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DOs and DON’Ts of Tratak

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After receiving frequent queries about Tratak I thought to write about best practices for Tratak and the things which need to be avoided in the period of tratak practices. Tratak is solely related to your eyes and eyes are one of most expensive gift from nature to us. So doing Tratak without knowing facts can damage the expensive gift of nature. First understand why we do Tratak and how this effects our body, soul and energy level.

Tratak is a type of Yogic practice. Tratak does not mean simply gazing on an object but this is a process where you not only keep gazing on a object but also try to concentrate on the object. Simply gazing will not solve the purpose. Hence with utmost concentrate when we gaze on any object this activity casts certain effects on our body. In the morning or evening when our bowls are almost empty this is considered best time for any kind of exercise and same goes with Tratak. When we do Tratak with empty bowls, slight intense pressure will get casted on our brain additionally we try to concentrate on the object as well, this increases the activity of our brain in multiple fold ( just like we are doing some kind of complex mathematical problem ). Best part is this increases activity of our brain is unidirectional and this makes the energy more intense.
This kind of intense energy might increase your body temprature, the temprature in your eyes and might increase you blood pressure as well ( slightly ). So this is mandate that Tratak should be performed with a calm set of mind only. A volatile brain or tensed mind will not be able to perform Tratak, or if you will try to cast additional pressure on your brain to perform Tratak then this can be dangerous.
Next this intense energy directly effects your Chakras and increase vibration in spinal cord as well. Practitioners, who have already spent good amount of time in Tratak can feel this vibration in their spinal cord. These vibrations in spinal cord will lead you to activated chakra ( activated chakra means the chakrik area is giving you sufficient nural vibrations ). Once the chakras starts supplying the vibration your brain responds on to those vibration and support you in the form of a calm and stable voice, confidence, powerfual facial charisma etc.. Which are original outputs of Tratak.

Facts about Tratak
1. Tratak is a time consuming process and this takes years, there is no shortcut for this.

So after seeing the process in a Nutshell there are couple of things which can be parted in DOs and DON’Ts column for Tratak.

DOs of Tratak
1. Always perform Tratak in morning or in evening.
2. Do Tratak with empty bowels as you do regular exercise.
3. Keep a calm and stable state in your mind.
4. Always keep a wet cloth on your eyes for 10 minutes after Tratak practice.
5. If you are having specs then this is mandatory for you to practice Jal-Neti ( a yogic procedure ) for 6 months before starting on Tratak. Please search on google or youtube for a guiding video on Jal-Neti.

DON’Ts of Tratak
1. Tratak is powerful but overdoing this activity is very dangerous.
2. Never perform Tratak after food intake of in day time.
3. Don’t jump on to agni or flame Tratak directly, first practice bindu tratak.
4. If you are sick or a patient of high blood pressure then kindly don’t do Tratak, instead first level your BP via yoga.

66 Responses to “DOs and DON’Ts of Tratak”

  • Ashutosh thakur says:

    guruji, me tratak 2-3 saalo se kar rha hu. Tab mujhe pta b nahi tha ye tratak hota h. Me bindu or diya wala regularly karta hu. Me halki cheeze jese paper or match stick ko bioa chuye hila sakta hu. Par kabhi kabi. Mujhe btaye k tratak se vashikaran kese kar sakte h.

  • Ganesh Ingale says:

    I want to share my tratak experience with you sir

    1st month

    In first month,I was started bindu tratak for 10 minutes.In first week I wasn’t saw any changes in dot but I was experienced relaxation of my mind and body In 2nd week I saw one more blur white transparent dot on that black dot.After 3 weeks In gazing session that white blur dot increased its brightness and that black dot disappear behind that dot for 2-3 seconds and immediately appear.it happened repeatedly like rythmic.after one month I improved my gazing time up to 15-20 min.

