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The aim of life is to avoid misery and attain eternal bliss – Swami Chidananda

The aim of life is to avoid misery and attain Eternal Bliss. Birth in this world is inseparably connected with misery. If you wish to avoid misery, pain and sorrow, you must avoid rebirth. Knowledge of Brahman is the only means of avoiding rebirth.

Meditation and meditation alone, (no other process has been discovered since Creation), has the power to reach up to the ultimate God-experience.

Radiantly effulgent, you have come here upon earth to shine, illumine all, and leave this world a thing of brightness.

Meditation is a subject of the most vital importance to everyone who wants happiness and peace, who wants to find strength within, who wants a truly integrated, radiant and magnetic personality. On every level of your life, meditation brings rewards in terms of your true spiritual nature, in terms of the spiritual experience which it bestows upon you.
- Swami Chidananda

Swami Chidaananda on Tapas

People go foolishly to extremes by not understanding what actual Tapas is, and what place it has in Yoga. Tapas literally means blazing, burning. It conveys the sense of heat, the meaning of something fiery. Tapas or fieriness, what does it mean? Fire is the most wonderful purifying agent in the world, and it illumines things.

These two implications of fire you should bear in mind. It burns up dross and purifies, and it fills you with radiance.

So Tapasaya is actually any intense process that burns up impurities in the nature of man and fills him with the radiance and purity of spiritual consciousness. That is the main purpose of Tapas.

It is purification and illumination of one’s personality, and anything done toward this end can be legitimately be called Tapas, and it varies from individual to individual.

To remove your impurity, you many require on type of Tapas and another person may require another kind, because the impurity indulged upon may differ from person to person. There is, therefore, no universal form of Tapas; but certain common forms it does take, as there are certain universal weaknesses found common to all.