“Brahmacharya is a divine word. It is the sum and substance of Yoga. Brahmacharya is the Achara or conduct by which you attain or reach Brahman (God). It is life in the absolute. It is
movement towards God or Atman. Brahmacharya is purity in thought word and deed. It is celibacy and continence.”
“This world is nothing but sex and ego. Ego is the chief thing. It is the basis. The sex is hanging on the ego. Sex and ego are the products of Avidya or ignorance. Man – master of his destiny – has lost his divine glory and has become a slave, a tool in the hands of sex and ego, on account of ignorance.”
Brahmacharya is the fourth discipline in Yama. It is the commitment to the containment and harnessing of a primal energy force – sexuality.
We as humans have one basic primal need. Survival, which entails procreation. Sexuality is a primordial force, even when we don’t realize it, therefore, it is VERY powerful.
Sexual energy is one of the strongest forces in humans, and like any great power, it can be put to constructive or destructive use. It is the force that must be worked with, and gently trained so that it does not rule our minds and senses.
Containment of sexuality is not about ruining your sex life. It is about transforming this vital force to a spiritual level (and oh, how divine that can be…). Conserving this energy and using it constructively allows depleted energy reserves to be recharged.
Sexual energy is to be taken to higher centres of the brain and yogis convert it to ojas. Even in tantra sexual interaction between man and women without ejaculation lead to awakening of kundalini shakti. Man and women represent positive and negative energy and in union or yoga they move out of their positions of polarity towards the centre. When they come out of their nucleus an explosion occurs matter becomes manifest and also lead to enlightenment or we can say it expands our consciousness. We can say union of Shiva and Shakti takes place.
Brahmacharya, means the control of the sexual energy (Brahma – the creator aspect of God – is related to sexual energy).
Brahmacharya translates literally as “walking with God” or “prayerful conduct.” “Charya” translates as “to walk actively.” Each of us holds a set of aims and goals for the person we hope to become. “Walking with God” means that as we go about our daily lives, we work to direct all our energies toward these highest goals – either in the eyes of a religious deity or in our own reflection; it is “walking with Intent”.
Historically, many yogic texts and many yogic practitioners interpreted brahmacharya as strict sexual celibacy. This practice is found in many different religious traditions, the principal idea being a thorough devotion of one’s energies toward spiritual pursuits, and away from temporal distractions. Today there are some schools of yoga and some practitioners that include celibacy in their practice. Some of these yogis may choose to commit to a temporary vow of celibacy, setting aside a week or a month or even a year to devote their attention and energy inward. This pre-determined period can provide an opportunity to become aware of one’s attitudes, dependencies, habitual behavior, and emotional relationship to sexuality.
Very often sensory and sensual pleasures are attractive because they tap into deep emotional memories within us. Sweets are brought out to celebrate special occasions and happy events, so our minds are clouded by that impression. Because we have enjoyed sweets so many times in the past, and with such happy memories, it is especially hard to figure out when our bodies actually want or need something sweet – or when we simply want a connection with something happy and comforting.
Continence is not harmful. It conserves energy. It gives immense strength and peace. Sexual indulgence leads to moral and spiritual bankruptcy, premature death, and loss of faculties, talents and capacities.
The Bhagavad Gita describes three types of pleasure: “That which is like poison at first but in the end like nectar – that pleasure is declared to be Sattwic, born of the purity of one’s own mind due to Self-realization. That pleasure which arises from the contact of the sense-organs with the objects, which is at first like nectar and in the end like poison -that is declared to be Rajasic. That pleasure which at first and in the sequel is delusive of the self, arising from sleep, indolence and heedlessness -such a pleasure is declared to be Tamasic.” – BG 18 37- 39
Well did Krishna say (in Ch.7 #3 of the Gita) :
Among thousands of men scarcely one strives for perfection
and of those who strive and succeed, scarcely one knows Me
Bramacharya without the methods of sexual transmutation always result in failure. It is good to note that some Yogis, such as Swami Sivananda, publicly teach “Bramacharya” with the knowledge of sexual transmutation, and therefore the infamous nocturnal emissions of those attempting to renounce sex are avoided. Nevertheless, without Sexual Magic total self-realization cannot be attained.
