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Lack of interest. (2) Dispassion or state of being free from attractions of worldly objects;
renunciation; disinterest in the worldly matters. Viaraagya and Abhyaas
(practice) are the essential parts of achievement on the Yaugik path.
Vairaagya should not be confused with Sanyaas. They are not the same. A Sanyaasee does not cease to be interested in the world; instead of spending time on earning the needs of his family, he spends all of his time serving the community. Another word that some foreigners confuse with, is Tapas (Tap). Tap is essentially any worthwhile project, whether worldly or spiritual, which requires an extra effort to complete. It involves hard work and may cause physical suffering. Tap is taken in order to achieve a goal and is in direct opposition to the principle of Vairaagya.
Many Pauraanik stories of good and bad people who have done Tap for gaining power over men or gods, should not be given creditability, as most of the Pauraanik material is not scriptural.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11