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should we use social networking sites like facebook and twitter while practising celibacy?

1. It does not matter whether one uses or avoids a social networking site, as long as the purpose does not supersede the tenets of Brahmacharya.

As long as such use does not trigger 'Abrahmacharya' in thought, word or deed, there is no problem. The beginner however may find this beyond possibility as he might have indulged in the use of social networking for purposes transgressing the tenets of Brahmacharya in the past. In such cases, it is advisable to avoid the same for a few years, till there is the dawn of enough 'Gnyana' (knowledge of the self) to provide immunity against the onslaught that the senses may face whilst using such sites.

2. The advanced Yogi who has come very close to realizing his self or has realized his self see's the one self everywhere and is unperturbed by anything else he may see or hear, knowing these to be nothing but illusory images reflected off his true self. Till the beginner reaches this stage, he should stay clear of activities that cause him to associate with 'Anatma' (non-self). Till such a stage is not reached, one should not rest but should be ever vigilant against anything that comes in the way of this goal, whatever the source may be.

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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