Total sublimation is difficult, yet not impossible !
The process of sex sublimation is very difficult, and yet, it is most necessary for the aspirant in the spiritual path. It is the most important qualification for the Sadhaka, be in the path of Karma Yoga, Upasana, Raja Yoga or Vedanta. It is a fundamental prerequisite for an aspirant. If one has this qualification or merit, all other merits will come and cling to him. All good qualities will come by themselves. You must achieve this at any cost. You will surely attempt this in future births. Try this right now!
The total annihilation of the sexual desire is the ultimate spiritual ideal. Complete sublimation alone will make you free. But, perfect sublimation can hardly be achieved within a day or two. It demands continuous struggle with patience and perseverance for some time. Even the householders should keep the above ideal before them and try to realize it gradually. If the state of perfect sublimation is attained, there will be purity in thought, word and deed. No sexual thought will enter the mind at any time.
Authentic Yogis practice Sexual Magic with their spouse. There are two types of Bramacharya (sexual abstinence), solar and lunar. The solar type is for those that have performed the Second Birth. The lunar type is that absurd sexual abstinence that serves only to produce filthy, nocturnal sexual pollutions with all of its fatal consequences. – Samuel Aun Weor (The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah)
I have taken a few quotations from Swami Sivananda’s masterpiece the Practice of Brahmacharya:
“You cannot attain perfect Brahmacharya by limited effort. Just as a machine-gun is necessary to kill a powerful enemy, so also, constant, vigorous, powerful Sadhana is necessary to annihilate this powerful enemy, lust. You must not be puffed up with pride for your little achievement in celibacy. If you are put to test, you will hopelessly fail.”
“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 Shakti is necessary.”
“Yogic practices, meditation and so on will attenuate or thin out the sexual desire to a very great extent. But, Self-realization alone can completely destroy or burn the sexual desire and Samskaras in toto.”
“Sex urge is a creative force. Unless you are inspired by spiritual ideals, it is difficult to keep the sexual instinct in check. Direct the sex energy to the higher spiritual channel. It will be sublimated. It will be transformed into divine energy. Complete eradication of lust, however, cannot be done through personal effort. It can be accomplished only by God’s grace.”
“For a liberated sage, this world is full of Brahman only. For a passionate man, this world is full of woman. He falls in love with a wooden post if it wrapped in a silken gown or a beautiful cloth with attractive borders and a petticoat. When a man is under the influence of passion and, excitement the sex impulse or force destroy his understanding and reason, overwhelm him and make him utterly helpless.”
Sex sublimation is within your reach if you wish to attain it. The path is quite clear, straight and easy if you understand it and if you apply yourself with patience, perseverance, determination and strong will, if you practice discipline of the indriyas, right conduct, right thinking, right acting, regular meditation, assertion, auto-suggestion and enquiry of “Who am I?.” Atman is sexless.
May you all realize the absolute through the courageous practice of Brahmacharya.
Other Articles on Brahmacharya:
• Techniques of Sex Sublimation by Swami Sivananda
• The Dangers of Promiscuous Mixing by Swami Sivananda
• Wet Dreams and Spermatorrhoea by Swami Sivananda
• To Marry or Not to Marry by Swami Sivananda
• Brahmacharya and the Educational Cirriculum by Swami Sivananda
• Brahmacharya for Householders by Swami Sivananda
• Stop That Lustful Look by Swami Sivananda
• Birth Control by Swami Sivananda
• Brahmacharya – An Outlook on Consciousness by Swami Sivananda
• The Role of Diet in Sex Control by Swami Sivananda
• Some Powerful Aids to the Practice of Celibacy by Swami Sivananda
• Commentary on Sivananda’s “Eighth Spiritual Instruction” by Swami Chidananda
• The Value of Semen by Swami Sivananda
• Women and Brahmacharya by Swami Sivananda
• Intensity of Cravings in Different Persons by Swami Sivananda
• Importance of Celibacy in Spiritual Life by Swami Sivananda
With love & respect,
SOORYAJI TO UNDERTAKE KAILASH MANASAROVER YATHRA.....