    2nd month

    In 3rd week I saw something strange and weird bright white shapeless huge spot around the dot and after sometime black dot hide completely behind that bright white light.It completely disappeared and I feel like my mind was fully thoughtless and stable.I dont know how to explain that experience but it was awesome.
    After that,two week I was easily achieved this state.According to Activatetantra and other resources,After keep continuously practicing tratak .that Black dot completely disappeared It was my 1st stage of bindu tratak.

    3rd month

    In second week of this month I reduced shape of that black dot.Now it was very tough to disappear that dot but I know I should keep practicing.

    4th month

    Last week of this month gave me one more weird experience.During gazing I feel like some red,blue yellow particles emitted from the black dot and that particle entering in my eyes.I searched on google about it,but I didn’t get anything much

    I hope mahatantra will explain me abt it

    5th month

    I will keep Practicing.

    • mahaTantra says:

      ganesh ji,

      you re running on right track, these multi colored particles came because of the effect of more prominent chakras who are getting tickled by your practice.
      Just keep doing it you will start loving this feeling, this is bigger addiction then drugs or marijuana.

      • Ganesh Ingale says:

        Ya its really addictive i feel very good at this stage.one more think i wan tell you,from 2 days during gazing I saw some face(eyes,nose), is it horrible?

        • mahaTantra says:

          no this is not horrible, this is just a reflection of your inner self. with time these faces will be clear.
          and in a year or so a person will develop the power of short time prediction… like you will be able to tell that in next 10 mins so and so will come into room and the first thing he will say will be this.

          this is actually our sleeping sense which we are awaking via tratak, this is our internal power of our brain, this is the same power which gives us deja-vu experience.

          • Ganesh Ingale says:

            Thanks for guide me
            one more thing I was read about shakti chakra on your blog comment.Can I use it for improve my sadhna

  • Geet says:

    hey i want to start tratak from basics i feel i have done this before like some thing attracts me towards it pls guide me which one is best nd can it lead to increase in anger ?

  • AJ says:

    It is not Bowls, it is bowels. And also not firt, but first.
    Kindly clear these spell errors, for I almost mistook the information provided.

    • mahaTantra says:

      Thanks lot for pointing out my typing mistakes. I have fixed the issues, you are most welcome for reading more posts and shoot a mail or put comments for the errors.

      Thanks again.

  • SOM says:

    Dear mahaTantra
    I am practicing Tratak ( Bindu )and the wall colour is light Yello and DOT colour is black. The size of dot is around 3cms radious. I am sitting almost 2 feet away distence from the spot. There are 3 issues i would like to discuss with you and those are:-

    a) When I gaze, in the initial 2 or 3 min I am blinking many times and then after 2 or 3 min it is getting reduced and then I am able to gaze without blinking 10 min at a strech.

    b) While gazing, either my left eye blinks and water a lot or sometimes only right eye blinks/water. One eye is always stable and steady but not the other eye. Why this happens? why both eyes are not getting steady same time?

    c) I am doing the gazing for a total 45 min. But, afer 10 min I close the eyes ( when the strain much or when tears are unstopable and then I do wink 20-25 times ( both eyes ) and then I keep gazing for another 10 min and then stop and then again repeating. Like this totally 45 min I am doing. Is this too long? or too short? My idea is through regular practice I should be able to GAZE without blinking for 40 or 45 min. Is that correct? or possible?

    This is 5th week of my practice and what kind of pre cautions I have to do? or am I doing correct???

    In anticipation to have your valuable guidence.
    Regards
    Som

    • mahaTantra says:

      answers with points –

      a) The initial blibking is perfectly fine as this takes slight time for your eyes to get used to it, then everything moves in sync.
      b) we have 2 poles in our body which are governed by ida and pingla naadis. Once the body is balanced by anulom-vilom you will not see the imbalance in your eyes as well, either they both will cry or no tears in both the eyes :)
      c) as this is just 5th week hence 45 minutes is too much you should not go beyond 15 mins max. and apple wet cloth on your eyes after traatak.

