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Hello Dhananjayji,

First of all I would like to thank you whole-heartedly for providing us insights into this wonderful journey of brahmacharya. I am 30 years old unmarried man and have given ways to my lust at several occasions in the past thus depriving myself of the great benefits of celibacy. I was able to observe physical abstinence for close to 75 days but felt very intense urge to masturbate last night, which I did. I now feel guilty and also am worrying whether I can follow brahmacharya as a lifestyle. This incident makes me feel like a loser and also make me think whether I can master my lust or not. You have mentioned in your previous mail that you need to practice brahmacharya by following various aspects and ask the seekers to go through the previous mails to understand these. It would be very kind of you and helpful if you can provide the links to the previous answers for readers to navigate easily and also can I have your contact no. I would like to speak to you and set my foot firm on this wonderful journey.

Once again, thank you so much for your insight and guidance.

All the past answers are to be gone through without exception. Brahmacharya is not a science which can be studied chapter wise, looking at the index. It requires reorienting one's life, with a change in attitude towards oneself and the world, through surrender to God.

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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