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Celibacy/Abstinence/Purpose behind pre-marital Brahmacharya


If the effects of sexual downfall are more severe after one attains some level of celibacy, then why is celibacy encouraged for a while before one gets married? as after marraige one will naturally fall into the indulgence state most often.

A person who has tasted the benefits of Brahmacharya will eventually realize the limitation of the sexual act and hence does not get the mind to squander away his resources, unlike the non-Brahmachari.

Learning to limit sexual activity for its rightful purpose of procreation is also one of the purposes of the results/aftermath that one experiences after the sexual act. Experience is the lesson that is learnt in this classroom called Samsara to help man realize the true nature of his self and the falsity of the non-self.

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(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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