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Celibacy/Abstinence/Brahmacharya for Women


Most of the previous topics covered the male practice of celibacy and its challenges, etc.
What about a woman?
How does it apply to them? And what are its associated challenges?
For example: For a man, to get rid of the attraction towards the physical form of a woman is the greatest challenge .. Similarly what are the challenges/traps a woman should be aware of in order to live an ideal life.

1. Sadhana (practice) of a life of Yoga, along with the study of the scriptures to realize the self is the remedy, be it man or woman. 'Moha' (attachment) is the issue to be overcome by women aspirants in particular.

2. The details as regards Brahmacharya for women are available in past answers

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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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