This answer is based on teachings of Swami Sivananda. Swami Sivananda wrote many books explaining Brahmacharya, such as Practice of Brahmacharya. I will quotes some of his words here.
Swami Sivanada says Brahmacharya literally means Achara or conduct that leads to the realization of Brahman or one’s own Self and conduct is control of semen, the study of the ...
you can not just stop having sexual thoughts, you have to replace the sexual thoughts with something else.
First is to have satvik food and stop seeing sexual explicit movies, sexually explicit TV serials. Do not have intoxicants (very very important). Refrain from using sexually swear words.
Remember God as omni-present, esp. in morning and when going to ...
The Shatapatha Brahmana Section 11.5.4 describes the Upanayana ceremony for the initiation of a pupil into Brahmacharya:
1 He says, 'I have come for Brahmakarya:' he thereby reports himself to the Brahman. He says, 'Let me be a Brahmakârin (student):' he thereby makes himself over to the Brahman. He (the teacher) then says, 'What (ka) is thy name?'--now ...
The state where the semen's natural downward flow is blocked and it is made to travel up as Ojas is known as Urdhareta.
This is difficult to achieve but can be achieved through the practice of Yoga.
As, you may know, Yoga is eight-limbed:
Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, ...
According to the Daksha Smriti (DS) sexual intercourse can be of eight kinds.
See the following verses:
[A Yogin} should always preserve his Brahmacharyya [celibacy]; Sexual
intercourse is of eight sorts : -viz: thinking of a woman,
talking [about it]
-dalliance with a woman, looking [at a woman with an impure desire] speaking to her secretly, ...
Excess of honey gives toxication in our blood.
Brahmachari ashram is also called brahmacharya deeksha. There are many rules to be followed during this stage of life. In the olden days,. Children on reaching on appropriate age were performed upanayanam and taken to the gurukulas. They lived in gurukulas till they completed their studies.
Students were only ...
Lord Krishna was referred as "आजीवम् ब्रह्मचारिन्" (lifelong
BrahmachAri). How can it be true, when he had 8 main wives & lot of
For the time being i am addressing only the above question. One can be married and enjoying conjugal bliss and still at the same time be a BrahmchAri. For that one just needs to follow certain instructions from ...
The word Brahmacharya has technically nothing to do celibacy or abstinence as popularly known.
After the advent of samnyasa and related sects, there was heavy importance given to renunciation and abstinence etc.
THE CONCEPT OF BRAHMACARYA – ITS TRUE MEANING, NATURE & IMPLICATION
Brahmacarya as the name signifies, relates to brahman. The word ‘...
Gita Chapter 2 Verse 47 divided:
(1) You have a right to perform action
(2) Not the fruits of action
(3) Don't be the cause of the fruits (generated from action)
(4) Never be attached to inaction
If the vow is broken, then think of it as God's grace or will. Whatever comes on way, be it punishment, just accept it.
In your perspective:
Your duty is ...
Darshan – looking at a member of the opposite sex with carnal desire.
Sparsha – desire to touch, embrace or be near a person of the opposite
sex. Keertan – praising his or her qualities to your friends. Keli –
amorous sport with the opposite sex. Guhya Bhaashan – talking
privately to a member of the opposite sex. Sankalpa – lustful thought
of the ...
There's no need to "punish" oneself for breaking a vow. Here's some advice from the book, The Mind and its Control by Swami Budhananda:
Control of the mind is a very interesting
inner game. If you have a sportsman's attitude
you will thoroughly enjoy it, even while apparently
losing. In the playing, this game takes a
great deal of skill, alertness,...
THE CONCEPT OF BRAHMACARYA – ITS TRUE MEANING, NATURE & IMPLICATION
Brahmacarya as the name signifies, relates to brahman. The word ‘brahma’ derives its meaning from the root bRhmi “bRhmi dhAtvarthagocaraM vastu” (बृह्मि धात्वर्थगोचरं वस्तु) . The more famous term “brhatvAt bRhmaNatvAcca brahma ityucyate budhaiH” (बृहत्वात् बृह्मणत्वाच्च बृह्म ...
A Naishtika Brahmachari is perpetual student. He lives till his death the life that is meant for a student.
Does Naishtika Brahmacharya also involve 'Agni-tyaga'?
No, because after all it is a stage of studentship (Brahmacharya). So, he has to continue performing his duties as a student.
living at the teacher’s house, the life of a sage, and ...
See, this is from my own experience of Sadhana I am talking. Do not try to control over your thought process about this worldly affairs. Until you realize supreme, when senses come in contact with objects they like, when mind's attractive things you encounter, these thoughts bound to rise. So do not worry about these thoughts arising in mind. As long as ...
According to Manu Smriti and other scriptures, the student may shave his entire head or he may keep a Jata. He may even shave the whole head except the hair of the top-knot (Shikha) portion.
