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Celibacy/Abstinence/Regarding effects of Brahmacharya


Sir, I had bad habit of watching porn and masturbation since I was 13 y/o. I am now 26 y/o. I followed brahmacharya or Abstinence for 90 days and then masturbated and I noticed that my semen was thick but not like it used to be in addiction stage. Now my question is is there any negative effect of long term (ie. more than 3 months) brahmacharya ? Does it make us less or more fertile ?

I am asking this question because I suffered like hell in first 70 or 75 days. I was tired all the time, had low focus/concentration, lost motivation. But after 75 days these symptoms started to fade out. Acne's gone. I got fairer skin. lots of other benefits also. But one of my friend told me that he read it somewhere on internet that long term celibacy/abstinence is not good for sperms health and it makes us infertile. He also told me that If I follow brahmacharya for long term then I will be impotent. He also said that all monks do take sanyasa from Gruhastha ashrama so they dont care if they go impotent or infertile and thats why they followed celibacy. Now I am very much worried after listening this. Please guide me.

1. No. All faculties of the body & mind improve and not the reverse. Various changes occur at the mental and physical levels during the initial years of start of practice.

2. Celibacy is not Brahmacharya. Celibacy refers to forced abstinence, which is harmful, while Brahmacharya refers to transmutation of the conserved sexual energy into Ojas by merging the mind into the Atman. Brahmacharya does not lead to impotency. The aspirant will retain the ability to bring down the energy for progeny, in marriage, if so required.

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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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