Tapahshakti, Tapas-shakti, Tapaḥśakti, Tapash-shakti, Tapaśśakti, Tapashshakti: 2 definitions


Tapahshakti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit terms Tapaḥśakti and Tapaśśakti can be transliterated into English as Tapahsakti or Tapahshakti or Tapassakti or Tapashshakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Tapahshakti in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tapaśśakti (तपश्शक्ति) refers to the “energy of penance”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.13 (“Śiva-Pārvatī dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva: “O Yogin, O lord, wise and clever, please listen to the reply to what you, as an ascetic, said to the lord of mountains. O Śiva, you perform this great penance because you possess the energy of penance [i.e., tapaśśakti-anvita-śambhu]. Your intellect is inclined to perform penance because you are a noble soul. That energy is the Prakṛti, the cause of all activities. Everything is created, sustained and destroyed by it”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Tapahshakti in Hinduism glossary
Source: Swami Krishnananda: Commentary on the Bhagavadgita

Tapas-shakti refers to the “power of yoga”.—The energy that we produce by sense control, mental control and tapasya is an intensified expression of the energy of God. The more are we self-controlled, the more is the chance of the energy of God entering into us. The senses and the mind, which go in the direction of objects outside, do not permit the entry of the universal energy into our personality and, therefore, we do not feel strong. We become weak by decay and old age. The more is our capacity to withdraw the energy that gets depleted through the sense organs and the mind, the greater is the quantum of energy that is held in us. Tapas shakti, or the power of yoga—the energy of the sages who can bless us or curse us—is nothing but the enhanced entry of God-energy into us through tapas. “That energy of tapas is Myself,” says the Almighty.

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