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i m 22 years old. must have masturbated over 300 times. On reading your posts i pledged to follow brahmacharya. Though initially i was able to control the lust both mentally and physically for around a month, after that i lost mental control and slowly in a week i physically masturbated.

In the initial stages mental abstain is very difficult. So does a one break in mental brahmacharya reduces the entire cycle to zero as in you mentioned that 12 years of brahmacharya is sine qua non. So suppose i in the initial stages indulge in mental break in say a month without any physical break and again continue my vow.

1. Forceful repression of the sexual urge is neither possible nor beneficial. It has to be transmuted through a life of Yoga & Brahmacharya using the methods suggested in past answers. Are you applying them correctly?

2. Mental breaks eventually culminate into physical loss of the vital fluid. Mere abstinence without mental purity does not serve the purpose. It is the mind which is to be brought under control, following which the body follows. Hence one should strive for mental purity at all times.

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.


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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