Celibacy/Abstinence/Annulling the Ego


QUESTION: Should one avoid act that strengthen the ego and focus act which weaken one ego ?

ANSWER: One should focus on the Atman (self) and not anything else. The self is realized in meditation, and once one has had a taste of the self, he can meditate even while indulging in external activity, as an actor acting in a drama. Focusing on the self is what matters. To him who does this effectively, the Ego gradually dissolves by itself.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)

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QUESTION: Does bliss indicate that the self has been obtained ?

Once self has been obtained then instead one playing the role , one watch how one play his role?

1. The realized soul is always in bliss; while those who experience bliss need not be realized. Bliss itself does not amount to realization. Residence in the self as the self, unaffected by anything else is alone the truth.

2. The realized soul also plays his role, as long as his 'Prarabdha' remains. However, there is no personal identification with the role, unlike the normal man who takes it for real.

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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