This practice is also
called Eye Gazing and is used to develop concentration. When one
sits and gazes continuously at some object, the process is called
Sit on a rug or your
yoga mat in the squatting position. In yoga, this is called Sukhasana.
Keep the waist, back, neck and the entire spinal column erect. Be
relaxed and sit in a calm manner, breathing normally. Make a sign
on a piece of paper like a cross or a circle. Hang it on a wall
in front of you at the level of your eyes at a distance of about
2 meters from you. Now, fix your sight upon the sign or image without
closing your eyes. Concentrate only on the sign or image. Continue
to gaze, non-stop till your eyes start watering or feel the strain.
Once this happens, close your eyes, and imagine that symbol to be
in the eyebrow center and concentrate upon that sign through the
You can also do Trataka
by concentrating on the flame of a candle or lamp. Light a candle
or lamp and place it upon a table or stool at the level of the height
of your eyes. Please make sure there is no turbulence in the air
around because the flame of the candle should not flutter. Keep
the candle at a distance of 2 feet from you. Now fix your gaze on
the flame. Continue to gaze without blinking till you feel the strain
on the eyes and they start watering. Then close your eyes and visualize
the flame at the eyebrow center through the mind's eye. Gradually
increase the time with practice.
of this practice:
Trataka cures several
eye diseases. Eyesight improves and it reduces lethargy. It increases
the power of concentration.