Impact of Tapas as Niyama in Yoga

Tapas is one among five Niyamas in Ashtanga Raja Yoga. When we concentrate the tremendous psycho-physical energies that are in us and make their impact felt on any problem, it is called as tapas and by tapas the problem gets clarified and solved.

It is well known in this world that, among all the means adopted to achieve objectives by disciplined means, tapas alone is the most efficient of the means. However in present world, in acquisition of knowledge and wealth the spirit of sustaining tapas as a means is going down and drifting away from the tapas of honest, hard, productive work. Every great achievement is based on tapas, which means the austerity of hard concentrated work.

I did sadhana of ‘Service to man is service to God’ as tapas during my long thirty six years of medical professional life since I became an M.B.B.S. doctor in February 1972 till I retired as Chief District Medical Officer, Bargarh Orissa in February 2008. In my post retirement life, I searched for innovative insight in tapas and chose Yoga and Spirituality to be the ways and means of living rest of my present life.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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14 Responses to Impact of Tapas as Niyama in Yoga

  1. Amar Ranjan Mohapatra says:

    Great job done ! It is an example which must lead all the readers to become your follower. By this a lot of unforeseen best achievements are being done for ourselves as well as our societies. All the best.

  2. Vinod Varma says:

    Thanks for leading by example. No doubts, it helps all of us to look up to and follow mysterious path of yoga and self realization.

  3. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Impact of Tapas as Niyama in Yoga strikes me, just like a key with lock in a house. If we turn the key in a lock in right direction the house is safely closed, but in its left turn has no value. Likewise Tapas is the pivot of discipline in the wheel of Yoga in the forward journey in Yoga and Spirituality. Then what does it mean really in practical life? According to me one should not be encouraged to leave family & property, and to re-clause at forest and torture his body & mind called Penance for achievement of some mystic power to get his fellow men astonished; it is totally foolishness & fanatic in life. My assertion it is just a left turn in life. Then what is the right turn, let us make analysis for simplification of Tapas as Niyama in Yoga. In the life-journey for its constant and regular implementation in one’s life he should be properly guided by his own consciousness and should understand his co-brothers. Here the real impact of Tapas as Niyama shows positivity when one guards his speech as per his thought and acts accordingly. This is called co-ordination of thought, speech and action. More clearly and shortly depicted as 4H-such as a man becomes Human as per co-ordination of Head (speech), Heart (thought) and Hands (work).

    Really Sir, your choice of topic ‘Impact of Tapas as Niyama in Yoga’ sways anybody who comes under the clutches of Yoga and Spirituality and remains adherent till his emancipation in life.

    Many thanks for your spiritual ignition to one and all.
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh Odisha

  4. Madan Goyal says:

    Very nicely elaborated by Dr.Panda and Dr.Naik.

    Tapas in current scene should be defined as real hard work, for the sake of society, definitely above selfish interest, achieving required strength and power to be able to fight the existing evils on the earth. If we restrict the tapas to individual practicality then doing one’s duty in best possible way while actually enjoying life but not harming others, benefiting society as much as possible; should be the optimum target. One’s soul is his sole mirror where one can really see the truth. In the retired life and when physical handicaps force introspection on person, one should be at a real peace of mind about his past deeds. One should be sure that he is leaving this earth better and have not polluted its environment. Life is teaching for a teacher, fight for a warrior, providing resources for a vaish and service for a servant. Tapas is clearly defining one’s role on this earth and living a life every moment accordingly.

  5. Somabanta Sahu says:

    Sri Satya Sai Baba says,”My life is My Message”.

    Respected Sir , you have truly inculcated the saying of Sai Baba in your life. “Old age hath her toil and trouble…But some noble work may yet to be done…”, William Tennyson the famous Victorian poet has truly said which is very obvious from your tapas during post retirement life. Your thoughts and attitudes are most appealing. Really with out Tapas nothing can be achieved. The society should understand that the people those who want more comforts and possessions with less effort will be paid according to their labour by the universe.

    Thanking you sir,
    Somabanta Sahu

  6. Sir,

    A nice article and also it is highly remarkable us for your experiment of long thirty six years which is the key point of your life. I think tapas is the real hard work of our life in a noble way which empowers us for a bright future. These types of things only indicate the power of our ancient Maharishi and Saints. They accrued such type of yoga practice in their life which made them more energetic.‘Service to man is service to God’ is a great as well as a big task for present society. In present situation it is too hard to believe that you have accrued such noble thought as well as lifestyle in your long thirty six years of medical professional life.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science teacher
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

  7. Prakash Padhan says:

    You have set example TAPAS as service to mankind. Lord Krishna in GITA did not advise Arjuna to quit job and go to jungle. You have rightly explained the meaning of Tapas i.e. concentrated righteous work. In high school days I have read “chhatranam adhyayanam tapah”(study is the tapas of students). Since then I understood that TAPAS is not like meditation of saints in jungle.

  8. V Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank You Very Much to make me aware about ‘Impact of Tapas as Niyama in Yoga’ through this article, as per my knowledge it completely depends on the discipline of the individual.

    With Regards,
    Bhubaneswar Odisha

  9. Umesh says:

    Respected, Brother,

    Tapas as a whole is the right activities of one`s own life i.e. service to mankind, helps towards the poor & changing others towards the right path from the wrong by inspiring them spiritually.

    Yours Sincerely

  10. Saurabh Chaudhary says:

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you for clarifying and reminding the meaning of a simple word ‘Tapas’, with its profound meaning and impact in life. When yoga is in fashion today, it has only become synonyms with the practice of asanas only. In the eight fold path of yoga, the Yama and Niyama captures the real foundation of Yoga, unfortunately towards which we tend to pay little attention to. As a practitioner of Yoga your iteration about Tapas has motivated me to move to the basics and properly align my practice of yoga.

    I would like to take this opportunity to put Tapas as constant endeavor to tread on the path of ‘Shreyas’ or righteousness. In initial stages this path of Shreyas is difficult to take to and is repulsive in nature. But in the end it always lead to peace and happiness. Shreyas is opposed to the path of ‘Preyas’ or pleasant. Preyas attracts us and one is tempted to take on to this path. But in the end it always lead to pain and misery. Let Tapas be there in our life.


  11. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    The article is well interpretation of Tapas.The selfless work i.e. serving of people which is dedicated to society is the real meaning of Tapas. In ancient times, saints were going to jungle, meditate there to get power both spiritually and mentally.

    I think you have set an example by serving humanity in your service period and also after retirement.

    Thank u for all the article you have mailed, that inspired me to see the world in a broad way.

  12. It has something to do with concentration.

  13. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    I read Your article published on dated 17.05.2013. A thing of beauty is joy for ever. Your article is no doubt is just like that. It is very useful to the society and young generation. Your honesty, sincerity and hard work and service to the mankind in your service period will remain for ever just like the poem ‘The Stream’:
    “Man may come and man may go, but I will go on forever.”

    Madhusudan Mahunta

  14. Deepak Sahu says:

    Respected Sir,
    I read your article published on dated 17.05.13 on “Impact of Tapas as Niyama in Yoga”. Niyamas are the positive action in Ashtanga Yoga that aim at self-discipline and development.

    Thanking you
    Deepak Sahu
    Padampur Dist.Bargarh

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