The Gita has a definite programme of karma yoga, which is the lower form of tapas, and then it says the spiritual aspirant has to try to discover the witness Self.
Inspiration is attained through meditation, and classically in Patañjali, the most important road to meditation is the repetition of this syllable OM, one of the names of God.
Somebody came and said, “I practice kindness and goodness as best I can, I pray, I feel exalted sometimes, I’m able to do some good, but then I relapse. I find I’m getting dishonest. I can’t resist certain temptations.
There are people who always fail and look like fools although, they’ve got a lot of abilities, but the central thing is missing which would hold it together.
The outside is all right. We feel something has gone wrong, but we don’t know what it is, we build up external things. but the flower of the heart is faded.
What’s going to heaven that’s going to be blessed? And the problem, our problem is, am I going with all my faults? Or are my faults going to be corrected?
Shankara defines it: one pointedness and samadhi, he says, these are methods, this is the method by which Brahman is known, this is the only method.