Austerity (“Tapas”) is not a form of Compromise!!!

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A difficult Yoga Pose, done with what seems like ease by Bianca GroBhable

Often, we come across people who have developed skills and talent in certain aspects (which could be common or) very unique. For ease, let us consider the common ones, such as singing, dancing and sports. It is quiet obvious that it takes certainly a great deal of effort and patience to excel in these fields. Some inherited skill and ability does exist in all of us, the one’s who stand apart in these fields are the ones who have employed greater amount of time and focused energy. The one’s to excel or possess extraordinary skills are the ones who must have certainly put more efforts and increased their endurance in their respective fields.

So what factor or ‘base element’ helps or has been instrumental towards this? One can say – Practice, focus, luck, ability to adapt, desire etc… The number of factors may just continue. Aren’t these all factors available in all of us and at some point? Weren’t we all at the same point where a person with extraordinary skill also started and we all must have been on the same platform?

At what point the defining moment changed is the factor of austerity. It can be a considered as a kind of discipline (or severity) towards the practise of every aspect mentioned above. Discipline by force and compromise may not be permanent, and will look for options to vent out, austerity on the other hand is the result from desire – to achieve or be at a level where you discover yourself at peace.