When one practices chastity, they rise above the negative influences of lust and passion. Every day spent in chastity brings joy and happiness to the mind, body, and soul. After practicing chastity for 4-6 months, the individual experiences a purification of their mental, physical, and psychic levels, leading to a sense of pure bliss. However, when one gives in to their temptations, this bliss and joy can be lost. The semen, or “virya,” is the foundation of life and the very essence of the soul. It is a powerful force and a symbol of dynamic will. One who loses semen loses everything and there is no substitute. The resulting depression can be painful, leading to feelings of shame and disorientation. But this depression can be overcome through powerful will and prayer to a higher power.
Here are some steps, based on personal experience, that can lead to success in practicing chastity:
Opt for a well-balanced diet comprising whole grains, legumes, pulses, dairy products, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Stay away from foods that are heavily seasoned, contain artificial ingredients, and flavors. Reduce meat and eggs, as they can impede your journey towards chastity. Abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and fragrances. Maintaining the right dietary habits is crucial to your success.
Start your day early, between 4-5AM, by drinking 1-2 glasses of water on an empty stomach. If you feel hungry, opt for a nutritious option like fruit or milk. Incorporate Pranayama and meditation into your routine to strengthen your control over your mind, breath, energy, and semen. A qualified yoga instructor can help you learn Pranayama effectively. Engage in daily prayer to seek support in maintaining your commitment to chastity. During meditation, sit in the lotus posture and focus on the space between your eyebrows with humility, honesty, and innocence.
Throughout the day, engage in activities that foster creativity and intellectual growth. However, avoid engaging in discussions or interactions that center around sexuality or women, as they can pose a threat to your chastity. Limit your interactions with individuals who could pose a risk, and be mindful of the potential for lust to arise from seemingly innocent interactions. Avoid looking directly into the eyes of people you are sexually attracted to. If a sexual thought arises, quickly redirect your mind by chanting the name of a higher power and seeking support to overcome the temptation. With sincere effort and determination, success in maintaining chastity is achievable.
Commitment To Charity And Compassion:
Nurture a spirit of love, kindness, and compassion towards others. Embrace humility and put aside feelings of anger, as they can hinder progress in maintaining chastity. Make an effort to help those in need, such as visiting a retirement home or feeding stray animals with love and affection. Your acts of kindness and generosity towards the less fortunate will not only bring blessings but also strengthen your commitment to chastity. Remember that true Brahmacharya requires a selfless and humble approach, rather than being centered on one’s own ego.