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Celibacy/Abstinence: Mechanism of Urdvarethas, Brahmacharya, semen

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Celibacy/Abstinence/ Mechanism of Urdvarethas

Expert: Dhananjay - 7/17/2012

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Question QUESTION: Pranams! I have read in this portal and also elsewhere that it takes 12 years of unbroken brahmacharya to become an urdvarethas. I am a 35 year old unmarried man who is going to get married very soon. It is not possible for a married man to be a celibate but I really look forward to take up the path of brahmacharya by the age of 45. Is it possible for someone to become an urdvarethas if he takes up brahmacharya with complete dedication for the prescribed 12 years from the age of 45? Eagerly waiting for your answer...


Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self & the means required are dealt with on this site.

Anoop ANSWER: 1. It need not take 12 years for attaining to Urdhvaretas. It can occur within a few years of honest and unbroken practice with the correct Yogic lifestyle. Everything depends on sincere and unbroken efforts coupled with the grace of God. 2. When sexual contact is limited to progeny and unbroken Brahmacharya practiced, one has a bright chance of progress. It cannot be conclusively said whether one can become an Urdhvareta after 45 years of age. The earlier the practice is taken up, the better are the chances as virility reduces after the mid thirties. (That Supreme being is the absolute truth)

The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) that is the Lord for 'Mukti' (liberation) Mere indulgence in 'sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, sana, Prnyma, Pratyhra, Dhrana, Dhyna and Samdhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':-"Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "One who has completely surrendered to Brahman, overcome the Ego, and has realized himself to be a tool of the Almighty." Education/Credentials Bachelors degree in Engineering.

---------- FOLLOW-UP ---------QUESTION: Pranams dear brother Dhananjay! Thank you so much for your prompt answer. I would like to have a few clarifications as well.

1.) Is it possible for you to kindly explain the anatomical/biological explanation of the functioning of an 'urdvaretas'? I mean how this works exactly in scientific terms. 2.) I have recently came across a particular kind of people who are 'asexual'. Asexuals are those who have no inclination towards sex. It's fairly a new phenomena. They do not have any disorder and are completely normal people. They just do not experience sexual attraction. They like the human form, appreciate beauty and like goodlooking men and women but they just don't want a sexual relationship with a man or a woman. They can have a married life and have children as well. Please google it for more information if you need. They sound like blessed people to me. Do you think they are naturally 'urdvaretas'? 3.) My understanding of brahmacharya is completely transcending body consciousness. Even sex which is highly ojas depleting can be made ojas increasing if made into a meditation, or an act of ritual worship in a legitimate relationship/marriage, performed as a sacred duty. Kindly let me know your thoughts. Regards, Anoop Answer 1. The subtle most form of Bindu (seed) is Soma (nectar) which is stored in the brain. At the onset of puberty, this Bindu flows down to form gross Veerya (semen). The gates for the downward flow of Bindu are then thrown open for ever. With every ejaculate, much Bindu is lost. In the normal adult, Bindu continuously flows down to form semen which has to be expelled. This causes rapid ageing and debility as Soma confers immortality and its loss causes rapid

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Celibacy/Abstinence: Mechanism of Urdvarethas, Brahmacharya, semen

ageing and death. Bindu when conserved and transmuted back into Soma gives immortality. Such a body cannot age in terms of debility. It involves the internal union of Shukla (male seed) with Rajas (female seed present dormant within the male). It is very, very difficult to revert Veerya into Soma. It is possible only through Brahmacharya carried out with Samadhi meditation, blessed by the grace of the Lord. When the Yogi advances and achieves this after many years of unbroken practice beset with difficulties, he becomes an Urdhvareta. Physical semen is no longer formed in his body as Bindu remains as Soma at the Ajna Chakra in the region of the brain. Such a Yogi is then the equivalent of a Deva (celestial) and not a human in terms of his evolutionary progress. 2. Not necessarily. 3. Sexual enjoyment cannot take place without the use of the mind/body. One has to transcend both the body and the mind if he has to reach the Atmic state (soul state). The purpose of the sexual act is procreation and not recreation. Hence all forms of sexual enjoyment have to be eventually given up in course of time if self-realization is desired. (That Supreme being is the absolute truth)

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