Practice of Brahmacharya

Practice of Brahmacharya

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Item Code: IDI641
Author: SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
Edition: 2021
ISBN: 8170520673
Pages: 205 (Color Illus: 1)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.3"X 5.4
Weight 220 gm
Sri Swami Sivananda

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitr an several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a health journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was Divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practised intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life society. In 948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 950 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 953 Swamiji convened a 'World Parliament of Religions'. Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples and creeds. To read Swamiji's works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi.

About the Book

Practice of Brahmacharya is not only the foundation of spiritual evolution, and Yogic advancements, but also it is the basis of material as well as psychic achievements, a sine qua non, for all progress - social, political, economical, physical, mental and spiritual. Because the wastage of vital energy under the impulse of lust is the source of all morbid conditions of mind and body. Lust curdles into anger, anger into infatuation and loss of ethical and spiritual life. Lust destroys the soul of man.

3 This book written by the powerful pen of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, deals with this vital subject in a forceful, but homely style, and prescribes potent means and methods for the eradication of lust, sublimation of sex-energy into Ojas Sakti for attaining the goal of life-God-realisation. It is this Ojas Sakti that assumes various forms of excellence in all the fields of life comprising arts, science and metaphysics.

Thought this book is most helpful to all, it is especially so for the students, who stand in desperate need of guidance in the practice of Brahmacharya. This will secure their physical, mental and spiritual health. Education without Brahmacharya is a lamp without oil. Brahmacharya is the key to the ethical and moral regeneration of the whole world.

We sincerely pray to the almighty God, that the aspiration for leading a crystal, pure life may be kindled in your hearts, the moment you lay your hand upon this book. May you all lead a perfect life of purity and enjoy the eternal b bliss of the Atman.

Contents
Publishers' Note(7)
Santi Sloka(9)
Satguru Stotra(9)
Gayatri Mantra(10)
Siva Stotra(10)
Prayer for Purity(12)
Swami Sivananda-The Radiant
Exemplar of Brahmacharya(13)
Introduction(19)
Chapter I
BRAHMACHARYA
What is Brahmacharya?31
Eight Angas of Brahmacharya35
Veerya-The Vital Fluid36
The Vow of Brahmacharya39
Chapter II
GLORY OF BRAHMACHARYA
Brahmacharya-A sine Qua Non41
Importance of Brahmacharya43
Secret of Health and Longevity47
Celibacy in the Different Religions49
Glory of Brahmacharya51
Brahmacharya-The All Important Factor54
Chapter III
BRAHMACHARYA FOR LONGEVITY
Secret of Longevity57
Brahmacharya in active Life58
Brahmacharya-Basis of Health6
Chapter IV
BRAHMACHARYA AND EDUCATION
Modern Education62
Duty of Teachers and Parents63
Chapter V
BRAHMACHARYA AND URDHVARETA YOGI
Who is a Brahmachari?66
Akhanda Brahmachari66
Urdhvareta Yogi67
Thermometer in Brahmacharya70
Chapter VI
LUST AND PASSION
Eradication of Lust72
Power of Lust72
Effects of Bad Company 76
Wet Dreams and Spermatorrhoea77
Evils of Immoral Life87
Evil Thoughts90
Entertain Divine Thoughts92
Fashion - A Terrible Curse92
Passion96
Self-Control106
Chapter VII
BRAHMACHARYA SADHANA
Mind, Prana and Veerya109
Destroy Vasanas111
Vairagya or Dispassion117
Dietetic Discipline122
Sattvic Food123
Forbidden Food124
Mitahara125
Fasting and Brahmacharya125
How to Keep Up Brahmacharya128
Change the Drishti (Angle of Vision)131
Glory of Satsanga132
How to Avert the Sexual Intoxication133
Special Instructions134
Rules for Brahmacharins137
To the Celibates140
The Duties of a Brahmachari141
Chapter VIII
HATHA YOGIC METHODS
Siddhasana 147
Sirshasana148
Sarvangasana148
Matsyasana149
Padangushthasana150
Instructions on Asana practice150
Mula Bandha152
Jalandhara Bandha152
Uddiyana Bandha152
Nauli Kriya153
Maha Mudra154
Yoga Mudra154
Easy and Comfortable Pranayama154
Bhastrika Pranayama154
Hints on Pranayama Practice155
Other Methods156
Assertions and Meditations158
Cold Hip-bath159
Chapter IX
BRAHMACHARYA FOR WOMEN
Brahmacharinis-Ancient and Modern160
Loose Life Is Not Freedom162
Is Brahmacharya Necessary for women?163
Message for Women164
A Call to Spiritual Life165
Chapter X
BRAHMACHARYA FOR HOUSEHOLDERS
What Is Brahmacharya in Married Life?169
When the Wife Becomes the Mother170
Living a Life of Spiritual Partnership171
Instructions for Householders173
Birth-control174
Continence Not Harmful176
Self-restraint and the Problem of Over-population178
Chapter XI
SOME IDEAL BRAHMACHARINS
Sri Hanuman179
Sri Lakshmana181
Bhishma's Pledge for Lifelong Celibacy184
Chapter XII
STORIES AND NARRATIVES
Jaimini Rishi188
Sukadev189
Raja Yayati190
Socrates and His Disciple191
Story of a Ghost192
Pure and Impure Mind193
APPENDIX
Song of a Brahmachari194
Recipes for Brahmacharya196
Garland of Brahmacharya-I197
Garland of Brahmacharya-II199
The King's Ring - a Consoling Friend201
Twenty Sayings on Celibacy203
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