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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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Brahmacharya and celibacy are not the same. Celibacy is mere abstinence from sexual activity while Brahmacharya refers to a mode of life that makes one independent of sexual wants itself through reversal to one's default state of pure being, for in reality, man is the ¬tman (soul) which is of the nature of knowledge, bliss & pure being; untouched by the illusion of sexuality.

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2016-10-23 A few questions regarding Brahmacharya,forgiveness,temple and mantras:

1. Things happen when the time is ripe.    2. When the Ego is dissolved, the Atman (self) is revealed. The Ego is dissolved through Sadhana (effort) and through HIS grace. Wearing external accessories

2016-10-21 Continuous Falls:

Do the suggested Yoga Sadhana in totem, with a complete sense of surrender to the Lord. The urge within, for establishing should be as strong as that of a drowning man trying to swim back. When one puts

2016-10-14 Upliftment:

1. Brahmacharya is the way to health, happiness and well being. The complete Yoga Sadhana described in past answers aids success in Brahmacharya. Perform the same with sincere devotion to the Lord to realize

2016-10-14 Exercise and mental health:

Physical, mental and spiritual efforts are to be constantly applied to succeed. It will not be possible for the beginner to directly meditate. So he employs Asana, Bandha, Nadi Shodhana and Pranayama to

2016-10-14 Sadhana and dharma:

To the one who has realized the essence, they are one and the same. However, proper Yoga Sadhana is necessary to aid transmutation. Meditation, which is merging the mind into the Atmna (self) is mandatory


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