KOCHI:- 'Sooryayog' exponent Sooryaji will lead a 50-member team of pilgrims to a 12-day spiritual journey to Kailash and Mansarovar in the awe-inspiring Himalayas from June 24th.
This is for the sixth-time that Dr Sooryaji, who popularised the sun-centered meditation technique, is undertaking the unique pilgrimage.
The devotees accompanying him will get a chance to practice Sooryayog that has the power to remove all negativities of the mind and all illnesses of the body. They will also perform daily agnihotra,meditation,music therapy,swara yoga,satsang, special poojas, including Gayatri havan at Mt. Kailash.
''A team from national medias,musicians,healers,spiritual masters,yoga exponents are accompanying us,'' said Dr Sooryaji, adding that all the preparations for this year's yatra had been completed.
''Instead of going by traditional road route, we will opt helicopter. All the team members will be provided five-star accommodation and other facilities. We will also carry food items for cooking during the journey,'' he said in a statement.
''Since we are committed to environmental protection and hygiene, we will also carry a chemical toilet with us.''
It was going to be an interesting yatra as every participant was requested to carry at least one musical instrument. ''It will make the evenings more entertaining,'' he added.
The team will reach Mt. Kailsh/Lake Manasarovar on a full moon day. Many believe that taking a dip in the lake on a full moon day washes away the sins of their current and past 100 lives. Doing a Kora around Mt Kailash during the full moon is considered very auspicious. Walking around the lake 108 times is said to be the way to attain Nirvana in Hindu faith.
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KAILASH MANASAROVER YATHRA (HELICOPTER)12 DAYS.. (Sooryaji.. )
June 24 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, meet by our officer and transfer to hotel. Hotel Shangrila
June 25 Day 02: After breakfast, Kathmandu sightseeing tour & fly to Nepalgunj (1 hr) in the afternoon and rest. Hotel Kalpataru or Hotel Siddhartha
June 26 Day 03: Early morning, fly to Simikot (1 hr by aircraft) & continue flight to Hilsa (15 min by helicopter) then after short walk to cross border (10 min) then drive to Taklakot (1 hr) completing immigration formalities in China side. Hotel Himalaya or Hotel Purang
June 27 Day 04: Rest at Purang for acclimatization – Hotel Himalaya or Hotel Purang
June 28 Day 05: Drive, Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa) – 4560 m / 2 hrs. Guesthouse
June 29 Day 06: Drive, Chiugompa to Darchen (4700m / 40 km / 1 hr) Remaining Group will stay at Darchen over night at Hotel & for Inner Kora Group, they will continue trekking to Diraphuk. Guesthouse
June 30 Day 07: Short drive from Darchen to Sherson/Yamadwar (8 km / 30 min) and start trekking to Diraphuk (4950m) – 14 km / 5 hrs. While Inner Kora group members will go for excursion hike to Charan Sparsh towards North face of Mt. Kailash & back to Diraphuk for overnight stay. Guesthouse
July 01 Day 08: Continue trekking to Zuthulphuk (4850m) via Dolma-la pass (5600 m) & Inner kora group trek via Kuber Kunda & Khangsela pass (5600m) – 22 km / 9 hrs. Guesthouse
July 02 Day 09: Finish Trek near Darchen (1.5 hrs) & Drive back to Purang and continue exit to Hilsa (3 hrs). Overnight stay at Hilsa. Guesthouse
July 03 Day 10: Early morning, helicopter will receive you from Hilsa to Simikot and stay in Simikot OR fly to Nepalgunj if weather & flight permit and stay in Nepalgunj. Hotel Simikot Inn or Hotel Kalpataru
July 04 Day 11: 11th morning after breakfast, you will flight to Kathmandu and rest day at free. Hotel Shangrila
July 05 Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu.
DETAIL PROGRAM ITINERARY:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet by our representative with warm welcome then transferred to Hotel. At evening, short briefing program on tour by our tour manager and dinner. Overnight Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour & Fly to Nepalgunj
Breakfast in the hotel. And go for sightseeing visit of Pashupatinath temple & Budhanilkantha Vishnu temple (sleeping Vishnu).
Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to domestic airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer to Hotel.
• Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour flight
• A normal transport (non-ac) will be available in Nepalgunj
Day 03: Fly to Simikot (by aircraft) & to Hilsa (by helicopter) then drive to Taklakot
Very early morning, you should be ready to go to the airport for your flight to Simikot. Normally, the flight leaves for Simikot at around 6.00 am, if there is a clear weather in all places (Nepalgunj, en route and Simikot). Delay by an hour OR two is quite normal in this sector. So, passengers are requested not be panic.
The flight requires about an hour to reach Simikot. Our representative in Simikot will assist for completing immigration formalities and then arrange charter helicopter to fly Hilsa (Nepal border), our local representative in Hilsa will receive you and escorted to his house (tea shop). Here, you have to halt until all group members arrive. Travelers are requested to have patient and let us arrange everything smoothly because we have to wait our Tibetan guide to come border to receive us along with all permit and military formalities which may takes few time to receive us. Then after we cross border to Tibet and it takes about an hour to reach Taklakot (Purang - 3700 m.) by drive from Sher (China border).
Overnight Hotel Purang or Hotel Himalaya (triple sharing room with attached bathroom)
• Nepalgunj to Simikot: 50 min (by Twin otter aircraft OR Dronier aircraft with 16 seats)
• If the weather is not good in Simikot OR en route to Simikot, the flight will be canceled
• Simikot to Hilsa: 15 minutes by B2 (Euro copter) Helicopter with 5 or 6 seats
• Hilsa to Sher trek: 10 minutes
• Sher to Taklakot drive: 1 hour by bus
Day 04: Acclimatization Day.
Today you will rest in Taklakot (Purang) for acclimatization with light walking around Taklakot town to adjust your body with Tibet climate.
Overnight Hotel Purang or Hotel Himalaya (triple sharing room with attached bathroom)
Day 05: Drive, Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa) – 4560 m.
Early morning (after breakfast) you will depart for Lake Manasarovar (4560 m- Chui Gompa). On the way, we will take a short break in Rakshas Taal (Lake Ravana) to see the breathtaking views of Rakshas Taal with back ground view of holy mount Kailash. Pilgrims can take holy dip and perform homage to Mt. Kailash & Mansarovar as per their own religious way in Lake Manasarovar.
Overnight Guesthouse OR similar (all dormitory room)–Dharamsala type with Tibetan toilet
• The distance of Manasarovar circumambulation: 72 km
• Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar with Parikrama: 4 hours
Day 06: Drive, Chiu Gompa to Darchen (4700 m)
Morning, again you have one more opportunity to pay homage in Lake Manasarovar with puja or darshan. After lunch, drive to Darchen, the base camp of Mt. Kailash to start parikrama. It takes approx. an hour to reach Darchen on your vehicle and rest day at free in Darchen. You can stroll around markets to buy any necessary equipment for Kailash Kora. Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or Similar (triple or quadruple room with attached bathroom)
• Lake Manasarovar to Darchen – 1 hour drive
Day 07: Yama Dwar Darshan then start trek to Diraphuk (4920 m)
Morning drive to Yama Dwar (OR Serson, / 4750m), the auspicious gateway to the Parikrama (circuit) around the Mt. Kailash.
Yama Dwar is the place, from where the group, normally, splits in two parts. Some members will start attempting Parikrama and some will return back to Darchen and wait for those members who have gone for Parikrama.
MEMBERS WHO JOINED PARIKRAMA: You will start trekking from “Yama Dwar” to Diraphuk. The trail is quite easy & flat. You have to cross the river a couple of time, other than this, it is quite easy day today. Roughly, you will be crossing 15 km today and it takes around 5 hours.
MEMBERS WHO DIDN'T JOIN THE PARIKRAMA: After having Darshan from Yamadwar, you will be returning back to Darchen and wait for those who have gone for Parikrama. (Note: As per package plan, your stay will be in Normal Guesthouse at Darchen, but if the group decides to upgrade the stay in better hotel then they have to pay supplement cost for upgrade hotel.)
