Tratak meditation: a technique of significant importance in modern life

This section includes a set of everyday tools proven to make current lives sweeter and progress toward better days faster.

This article delves into the practice of tratak meditation, a technique that holds significant importance in modern life, especially given the scattered nature of our mental energies. Our minds often struggle to maintain focus in a world full of distractions and responsibilities. Tratak meditation, however, offers a path to harnessing and centering these dispersed energies.

Tratak and visualization

Tratak is a form of visual meditation that involves focusing on a candle flame. This practice is not about forced concentration but gently directing attention towards the flame. By closing the eyes and visualizing the flame, practitioners can achieve a state where their mental energies are fully focused. This process helps in developing the power of concentration, which is essential in our daily lives. The difference between success and failure in any endeavor often boils down to the level of concentration one can maintain.

Tratak and the Ajna Chakra

Beyond its practical benefits, tratak meditation also has spiritual implications. It engages the Ajna Chakra, commonly referred to as the third eye, which is believed to enhance perception beyond the capabilities of the ordinary senses. As practitioners progress in their tratak meditation, moving from a candle flame to more complex objects like flowers, they activate this subtle sense of perception. This heightened perception can lead to intuitive insights and, for those interested, the development of clairvoyance.

Tratak and the Pineal Gland

There is also a scientific aspect to tratak meditation. It is hypothesized that the Ajna Chakra is linked to the pineal gland in the brain. However, research into the pineal gland is challenging due to its calcification after death. Nevertheless, tratak meditation is thought to stimulate the pineal gland, producing melatonin, a hormone with regenerative and rejuvenating effects on the body’s glandular system.

Tratak meditation thus offers a holistic benefit package. It improves mental concentration, enhances psychological well-being, stimulates psychic development, and potentially impacts physiological health by stimulating the pineal gland.

Doing Tratak with any object

The practice of tratak is straightforward yet powerful. While some may question the effects of staring at a candle flame on eye health, research and expert opinions have shown that this practice poses no harm to the eyes. Using a flame in tratak is particularly beneficial for beginners due to the afterimage it creates, aiding in the transition to visualization. As one advances in their practice, virtually any object can be used for tratak.

In essence, tratak meditation is vital in developing concentration and contemplation, fundamental steps towards achieving higher states of consciousness like Samadhi in the journey of Raja Yoga. Its broad range of benefits makes it an essential practice for those seeking to harness their mental energies and explore deeper spiritual realms.

Picture of Ramón Leonato Dominguez

Ramón Leonato Dominguez

I was born in Madrid in 1960, when I was a young boy I was solely interested in understanding the secret of life. I grew up studying biology, chemistry, physics and by 15 years old I was already in college. I published my first research work in Insect Biochemistry, Pergamon Press Vol. 10 pp 529 to 533 on molecular genetics at the age of 19 years old. In seeking for answers to the secret of life I started with biology and molecular genetics and from there I went to theoretical physics, finally I landed in the area of mysticism, or self awareness under the guidance of Gururaj Ananda Yogi, a disciple of Swami Pravitananda with whom I studied until his passing away in 1988.

Leave a Replay


The International Foundation for Spiritual Unfoldment is a 501 (c) 3 public charity registered in New York with EIN 84-2007892. Our mission is to open the hearts of people, one by one, to the natural goodness that resides within through Meditation Techniques, Spiritual Practices, and Practical Wisdom, and providing a social network of teachers and students that tread this planet of ours.

Recent Posts

Virtual Campus

Guided Meditation

Find your Guided Meeting Meditation everyday by joining into this group.

Sign up for our Newsletter

 International Foundation for Spiritual Unfoldment Inc is a 501(C)(3) with EIN: 84-2007892