Celibacy/Abstinence/Siddhi-s & their dawn

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QUESTION: Hello,

Is it too late to start a practice of strict bramacharya combined with zen meditation when you are 28 years old? Can you still renew your body to a younger state and obtain some benefits with those practice combined after 28 year old? What is the limit of age to obtain benefit.

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ANSWER: Age 28 is conducive to obtain the full merits of unbroken practice. While there is no age limit to practice Brahmacharya, unbroken practice is best started before 32~34.

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


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QUESTION: Thanks, then it is not to late at all.

Then ive read a book some time ago about mental communication or telepsychismor mesmerism. It gave an example of a person who is in front of you in the street, bus or whatver place, but not looking at your direction. Is says if you could concentrate on his neck and say mentally: turn around turn around..etc, the specific person will turn around and look at you. It is like a thought implant in another person from distance. This can come with bramacharya with time?

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Of what use is it to make a person turn around without communication when he can as well be addressed by speech or a gesture? Why take all that effort for an action which can be performed even by a dull witted person with a few words or a pat on the back?

Does such a power help you in any way to realize your self and know who you are? Does the power reduce your karma & suffering even by a single bit? Does it help you overcome slavery to the senses? The answer is in the negative. Who displays Siddhi-s and who see's them being displayed? It is the Ego which wants to display it, the Ego in another which see's it and the same Ego which derives some pleasure out of it. All through, the Atman who is empowering the Siddhi is forgotten. The false Ego alone is the center of attraction. So it is another game of Maya and not of any use. A man with Siddhi-s but unaware of the knowledge of the self is no different than another without the Siddhi in terms of evolution.

Siddhi-s cause trouble and burden the aspirant with more unwanted karma if used injudiciously for display. They strengthen the Ego and push man deeper into ignorance.  One should first learn to check his thoughts, get his mind under control and eventually overcome the mind itself to reside as the Atman (pure self). When one doesn't know who he himself is, of what use is it to influence others?

The saints who were known to have Siddhi-s did not show them for display or fame. It was incidental that these powers were noticed in the course of some beneficial action performed by them for humanity at large.

An incident in the life of Gautama Buddha:
The Buddha was about to cross a river when he saw a Yogi sitting on the bank of the river in meditation. Upon seeing the Buddha, the Yogi came to him and told him that he had been practicing austere penance from the past 25 years and had many miraculous powers.

The Buddha asked - "What have you accomplished by such practice?" to which the Yogi said - "I can walk on this deep river without sinking. I have the power to walk on water". And so saying, he crossed the river, reached the other bank and walked back to the Buddha full of pride.

The Buddha said - "Is this your accomplishment from many years of practice"? Why, anyone can cross the river if he paid a coin or two to the boatman who takes people across. All these 25 years of your practice are not worth more than a coin or two".

In case of the honest Yogi, whatever Siddhi-s are destined will dawn by themselves at the right time, based on one's Prarabdha (destiny) that unravels in this life. They come and cling by themselves and not the other way round. The wise do not run after these mirages called Siddhi-s but ever keep their minds at bay to overcome the Ego that is blocking the Atman (self).

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

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.

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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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