Therefore, since keeping a Jata is an option, growing hair is allowed, but it should be like a proper Jata and not like a modern day shortish haircut.
No he wasn't because he had married.
There are four orders of life in Hinduism viz: Brahmacharya (studentship), Grihasta (householder) Vanaprashtha (retired) and Sannyasa (renunciate).
A Naishthika Brahmachari is one who lives in the first order of life perpetually i.e. till his death. He does not marry.
Quoting the necessary verses from this answer:
The definition of a married Brahmachari is given in the following Yajnavalkya Smriti verse:
LXXIX.—Sixteen nights are the "" Season " of women. Among these he
should approach them during the even nights. Let him avoid the Parvana
nights, &c. and the first four nights. By so doing he would be even a
On this verse we have the ...
In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 11.5.41,
Devarṣi Nārada narrated a conversation between king Nimi and nava-yogendras (sons of Ṛṣabhadeva) to king Vasudeva (Lord Krishna's father):
देवर्षिभूताप्तनृणां पितॄणां न किङ्करो नायमृणी च राजन्
सर्वात्मना यः शरणं शरण्यं गतो मुकुन्दं परिहृत्य कर्तम् ॥ ११.५.४१ ॥
O King, one who has given up all ...
There is this following atonement prescribed in Manu Smriti.
Manu Smriti 11.118. But a student who has broken his vow shall offer
at night on a crossway to Nirriti a one-eyed ass, according to the
rule of the Pakayagnas.
Voluntary waste of seminal fluid amounts to breaking of the vow for a Brahmachari student.
EDIT- As shown in this answer breaking ...
If you had made a promise then you should try to keep it by any means.If its a vow to God ,done ritualistically, then not doing as promised is even a greater sin as per our scriptures.
Please refer to description of sins and the related Hells (Narakas) found on this page in Sri Devi Bhagavatam.
On that page you will find descriptions of what happens if one ...
No just being loyal is not enough.One has to avoid his wife on the period days and few other forbidden days too.
If a husband does that then many scriptures declare him to be as good as a celibate.
Here i am quoting from Manu Smriti:
Manu Smriti 3.50. He who avoids women on the six forbidden nights and on
eight others, is (equal in chastity to) a ...
You can't practice Brahmacharya just by reading books or making vows. You are containing Vasanas or Samskarans from eons into/onto your chitta. There are three layers of mind - conscious, sub conscious & unconscious. By force or temporary Vairagya you can only control your conscious mind but the habits patterns which are present in deep layers of mind (...
The cause of the death is disputed. There is a detailed chronology of the last day of Swami Vivekananda in the Bengali Best Seller 'Achena Ajana Vivekananda' by Sankar.
9:00 pm: The Swami was lying face up.He turned on his left side. For a
few second his right hand shook slightly. There were beads of
perspiration on his forehead. Then he began to cry ...
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, meaning no intentional emission of semen (masturbation or sex).
Here is what the Manusmriti says:
Persons learned in the Veda and knowing the law declare ...
Sex education in Hinduism is the practice of Brahmacharya, which includes the preservation of semen, and it is essential for spiritual advancement. According to the Aghori Vimalananda in "Aghora: At the Left Hand of God" by Robert E. Svoboda, pg. 261-262:
If you want to progress from the state of being a donkey in human form, one who lives for eating and ...
How do initiates of monastic orders that enjoin lifelong celibacy deal with this requirement?
By controlling their diet and senses, doing austerities, reflecting on knowledge, leading a disciplined life, avoiding sense pleasure, and avoiding contact with women.
Here are the rules of Brahmacharya from the Apastamba Dharma Sutras:
[One shall not eat] ...
God realization or extremely strong will power is required for maintaining chastity. Swapna Dosha isn't harmful for a householder though.
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna / Volume 1 / Rules For Householders And Monks:
Loss of semen impairs the strength. But it does not injure one if one loses it in a dream. That semen one gets from food. What remains after ...
You have to do some type of Yoga to control lust. The easiest method is to repeat the name of God.
A DEVOTEE: "Sir, should one first practise discrimination to attain
MASTER: "That is also a path. It is called the path of vichara,
reasoning. But the inner organs (Mind (manas), intelligence (buddhi),
mind-stuff (chitta), and ego (...
First of all what i will be posting will apply only to a Dvija Brahmachari whose being initiated into Veda study.
For a Brahmachari wasting manhood is an offence to start with, whether its voluntary or otherwise.
Manu Smriti 2.180. Let him always sleep alone, let him never waste his manhood; for he who voluntarily wastes his manhood, breaks his vow.
8 things to avoid in order to maintain strict brahmacharya by Sridhara Swami - http://selfdefinition.org/celibacy/quotes/sridhar-swami-eight-aspects-of-brahmacharya.htm
It also greatly helps if you avoid rajasic/tamasic foods - meat, liquor, onion & garlic - because they stimulate nerves & sexual desires.