February 1, 2011
The word ‘Trataka’ means to gaze steadily.
Trataka is gazing without blinking at an object placed directly in front of the eyes.
At the time of practising Trataka the eyeballs should remain steady and the eyelids should not flicker.
No object except the one on which trataka is to be performed should be seen and the mind should not wander hither and thither but be merged in observation of the object.
The impression of the object falls on the optic nerves… the shadow of the object falls on the eyes and then on the retina. The optic nerves of the retina are connected by the sensory nerves with the brain. The brain has several centres which are connected with the optic nerves. These centres receive information through the optic nerves and send out commands. Many of these centres are asleep or inactive.
Trataka does not merely increase the function of perception. Through the medium of perception the centres of the brain which remain inactive in an ordinary person are awakened.
Man is capable of becoming a superman if he is able to awaken and activate those glands and nerve centres which in the natural course of evolution are in an inactive state.