The law of abstention – Yama – Brahmacharya – Celibacy.

“What Brahmacharya is not: It is not austerity. It is not abstinence. It is not ‘no sex.’
“What Brahmacharya is: Brahmacharya is the conservation and self-control of  vital factors and forces within the body and mind. Every action, thought and emotion uses up these vital factors. They are replenished by the inputs of sensory experience, diet, oxygen intake and lifestyle. This depletion/replenishment process is going on constantly. If the
Yogi can maintain correct levels of these factors at all times and control them, health will be  excellent, and progress will be fast . . .”

The fourth abstention is non-sensuality or celibacy.

This can be divided into intellectual celibacy, Verbal Celibacy and Physical celibacy.

Intellectual celibacy.

The Gita says that when a person broods over the objects of the senses, that soul develops attachment to those objects. From these attachments massive cravings spring forth. This scatters the mind force. the main purpose of yoga is to gather and preserve the pranic energy. The discipline of ones sex life is key to success in attaining and experiencing mystical communion with higher states of consciousness.

Keys:

1, One should hold the opposite sex in a high spiritual framework, rather than debasing thoughts.

2, One should consider sexuality to be noble and a means of bringing forth souls into the world in order to gain illumination, allowing them to taste the outer fringes of God’s Bliss.

3, Nothing scatters the pranic life[force more than sexual craving.

The idea is to gather the life-force in order to balance your life.

Verbal Celibacy.

Vocal Brahmacharya obviously implies control over a persons speech regarding sexual expressions and overtones. Obscene jokes and lewd songs should be avoided. Though you are allowed to laugh at a funny joke!

Physical Celibacy.

To those who have practised celibacy in thought and speech, the observanve of physical brahmacharya becomes easy.

Keys;

1, When practising physical celibacy it is unwise to eat food cooked by a person who radiates strong sexuality or negativity.

2, One should bathe daily. If soap is used you should rinse thoroughly.

3, Undergarments should be exceptionally clean and changed daily.

4, Avoid stimulating  food such as spices.

From the spiritual science of Kriya yoga by Goswami Kriyananda.

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Day 12 – kundalini awakening.

Went to bed at 12:30 last night, very tired from a long days cycling.

Up at 6:10 am. Breathe for 20 minutes then back to sleep.

wake at 11:45.

That’s near 12 hours sleep. I have achieved 2 full weeks of Brahmacharya.

A word hangs in my memory from deep in a dream;

Peliathan.

A strange word I do not recall hearing before. I google, it is a Balinese village. Ummm.

Sun was shining in a totally blue sky.

I sit and breathe. In the gorgeous sunshine.

With the bee breath comes something new. A tingling at the base of the spine.

Ah!

I have certainly heard a lot about this. Could it be the start of Kundalini awakening? I guess I will find out with time. I have never felt this sensation before.

I go through the subtle transformations from,

Sense withdrawal – Concentration – Meditation – Contemplation.

In a samadhic trance I see the golden ring at the apex of a triangle.

I have seen this image before.

Day two – Yogic diet, supplements, celibacy and Siddhi.

Ummm I feel everything is coming together nicely! Arose at 6:30 this morn without need for an alarm, and enjoyed a lovely morning session. My times are already starting to gradually climb.

Spent the morning reading about Pratyahara, sense withdrawal, in Goswami Kriyananda ‘s wonderful work, The spiritual science of Kriya yoga, a vital ability in the yogis arsenal. Incorporating the four given experiments into my sitting asan has already improved my sitting time considerably. Up from a measly 13 minutes to 25 mins! Which however is still far from the 3 hour goal. My consciousness already seems subtly clearer somehow and I am feeling positive and happy.

After reading “The science of prananyama” by Sri Swami Sivananda, I have made some changes to my diet, mainly, cutting out passion exciting onions and garlic . He recommends cutting out all flesh including fish. This I may find a step to far as I really enjoy mackerel and salmon which are good sources of omega 3 and protein. He states that eggs are flesh and should not be eaten by the yogi. I really like eggs and as they are a good source of phospholipids which are very beneficial for brain functioning, I think I will continue to enjoy them for the time being. All other dietary recommendations I already practise, such as no added salt, no meat, no hot curries or spicy foods, no bitter or too strong-tasting foods etc. A balanced diet is the key. It is suggested that when first settling into a new pranayama routine one should be extremely careful in ones choice of foods.

I have been following Patrick Holfords advice on basic supplements for a few months now. Supplementing a good multi vitamin and mineral tablet as well as extra vitamin C, soya lecithin for phospholipids and omega 3,6 and 9. This is recommended for everyone. I am also taking chromium, zinc magnesium, and extra B vitamins. Because I smoked for a long time, I have also been taking some amino acids. Glutamine to restore the health  of my intestinal tract. 5-HTP, phenylalanine and tyrosine to help restore depleted neurotransmitters. GABA to aid sleep and Sam-e to help the methylation process.

The most difficult part of the yogic diet for me will be Brahmacharya!

Sri Swami Sivananda suggests 6 months to a year is a good time period to save every single drop of semen. 12 full years is the optimal time period. Ok.

Temptress in the Shadows

I shall strongly endeavour to attain this goal. (6 months – 1 year.)

Pratyahara (sense withdrawal) offers practical advice in how to conquer the evils of lust. And the lord knows I will need every technique available to help me in that department!

Sri Swami Sivananda suggests avoiding women all together. This technique may be possible if you are living in the Himalayas but in a modern city center it is impossible! The basic idea of retaining ones seminal fluid is to increase overall energy. Leaking energy simply will not do! The yogin can use the additional energy to reach higher states of consciousness. Sages contend the average person utilises less than 1% of cerebral matter. Cerebral matter is located all along the spine, in the major organs as well as the various ganglia.

When the eight limbs of yoga are practised intensely for a long period the brain eventually decides it is safe to start to wake up and the yogis system enables the ability to begin processing much higher amounts of energy. The yogi will then evolve the various siddhis described in, the bible for yoga, Patanjali‘s ‘Yoga sutras.’

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23-09-2010

Deep abdominal breath

Inhalation/Exhalation Extension

Easy breath

Bhastrika

Total sit time

6:00 am

X7

20/20 15/15 12/12

5in 5h 10ex x3

5 – 10 – 10 x4

30 30 30 30 30

5 min

12 noon

X7

15/15×2 17/17×2

5- 10-10 x7

40 20 30 30 30

13 min

6:00 pm

X7

17/17×2 15/15×2

5-10-10×7

25 30 30 35

13 min

12 midnight

X9

17/17×5

5-10-10×7

30 30 30 30 30

18 min

24-09-2010

6:00 am

X10

20/20 20/17 17/17×3

5-10-10×7

35 35 30 30

20 min

12 noon

X12

25/25 30/30 25/25 20/30 25/25

5-10-10×7

35 40 30 30

25 min

6:00 pm

12 midnight

Pranayama times table