  • Ganesh Ingale says:

    sir
    From some days I feel small bit pain at middle of the forehead.Is it normal?
    and one more thing
    Can I use om chant or listen om mp3 during gazing session?
    I was tried it from 2 days It extremely helpful for concentration.
    Is it good or ?

    • mahaTantra says:

      pain should not be there, either you are not applying the wet cloth on your eyes after traatak or you are stretching a bit more. Do one thing please stop Traatak for 10-15 days and practice Jal-Neti for 10-15 days.

      Yes listening soothing music is always better for any concentration related activity, including Tratak.

  • Ganesh Ingale says:

    Thanks for replying
    and by the way ,3 hours ago I asked my doctor he told me.you had pain in the middle of your forehead which happened due to cold.

  • om says:

    Hi,

    I want to share my experience on tratak and want to know from you, if i am on the right path.

    I started doing tratak on jyothi (Deepakwali) for few months. Nothing happened except watery eyes. But in last November, after doing tratak, when i,closed my eyes..i saw the image of jyothi with aura. It was indeed a beautiful experience and feeling
    i felt as though i achieved something. Since the daily after evening Pooja, i do tratak and i see the image of jyothi with closed eyes. Today after doing tratak, i saw jyothi as usual and after that i saw red colour in the jyothi. I don’t know what is this.
    Can u please tell me what am i experiencing. Thanks in advance.

    • mahaTantra says:

      if this took more then one month to get stable eyes then you are doing wrong, and in-fact everyone should start from bindu tratak and then with time jump onto jyoti traatak.

  • om says:

    Thanks for reply. U didnt say anything about the red colour seen. Can u pls elaborate. What is stable eyes?

  • SOM says:

    Dear mahaTantra
    Thanks a lot for your guidance, actually, I was practicing ANULOM & VILOM as you recommended as on 17th June and I was waiting to write you after knowing the effects of the same and it is perfect as I am feeling better…. Now, after doing the BINDU tratak for 7 to 8 min non stop, I am getting eyes watery/ strain and I am closing the eyes and after 3 min starting again and I am able to looks at BINU without strain for 7 to 8 min. Now, for the following points I would like / and your guidance are very valuable for me and those are:-

    a) When I am looking at BINDU, more than the eyes, backside of my head is feeling a kind of Pinching/pressing sensations. Exactly, back end of my head. May I know more about this from you & guidance, as well there are strains/bit pain at shoulders too. Is this could be due to Tratak sadana..

    b) Body is shivering bit, or oscillating from one side to other side slowly and that is happening when I am reaching on 7th or 8th min of practice. May I know more about from you & guidance.

    c) Normally, how many months ( years ) are needed to perfect BINU tratak and next stage is JYOTI tratak. Am I right? So, to master Bindu tratak how much time may takes? and what are the SIGNS of progress….can you explain please.

    In anticipation to hear your guidance & explanations please.
    Om Shanti

  • SOM says:

    Dear mahaTantra
    I have written a week ago and there was no reply from you and your valuable guidance and that is why sending this email again please….

    Thanks a lot for your guidance, actually, I was practicing ANULOM & VILOM as you recommended as on 17th June and I was waiting to write you after knowing the effects of the same and it is perfect as I am feeling better…. Now, after doing the BINDU tratak for 7 to 8 min non stop, I am getting eyes watery/ strain and I am closing the eyes and after 3 min starting again and I am able to looks at BINU without strain for 7 to 8 min. Now, for the following points I would like / and your guidance are very valuable for me and those are:-

    a) When I am looking at BINDU, more than the eyes, backside of my head is feeling a kind of Pinching/pressing sensations. Exactly, back end of my head. May I know more about this from you & guidance, as well there are strains/bit pain at shoulders too. Is this could be due to Tratak sadana..

    b) Body is shivering bit, or oscillating from one side to other side slowly and that is happening when I am reaching on 7th or 8th min of practice. May I know more about from you & guidance.

    c) Normally, how many months ( years ) are needed to perfect BINU tratak and next stage is JYOTI tratak. Am I right? So, to master Bindu tratak how much time may takes? and what are the SIGNS of progress….can you explain please.

