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I want to ask, does this concept of sexuality, Brahmacharya, relate to a particular race or culture? In my knowledge It doesnt appear all religions or nations have this concept of sexuality. Others religions can have monasteries but brahmacharya is not the main reason why those institutions exists. Monasteries are explained because the wealth of monks and the priesthood will go to the main church or institution and it will accumulate wealth that way. Monasteries are mainly for economic purpose.

1. Brahmacharya is the means to realize the self. It is residence in one's true state of pure consciousness. The aim of Brahmacharya is not merely overcoming sexual desire. The aim is to realize oneself. All other benefits are byproducts and not the final end or objective.

2. Brahmacharya exists in all true religions without exception, call it by what name one may. As mentioned, self-realization is the objective and not mere sexual abstinence. True Brahmacharya is to realize and reside in the self, irreversibly, be the place a monastery, a home or some other.

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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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