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2.43 KAYENDRIYA SIDDHIR ASUDDHI KSHAYAT TAPASAH.
The destruction of impurities through austerities brings about powers to the body and senses.
Before we start….
If your mental health is not in a good place right now due to trauma, abuse, violence, etc, this post may be triggering, and is not for you. I’d suggest you check out the self-care section of the blog instead.
The teaching of Tapas
Yoga teaches us that on the other side of suffering, there’s something we can see more clearly. Just because we suffer, doesn’t mean we lose anything. The bigger the struggle, the bigger the return.
Most people who hear this will probably not find this helpful at all. And will probably question why this is happening to them. For me, it’s calming. Because it tells me that my suffering, my hardships are not going to be a waste. That sometime will come out of this. And my curiosity gets me excited.
There’s a little story that helps us better understand the concept of tapas. It’s about laundry.
For example, let’s say there’s a really dirty towel. In order to clean it, the towel needs to become wet, thrown onto concrete, lathered up with soap, thrown onto the ground, rinsed, and repeated until the towel is clean. Same thing if you throw it in the washing machine. It gets banged, rinsed and spun numerous times until it’s clean.
We are the same way.
So when we are being washed, when we are experiencing unpleasant things, there’s something wonderful on the other end.