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Questions tagged [brahmacharya]

Questions related to Brahmacharya or Celibacy, first of the Ashrama.

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How do initiates of monastic orders that enjoin lifelong celibacy deal with this requirement?

Monastic orders that enjoin celibacy - do they have spiritual techniques to curb desire? Have spiritual masters recorded their struggles with desire?
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Difference between Naishtika Brahmacharya and Sanyasa

What is the difference between Naishtika Brahmacharya and Sanyasa. Specifically in the context of 'Agni'. Since Sanyasa involves 'agni-tyaga'. Does Naishtika Brahmacharya also involve 'Agni-tyaga'?
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How do Naishtika Brahmacharis and Smartha Sanyasis repay the Deva and Pitru debts(ऋण)?

Taittriya Samhita 6.3.10.5 जायमानो वै ब्राह्मणस्त्रिभिर् ऋणवा जायते ब्रह्मचर्येण ऋषिभ्यो यज्ञेन देवभ्यः प्रजया पितृभ्य एष वा अनृणो यः पुत्री यज्वा ब्रह्मचारिवासी Rough translation: A ...
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Why is Narada called brahmachari if he is married? [duplicate]

The following excerpt from THE SIXTH BOOK, Chapter XXVII of the S'rîmad Devî Bhâgawatam clarifies that Narada married Damayantî. Nârada said :-- On hearing the words of her daughter Damayantî, that ...
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Breaks in Brahmacharya

Could anyone point me towards any scriptural reference that explain the breaks to a celibacy vow? I have read of Swami Sivananda explain the below as breaks to Brahmacharya: Darshan – looking at a ...
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Does any Hindu scripture or work of any Acharya talk about sex education?

Brahmanas, Kshatriya, and Vaishyas all undergo Upanayanam as early as 7 years of age. Having done Upanayanam, they become Brahmacharis. One important vow of Brahmacharya is maintenance of celibacy, ...
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How can one try to preserve his semen and make it raise to head (ojas)?

Since semen is considered to be very precious, how to preserve it make it raise to head (ojas)?
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How to maintain perfect Brahmacharya while sleeping? [closed]

Swapna Dosh (Nocturnal emission) is a major problem in maintaining celibacy. What are the ways to eliminate it entirely?
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Does a little failure in mental celibacy completely break my brahmacharya

Let's take a scenario in which I had practiced brahmacharya for about 1 year or so... Now if I involuntarily got attracted mentally by a girl..and I praised her beauty. But immediately felt wrong and ...
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In brahmachayra what do I do with pent up sexual energy?

When I have a lot of sexual excitement and sexual energy in my lower chakra, what do I need to do to stop this? Do I channel the energy to higher chakra? Isn't the goal to not get sexually excited in ...
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What is “Brahm” in “Brahmacharya”? How does it relate to celibacy?

My perception was that, "Brahm"(ब्रह्म) in "Brahmacharya"(ब्रह्मचर्य) is the same "Brahm", which is referred in Gita at many places. In this site, we mainly refer it as "Brahman" (ब्रह्मन्). And "...
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What is the expiation for indulging in sexual activities after upanayana? [duplicate]

I have a question, if a person who masturbates, more than once after entering Brahmacharya stage, what shall he do ? Will he have to live with the regret or can he do something so that he is back to ...
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Is there a punishment for breaking the vow of celibacy? If yes, what are the ways to clear the sin? [duplicate]

What if a person broke the vow of brahmacharya by indulging in sexual activity like masturbation? Is there a punishment? Something a person would do to clear the sexual sins?
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What is the reason behind hanuman's brahmacharya? [duplicate]

I don't have much details but have a straight question about the celibacy of hanuman. Is there any specific reason that hanuman is brahmachari other than that he is true devotee of lord ram and don't ...
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What was the reason for Swami Vivekananda's Death?

I have always heard that because he was a pure celibate, and have never allowed his body to waste the best chemical on planet (sperm). According to Hinduism at least this reason does not make any ...
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What is the real concept of brahmacharya?

What is the real concept of brahmacharya as per vedas or Hindu scriptures ? Is it about remaining bachelor or about celibate? Or is it abstaining from inter course? Or controlling desires? Or ...
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How is being loyal to one's wife same as celibacy?

As you can see below, the Linga Purana says that a married man who is loyal to his wife is same as a celibate (brahmachari). svadāre vidhivatkṛtvā nivṛttiścānyataḥ sadā / manasā karmaṇā vācā ...
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Celibacy - Methods proposed by scriptures for a student

Celibacy is considered as one of the greatest virtues of a student seeking knowledge. What are the methods proposed by Hindu scriptures, by which a student can keep his/her celibacy or practice of ...
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Why is madhu (honey) considered a prohibited food in brahmacharya?

Quoting from the Agni Purana, as found on this page, while discussing the proper conduct of students (brahmacharis), it is stated that: The first stage in life is that of brahmacharya (student-hood)...
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What to do when a self-imposed vow is broken? Is there a punishment?

What to do when a vow of controlled (self-imposed) brahmacharya has been broken? The vow is not actually a vow of celibacy (as in the case of a Sannyasin). Here the aspirant controlled himself by this ...