Purified and enlivened by following the teaching and practice of bhakti- yoga as authoritatively presented by Srila Prabhupada, hundreds of bright- faced young men and women appeared on the streets of towns and villages throughout the world, taking up Srila Prabhupada's mission to fulfill the prediction of Lord Caitanya to spread the banner of ISKCON, the reasoning, principles and practice of brahmacarya were often taught and heard in and around the increasing number of temples and asramas of the Society. The devotees becomes Stronger in following the principles of brahmacarya under the exemplary guidance of the Founder- Acarya of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada.
There are numerous instructions about brahmacarya contained in the large body of literature, and letters left by Srila Prabhupada, for those diligent enough to study them. However, until now much of the principles and practice of brahmacarya has remained an oral tradition within ISKCON. But human lives and memories are short, and many of Srila Prabhupada's young students have now entered other asramas, or left for other spheres of activity. In order that the purity and momentum of the Krsna consciousness movement not be diminished with the passing of time, many devotees feel that this important aspect of the philosophy and application of Krsna consciousness should remain easily and frequently accessible to the present and future generations of devotees- in all asramas and statuses.
Therefore it is timely that his Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami has, with the good wisher of many of godbrother comrades in active preaching, diligently prepared this compendium of the principles and practice of brahmacari life. Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja is respected as a staunch practitioner of these spritual principles. He is dear to the devotees, especially in Eastern India, Bangladesh, and South East Asia, where he has dedicated so many years of his life to traveling and preaching on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. He is certainly qualified to present this book, and has done a great service by doing so.
This Book may accurately be called a "user's guide" to brahmacaryalife. The first part consists of elaborate discussion of and down-to earth practical guidance on the many aspects of brahmacarya The second part is a compilation of quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books, types, and letters about this subject matter.
The importance of this matter should not be underestimated.Brahmacarya is the basis of al four asramas and must be practiced by any man or woman serious and sincere about making tangible progress on the path back to Godhead. Tapasa brahmacaryena samena ca damena ca: " There is no possibility of controlling the mind and senses without following the principles of brahmacarya. " Srila Prabhupada lamented the dearth of educational institutions teaching the principles of brahmacarya (celibacy),and cited this as one reason for the lack of qualified members of the other three asramas
We pray that by Srila Prabhupada's mercy this book may help to educate and train the members of the Krsna consciousness movement to seriously understand and follow the principles of brahmacarya, and thus be pleasing to Srila Prabhupada and beneficial to the devotees and the Society.
We feel fortunate to have met our dear godbrother Bhakti Vikasa Swami (then Ilapati Prabhu) just as he was finishing the manuscript of this book and requesting the blessings of the ISKCON Publications Board for its Publication, and thus be given the chance to assist in its production. Historically, books which present heavy blows to maya in her work of keeping the fallen souls in illusion have often had to pass through many impediments before finally becoming manifest. We are glad that after passing through a long series of obstacles this book could finally go to press. We beg the forgiveness of the readers for any unintentional errors or lack of quality in the present volume. We pray that the readers may nonetheless reap the full benefit of understanding and determined practice of the principles contained in this book, which may in turn help them to rapidly advance on the path straight back to home, back to Godhead.
Butterworth- Bangkok International Express
27th August, 1988, Appearance Day of Lord Balarama
The Publisher (Gauda- mandala- bhumi dasa)
Since the first edition was first published, I have collected more snippets of information suitable for brahmacaris. This edition is not in essence different from the first, but gives more of the same substance. I pray that devotees may find it helpful in their ongoing journey towards the lotus feet of Krsna.
Back of the Book
This book may accurately be called a "user's guide" to brahmacari life. The first part consists of elaborate discussion of and down-to -earth practical guidance on the many aspects of brahmacarya. The second part is a compilation of quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books, tapes, and letters about this subject matter.
This book will be relevant and of interest not only to new brahmacaris in Krsna consciousness, but also to all levels of devotees seriously interested in improving their spiritual lives.
|Preface to the First edition||ix|
|Preface to the Second Edition||xi|
|BRAHMACARYA IN KRISNA CONSCIOUSNESS||1|
|The Meaning of Brahmacarya||1|
|The Benefits of Brahmacarya||2|
|"Brahmacari" is also a Designation||3|
|Mundane Sex Desires||6|
|Sex- the Cause of Unlimited Suffering||8|
|sex fascination - the Disease of the Modern Age||10|
|Restricting Associan with Women||13|
|Attitudes in Devotional Service||18|
|Why so many Rules and Regulations?||22|
|Submission and the Guru-Disciple Relationship||23|
|Detachment, Austerity, and Renunciation||25|
|Retention of Semen||51|
|The Appearance and Dress of a Brahmacari||57|
|The General Behavior and Disposition of a Brahmacari||63|
|Brahmacarya as Student Life||65|
|The Brahmacari- Asrama (Residence)||67|
|The Brahmacari Leader||72|
|Attitudes Towards Grhastha Men||73|
|Dealings with Women Devotees||75|
|Dealings with Nondevotee Women||79|
|Dealings with Children||80|
|Dealings with Family and Friends||80|
|Dealings with Nondevotees in General||82|
|Giving up Nondevotional Attachments||83|
|Overcoming Sexual Desire||88|
|Preaching about Celibacy||108|
|And if you are thinking about Getting Married||117|
|A BRAHMACARI READER:||125|
|Srila Prabhupada and others on brahmacarya,|
|Marriage, the Dangers of Sexual|
|Attraction, and Related Topics|
|Especially Relevant for Brahmacaris.|
|Quotes from Srimad Bhagavatam||127|
|Quotes from Other Books by Srila Prabhupada||183|
|Quotes from Biographical Works on Srila Prabhupada||193|
|Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's Letters||197|
|Quotes from Srila prabhupada's Lectures||210|
|Quotes from Srila prabhupada's Conversations||224|
|Notes on Traditional Brahmacari Life||230|
|Sex is Death||233|
|The Story of Rsyasrnga||237|
|Tulasi- devi on Degraded Men and Women||239|
|Patanjali on Brahmacarya||240|
|The Value of Semen||242|
|Meditation on the Lord||244|
Item Code: IDI069 Author: Bhakti Vikasa Swami Cover: Paperback Edition: 2003 Publisher: Bhakti Vikasa Trust Size: 5.4"X 8.4" Pages: 266