Celibacy/Abstinence/Pranayama & Trataka


When someone is practicing brahmacharya for months you are accumulating energy. But this accumulated energy should be sublimated. So you recommend pranayama to sublimate it and renew the body and mind. SO this is easy to understand. But if I practice pranayama it brings me confused thoughts because my attention on breathing. Pranayama is not for everybody.

1-If you practice other methods like TRATAKA or THIRD EYE concentration which are concentrative techniques, will this same energy conserved by brahmacharya be sublimated into spiritual energy even if pranayama is ignored?

2-What are the other methods to awaken kundalini except pranayama?


1. How long have you practiced Pranayama? One should apply efforts for a sustained duration of time despite impediments. The thought free state does not come instantly at the start. Do not get cowed down by these barriers.

The aim of Pranayama is to help develop perfect control over 'Prana' (vital energy) and thereby lead to equilibrium. It is a method that eventually helps one overcome the mind. Unless the mind is negated into nothing, the self cannot be perceived. Obstacles are but natural at the start as the mind does not give itself up so easily. It puts up a fight which is to be neutralized through practice spanning several years.

Eventually, the breathing will go on by itself during Pranayama without much attention. The attention that one directed on breathing goes away by itself in meditation. Persevere till you reach that stage. From Pranayama are also disposed the impurities of the body. A Yogi who masters Pranayama and thereby his 'Prana' will also master his mind. Thoughts which are nothing but the mind merge into their source, namely the Ego which in turn merges into the Atman (self).

2. Is not thinking about the 'Third Eye' also a thought? The means always involve the mind during the earlier years. If the efforts are honest, the mind will reverse and merge into its source in the course of time.

3. Try and see if 'Trataka' will give the result of leading to a thought free state. If so, you may then adopt the method without Pranayama.

The methods to reach the self are many. They differ from person to person. These become known by themselves by the grace of the self.

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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