Monthly Study... Yama #4 - Brahmacarya
What does Brahmacarya mean?
"The fourth of the Yamas, Brahmacarya is often translated as ‘celibacy’ or ‘chastity’, which doesn’t always make for a very popular Yama…!
Brahamacarya literally means on who conducts oneself in accordance with Brahma. in the Indian tradition, there are four different stages of brahmacarya and each stage requires a different set of behaviors.
When celibacy is establised, vitality is attained.
- Astanga Yoga Anusthana / R Sharath Jois
"However, the practice of Brahmacharya or ‘right use of energy’ as it is widely translated, is more prevalent now than ever.
The word Brahmacharya actually translates as ‘behaviour which leads to Brahman’. Brahman is thought of as ‘the creator’ in Hinduism and Yogic terms, so what we’re basically talking about here is behaviour which leads us towards ‘the divine’ or ‘higher power’."
Regarding Brahmacharya as ‘right use of energy’ leads us to consider how we actually use and direct our energy. Brahmacharya also evokes a sense of directing our energy away from external desires – you know, those pleasures which seem great at the time but are ultimately fleeting – and instead, towards finding peace and happiness within ourselves.
"Brahmacharya also evokes a sense of directing our energy away from external desires ... and instead, towards finding peace and happiness within ourselves."
- ekhart yoga
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