The importance of “Brahmacharya” is clearly explained in Yejurveda. In this modern life very few
only understand this and practice it.
All Vedas and other scriptures of Hinduism lay great
emphasis regarding Brahmacharya. In vedic period a student is also known as Brahmachari. By
preserving the energy, strength and vitality of mind and various organs one can lead a happy,
energetic and healthy life. The mind will be clear and brain will superb for a Brhmachari. It
enhances the strength, life span and health since it is the mine of all virtues. Brahmacharya is
the dam of all pleasures of life and only learned people keep it and their power and life increases
and all sickness is destroyed. It is easy to preach and to practice is very difficult.
try to be always in the company of noble people and control their senses as far as possible to
get the actual reward of human life. A man is known by the company he keeps. If one always
move in the company of good, learned and noble ones there is no doubt that he can be one
among them one day. Company is contagious and man changes his colors accordingly sooner
or later. He cannot remain unaffected for long best company means not only noble people but
also good books written by great scholars, Sages, Saints, Prophets, Rishis, and
Munis. These contain vast treasures of wealth and will make one so rich that the worldly riches
would appear very insignificant.
One of the verses in Yajur Veda state that taught people who are
actually endowed with divine powers should do two things in this world. One is that they should
propagate the teachings of Brahmacharya and control of senses so that people may become
strong and healthy leading a full vigorous life. Next thing is by education and practice thereof,
they should teach one and all how to develop their inner strength and power so that people may
enjoy their blissful life fully in all respects. In another verse it is stated that such people who
abandon the company of bad people and give up all bad evil habits and keep away from immoral
life increasing their vitality beget good children, they strength and glorify their race and their
Brahmacharya will give the power to face and solve any problems as a boat can ferry people
through turbulent waters of the sea. A Brahmachari will be liked and respected in all the
societies and meetings. In one verse it is explained that the age of a boy begins at twenty-sixth
year and for a girl it is seventeen and up to this period they should practice Brahmacharya at
any cost and can get married. Those who get education following the rules of Brahmacharya,
they shine like sun are quick in all what they do, like a hawk and become the hallmark of
respect, enjoying their life skipping like a deer.
In the student life it would be better to preserve their vital fluid which is the life thread, so that
they can utilize their energy and strength for their education and learning. In vedic period student
is imparted with all the knowledge right from the Earth to the sun and in this way all divinity
reside in his body and such students in future will assets to their country and world. They will
have harmony of the head, heart and hand in such a way which will be beneficial to the society
as a whole. It has been truly said that if our hearts are strong, our heads are right in vain. A
person without education is beast and a person without Dharma is like a beast.
Education and knowledge are like two eyes of a person which enable him to see things correctly
and assess his own position. The purpose of education is to make man what he ought to be.
According to Vedas education on arts and material science is not enough and because major
portion of achieving perfection can be achieved by studying spiritual science. The aim of life and
education is that we may live a new life in the realm of self and the creation, with harmony and
happiness and will become virtuous. Every second of the life should be fully utilized so that there
is no room left for idling. It may be noted that “An idle mind is a devil’s workshop.” Of course
relaxation and enjoyment should be there along with study to keep one fit and fresh and ready to
face any challenges of life.
If proper education is not given to children parents become enemies since they get isolated in
society. Teachers should take utmost care for understanding to develop good character and
affection along with studies. They should be taught that all women are like mother, sister or
daughter according to their age and they should be protected whenever necessary.
In Vedas it is also stated that:
1. Not to earn wealth at the cost of others pain and suffering.
2. It is not good to be fatigue self too much both physically and mentally.
3. Hard-work is the keystone to virtuous earning with the sweat of one’s own brow, not by
lottery, speculation and gambling.
4. Don’t do anything undesirable and harmful to the society.
5. Acquire knowledge which can’t be stolen away by thieves than material wealth.
A great scholar of ancient India Sri Pathanjali's in his teachings explains the importance of Brahmacharya and it is studied by foreign scholars and one such
famous scholar Dr. Louis an eminent physician opined that most precious atoms of the blood
enter into the composition of semen (in his book Chastity). So preservation
of semen by practicing continence helps the better development of brain ,
body, and mind. Dr. Nicholas says that the best blood in the body goes to
form the elements of reproduction in both the sexes. So if anybody waste
semen he is loosing the best part of the blood and he becomes weak physically and
intellegently. If preserved he becomes strong, intellectual, heroic and powerful.
Brahmacharya can be practiced by married people also. Chastity and fidelity are the foundation
on which a strong and happy marital relationship stands and should be understood by husband
and wife. In Srimad Bhagavatham a holy book of Hinduism it is clearly mentioned that practice
of brahmacharya is also one of the important duties in married life and it is waived only for the
purpose of procreation, austerity, purity, contentment and friendliness towards all. (11.18.43)
Ancient Rishi of India Pathanjali also says in his Yogasutra
that CONTINENCE IS LIFE AND INCONTINENCE IS EQUAL TO DEATH.
LORD SHIVA in the Jnanasamkalani Tantra says that " The wise do not regard the
ordinary forms of asceticism as real asceticism. Continence is the highest
asceticism. He who is a continent is equal to God.
So especially youth in whom the future of our country rests, should practice
celibacy as far as possible to lead the country and countrymen to have a prosperous future.
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