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Tapas - Upanishads
« on: June 14, 2010, 08:18:37 PM »
When Sri Kavyakantha approached the Virupaksha Cave where Brahmanaswami lived on the 18th of November 1907. Prostrating before the young Sage, he pleaded with a trembling voice: "All that has to be read I have read. Even Vedanta Sastra I have fully understood. I have performed japa to my heart's content, yet I have not up to this time understood what tapas is. Hence, have I sought refuge at thy feet. Pray enlighten me about the nature of tapas."

For fifteen minutes Sri Ramana Maharshi silently gazed at the Muni. He then spoke: "If one watches where the notion of 'I' springs, the mind will be absorbed into that. That is tapas. If a mantra is repeated and attention is directed to the source where the mantra sound is produced, the mind will be absorbed into that. That is tapas."

Regarding Tapas, we have a mantra in Maha Narayanopanishad which goes like this:

ऋतं तप​-स्सत्यं तप​-श्श्रुतं तप​-श्शान्तं तपो दम​-स्तप-श्शम-स्तपो दानं तपो यज्ञं तपो भूर्भुवस्सुवर्ब्रह्मैतदुपास्यैतत्तपः

Right is austerity. Treading the right path always is austerity
Truth is austerity. Uttering the truth all times at any cost is austerity
Understanding of the scriptures is austerity. Always doing Self enquiry even at work is austerity
Subduing of one’s senses is austerity.
Restraint of the body through such means like fast is austerity.
Cultivation of a peaceable disposition is austerity.
Giving gifts without selfish motives is austerity.
Worship is austerity. The Supreme Brahman has 0manifested Himself as Bhuh, Bhuvah and Suvah.
Meditate upon Him. This is austerity par excellence

Salutations to Sri Ramana

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta