BRAHMACHARYA

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stand up, Arjuna!

Brahman refers to divinity, non-specific to Brahma the first of the Hind trinity but the divine as a more general concept.

Charya is a virtuous path or way of life.

Together, they literally mean the path to the divine. As we’ve seen, Sanskrit words rarely have one meaning and these big Yama concepts are often mis-translated or at the least oversimplified. Brahmacharya is most often translated as either moderation or celibacy. Moreso, a brahmachari is one who sees divinity in all, who strives for excellence and virtue in all pursuits and who takes care not to waste their prana in trivial pursuits. This is where moderation comes from. “The brahmachari uses the force he generates wisely. Brahmacharya is the battery that sparks the torch of wisdom.” -BKS Iyengar

When brahmacharya is established, virya (vigor) is acquired. Yoga Sutra II.38

How do we bring this into our practice? As always, it…

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