QUESTION: Hello Sir,

Do the Asuras (fallen angels and nephilims in other religions) practice brahmacharya? Ive read some stories in Indian mythology of Asuras practicing tapas (brahmacharya) for years and yoga to acquire superpowers. In all religions there is the same stories of eternal clash between demons and devas in heaven. Do this represent the clash between evil and good tendencies in man?

ANSWER: 1. All power comes from the Atman (self) alone. When one shuns all other distractions and focuses on a particular objective with one pointed effort, it is 'Tapas' (austerity). Then there is a natural and unhindered flow of energy from the self as regards that objective. Whether it is the Asura-s or Deva-s, honest effort always has a commensurate effect.

2. The Yogi does the same; but in his case, the objective is the self itself. This leads to the best outcome.

3. All mythological stories represent the effort one has to apply in overcoming the Agnyana (ignorance) to realize one's true self which is itself knowledge. The real demon is the ignorance within oneself, annulling which the divine shines forth.

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

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QUESTION: After reading the difficulty of brahmacharya. Can someone castrate himself by medical means? You said that the bindu descends from the brain where it is stored as nectar to form the semen in the testes. SOmeone who is castrated do not produce semen and if he is able to meditate or focus can he attain the self easier? Was there case of yogis or immortals in India or China where castrated people attained self realization? Thanks

Does the ignorance surrounding the Atman reduce by castration? The body is the effect of ignorance and not the cause. Hence let go of such foolish ideas. Such an attempt would only result in more debility, ill-health and unwanted karma (further to bodily mutilation) which one has to workout through much sorrow & suffering.

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 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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