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Celibacy/Abstinence/Brahmacharya, link to Salvation?


Hi Dhanajay,

Many saints (Tukaram, Eknath...etc) saints were married & were having children, still they attended Mokshya (Salvation). This indicate they did not follow celibacy. Please let me know your view.


Limiting the sexual act to progeny (producing offspring) as regards one or two wanted children, does not come in the way of attaining salvation. The purpose of the sexual act is procreation & not recreation. The saints mentioned above and many more, took to a life of Brahmacharya for realization of the self, shunning a life of recreational sexuality, though married.

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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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