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Yoga Sutras
Sutra 2.38

brahmacarya-pratiṣṭhāyāṁ vīryalābhaḥ

By the establishment of continence energy is gained.

Translated - Swami Satchidananda

The concept of brahmacharya is multifaceted, encompassing not only the wise use of energy and direction of vital life force (prana) but also actions that lead us towards the ultimate reality, Brahman. When we cultivate brahmacharya in our thoughts, actions, and interactions, we consciously choose to refrain from overindulgence in sensual pleasures, distractions, or habits that drain our energy. We recognise the impermanence of external desires and attachments, understanding that true fulfilment lies in connecting with the source. Practicing restraint and moderation empowers us to gain control over our impulses and emotions, making conscious choices that support our well-being and spiritual growth. Embracing brahmacharya does not involve suppressing or repressing natural impulses, but rather adopting a mindful and balanced approach to harnessing our physical, mental, and emotional energy. Ultimately, the practice of brahmacharya helps us transcend the limitations of the ego and find eternal fulfilment by aligning ourselves with the greater truth. It leads us to a higher states of consciousness and understanding of our oneness with Brahman. By aligning with our true nature, we tap into an inner reservoir of strength and creativity, enabling us to overcome challenges and navigate life with ease and resilience. Balancing and harmonising our energy, we no longer go to extremes of excess or depletion, we maintain a sense of inner peace and contentment that alleviates inner conflicts and anxieties stemming from imbalanced energy. We allow source to direct us on the path where all our desires will naturally manifest. This spiritual practice involves living with an intention to purify our thoughts, words, and deeds and align them with the greater truth and purpose.
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