Last Updated: April 30, 2019

Definition - What does Tapasvin mean?

Tapasvin is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “ascetic,” “distressed,” “poor,” “miserable” and “practicing austerities.” It is typically used to describe a devote person who undertakes tapas or is in a state of tapas. A tapasvin dedicates himself entirely to his spiritual practice.

One type of tapas is a spiritual and disciplined yoga practice. Tapas are spiritual practices that required extreme self-discipline, including solitary vigils, fasting, chastity, and such yogic practices as pranayama, deep meditation and asana.

Yogapedia explains Tapasvin

In ancient India, tapas referred to the cosmic energy of heat and fervor. The concept evolved to mean ascetic power derived from the practice of self-discipline and self-mortification. The goal of tapas is achieving knowledge of the true Self, and liberation from the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Tapasvin was also an early name for a yogi. Both tapas and tapasvin are mentioned in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain literature – including the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras.

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