How to get rid of three types of pain ?
There are 3 types of pain - Spiritual , Enviromental and Physical.
The Sanskrit word tapa has two meanings :- one is to ‘heat’ , the other is ‘pain’.Pain itself is a type of heat. It tempers and heat the mind, emotions and physical body.
Pain is of three types : adhyatmik, ‘spiritual’, adhidevik, ‘environmental’ and adhibhautik, ‘physical’. Adhyatmik or spiritual tapa is that which comes when we dont strive to know our real self or the truth and it is essential to be a seeker of truth.
Adhidevik or enviromental tapa brought by natural conditions is also unavoidable.
Climatic or geological imbalance such as drought, flood, storms etc. which generally disturbs bussiness, crop growth and so many more things.
Adhibhautik or physical tapa comes when there is physical suffering. Nature continually tests the body , sometimes by imbalance of bacteria, sometimes by accident, or sometimes by mental and emotional shocks. Therefore it is essential that the hatha yogi prepares himself, not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally and physically, in such a way that he remain unaffected by these three types of tempering. .
For those continually tempered by the heat of tapa, hatha yoga is like the hermitage giving protection from the heat . For those always united in yoga, hatha is the basis acting like a tortoise. .
The body and mind should be structured in such a way that they remain unaffected by mundane circumstances of worldly events. In this way the body- mind becomes like a tortoise which can extend its limbs when necessary or retreat into the protection of its hard covering shell when threatened. The limbs are symbolic of its external senses, which should be externalized when necessary, by our command, can be internalized and unaffected by the external happenings of the world.
To perfect this condition, swatmarana advises us to practice hatha yoga because this will enable such strength and control of the body and mind.
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