Celibacy/Abstinence/Meditation and body

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When you meditate in the Self, do the body itself transforms? By Self I mean meditating beyond thoughts as an observer in awareness. Or should you start with more physical techniques? WHat method is better? SOme schools say start with postures and breath and then mind and others say start with mind and then breath will calm down.

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1. Yes. The body gets purified and revitalized when one merges consciousness into the Atman (self) in meditation.

2. One can start as an observer, observing the thoughts when one starts to meditate without getting involved. As this process becomes firm, even the awareness of observing will eventually merge into pure consciousness and one loses all awareness of external phenomena. Then starts meditation.

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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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