Celibacy/Abstinence/Tapasya - Austerity


Ancient yugas are full of stories  where people use to perform TAPAS, invoke Gods & fulfill their desires. Is it true? If true, how is that the desire still remains even performing tapas for so long period, like 1000 of years & so on....please if possible tell in detail about Tapasaya, austerities..

1. One pointed effort at the physical & mental levels, setting aside all other things for the attainment of an objective is 'Tapas' or austerity.

2. When the same is applied as regards a material object or power, the performer becomes one with that object and gains mastery over the same. This does not confer any other result other than such attainment. Such effort for anything material or some psychic power is itself the product of  'Agnyana' (ignorance) when one in reality is the infinite Atman. Therefore, the performer becomes more attached to that illusion and strays that much farther from his self. None of his desires recede; rather, they accede. He remains as ignorant as ever as regards his identity.

Taking the help of astral beings for such accomplishment also has the same effect. It is like taking the help of someone superior to you in day to day life by pleasing them for some material benefit. None of these things are of any value. Rather, they are a complete waste of time.

3. When the same effort or austerity is applied as regards knowing one's Atman (pure self) as done by the Yogi, the ignorance blocking one's identity with the self starts to recede and one eventually realizes the self to become the pure self. It confers liberation which is true freedom.

Hence the wise do not waste their resources in seeking anything other than the self.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)  


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