The Yogis claim that of all the energies that are in the human body
the highest is what they call "Ojas". Now this Ojas is stored up in
the brain, and the more Ojas is in a man's head, the more powerful he
is, the more intellectual, the more spiritually strong.
How do one improve his ojas capacity ? How can one measure his existing ojas level ?
According to Yogic science, semen (Suklam or Sukram) exists in a
subtle form throughout the whole body. It is withdrawn and elaborated
into a gross form in the sex organ under the influence of the sexual
will and excitement. To be an Oordhvareta is not merely to prevent the
emission of gross semen already formed, but to prevent its formation
as gross seed and absorb it into the general system. The body of a man
who is a true Oordhvareta has the scent of the lotus. A chaste man in
whom the gross semen is formed, may, on the other hand, have the odour
of a goat. The semen dries up in those who practise Pranayama
seriously. The semen energy ascends up to the brain. It is stored up
as Ojas Sakti (spiritual energy) and comes back as Amrita or nectar.
If the sexual energy is transmuted into Ojas or spiritual energy by
pure thoughts, it is called sex-sublimation in Western psychology.
Just as metals and chemicals are purified by heating, so also the
sexual energy is purified and changed into divine energy by spiritual
Sadhana, by entertaining sublime, soul-elevating thoughts of the Self
or Atman. In Yoga he is called an Oordhvareta in whom the seminal
energy has flown upwards into the brain as Ojas Shakti. There is no
possibility of the semen going downward through sexual excitement.
Normal people send semen outside through sex or copulation (downwards) but Yogis convert it Ojas Shakti and transform Sukshma or Subtle energy to brain (Upwards: as in Kundalini Yogi).
Swami Sivanada also wrote a book on Practise of Brahmacharya. He explains various methods and Science behind it in detail.
Sexual impulses can, with difficulty, be controlled. A rebellion of
the sexual impulses takes place when you attempt to control them.
Constant Japa and meditation for a long period are necessary to direct
the sex energy into the spiritual channel. Complete sublimation of the
sexual energy into Ojas Sakti is necessary. Then only you are
perfectly safe. Then only you will be established in Samadhi, as
Rasasvad will entirely vanish. Extreme patience, constant vigilance,
perseverance and rigorous Sadhana are necessary to eradicate the
sexual impulses and attain perfect purity in thought, word and deed.
You can read the book for more details.
Swami Sivananda suggests constant thoughts on Lord, Nama Japa and various other methods, when an aspirant asked the same question, which is mentioned in his book May i answer that?.
Would you kindly suggest some effective methods for conversion and sublimation of the sexual energy into spiritual energy or Ojas?
Observe strict continence in thought, word and deed. Give up thinking
useless and vain thoughts. Keep balance of mind in all conditions and
circumstances, contemplating the Divine. Practice Sirshasan,
Sarvangasan and Oordhva Padmasan, besides Viparitakarani Mudra.
Preserve the energy by constantly repeating the Name of the Lord,
doing intense Japa and meditation, and study of the Gita, the
Bhagavata, the Ramayana and the like. Develop Viveka, Vairagya and
Vichara. As dispassion increases, so is the vital energy not allowed
to leak out. The greater the Vairagya (non-attachment to worldly
objects) the more secure will be the semen. The more the preservation
of semen, the greater will be the transmutation into Ojas which means
abundant physical, mental, moral and spiritual strength and quick
evolution. Pranayam helps a lot in gaining control over the physical
machinery and the mind. To have control over the mind means to have
control over the Prana Sakti and prevent Veerya from being let out. To
have control over this masculine power means to have abundant Ojas
which enables the aspirant to glow spiritually. Intense Sadhana, with
the desires reduced to the barest minimum, will sublimate the sexual
energy into spiritual energy. For further information, go through my
book Practice of Brahmacharya. It gives exhaustive details regarding
the subject in question.
The body has three subtle important elements viz ojas, tejas, and prana. Ojas is believed to be the last essence of semen. It is related to vigor and vitality. Ayurveda gives special importance to these three factors.
Ojas is the super-fine essence of kapha dosha associated with lunar cycles; it is therefore connected to regeneration. The qualities of ojas and kapha dosha are similar: liquid, sweet, and unctuous. Together they provide great support for the immune system and the reserves of life force.
Ojas can be increased by the combination of balanced diet, herbs, proper lifestyle, and yoga.
While building ojas it is also essential to avoid stress and other related factors. One should also focus on cleaning the system with processes like pancha-karma and then rejuvenating the body with rasayana and tonics.
list of things that use up, diminish and deplete ojas:
Stress, anxiety, fear, worry, sorrow, and grief
Lack of sleep
Strong, bright, overpowering experiences and sensations
Excessive computer / television use
Loss of vital fluids (especially blood and semen)
Excessive sexual activity (for both sexes)
Use of drugs and stimulants (medical and recreational)
Lunar and Sringara Rasa (visualizing the communion of opposite poles of the body) yoga and daily mantra, pranayama, mudra, and meditation
Nourishing the Heart Fire with love, sukha (intrinsic happiness), and santosha (contentment) in your life
Cultivating aesthetics, beauty, the arts, peaceful rhythm, and enjoyment of the art of living
Steadily following nourishing rhythms of dinacharya (daily routine) and rtucharya (seasonal routine)
Nutrition with organic cooked (for digestion), vegetarian food, not overly spiced
Organic dairy or nut milks if vegan (almond, cashew), ghee, fresh butter, small amounts of cream
Fresh nuts, honey, dates
Whole grains and rice
Fresh, sweet fruits and vegetables
Balancing sexual energy in accordance with the seasons and one’s constitution
Ayurvedic herbs and rasayanas—tonic drinks and jams like Chayvanprash
Making rasayanas with the guidance of an Ayurvedic counselor of herbs, including Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Kumari (Aloe), Shankhapushpi, Shatavari, Shilajit, and Licorice
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