In the previous lesson we described outer trataka on a flame followed by inner trataka on the resulting after-image'. The technique that we will shortly outline is a more advanced form of the same basic practice. It involves two extra techniques which make it more powerful in inducing mental peace and one-pointedness.
When one has practised trataka stage 1 for some time and has gained reasonable familiarity and competence in its practice, one should leave stage 1 and proceed to stage 2. The most important thing is that you should be able to gaze at the outer object for some time without any tendency to blink the eyelids. If you still find that your eyes flicker throughout the practice, it is far better that you continue stage 1 until you gain mastery in this respect. Furthermore, if you still don't see any afterimage during inner trataka, you should also continue stage 1. If you don't see any afterimage be sure not to worry, for it takes time with most people; nevertheless, slowly but surely at some stage in their practice they begin to discern an image. At first it is faint, but gradually over a period of days and weeks it becomes clearer.
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