Celibacy/Abstinence/Tendency to view


Humble Greetings, sir,

With God's grace i have managed to progress in Continence/Brahmacharya and have been free of the vile-lustful thoughts for some time.

Tragically, for some reason the mind had the urge to view sinful images of females, sir, although i did not masturbate or lose the seed, i still feel very bad, and disappointed for committing this despicable crime, of viewing such filthy images, i feel like i have lost some purity or innocence by doing this, just sad about it, after going so long without even so much as a thought of lust or sex.

Sir, please offer your guidance and help on this matter,

Thank you.

1. The mind, which is like a restless monkey, is ever waiting to deflect. It is to be reigned through the strings of 'Gnyana' (knowledge of the truth) and kept on track.

2. Through constant 'Vichara' (inquiry into the self), 'Viveka' (wisdom) and 'Vairagya' (dispassion for the unreal), one should perform ardent Sadhana and fix the mind on the truth. Then, success comes after a long time.

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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