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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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2017-02-22 IBS queries:

1. The mind is to be controlled through Sadhana, the described Yogic lifestyle and a detached attitude.    2. Yoga Sadhana improves health and fertility and not the reverse.    3. When work is carried

2017-02-15 Query on Shirshasana:

1. Yoga is a perfect science. It is to be done right, under proper guidance from an adept.    2. One should start holding an Asana pose for a few seconds only. Gradually, the duration can be increased

2017-02-09 Timings- Doubt:

At times when it is not possible to sit for Sadhana, one can meditate by merging the mind into its source and be in silence. Have dinner at the earliest possible time.    <b>ॐ तत्

2017-02-09 Food and Sadhana:

Pranayama when practiced daily, will gradually set right the issue in the coming years. Perform the complete set of Yoga Sadhana as outlined in past answers.    1. Any natural, unprocessed food which agrees

2017-02-07 On Emotion:

Emotion is in the realm of the Aham (Ego). It is to be managed by turning it into Bhakti (devotion) for the Supreme. Then, it becomes a tool to reside in the self.    <b>ॐ तत् स


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