Tapas


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In Hinduism, tapas is sacred heat or power within the universe. It is a wide-ranging concept, with derivative forms each having special, unique meanings.

According to Walter Kaelber,[11] and others,[15][18][19] in certain translations of ancient Sanskrit documents tapas is interpreted as austerities, penance, asceticism, or mortification; however, this is frequently inadequate because it fails to reflect the context implied, which is of sexual heat or warmth that incubates the birth of life.¹

¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapas_%28Sanskrit%29

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