    In anticipation to hear your guidance & explanations please.
    Om Shanti

    • mahaTantra says:

      answering –
      1. pain in shoulder can not be because of traatak, sensation can be a result of traatak as the system is trying to contact your mulaadhar. keep this state for 15 days and then start concentrating on mulaadhar, you will feel extreme pleasure.

      2. body shivering is a result of the amount of energy which got generated in your body because of traatak, too much shivering is not good at this stage. Please practive siddhaasan, vajraasan and shavaasan for 5,5,and 15 minutes respectively daily to start with.

      3. i seriously dont know how much time is required. If you can actually master bindu traatak then you will not need anything else. Bindu traatak will give you much much more then you have ever imagined.

  • ananya says:

    hi,
    i have been practicing tratak on and off..i have strange feelings..some day i will just end up sleeping for hours after it..i will hallicunate..i see white sparkiling dots too..am i on right track??

  • Dhiraj says:

    Dear Maha mantra ji

    I am doing tratak meditation for past few days. I do tratak on morning and before bed. I dim lights of my room to reduce pressure on my eyes.But I am facing a problem which I want to discuss with you. Whenever I gaze any dot my focus of eyes keep shifting. And after some time my focus starts to become hazy and blur. And to keep focus I have to keep focusing my eyes which prevents me to getting in a trance state. Is it alright to keep gazing without focus? What can I do? Please guide me.

  • kapil says:

    Dear guruji,I m practicing tratak continously since 15-17 days guruji i want to discuss some points with u,
    1)wen i start gazing on the black spot a white color light appear’s on the edges of the bindu and my eyes moves on that light.
    2)since some days i m seeing some horrible faces.
    3)i m practicing it for 40 to 45 minutes daily in the evening,but after like 30 minutes i fall asleep.
    Guruji please guide me whether i m on the right track, and give me some tips to improve the practice…..

    • mahaTantra says:

      Kapil Ji,

      You are not on right track.
      in start you should not stretch for more then 15 minutes in traatak. 40 minutes you can achieve, but after 1 year, not now.
      shifting of sight is fine, not an issue.

      seeing horrible face is just hallucination, there is nothing like horrible face. Don’t get in to superstitious thoughts, there is nothing like that with Traatak.
      Most important thing don’t forget to put a wet cloth on your eyes for 10 minutes after traatak, this is mandatory.

  • kapil says:

    Thank you guru ji.

  • Ganesh Ingale says:

    Tratak practiced only in such time when the lunar vibrations of earth are higher in between 4.30 AM and 6.00 AM and 7.00 PM tp 8.00 PM.
    is it right???

    • mahaTantra says:

      Ganesh Ji,

      The time you mentioned is correct but the reason is not. First let us talk about your reason –
      Max lunar vibrations can be seen on earth at the time of high/low tides only. There are 2 high and 2 low tides everyday at the alternate gap of 6 hours and 12 minutes approx. And for India the timing of high tides are around mid day (near to 11 AM) and at approx 10 PM, this is general reading exact times can be seen from weather dept’s website. So actual lunar ripples are not real reason.

      Real reason –
      rising or setting sun send the maximum amount of beneficial rays into the environment hence at those times the energy level in environment is considered to be very high. And in that high energy region if some activity is performed then we get best results. So as approc timelines we choose early morning or evening time for Traatak for best results.

      I hope I answered your queries.

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    Respected Maha Trantra ji Pranam
    I am doing deepak tratak for the last 3 months in the morning. Initially my eyes used to tear within 2/3 mnts but now it takes about10/15 mnts to get tear in my eyes.I close my eyes for a while when tears come and again start gazing at the flame. I never blink during tratak. Most of the times my right eye only begins to tear and there after left eye and some left eye does not tear at all. After 15 I feel the deepak flame is devided into two flames and after that i see many flames and a fine round golden circle arount the flame..Please let me know whether i am on the right track and how to know about it. I always wash my eyes with water after tratak but now I shall start putting a wet cloth on my eyes for 10 mnts.

