Adi Moola Ganapathi uvaacha: Intense dhyāna or meditation leads to thapas or tapasya or penance as it is known in scriptural authorities is known to be the recommended path and prescribed practice to burn all desires, thoughts, actions-inactions, mind, ego, time and other creation differentials. But when the creation differentials of time, space, movement, ego, intellect, mind, five-fold elements or panchabhutas, five-fold attributes or panchatanmatras and others are in the state of Avyakta or Unmanifest appearing only as Vyakta or Manifest, what does thapas or penance mean?
It has been said by all Rishis and Sages and seers that there is nothing that thapas or penance cannot beget. This has been seen to happen on innumerable times in the Puranas. What needs to be understood here is that thapas or penance leads to immersion and absorption into the Supreme Self. This path of thapas or penance and the austere manner and discipline of its practice is dictated and guided solely on the fundamentals of the manifestation of the Avyakta or Unmanifest of the created being in the form of a self-luminous akshara or alphabet from within Aksharam or Imperishable or Supreme Self or Avyakta beeja or seed. The inherent light, sound and matter known as SATCHITANAND or AUM or Chaitanya or Consciousness that is in Avyakta or Unmanifest at its creation from the origin of Aksharam or Imperishable or Supreme Self or Avyakta beeja or seed is indeed the defining factor of the thapas or penance of a created being.
Intense thapas or penance will lead a created being to become subtler than the subtlest atom transcending the interwoven complex structure and dynamics of the atom which is the seed of one’s creation as both Avyakta or Unmanifest and Vyakta or Manifest. The process of transcendence known as thapas or penance within the atom can be done only with the help of the Self or self-luminous akshara or alphabet using the “body” or the Vyakta or Manifest state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet and the Avyakta or Unmanifest state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet.
A created being must follow the guidance and instructions of thapas or penance bestowed by the Self or self-luminous akshara or alphabet as “intuition” or prātibha for him or it to transcend the denser layers in the periphery of the atom entering each and every inner space and layer more subtle than the previous to finally pierce through the indivisible nature of the atom to eventually become immersed and absorbed into the inherent nature of the atom which is Aksharam or Imperishable or Supreme Self or Avyakta beeja or seed.
Transcending the gamut of creation is an astonishing feat and made possible only by the Supreme Self as it is indeed the Supreme Self that transcends the gamut of creation as IT is the Sole Doer. Hence, the process of thapas or penance is advocated by the Supreme Self with thapas or penance being the Supreme Self to pierce through the Avyakta or Unmanifest and Vyakta or Manifest creation that is the Supreme Self to finally transcend Avyakta or Unmanifest to become immersed and absorbed into the Supreme Self.