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India is a country which has practiced segregation and anti-miscegenation (caste system) religiously much as other countries of the world including South Africa (apartheid), the US (separate but equal), etc., and almost every society of the past. This was practiced for religious reason and to maintain the moral order in different countries. If segregation and anti-miscegenation was universal for thousands years and supported not only by the state but by the majority of yogis, pastors, biblical prophets, saints and spiritual masters, then is it not logical to think they considered segregation and anti-miscegenation as something natural? Only recently public opinion started to go away from traditional social values as with other subjects like abortion, homosexuality, masturbation, pornography, drugs, seen as unnatural in much of recorded history.

The traits & karma of an individual determine his/her nature, character & life experiences. These are impermanent external coverings on the one, universal, self within, in the play of the Supreme. The knowers of truth, having realized this, remain silent, holding on to the reality alone.

ॐ तत् सत्
(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.


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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