What Actually Does Continence (brahmcharya vrat)-Celibacy-Mean As Preached In Bhagavad Gita?

 Bhagavad Gita sings:

प्रशान्तात्मा विगतभीर्ब्रह्मचारिव्रते स्थितः ।
मनः संयम्य मच्चित्तो युक्त आसीत मत्परः ॥

praśāntātmā vigatabhīr
bramacārivrate sthitaḥ,
manaḥ sanyamya maccitto
yukta āsīta matparah

“Abiding in continence, fearless, serene at heart,
alert and restrained in mind,
he should surrender himself firmly to me.”

What actually does continence (brahmcharya vrat)-celibacy-mean?

People usually say that it is restraint of the sexual urge.
But it has been the experience of sages that such restraint is impossible
so long as mind is associated with objects, sights, touch,
sounds which
inflame the urge.

A true celibate ( brahmchari ) is rather one
who is engaged in the task of realizing God ( Brahm ).
The brahmchari is a man of Brahm-like conduct:
a doer of the appointed task of yagya
leads men to attainment and ultimate dissolution
in the eternal, immutable God.

While doing it, the external sensations of touch and of all such contacts of the mind
other senses have to be excluded in order to concentrate the mind on contemplation of God,
on the incoming and the outgoing breath,
and on
There are no external memories when the mind rests on God.

So long as these memories last,
the absorption in God is incomplete.
Currents of deviation flow through the mind, not through the body.

When the mind is wholly occupied with its adoration of God,
not only does the sexual urge but all the other physical urges also cease.
So dwelling in conduct that will take him to God,
free from fear,
in a state of repose,
with a restrained mind,
the devoted worshiper should surrender himself totally
to an accomplished teacher.

[Revered Gurudev Swami Adgadanand jee Paramhans]

Humble Wishes.


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4 Responses to What Actually Does Continence (brahmcharya vrat)-Celibacy-Mean As Preached In Bhagavad Gita?

  1. Mrityunjayanand says:

    God shows his favour by standing with the worshipper as a charioteer; he begins to walk along with the worshipper and manifest his glory. This is the form of his loving care. He stands up for the destruction of forces that generate wickedness and to protect righteous impulses that provide access to reality.

    Unless the worshipped God acts as the earnest charioteer who alerts at every step,
    Brahmacharan can never begin. Seeker will never know how much distance he has covered and how much more remains to be covered? The adored God stands inseparably with the Self and guides him: that he is now at this point, that he should do this, and walk like that. Thus the gulf of nature is gradually bridged and, guiding the Soul ahead by gradual steps, God at last enables him to merge into him.

    This starts with the commencement of experiencing divine intuitions which has different modes to understand.First is the body vibration which starts with bestowing the grace of Guru who must be an enlightened and fully accomplished real sage.

    Humble Wishes!!!

  2. Prashant says:

    When Does Brahmachran begin?
    At what stage, does a saadhak find himself truely following brahmachran?


    • Dattaram says:

      Hi Prashant: if I understand the article correctly,I think that brahmacharan begins on that time of the day when a thought comes to your mind to realize self and you start taking action on it (I.e start doing karma/ yagya/ meditation) under the guidance of Satguru (one who has walked the path and realized self) , The key factor to include here is discipline, consistancy in action.

      Mrityunjayanandji : Please correct my understanding.

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