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Revered Sir,

In one of the previous posts, the upper age limit for men to start the practice of Brahmacharya is said to be 32-34 years.
What is the upper age limit in case of women?

Thank You.

Is it in one's hands to know about Brahmacharya or to decide and take up the practice? All this is decided by the higher power, who alone controls everything.

The age of 32~34 mentioned for men is only a general, physical yardstick and nothing more. When one is physically younger, he or she has more energy at their disposal to focus on uninterrupted Sadhana, which requires one pointed application of Prana (vital energy).

One should commence the practice of Brahmacharya as soon as they are let into its knowledge by the Almighty. Based on one's past karma and divine will, different people get to know about the same at different stages of their life. Again, different people are able to take up the practice thereupon with varying degree's of success. One should turn a blind eye to all these factors and persevere in honest and correct practice with diligent effort, despite obstacles or downfalls. This is all that is required, for all Jiva-s are equally dear to the Lord, who does not discriminate with things such as age, gender or other illusory things.

When this much is done and honest practice taken up with longing surrender and love for the Supreme, the best results shine forth, whatever be one's age or gender. If a man or woman get to know about Brahmacharya, say in their 40's, then that too is a part of divine will, which has decided that they should henceforth commence the practice, their past karma for a life of recreational sexuality receding or having been exhausted, and a life towards liberation having started. There is nothing more final than divine decree. When HE decides, it is final.

Do not worry about the numerical age, but simply persevere in the suggested direction. The best is assured.

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


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