Yogi Bhajan Tratakum Meditation

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In the yogic scriptures it says, “Even a glance from the eyes of a holy man can cure mental and physical imbalances.” Once in a very great while there is a picture that has a transcendent quality of neutrality that allows the person gazing at it to go through it and into their higher consciousness. This is a form of meditation called Tratakum.

This art quality print is the result of one devoted artist remastering a damaged original photo of Yogi Bhajan pixel by pixel, bringing back to life a powerful tool for practitioners of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.



Try this practice for 40 days in the early morning before sunrise and see what effect it has on you. During this time, eat lightly, and see with new sight during the day. If you like, the panj shabd (Sa Ta Na Ma) can be chanted mentally while doing Tratakum.

Yogi Bhajan instructed that the meditation picture be surrounded by an orange border. Set the photo about 3-6 feet (30-60 cm) away from you. Set one or two candles in front of the picture so that it can be clearly seen. The rest of the room should be dark.

Tune in with the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo), and humbly tell your mind that the higher Self will guide you across the ocean of individuality, into the peace of the Cosmic Self. Know that you will receive guidance in all matters.

Posture: Sit very straight in an easy meditative posture, and cover your head and body with a shawl or blanket. Sit on a sheepskin or wool blanket to insulate your auric field.

Eyes: Open the eyes wide, and look eye into eye at the picture. Draw up the lower eyelids slightly. You will feel like you do not need to blink anymore.

Mental Focus: Completely still the body. The breath will automatically become lighter and lighter. Look at the light in the eyes of the photo and travel mentally through the picture to the source of that light. Mentally ask a question and listen to the answer. During the meditation, the picture may seem to move and look three dimensional. You may feel like floating out of the body. Just remember to keep your gaze on the light of guidance in the eyes.

Time: Meditate from 15 – 31 minutes.

To End: Close your eyes and see the image at the Brow Point.