Celibacy/Abstinence/Body consciousness of realized sages
In my case it did work but I would like to ask something. Why the stereotype of the sage is someone who looks very old, haggard and weak. Take the example of such enlightned philosophers like Laozi, Socrates, Ramana Maharshi, many Zen and Taoist masters, rabbis and magicians. WHy to me it renewed the body but to them who were far more advandced no. Can you tell the diference about who is bramhmachari and who is not by mere physical appearance? Socrates didnt look like a brahmachari but we can be sure he practiced it according to his own teaching.
1. The stereotype is a mental concept devised by people as wisdom is mostly recognized among those with age & experience. The very same sages looked like any normal person of their age during their youth & middle age. They experienced the benefits of Brahmacharya just as any other person does further to correct practice.
2. Enlightened sages have no further need of their body after self-realization. Hence they generally do not take efforts for its upkeep. Also, a realized soul has very little and at most times no body consciousness, consciousness having withdrawn into the self. Hence they can easily appear wayward, mad, retarded or stone like in the common man's perspective.
This being their last existence on the physical plane, Enlightened sages experience unhindered workout of all their remnant karma which is to be fully settled and cleared. If such karma involves serious diseases etc. the body goes through the same while the soul remains untouched.
Under certain circumstances, such sages take on the karma of others to help those people move faster towards liberation. The body of the sage then suffers from such added karma.
The presence of a realized soul is felt in the peace, tranquility, calmness and absolute peace one experiences in his/her company. The mind becomes quiet and full of bliss.
ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)