Overnight at Guesthouse (very basic accommodation with dormitory bed room)
• Darchen to Yam Dwar: 15 minutes drive
• Yama Dwar to Diraphuk trek: 14 km / 5 hrs (approximately 18 km)
Day 08: Trek to Zuthulphuk (4780 m) via Dolma La Pass (5600 m)
MEMBERS WHO JOINED PARIKRAMA: Early morning start uphill trekking to Dolma-La (5600 m). Today is the toughest day of this journey. The entire trail up to Dolma-La rapidly up. The holiest water pool (glacial lake – Gauri kunda) is just situated beyond the Dolma-La. This is the lake, people believe, where Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva takes bath. From Dolma-La the trail rapidly drops down to the valley floor (Zuthulphuk).
After making downhill trek to the valley (the next side of the high pass), the trek up to Zuthulphuk Gomba requires another two hours. From the valley floor, the trail is flat all the way to Darchen. Today, you will be crossing approximately 22 km in 8 to 9 hours time.
MEMBERS WHO DIDN'T JOIN THE PARIKRAMA: Waiting in Darchen.
Overnight Local Guesthouse (very basic accommodation with dormitory bed room)
• Deraphuk to Zutulphuk Gomba: 22km / 8 to 9 hours trek (approximately)
Day 09: Finish Trek near Darchen & Drive back to Purang & Exit to Hilsa
MEMBERS WHO JOINED PARIKRAMA: Today, you will complete your trekking (Parikrama), near Darchen the trek period will be about 1.5 hours for 8 km distance and in the trek end point where you will find our vehicles waiting to fetch you to Darchen and meet with all rest group members. Parikrama group will have few minutes for refresh and breakfast, then we will continue our journey to Purang (2 hours journey). Pack lunch will be provided by our staff team at hotel in Darchen or Purang. Guide will assist us for immigration in Purang and then drive down to Sher border accompany by Police officer and see off us all to exit Hilsa. After final customs formalities, you will move down to Hilsa (Nepal Border) by crossing Suspension bridge of Karnali River.
Upon arrival in Hilsa, you will have to keep patience with rest in Hilsa guesthouse for a while as our priority will be to try best for Simikot flight. You will be called for helicopter flight once our representative confirms the schedule. The helicopter will be shortly arrives and our Hilsa representative will assist you to board in Helicopter for flight to Simikot. Stay overnight at Simikot as per itinerary. However, if there is any unexpected situation due to bad weather & flight unavailability schedule then we may have to stay overnight in Hilsa at Guesthouse.
Moreover, if the weather conditions and flight schedule favor us to fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj, we will continue our flight further to Nepalgunj as well. If there is still any passengers remain in Simikot, we will request to keep patience for all rest members as we will continue our flight on next day from early morning to keep our program as per schedule.
Overnight Guesthouse (dormitory room with common toilet) - basic available
• Zuthulphuk to trek ending point: 1.5 hours walk - 08 km (approx.)
• Trek ending point to Purang: 2 hours drive
• Purang to Sher drive: 1 hour
• Sher to Hilsa trek: 10 min
• Hilsa to Simikot: 15 minutes flight by Helicopter
Day 10: Fly to Simikot by Heli & Fly to Nepalgunj by aircraft
Today morning have breakfast and be prepare to fly Simikot from Hilsa. The helicopter will be shortly arrives and our Hilsa representative will assist you to board in Helicopter for flight to Simikot. If the weather conditions and flight schedule favor us to fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj, we will continue our flight further to Nepalgunj. If there is still any passengers remain in Simikot or all passengers remain in Simikot due to weather problem, we will request to keep patience for all as we will continue our flight on next day from early morning to keep our program according to our schedule.
Overnight Hotel in Simikot or Hotel Kalpataru in Nepalgunj
• Hilsa to Simikot: 15 minutes flight by Helicopter
• Simikot to Nepalgunj: 50 minutes flight by aircraft
Day 11: Fly, Simikot – Nepalgunj (fixed wing aircraft) - Kathmandu
In early morning take breakfast and be ready for domestic flight to Nepalgunj from Simikot. Similarly, you will receive by our Nepalgunj representative and will manage for your onward destination to Kathmandu as per available flight schedule. Our tour officer in Kathmandu will meet you in the airport and transfer to hotel. Rest & relax in hotel with warm refreshment.
• Simikot to Nepalgunj: 50 min flight by aircraft
• Nepalgunj to Kathmandu: 50 min flight by aircraft
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu
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