Celibacy/Abstinence/Hope in the path


Dear Sir,

During the practice for Self Realization, is it detrimental to have any kind of hopes?
Does hope pose as an obstacle?

Hope provides some consolation during the bad times a person may go through, so is it okay to use it to console oneself while on the journey?

Thanks a lot.

It is beneficial to have a positive approach during the initial years of practice. One should however stay clear of expectation, which results in bondage. As one gets closer to the self, he comes closer to the permanence of reality, which is infinite and constant. Then, one is not affected by adversity or well being at the mental level, for the endless self alone is seen everywhere, all else realized as an illusion. Such a one see's the world events as one does a dream, upon waking up.

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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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