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    Res[ected Mahamantra ji
    I directly started gazing on deepak and did not gaze on black spot. Can i start gazing on blck spot now or continue gazing on deepak Thanks and best regards

    • mahaTantra says:

      now as you have spent a good amount pf time on deepak there is no point in switching now.
      the basic results are same so continue doing deepak gazing. after 2-3 years after advanced results you may want to go for dot gazing not required now.

  • John says:

    Pranam guruji,
    I started practising jyoti tratak from 4-5 days to improve concentration .i practice it at about 8:30pm i first gaze at the candle and when i start feeling strain i close eyes and concen trate on imagining flame which appears dim but concentrating on it makes it bright and then it dimnishes after which i open my eyes. i repeat this process 3-4 times i wanted to know if am doing everything right .thax

    • mahaTantra says:

      this is a fair way to do this ultimate target for traatak is to increase concentration, if you feel increased concentration this way it is fine, and i do not see anything wrong in this process so good to go.

  • Hari Shankar says:

    Sir,
    I started doing bindu tratak and I did it for 2 months.I was able to control the shape of the dot at a point..then I moved to mirror tratak for one month..during mirror tratak I had amazing experiences..especially of nothingness and oneness..after the image disappeared in the mirror I moved to diya tratak..from last2 months I am doing diya tratak..but I am having no special experience or significant development…please guide me sir…and also do let us know about the importance of celibacy during sadhna…and the discipline that we should follow..

  • Ganesh Ingale says:

    From 2 days I was feeling whole body itchy during gazing.Its so irritating. what was that

  • Ganesh Ingale says:

    what happen if we gaze on white dot on black paper..

  • Aryaman says:

    Respected guruji, like 2 months ago i visited ure website and read about tratak,from the very nxt day i started doing the same in the way which u mentioned ie bindu tratak,now its almost 1and half month passed i m doing it,and i saw a drastic change in myself, well i hev sum points to discuss. (1) can i play an OM chant or any soothing music using ear phone during practice. (2) when i start gazing on black dot my body starts shivering. (3) as u mentioned that the size of the dot shud be 1/2 inch can i reduce it now. (4) what r the signs of mastery on bindu traatak. (5) previously i was doing it for 15 min can i extend the time upto 30mins. Looking forward for ure valuable guidance,THANK YOU.

  • Adi says:

    Sir,
    I started tratak with flame its been 15-20 days ,at first when i started i was able to see flame when i closed my eyes after concentrating on flame but from 8-9 days i dont see any flame sometimes i see dim flame and rays of light why am i not seeing any flame now .also there are no thoughts in mind just black and feel weightless also my breath slows and 1 time i started swaying slowly back and forth i am worried if am doing something wrong. Thx sir

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    Respected Guru ji Pranam
    Thanks you very much for your kind reply. I do aulom vilom pranayaam daily but in the morning when i go for taily walk in the garden I comed back at 730am and take bath and do deepak tratak for about 15/20 mnts deaily. Instead of keeping wet cloth on my eyes i wash my eyes with cold water(not chilled). Is that okay? Please let me know how can i know that i am on the right path. Is there any to test this meditation that I am on the right track. What kind of experiences(anubhav) I can have during this meditation. Thanks for your kind guidance.

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    I have been doing anulom vilom and kapal bhati pranayaam for the last 5/6 years and chant OM for 21 times daily which gives me lot of satisfaction. Hope this will benefit me a lot Your kind advise will be highly appreciated.

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    Guru ji Pranam
    I have a doubt in gazing on a flame. Shud we gaze at base or middle or top of the flame i usually gaze at middle of the flame. thaku u very much

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    Respected Mahamantra ji Sadar Pranam
    I recite my daily pooja mantras slowly (only my lips whisper) during my deepak tratak like navaran mantra OM AIM HREEM CLEAAM CHAMUNDAYE VICHEE, DEEN DAYAL VIRUD SAMBHARI HARHU NAATH MAM SANKAT BHAARI, DEHIK DEVIK BHAUTIK TAAPA RAM RAJ KAHUN NAHI VYAAPA, MAHAMRITYUNJA MANTRA ETC Is it okay. Please guid me in this connection.

