Brahmacharya is the movement from passion to peace and then, from peace to bliss.
Brahmacharya hai satya ka dwaar. Isme milta hai anand apaar.
English meaning: Brahmacharya (celibacy) is the gateway to supreme truth: one enjoys infinite bliss through brahmacharya (celibacy).
Brahmacharya tips (the list is quite comprehensive and immensely practical):
1. Have a spiritual attitude towards the opposite gender. Consider every person of opposite gender as mother, sister or daughter (father, brother or son for female aspirants) depending on the age, or consider every person as Self or Consciousness. If you are already married and have children, consider the spouse as just a friend, sleep separately and practice complete brahmacharya despite being a family-person; that is a must if you want to have a decent chance for the ultimate spiritual success of Self-Realization or the good-enough spiritual success of kundalini reaching 5th centre (Vishuddhi Chakra).
2. Wake up during brahmamuhurtha ["the Creator's Hour"].
a.) Waking up at 3 am. The time 3 am - 7 am is most suited for reaching more joyous state during thoughtless awareness practice, as the entire atmosphere is free from thought vibrations and hence peaceful/sattwic. Thus, naturally deeper and more joyous state of thoughtless awareness - which is 100% peace/sattwa - is realized during this period.
b.) Doing thoughtless awareness practice for as many hours as possible.
Since lust is a rajasic (passionate) quality, with an increase in sattwa, brahmacharya automatically becomes more easy and natural. Sushumna awakens automatically during this period and kundalini automatically ascends up the spine. Anyone aiming at full celibacy must develop the solid routine of waking up at 3 am and utilizing next 4 hrs (till 7 am) in yoga, meditation (thoughtless awareness) and other creative activities like self-study, etc. This alone will solve more than 90% of difficulties one faces in the practise of full celibacy. No wonder, all our true sannyasins wake up at 3 am. Most people find celibacy so hard because they sleep even in this golden period of 3 am to 7 am when the whole nature is supporting the awakening of shushmna, raising up of kundalani and hence, a natural, fast-paced evolution of our awareness. So, this rule is exceptionally important for all sadhaks.
3. Practice brahmacharya (celibacy) at mental level also by using these means. Whenever lustful thoughts manifest, do some thoughtless awareness technique or 5-10 round maha bandha or 3-5 min sarvangasana. This will transform the excess energy of lust into intellectual energy by pulling up the nerve currents up the spine towards brain centres, thus giving us more mental powers of thinking, concentration and memory. If doing so does not remove lust completely, do one or some of the following:
a.) 10-15 min maha bandha (or uddiyana bandha) continuously. During maha bandha, one can vigorously chant some mantra also and focus the mind on the sound of mantra by trying to listen the sound - then, the effect will be more. (Set up some alarm or timer of 10-15 min so that you can focus 100% on technique.) This will transform the excess energy of lust into intellectual energy by pulling up the nerve currents up the spine towards brain centres, thus giving us more mental powers of thinking, concentration and memory.
b.) 10-15 min continuous & rigorous chanting of some mantra preferably aloud; if that is not practically possible, then do it mentally. Try to listen to the sound of the mantra throughout the process - that will concentrate the mind on the sound of mantra. (Set up some alarm or timer of 10-15 min so that you can focus 100% on technique.) This will transform the excess energy of lust into intellectual energy by pulling up the nerve currents up the spine towards brain centres, thus giving us more mental powers of thinking, concentration and memory.
c.) rigorous physical exercises like running fast, jogging, dand-baithak [pushups-squats], muscle building exercises, etc. till you feel quite tired. (Excess energy of lust will get spent usefully in physical work then.)
d.) indulge in your dearest hobbies like music, swimming, dancing, painting, writing blogs/articles, etc. (Excess energy of lust will get spent usefully in enjoying your hobbies then.)
e.) indulge in mental work on most interesting topics (Excess energy of lust will get spent usefully in enjoying the process of learning and development then.)
