Celibacy/Abstinence/Brahmacharya & Virtue


Naman Sweekar Kare Dhananjay,

My question is this:Can effort at brahmacharya bear complete fruit if celibacy is practised in thought , word & deed but there is slackness even to smallest degree in other aspects like speaking truth/charity/helping needy when seen & help asked for/ahimsa/seva & other noble virtues.

Brahmani Charyathi ithi is the definition & have also heard other virtues follow self mastery.So my precise doubt would be if there is a failure in any of other virtues(except total celibacy) would that still enable one to reach goal of self realization  or a correction would be required.

Even if we succeed in celibacy excelling at all virtues seems quite lofty & unreachable in this day & age.

1. The more honest one's efforts at are at leading a life of virtue, the better is the residence in Brahmacharya.

2. Are Brahmacharya and virtue different? They are both one and the same. Mere abstinence without virtue is not Brahmacharya. He who practices real Brahmacharya (which is relinquishment of the Ego & nothing else) does not get the mind to deviate from virtue.

3. Let go of the Ego and be the Atman (self). Everything then becomes easy and surprisingly reachable.

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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