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Dear Dhananjay,

If a man, who practises brahmacharya, marries after thirty and has intercourse with his wife only for progeny, is it then still possible for him to acquire the benefits of 12 years of unbroken celibacy (like becoming an urdhvareta)? Or is it better not to marry at all?
I have read that the period of 12 years of ubroken practice must not begin later than 32 if one wants to fully realize all the benefits. Does that mean that even intercourse for progeny only has to be avoided?

Thank you,


1. The period of 12 years is ideally unbroken and continuous. If one is destined to beget a child, that is also the will of the Lord and one must comply.

2. None of these things are in one's hands. It has already been decided. Hence it suffices if one does his Dharma (to realize the self) and accept the will of the higher power.

2. When HE wills, things will take place as needed, to merge the Jiva into the self, be it before or after marriage.

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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