Celibacy is understood by the world as to be a virgin for life. But it is not only an external nature. Now we have understood through the Godly knowledge, that celibacy is having purity in our mind (in thoughts), in our mouth (in words) and in physical organs (being a virgin). The subject of purity or celibacy is very very subtle. Hence if one wish to understand and fully imbibe, then in one word purity means Soul Consciousness.
One of the disciplines of Raja Yoga is the observance of “Brahmacharya” or celibacy. BKs, as they develop, come to understand the value of purity and choose to be celibate while living in the world. Celibacy is the first step for a soul that is becoming pure. The vow of purity however, is not only a vow of celibacy, but it is also to remain pure in every thought, word, and deed.
Purity in Thoughts
We are what we think. Isn’t it? Because that’s what I, the self is. What I think, how and in which direction I think, is the way I am. With this simple realisation, we make such spiritual effort in aim to conquer all the negative thoughts or say to free up the mind and reinstate its original state of peace.
Yes the mind is made to think. But we can make effort and control the direction of thoughts. Certainly we cannot stop thinking! But self realisation guides us, the souls to take back the control of our mind. We shall guide the mind on How to think and how much to think. Because even positive thinking should be in a control way, a natural way. This stage is achieved by many with regular and sincere practice of Raja Yog meditation.
Purity in Words
This certainly looks and is easy. Yet, many find it extremely difficult. Hence it can be understood that every soul has a different journey and so has a variety of sanskar, based on their Karma). Thus we all experience the world differently. One may say that celibacy is naturally easy. Other may say, it is almost impossible. Such way also, even those who believe that it is somehow difficult can also certainly try their best. Because not to forget that God himself has directed us this message of purity. Without this virtue (of purity) one will not enter in a divine stage of meditation on God, which is nothing but his remembrance.
How?: ”Speak Sweet, Speak low, Speak Less.” – we have made this your slogan and we do practice in our life.
Purity in Actions
The most common meaning taken out of purity, is termed as celibacy, which means – the way of life in which one remains free from married or sex life, from the vice of lust and kind of separates the self from material world. In common term, as we say in Bharat (India) as Sanyaas (renunciation of material world and family relations, in search of God)
In a subtle look, complete celibacy means to avoid contact with impure thoughts. It is instead renunciation of body consciousness and its related 5 vices, not the world. No one can live without doing Karma.
”A soul who detaches itself from body and body consciousness, one who constantly master the senses, remains detache while doing all activities in service of world, is best among the beings.” – Avyakt Murli and Shrimat Geeta
In a brief understanding, one may conclude that Purity is the mother of all other virtues. Soul consciousness is the key to complete and natural purity in mind, words and thoughts. For this practice, we have made Swamaan commentaries in both Hindi and English. This is most useful resource for you to start.
English commentaries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhr4ChV3EEM&list=PLVTJYOj3fHtEe4C2MOHQT_tMLu0AuPJot
What is Soul Consciousness ?
Soul Consciousness – the key to a blissful life
When we are in the state of awareness that “I am a Soul and not this physical body”, then our powers are unlimited, as the soul is not limited to anything. In other words, the person thinks, feels, acts, responses, etc with the awareness that he (soul is referred) is the master of the body. When in soul-consciousness, the original qualities of a soul (peace, purity, love, bliss) naturally emerge. We soul is not dependent on external (physical) things for peace and happiness. They are our inner nature. Vices are reason of experiencing sorrow or peaceless-ness. Thus it is now a message of God and it is time to awaken. We all are brothers, son of one incorporeal God.
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Resources for Soul Consciousness (on YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC56ldvc3-7-kFcIaLT2RPPQ/playlists