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Celibacy/Abstinence/Vegetarian food and Vitamin B12


Hello Dhananjay,

Thanks a lot for your previous answers. I stopped eating eggs and drink milk only in the morning to practice celibacy. However i feel lack of energy during the day. It may be because of Vitamin B12 deficiency as i read in this article.

Should I start eating eggs? How do Bramhchari get vitamin B12 as they only take vegetarian foods.


1. Where has it been said that one should not drink more than a glass of milk for Brahmacharya? Milk & dairy products are the chief sources of B-12 for vegetarians. After a large glass of morning milk, Include a full glass of thick curd (yogurt) in the afternoons after lunch and another glass of milk in the evenings as suggested in past answers. Also include butter/ghee etc. in the diet twice or thrice a week. This will suffice for the requirement of B-12.

2. Do not worry about the article. If the person writing the article had personal knowledge (from direct experience) as regards the effects of unbroken Brahmacharya (in thought, word & deed) with meditation and God devotion for a life of Yoga, such statements would not have been made.

The parameters stated in the article apply to people who lead a life laced with loss of energy from sexual thought/activity. Practicing a few ĎAsana-s' (postures) alone does not make a ĎYogií. Only complete and honest practice of the 8 Anga-s from Yama-Niyama to Samadhi for self-realization with devotion to God constitutes Yoga. Yoga is a perfect science and the methods suggested are complete, taking all factors into consideration.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi 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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