The Goddess of Self-Sacrifice (tapas), the fifth of the Dasha Maha Vidyas (Ten Great Wisdoms). Her name comes from the Sanskrit words tripura, meaning “three cities,” and bhairavi, meaning “terrifying” or “frightful.” Therefore, she is the “terrifying goddess of the three worlds.” But, she is dreadful only to those who cling to individual consciousness and separateness, who feel content in running in circles, unconsciously repeating the same selfish patterns. She is terrifying for indolent, lazy beings, as she burns up all their blemishes and weaknesses. She is the terrible force of destruction of impurities.