A complete description of senses and how to control them have been written by the great Seer Sri Swami Sivnananda. 'Control of the Indriyas by Sri Swami Sivananda'.
Senses are not different from Mind in 'Control of the Indriyas by Sri Swami Sivananda'.
Sri Swami Sivananda says about the senses:
Indriyas are objectified desires. Will to see is ...
For sannyāsis, not looking at women is only the starting point, it is not the destination. They are actually trying to slay their indriyas to the point that they are unaffected by the opposite sex.
Śaṅkarācārya says in Vivekachūdāmani:
The deer, the elephant, the moth, the fish and the honey-bee---these five meet death because of their bondage to one of ...
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 ...
It is difficult to say which Hindu text mention them for the first time.But they do mention about the Shada Ripus or the six enemies of mankind.They are better(or also) known as Ari Shad Vargas.(Ari=Enemy,Shad=Six)
Arishad vargas: or Shat Gunas: Kaama or Desire, Krodha or Anger,
Lobha or Avarice, Moha or Infatuation, Mada or Ego, Matsarya or
The reason is actually very simple.For a Sanyasi or a Yogi maintaining celibacy(Brahmacharya) is one among the most important tasks.Its part of their sanyasa related vows as well.
So, they avoid all kinds of "Naari Sansargas"(associations with women) including even talking or looking at them.
Because,even glancing at a women can be considered as contrary ...
Sri Krishna teaches:
Undoubtedly, O Arjuna, the mind is restless and hard to control. But by practice (abhyasa) and dispassion (vairagya) it can be controlled. [BG 6.35]
Charity, the performance of one's duty, the observance of vows, general and particular, the hearing of the scriptures, meritorious acts, and all other ...
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,...
It is not just male Sannyasis not looking at women. Women Sannyasis must also avoid men. The reason for avoidance is given in the passage posted below.
Man dangerous to woman in the spiritual path
Just as a woman is a danger to a man desiring progress on the
spiritual path, so is a man to woman. It is the man who is uxorious,
and engrossed too ...
There is a mention of ari-ṣaḍ-varga (a.k.a ṣaḍ-ripu) in the third chapter of Maitreya Upaniṣad of Sāma-veda which is a dialogue between Lord Śiva and Sage Maitreya.
षड्विकारविहीनोऽस्मि षट्कोषरहितोऽस्म्यहम् ।
अरिषड्वर्गमुक्तोऽस्मि अन्तरादन्तरोऽस्म्यहम् ॥ १८॥
III-18. I am devoid of the six changes (of birth, etc), I am without the ...
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 ...
One can either do Japa or praise Mother Saraswati or Lord Shiva to purify speech. Pushpadanta had purified his speech by singing Mahimna Strotra as he was Gandharva.
मधुस्फीता वाचः परमममृतं निर्मितवतस्तव ब्रह्मन्किं वागपि सुरगुरोर्विस्मयपदम्।
मम त्वेनां वाणीं गुणकथनपुण्येन भवतः पुनामीत्यर्थेऽस्मिन् पुरमथन बुद्धिर्व्यवसिता॥३॥
Oh Brahma --the ...
Yes, actually it is no other than subtle body which consists of senses.
Quoting from Vivekachudamani of Adi Shankaracharya:
वागादि पञ्च श्रवणादि पञ्च
प्राणादि पञ्चाभ्रमुखानि पञ्च ।
बुद्ध्याद्यविद्यापि च कामकर्मणी
पुर्यष्टकं सूक्ष्मशरीरमाहुः ॥ ९६॥
96. The five organs of action such as speech, the five organs of knowledge such as the ear,...
These rishis were in process of self realization. Anger suppose to be the most hidden dosha which takes control over unknowingly. Only after the self realization it happens that person victors the "Shad Ripu". Till then it is a roller coaster ride when persons earns punya by Tap and meditation and keep losing them by falling prey to anger and other doshas.