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Namaskar Dear Dhananjay,

I have read mentioned in our upanishads & also in your previous posts 'Falling of semen is death & it's rising is life' also that as & when yogi starts sincere practise of brahmacharya further debilitation of body stops.Is this is so then what is the cause of deaths of great saints like shankara/ramkrishna/vivekanand to name a few.Is it that they have voluntarily given their nod to death to be separated from their bodies?

Also an interesting observation is in case of great Bhishma who had taken a lifelong vow of brahmacharya.It's quite ironic that his father Shantanu gives him boon of ichha mrityu whereas i suppose this would have been anyway accessible to him after accomplishment of this great vow.Your thoughts.

All in all is fall/rise of semen the only cause of debilitation?


1. The practice of correct Brahmacharya slows ageing to a large extent and also prevents the incidence of bodily illnesses to a greater degree. However, the advent of bodily illness etc. stops completely only after one attains to ‘Bhuta Jaya’ (mastery of the 5 principle elements of which this body is made of) after much advancement in Samadhi which results in what Sage Pathanjali calls ‘Kâya Sampat’ (perfection of the body).

This does not however insulate any Yogi from Prarabdha Karma (karma that bears fruit in this existence). If there is some negative past karma that deserves the Yogi to suffer a disease such as say cancer, he will still have to experience the same. Karmic diseases that are the result of karma cannot be side-stepped, only bodily diseases are avoidable.

Also, one’s lifespan is already decided by Prarabdha karma. When this body comes into existence and when it expires is divine will. HE alone decides these things. When the work of a Jiva in a particular body and circumstance is over, the Jiva is made to relinquish the same as there is no further purpose residing there. This is why the physical body is cast away at some point of time.

2. Loss of Veerya (semen) results in loss of Bindu (seed) which debilitates the body & mind. The sexual activity that is the cause behind such loss makes related Samskara-s (impressions) & Vasana-s (tendencies) stronger which inturn tend man to indulge in further sexual activity for recreation. When this becomes a repetitive, vicious cycle, all vigor, vitality and well being is eventually lost leading to suffering of both the physical/mental vehicles and formation of strong sexual karma which further pulls down the individual to repitition. The purpose of the human birth namely ‘Kaivalya’ (self-realization) that frees man from all suffering for ever through liberation becomes impossible. On the other hand, transmutation of the vital force into higher domains takes man towards liberation.

It is not the physical seed itself that is the cause behind decay, life or death. Bindu (seed) is the representation of the divine life force present within all beings. When this divine life force is held within, the being shines with divine attributes, while loss of the same propels the body to take to its true state – One of impermanence and decay.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidyâ' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in 'Âsana' or physical postures is not Yoga. Âsana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, Âsana, Prânâyâma, Pratyâhâra, Dhârana, Dhyâna and Samâdhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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