  • Manish Mumbai says:

    namaste guruji,
    i am suffering from insomania past 10 years
    so i took treatment but nothing helps me
    even i attend hypnotism workshop to cure it
    it helps me some days but after again as it is.
    so i come to knw that only medi can help me.
    now days i do tratak medi when i did hypnosis wkshop
    it is similar to meditation even that sir teach tratak to do 10 min
    n see in the mirror u wil see very horrable faces
    so what shud i do to cure my insomnia
    i want sound sleep guruji
    keenly waiting for ur reply

    • mahaTantra says:

      Manish Ji,

      First do simple deep breathing ( complete inhale and exhale ) for 15 minutes followed by anulom-vilom for 15 minutes for 30 days.
      Do this everyday in the morning before 8 AM this shall be done, do let me know the results after 30 days. After the response of your body for this activity I will be able to state anything else.
      Do write me about your daily activity and work schedule on admin@activatetantra.com in detail, so i can analyze the thing in more detail.

    • Manish Mumbai says:

      Thxs guruji for reply ,
      now onwards i do daily activity as u said
      when i go to sleep & wake up i wondered whether it was my thoughts or dream i cannot recognize i dnt understand but one thing sure i was not asleep.i want sound sleep guruji which i was getting in my childhood

  • ajay says:

    i m doing tratak frm 6-7 years, but i m not regular. hw to knw tat i hav developed the power in of tratak . pls tell me some experiments so tat i can find out tat i hav the powers.

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    Respected Guru ji pranam kindly reply to my above querries
    thanks a lot

  • Mehul says:

    Sir, you have posted excellent videos. Thank you. I would like to ask that I have around -4 eye power in both the eyes. Is it safe to do Tratak meditation? I am very much interested to do it to further go in my spiritual path.
    Thank you.

  • Ganesh Ingale says:

    I was gazed dot with spectacles but after some months i tried it without specs and its really more effective for concentration and thoughtless mind.and also improved my gazing time quickly
    why?
    I am regular practitioner of jal neti
    is there any side effect of ja;neti

    • mahaTantra says:

      might be because your eyes feel comfy with specs, this is all about your comfort factor.
      as per my knowledge jal-neti do not have any side effect but still I want you to have a second advice as well.

  • rahul prajapati says:

    thanks for the information guruji . it really helped me a lot .
    i have a problem which i want to share . it is my 2nd week of Bindu tratak . while gazing for a minutes , background become completely blur , black bindu is visible but blur but sometime it vanish .
    is it normal ? if not then what should i do ?
    my eyelid also don’t go close completely but automatically go down till it touch the black pupil . is it allowed ?

  • raghu says:

    first of all i would thank you sir.
    I have seen a great change(in terms of confidence and concentration) in myself after practicing bindu tratak for 3 months. but i want to ask you that sometimes i feel that i am loosing my memory (means i forget less important things),it disturbs me pls tell me what is wrong with me.

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    Respected Guru ji Pranam
    It is now 6 months that I am doing deepak tratak. Please let me know if I can gaze at rising sun for 5 minutes (I did it for one day and did not find any problem my eyes did not blink and sun disc was clearly seen with a black surface within the sun just like full solar eclipse)
    shud i stop deepak tratak and shift to sun tratak or can do both sun tratak at 7 am and deeptak tratak at 0830 am. Thanks a lot for your kind advise

  • B.D.Sharma says:

    Guru ji pranam
    I have been doing jyoti tratak for the last 7 months. Somed times I feel heavyness in the back portion of my head and during tratak also I feel same. Can this creat any neauro problem. So far i am alright and active. Thank you very much for your kind reply

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