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Critical Analysis Of Brahmacharya In The Context Of Yoga For Spiritual Upliftment: A Perspective Review

Dalip Kumar, Bandana Sairem, Guru Deo


Brahmacharya, often translated as celibacy or sexual abstinence, is one of the fundamental tenets in traditional yogic philosophy. In the context of Yoga for spiritual upliftment, this review critically analyzes the concept of brahmacharya. It delves into various interpretations and practices associated with brahmacharya, acknowledging that it extends beyond mere sexual abstinence to encompass the control and moderation of all senses and desires. It also discusses
the modern-day interpretations of brahmacharya, considering the evolving societal norms and the individual’s ability to adhere to its principles.
Relevant publications were gathered for this review from online databases like Google Scholar, PubMed, and NCBI. Additionally, related texts on celibacy and brahmacharya were also taken into consideration for the review purposes.
After analyzing all the studies related to brahmacharya and celibacy, it is found that both the terms are used in various traditions. While celibacy is considered one aspect of brahmacharya, the term ‘brahmacharya’ has a boarder perspective in context of Yoga and Indian tradition. The interpretations may be different but the goal of both practice of celibacy and brahmacharya is found to be quite similar which is moderation and control of senses and impulse to gain concentration that leads to spiritual growth.

Thus, the current review offers a comprehensive analysis of brahmacharya, shedding light on its multifaceted nature and providing insights for practitioners seeking spiritual upliftment through the practice of Yoga.


Brahmacharya, Spiritual Progress, Ancient India, Celibacy

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