Thus Spake Babaji: Meditation practice, happiness and peace
Question: Obviously meditation is required, but do you believe that Tapas is required in order to achieve a sustainable state of Samadhi?
Babaji: Yes definitely. Actually, Tapas is the highest pitch of meditation. Like my Guru always said, “In the beginning you are trying to meditate and when you are able to keep the mind quiet and focused totally at least for one hour then you are really meditating, the meditation starts.” If you are able to keep it like that for eight to ten hours in a stretch, totally quiet and focused, then the Tapas starts. The Tapas word is used so that all the imagined habits of the consciousness which are the mind are burned once for all, purified. That burning process is what is known as Tapas so that is why it is required and recommended.