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Hi,

In the book of Swami Sivananda it says that brahmacharya brings longevity, strenght and eight great siddhis. But the results are not always there when you see real life facts. For example it says it brings strenght but then the book give examples of mythological figures like Krishna or Hanuman to support claims. This isnt serious, if you talk of Hanuman you can also talk about Hulk or the Titans. So those stories are of no use for real life. WHen you see real life human beings who practiced brahmacharya like for example Ramakrishna Or Ramana Maharshi, they are like everyone else and they still age like human beings.

WHy do they age and suffer illness of old age if they are supposed to have practiced brahmacharya which brings immortality and siddhis?

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1. To whom is birth and death? It is to your Ego and body. When these two are eternally dissolved through attainment of the knowledge of the self, there is nobody to take birth or death and the self alone remains. This is the meaning of immortality.

2. That karma which has been accrued before the attainment of 'Gnyana' (knowledge of the self) has to be mandatorily worked out. It is like settling your dues in a bank. You cannot close the account without clearing your loan. This body & the mind are the mediums that bear the brunt of such karma which is called 'Prarabdha'. Even after realization, one cannot relinquish the body till final settlement of such karma is not yet over. Hence the realized sage lives for some time even after enlightenment working out that which remains. The body goes through that which is necessary for such settlement. The laws of karma are the same for all.

He however remains completely detached from any kind of suffering, having realized himself to be the Atman (pure consciousness) and not the body.

3. Siddhi-s are of no use as regards annulling karma. They are of no use as regards gaining knowledge of the self. They are another illusion, as is this world and the body. Hence they are an impediment on the path to gain knowledge of the self.

Through the practice of Brahmacharya, you conserve vital power which you direct towards freeing consciousness from identification with the body & the Ego. Health and strength are byproducts which come to the extent of what you deserve governed by your past karma and not more.

If there is unsatisfactory health despite Brahmacharya, it is your own doing from deeds of the past. It is what you deserve. None are to blame. If you were to let go of Brahmacharya and indulge in 'Abrahmacharya' wantonly, you will add more karma to the existing stock and things get worse. Till you let go of the 'I' and rest in the self, karma follows you like your shadow.  Thereafter, it still follows you as long as the last unit of settlement is not done with. The laws of karma care a tuppence as regards your Ego or your so called might. They work with a force, tenacity and power that chills and breaks your Ego into nothing.  

If you want to free yourself from all this suffering once and for all, you should practice Brahmacharya with the sole objective of realizing the self. That is what HE expects of you.

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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