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