f.) talk aloud for 10-15 min or so till you become completely exhausted - this talk can be in the form of reading a good book/magazine aloud or practising oratory skill by giving long lectures on some topics so till you are fully exhausted. (Excess energy of lust will get spent usefully in practice of reading or oratory then. )
g.) as a last resort, have a cold bath or give up 1-2 meals. Cold bath will cool the nerves and giving up 1-2 meals will reduce the energy level of the body, which is excess right now, making it normal again.
h.) My guess is that the above things can be used to channel excess energy of anger also into constructive channels. Like if I feel great anger on something, I can give lecture for next 10-15 min or so on that issue aloud till I get exhausted, or do physical exercises or indulge in hobbies or mental work on interesting areas. Both, lust and anger are excess energy in us which if not given a constructive channel, drag us to the sewer of crudeness and beastliness. But, when they are given a constructive channel, they will get utilized effectively in positive work.
4. Use an internet filter - take no risk in the first 12 years of brahmacharya practice.
Make internet "brahmacharya-friendly" by installing suitable internet
filters on your computer. Please watch this site:
toptenreviews.com or search for "internet filter reviews" in your
favorite search engine and do a thorough review. Buying the commercial filter is
better, as the company will keep on updating it continuously and hence all its flaws
will get removed. Even if one has to pay $50 per year, it is just $4 (close to Rs.
200) per month. When one can pay Rs. 200-300 per month for electricity, what is
the problem for paying Rs. 200 for keeping oneself free from the possibility of
watching adult materials while using internet? Take no risk in the first 12 years
as even advanced yogis have a nasty downfall in the first 12 years of brahmacharya/
Safe Eyes " is considered the most powerful internet filter in terms of blocking
harmful sites according to many independent surveys. (see article at
wistv.com) and is almost impossible to bypass because they keep working
on their product and block even websites where any instruction on bypassing/
a.) You should create a very difficult password (so that you cannot bypass the filter) and make a friend the administrator. You can also designate filter.gye
@gmail.com (ref: article at guardyoureyes.org). Or make sarvodaya.mission @gmail.com the administrator for the filter.
b.) Additional Note: In case you visit a cyber-cafe, it may not have installed any such filter, to earn more money by getting customers to visit internet for adult content. The best thing for you to do then is to pick a publicly visible place in the cyber-cafe for your internet surfing.
5. Avoid all visual stimulation for lustful sanskara to manifest. Avoid looking at exciting images in books and magazines. All precautions should be taken in the first 12 years of brahmacharya practice. After that, many precautions will not be needed, as the mind will become strongly embedded with brahmacharya sanskara.
6. Regularly read greatly inspiring brahmacharya quotes to strengthen the brahmacharya sanskara (impression of subconscious mind) and resolve whole life. This will inspire you a lot and intensify your motivation. A low motivation is not enough for brahmacharya practice. Only a fully motivated person succeeds in maintaining unbroken celibacy ("akhand brahmacharya"). One may choose any pattern of reading depending on one's success level of brahmacharya practice in the past. But, I think spending some time at least once every week is good for every spiritual aspirant till his/her Kundalini reaches Vishuddhi.
My personal recommendation for everyone is to spend 20 min every day in the morning on spiritual reading, such as 10 min on brahmacharya and 10 min on meditation and Self-Realization topics from scriptures like Gita, Upanishads, Patanjali Yoga-Sutra and life-stories of great sages. This is because our mind needs the spiritual food of soul-elevating thoughts daily as much as our body needs daily the material food for its nutrition needs.
Meditation and brahmacharya are two wings of spiritual success. One has to achieve perfection in both to realize the ultimate goal of Self-Realization. Perfection of one helps the other. With more growth of brahmacharya practice, meditative experiences become deeper. With deeper meditative experiences, the mind starts remaining in the state of brahmacharya more naturally and much longer. So, both go hand-in-hand and lead us to Self-bliss. Hence, this recommendation of 10 min reading for each of the subjects on daily basis in the morning. A calm mind in the morning will get easily impressed with these strong thoughts of brahmacharya and Self-Realization, which in turn will substantially speed up our spiritual progress.