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What is Tratak Sadhana? Part 2: The Benefits

Tratak is an advanced technique. Seek the help of a Guru before starting its practise.

This post continues from the prior article on Tratak – click here to read.

The benefits are many

The point of tratak is to ultimately still the mind and use the resulting concentration to access soul power within.

Aside from improved focus, mental acuity and memory, other notable benefits are:

  • Precognition. One may experience such heightened levels of perception that your observation skills border on precognition. IE – you can almost read someone’s thoughts or know what they are about to say before they say it. This occurs because the mind is usually attempting to process more information from your 5 senses continuously than is usually possible. Most of the time it must ‘delete’ the majority of this information flowing in and just focus on the relevant details. With the practice of tratak, one starts to delete less and absorb more.
  • Influence. Your powers of influence improve as you can no only ‘read’ people better, your added awareness and mental acuity give rise to greater levels of confidence. In combination these two factors allow you to improve your oration abilities, stick to the strength of your convictions and therefore much more easily influence others.
  • Siddhis. The advanced practitioner of tratak can reach the stage where their cognitive abilities can access the subtle realms of existence and channel divine power to manifest siddhis (when used in conjunction with mantras); the easiest being clairvoyance, remote vision, psychic communication, etc.
Tratak is generally considered an advanced technique and the help of a Guru should be sought by the serious practitioner.
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How to Attract Women: Part 4 – Soundarya Lahari Mantra for Marriage

The Soundarya Lahari holds many powerful mantras. Find the mantra to attract a partner here.

This article is the continuation of the How to Attract Women series.

Click here for part 1

Click here for part 2

Click here for part 3

Authored by the hand of God…

The Soundarya Lahari, loosely translating to “Waves of Beauty” is a masterpiece in praise of the Divine Feminine. The piece is said to be authored by Shiva himself and transcribed by Ganesha, in praise of his consort, Parashakti – the Supreme Power.

These secrets were originally provided to Adi Shankaracharya. Through a twist of fate, the Shankaracharya himself contributed a section to the hymn. The lore as to why he wrote a portion is varied but suffice to say, a portion of the original text was lost, requiring him to complete it.

There are many further sources of information on the text, including on Speaking Tree:

http://www.speakingtree.in/public/40yads2q1mannmwq8zismvuw4/blog/FEATURE-Soundarya-Lahari-Waves-of-Beauty-Adi-Shankar

…and the source of many powerful mantras

The Soundarya Lahari is an incredibly powerful script. Each verse and couplet is known to have tremendous mantra-shakti.

Interestingly, for a stotra of this size, there is no Phala-sruti – the part of the prayer which describes its attributes and benefits. Instead, one is to take it as an act of pure devotion. In fact, this is actually the key to unlocking its benefits. Once you worship the Divine Feminine in Supreme form, the more pointed questions are: what will you NOT receive and be unable to perform after accessing such a powerful force? The answer is of course: nothing!

The Mantra for Attracting a Partner

Here is the verse to hasten marriage; it allows you to attract a husband or wife.

Note: The translation and transliteration have been borrowed from the fantastic website:  http://www.sankaracharya.org/soundarya_lahari.php.

Transliteration:

Verse 5:
“Haris tvam aradhya pranata-jana-saubhagya-jananim
Pura nari bhutva Pura-ripum api ksobham anayat;
Smaro’pi tvam natva rati-nayana-lehyena vapusha
Muninam apyantah prabhavati hi mohaya mahatam.

(Semi-literal) meaning:

“You who grant all the good things,
To those who bow at your feet,
Was worshipped by the Lord Vishnu,
Who took the pretty lovable feminine form,
And could move the mind of he who burnt the cities,
And make him fall in love with him.
And the God of love , Manmatha,
Took the form which is like nectar,
Drunk by the eyes by Rathi his wife,
After venerating you,
Was able to create passion ,
Even in the mind of the great Sages.”

Important notes on Procedure

Whilst anyone can chant the Soundarya Lahari, they should approach it the appropriate degree of reverence.

There is a significant level of precision required in both pronunciation and procedure. Ideally one should proceed straight from the shower into the prayer room dressed in freshly washed clothes. Light a lamp, then begin chanting as per usual mantra japa.

Learn the pronunciation from one well versed in the mantra, or if that is not possible, listen to the mantra online to learn it. A link will soon be posted to the Listen to Mantras Here  page of my blog, accessible by clicking here.

 

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How to Attract Women: Part 2 – The Kamadeva Gayatri Mantra

Kick start your love life - get Divine aid from Kamadeva!

Divine intervention in Love

A natural extension of using the Kleem mantra, for those who feel more comfortable with envisioning a more tangible form of the Divine, is to invoke Kamadeva, the God of Love.

See my prior post on How to Attract Women – Part 1: The Kleem Mantra here  for more information. 

Kamadeva = Cupid

Kamadeva is the God of Love mentioned in the Vedas and a son of Brahma, the Divine Creator. He is the husband of Rati, the Goddess of Love. He is most akin to Cupid, of Western mythologies.

Kamadeva is most famously associated with Shiva. In Puranic lore, he was burned to ashes when he disturbed Shiva during meditation. See Wiki link here for more details.

The mantra

This is the most powerful mantra to invoke Kamadeva:

Transliteration:

“Om Kaamadevaaya vidmahe
Pushpabaanaaya dhimahi
Tanno Ananga prachodayaat”

Translation:

We see the God of Desire
We meditate on the flower-arrowed
May the non-corporeal one inspire us.” 

