Celibacy/Abstinence/Wet Dreams a Break?

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They say it takes 12 years to become Urdhvareta.  If one has a wet dream, does one have to start all over this 12 year process?  Also, I had a dream where I was engaged sexually in the dream and almost had an orgasm but was able to wake up before it happened even though I still noticed a slight loss of energy/coherence from this experience.  Is that considered a break?  I am noticing how powerful thoughts are.

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The occasional wet dream which occurs in sleep involuntarily does not constitute a break. However, an honest aspirant has to hold Brahmacharya in thought, word & deed while awake, to prevent and eventually overcome wet dreams, for they result in a loss of Prana (vital force).

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.

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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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