[Advaita-l] BGBh and yoga - yama-niyama - I
Amuthan Arunkumar R
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Tue Apr 19 00:43:49 CDT 2005
namo nArAyaNAya !
dear list members,
--- S Jayanarayanan <sjayana at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Is the word "tapas" ever defined (as in a formal
> definition) in
> any of the scriptures (gItA or elsewhere), or is the
> taken for granted?
well, there may be a lot of definitions of tapas
elsewhere, but one that i can immediately refer to is
the definition of tapas in a three-fold way given by
SrI kR^ishNa in SrImadbhagavadgItA,
devadvijaguruprAj~napUjana.m SaucamArjava.m .
brahmacharyamahimsA cha SArira.m tapa uchyate ..
Worship of deva-s, dvija-s, guru, and the enlightened
sages, cleanliness, straightforwardness, continence
and non-violence constitute the tapas of the body.
anudvegakara.m vAkya.m satya.m priyahita.m cha yat .
svAdhyAyAbhyasana.m chaiva vAN^maya.m tapa uchyate ..
Speaking words that do not inflict pain on others,
that is truthful, pleasant and beneficial, regular
study of the scriptures, these constitute tapas of
mana.h prasAda.h saumyatva.m maunamAtmavinigraha.h .
bhAvasa.mSuddhirityetattapo mAnasamuchyate .. (17/16)
Calmness of the mind, benevolence, silence, focusing
the mind onto the Self, and purity of
intentions/thoughts, these constitute the tapas of the
(the above is a free translation and may be subject to
errors. if so, please correct them).
Amuthan Arunkumar R,
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Department of Aerospace Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
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