Benefits:

  • Spiritual help in attracting a soul mate or life partner
  • Greater sensitivity and awareness of others’ emotional needs, appreciation of one’s partner
  • A greater awareness of one’s own attractiveness and appearance

Footnotes:

 
 

Navaratri 2011: Take the Mantra Challenge!

Don't miss the Golden Opportunity that is Navaratri to chant mantras!

Night 5/6 of Navaratri

Navaratri is quickly progressing! Use this golden time to gain the grace of the Divine Feminine or Devi!

Laghu Anusthan is the preferable method

A popular sadhana (undertaking of religious practices for a fixed period) is to chant a number of malas (rosaries’) of a given mantra over the 9 days of Navaratri. 27 malas (or 108×27) over 9 days is considered a short form of sadhana (called a laghu anusthan – find out more by clicking here).

Whilst the time for the full 9 day sadhana has passed, the period of Navaratri is so powerful that the Devi will give you the partial benefit without observing such a strict regime.

The 40 day challenge awaits YOU!

Let’s go one step further – I challenge everyone reading this post who are interested to take part in a small challenge. This is particularly useful for those people that either felt that they have no time to embark on such a journey, those that feel that the conditions of sadhana are too strict, and those that just dont know how!

Step 1: Choose a mantra

Step 2: Estimate how much time/how many times you can chant this mantra DAILY – not once a week or a month. The routine must be daily and without break.

Step 3: HALVE the number that you decided above. Why? Let’s be realistic and avoid excuses!

Step 4: Begin IMMEDIATELY!

Fine print: OK, so there’s no such thing as a free lunch! Forgive me for inserting this clause into the ‘contract’ above, but please add this one thing to your sadhana: Pray for those that are struggling to even start, to find a way!

Act now!

Start chanting NOW to see dramatic and miraculous positive changes in your life! Life does not wait, does not inform you of what’s around the corner and does not consult you before changes are made. Neither should you.

What to chant?

Three key mantras were given in my prior post (click here to see it) – but again, lets not use this as an excuse to not start. Chant ANY mantra you choose, any number of times for significant and immediate benefits! Just be regular, sincere and focused in your prayer and the Devi will take care of the rest!

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The Kleem Mantra

Transliteration:

“Kleem

(Semi-literal) Translation:

None. Kleem is a Bija mantra.

Purpose:

  • Attraction of female company.
  • That’s right, it brings girls to your door!

Say what now…?!

I believe some explanation is sorely needed on what is likely to prove a popular topic!

The Kleem mantra is a Bija mantra – ie a primal sound which taps into the very essence of the universe to function as a mantra all in itself. Each Bija mantra typically corresponds to a singular deity. Unsurprisingly, this mantra is the essence of the God of Love, Kamadeva (literal translation) and incidentally the great Avatar of Vishnu, Sri Krishna Himself.

How it works

The Kleem mantra basically aligns your energy/spirit/aura/prana with those of females that already like you. Initially, it will not be able to change the minds of others. However, once mantra siddhi is achieved, it is said that one can attract anything in the universe with the mantra.

How to use it

Just repeat the word. The usual target count is 10,008 – preferably in a single sitting. Given the brevity of the sound, it is not too tough to complete a set within a 2-3 hours.

The practice of tratak is a great complement to this mantra, for those of you in the know. It is an advanced technique explained here.

Need to know more? Read  about the Kamadeva Mantra here >>

Footnotes:

  • Dr. Pillai, formerly Dattatreya Sivababa, has some excellent YouTube videos on the topic.
  • You can take his video introductions as an effective upadesh (ie Guru initiation into the mantra).


What is Tratak Sadhana? Part 1: The Method

Tratak is an advanced technique. Seek the help of a Guru before starting its practise.

The Yoga of practicality 

Tratak is one of the 6 methods of Hatha Yoga.

The practice of tratak is key to improving one’s concentration during meditation on certain abstract mantras.

In particular, one would practice tratak for bija mantra japa – such as Kleem and Shreem.

Tratak is generally considered an advanced technique and the help of a Guru should be sought by the serious practitioner.

Concetration is vital to manifestation

It is well known that benefits from mantra japa accrue in proportion to effort. Concentration is the underlying measure of effort; the greater the concentration whilst chanting, the more powerful the results.

Tratak helps to focus the mind and dramatically improve concentration. In this way, it is not dissimilar to pranayama.

What is tratak?

Tratak is the concentrated effort of maintaining one’s vision on one particular object or area within.

There are three forms:

  1. Inner – one focuses on the point between the eyes while they are closed. This is the area where the pituitary gland is located within the brain.
  2. Middle – focus on an object at an intermediary distance; for example an oil lamp at arm’s length.
  3. Outer – in this method the aspirant focuses on a distant object such as the moon or stars.

The method

  1. Freshly shower, wear freshly washed, loose clothes and find a quiet room to practice alone.
  2. Sit in your usual yogic asana (posture) – such as cross legged with the spine, neck and head straight.
  3. One calms the mind using pranayama before starting.
  4. Actively avoid and repel any intense emotional thoughts. Clear the mind.
  5. Start the tratak method that you find most comfortable (inner, middle, outer etc).
  6. Keep absolutely still and quiet during practice.
  7. Start with 15 mins of practice and work up to 1-2hrs.
  8. Always practice for the same or more time than in your prior practice.
  9. Try to be regular in practice – at the same time every day or week, depending on frequency.
  10. It will take at least 3 months of continuous practice to see significant improvement in your mental state.


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