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Swami Chinmayananda on Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya means living in self-control with respect to all our sense enjoyments and does not mean their total denial. The world of objects is meant for us to enjoy and the scriptures do not deny us the freedom to enjoy them. They merely advise us to be masters of our enjoyments and not allow them to dominate and enslave us. With a heart full of lover, our preceptors cry out – Enjoy the world but let not the world enjoy you. You may eat food, let not the food eat you. You may drink but let not the drink, drink you. The interpretation of the word Brahmacharya has been so badly contorted and distorted that the real significance and value of this discipline has been lost. It is popularly misunderstood to mean complete abstinence from sexual life. This is absurd. What the ‘Mahatmas’ advise us is to abstain from excessive indulgence in any sensual pleasure.Swami Chinmayananda(Source: Excerpts from an article titled Fundamentals of Living in the book Kindle Life by Swami Chinmayananda)