Word of the Week "Tapas"

03/11/2014 12:05

Tapas (tapas, Sanskrit: तपस्) means deep meditation, effort to achieve self-realization; it is derived from the word root tap (Sanskrit: तप् or ताप) which depending on context means "heat" from fire or weather, or blaze, burn, shine, penance, pain, suffering, mortification.

In the yogic tradition it is the fire that burns within that is needed for the sanyasi to achieve the very difficult goal of enlightenment, to foster self-control, one mindedness and focus, simplicity, wisdom, integrity. It is used to develop and discipline the body, mind and character; control of mind; satisfaction of all desires - through discipline of body, correct speech, telling only the truth, correct thought, non violence, correct action, love for all, developing the ability to remain tranquil and balanced in every situation, act without any selfish motive or thought of reward.

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