage, it is good to let the eyes close with ease. Now, try to imagine the same flame with closed eyes as you were seeing it with open eyes. If you are able to practice tratak without blinking your eye, it will be easy for you to see the flame with closed eyes.
If you are not yet able to experience the spreading illumination of the flame, open your eyes again, do tratak (fix your gaze at the burning flame), and then shut them. Gradually you will find that your gaze has grown more peaceful and tranquil.

Once you are established within, watch yourself separate from this body, and be distant from your mind. This distance will eliminate the clutter from the mind and mvake it silent, peaceful, and tranquil.

Tratak is a guided meditation technique which can help you improve your concentration, memory and intelligence. Studies have shown that Tratak meditation can significantly benefit in the following ways:

  • Increases concentration, memory, and mental power.
  • Develops the confidence, intelligence, and patience.
  • Increases work efficiency.
  • Improves motivational power and foresight.
  • Strengthens the will power and decision making ability.
  • Helps in getting rid of many mental, emotional, and physical ailments and diseases.
  • Reduces stress and tension.
  • Leads to Healthy and Balanced living.

It is only when we learn to meditate that we learn to live life meaningfully. Meditation is an experience in itself which enhances the quality of life and helps one discover the exuberant inner bliss.

With mounting pressures and endless pursuit to achieve lofty ambitions, we go on running tirelessly. Amidst all this chaos, take a deep breath and explore the benefits of Tratak meditation, an ideal meditation technique for people of all age groups.
It is highly recommended for students and working professionals for greater efficiency.

When to practice?

This technique is best done during the early hours of the morning, or in the night when it is natural dark. The idea is to let the flame of candle/diya eliminate the darkness of ignorance which is rooted deep in the mind. If you are doing it during daytime then practice it in a dark room.

Tratak with Sublime Music

In order to facilitate the seeker, the meditation technique,

Tratak -A Divine Gaze is available in the form of Audio CD and Audio Cassette. Designed and developed by Anandmurti Gurumaa, this technique is highly apt for students, professionals, and anyone with short memory.

This technique coupled with the music which paves the way to meditate with ease and be in a state of sheer thoughtlessness. Because it is only when the mind is at rest and stilled, it can be more focused and relaxed.

Listen to, buy and download Tratak CD at
www.mysticamusic.com or
write to sales@mysticamusic.com

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Posted in  March-April 2007, Meditation | March 1st, 2007
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