Celibacy/Abstinence/The Devil and the Ego

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Hi, is the devil, mara and the ego the same? In ancient stories many sages like Buddha, Jesus were tempted by the devil  or Mara before enlightnment. In the case of Buddha it was with lust and Jesus it was material wealth. Was not the devil in those stories their own ego's problems? This duality between good and evil comes in my opinion from the departure of the mind from the source.

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Yes, the devil is nothing but one's own 'Ahamkara' (Ego), while the 'Atman' (one's self) is God. To overcome identity with the Ego, so as to merge into one's self is the aim of all religions and spiritual practices. Then, the self, which is no different from the Lord, alone remains. It is of the nature of truth, pure being and eternal bliss.

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(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.

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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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