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Practice of Brahmacharya

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  • Dimensions:8.3'X 5.4
  • Edition:2006
  • Author:SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA
  • Publisher:The Divine Life Society
  • ISBN:8170520673
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:205 (Color Illus: 1)
  • 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.

    3This 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 Brahmacharya 35
    Veerya-The Vital Fluid 36
    The Vow of Brahmacharya 39
    Chapter II
    GLORY OF BRAHMACHARYA
    Brahmacharya-A sine Qua Non 41
    Importance of Brahmacharya 43
    Secret of Health and Longevity 47
    Celibacy in the Different Religions 49
    Glory of Brahmacharya 51
    Brahmacharya-The All Important Factor 54
    Chapter III
    BRAHMACHARYA FOR LONGEVITY
    Secret of Longevity 57
    Brahmacharya in active Life 58
    Brahmacharya-Basis of Health 6
    Chapter IV
    BRAHMACHARYA AND EDUCATION
    Modern Education 62
    Duty of Teachers and Parents 63
    Chapter V
    BRAHMACHARYA AND URDHVARETA YOGI
    Who is a Brahmachari? 66
    Akhanda Brahmachari 66
    Urdhvareta Yogi 67
    Thermometer in Brahmacharya 70
    Chapter VI
    LUST AND PASSION
    Eradication of Lust 72
    Power of Lust 72
    Effects of Bad Company 76
    Wet Dreams and Spermatorrhoea 77
    Evils of Immoral Life 87
    Evil Thoughts 90
    Entertain Divine Thoughts 92
    Fashion - A Terrible Curse 92
    Passion 96
    Self-Control 106
    Chapter VII
    BRAHMACHARYA SADHANA
    Mind, Prana and Veerya 109
    Destroy Vasanas 111
    Vairagya or Dispassion 117
    Dietetic Discipline 122
    Sattvic Food 123
    Forbidden Food 124
    Mitahara 125
    Fasting and Brahmacharya 125
    How to Keep Up Brahmacharya 128
    Change the Drishti (Angle of Vision) 131
    Glory of Satsanga 132
    How to Avert the Sexual Intoxication 133
    Special Instructions 134
    Rules for Brahmacharins 137
    To the Celibates 140
    The Duties of a Brahmachari 141
    Chapter VIII
    HATHA YOGIC METHODS
    Siddhasana 147
    Sirshasana 148
    Sarvangasana 148
    Matsyasana 149
    Padangushthasana 150
    Instructions on Asana practice 150
    Mula Bandha 152
    Jalandhara Bandha 152
    Uddiyana Bandha 152
    Nauli Kriya 153
    Maha Mudra 154
    Yoga Mudra 154
    Easy and Comfortable Pranayama 154
    Bhastrika Pranayama 154
    Hints on Pranayama Practice 155
    Other Methods 156
    Assertions and Meditations 158
    Cold Hip-bath 159
    Chapter IX
    BRAHMACHARYA FOR WOMEN
    Brahmacharinis-Ancient and Modern 160
    Loose Life Is Not Freedom 162
    Is Brahmacharya Necessary for women? 163
    Message for Women 164
    A Call to Spiritual Life 165
    Chapter X
    BRAHMACHARYA FOR HOUSEHOLDERS
    What Is Brahmacharya in Married Life? 169
    When the Wife Becomes the Mother 170
    Living a Life of Spiritual Partnership 171
    Instructions for Householders 173
    Birth-control 174
    Continence Not Harmful 176
    Self-restraint and the Problem of Over-population 178
    Chapter XI
    SOME IDEAL BRAHMACHARINS
    Sri Hanuman 179
    Sri Lakshmana 181
    Bhishma's Pledge for Lifelong Celibacy 184
    Chapter XII
    STORIES AND NARRATIVES
    Jaimini Rishi 188
    Sukadev 189
    Raja Yayati 190
    Socrates and His Disciple 191
    Story of a Ghost 192
    Pure and Impure Mind 193
    APPENDIX
    Song of a Brahmachari 194
    Recipes for Brahmacharya 196
    Garland of Brahmacharya-I 197
    Garland of Brahmacharya-II 199
    The King's Ring - a Consoling Friend 201
    Twenty Sayings on Celibacy 203
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