Normally, with the attention left unchecked in a semi-conscious state (habitual state of unconscious reaction) energy goes all over the place following reaction to constant and created stimuli. Tapas is the force or energy which drives the movements of these experiences, reactions, and/or actions. For example, Tapas is the heat which causes you to seek shelter from the sun, the feeling of hunger which seeks to fill the belly with delicious food. It is the feeling caused by the smell which draws one near or pushes one away. Tapas is the friction of impatience building as one waits in line, while imagining all the things that need to be done. Tapasya then is the conscious choice to extract one's identification with, and compulsion to follow these various drives.
This is not some dogmatic, or religious fantasy; Tapasya is pragmatic reorganization of one's source of power from external props to within, and instead of dispersing energy - gathering it as increasing potential under sharpened Conscious direction and focus...
Tapasya is often translated as "austerities", and a Tapasvi is often called an ascetic when translated into English... These translations may seem accurate based on Appearances, or from a view of witnessing something and projecting one's own ideas of the world or culture onto what is seen. However, this does not indicate the reality of what is occurring as "Tapasya" - which is not a form of "penance" to atone for or purify "sins", nor is Tapas a form of Self-Denial. True Tapasya is none other than a Super Refined Art of Self-Control and Surrender. If this statement appears to be a contradiction then read further to discover the Inclusive Nature of Totality and wholeness, which as in the Reality of Infinity brings all aspects and attributes in One Unity as Yoga. With the pragmatic understanding that Infinity (the Self) is so Vast, Infinite, and limitless - that everything the Universe is, it also is not...
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