Is Brahmacharya happy? If so, why

Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya (Sanskrit: ब्रह्मचर्य brahmacarya n.) sacred study, way of life (Charya) and status (Ashrama) of a Brahman disciple (Brahman); Abstinence. As an ethical principle (Yama), Brahmacharya means avoidance of sexual misconduct. What is interpreted as sexual misconduct is different in every culture. It is "Ahimsa Paramo Dharma": Not to hurt is the highest duty. Brahmacharya in this sense means renouncing any form of sexuality that causes suffering to others.

Ayusteyo balam viryam prajan srisha tatha yasah
Punyam cha satpriyatvamcha vardhate brahmacharyaya.
If one practices Brahmacharya one will live long, a radiant personality,
Develop life force, wisdom, immortal fame, virtues and devotion to the truth.

Brahmacharya in the Yoga Sutra

Loving relationship - fulfilling needs in a satiety way

- A lecture by Sukadev Bretz 2019 -

Commentary on verse 38 of Chapter 2 of the Yoga Sutra by Patanjali

If Brahmacharya is firmly established, one attains great vitality.

Or as Patanjali writes: "Brahmacharya Pratishthayam Viirya Labhah" Well established, Pratishtha. As for Brahmacharya, then comes Virya, life force, and Labhah, it is attained.

Brahmacharya creates vitality and strength

In this sense, how do you get great virya, vitality, life force and strength through Brahmacharya. What does Brahmacharya mean now? Brahmacharya can be interpreted in different ways. It is often referred to as sexual moderation and abstinence. And here there are also some statements that through abstinence, i.e. renunciation of sexuality in connection with spiritual practices, ojas can ultimately be generated, i.e. spiritual energy. By consciously renouncing sexuality and doing spiritual practices, the sexual energy, a special form of Apana Vayu, is converted into spiritual energy, Ojas. If you look at so much of what people do is motivated by sexuality somewhere and then of course leads to all sorts of difficulties.

You can now define Brahmacharya as sexual moderation, which you could do once you are together for a while, then it almost happens by itself. And then you can consciously accept that again and can then consciously pull the energy upwards. If one relationship has broken up instead of rushing into the next, you could say yes, now I've been celibate for at least a year. That also helps the next relationship. People who fall from one relationship to the next often experience shipwreck in the next relationship. It is better to indulge in a period of sexual abstinence. Well, or you could become a swami, monk via the detour of brahmacharya, in the sense of a novice, a novice. I don't want to expand this too far now. There are also several longer lectures by me on the subject of sexuality and yoga, where I also described the various aspects of sexuality.

Brahmacharya as avoidance of sexual misconduct

In any case, the minimum, and as such the Yamas are valid for all is Brahmacharya avoidance of sexual misconduct. What sexual misconduct is is interpreted differently in different societies. For example, there was a period in Europe when sexual intercourse before marriage was considered unethical.

There was a phase, for example in Judaism, when it was allowed for a man to have several wives. For example, I believe Jacob had several wives, Isaac in each case, Abraham. There was a time in ancient India, for example at the time of Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, when it was perfectly fine for men to have several wives or for a woman to have several husbands. There were even such things as men have several wives and one woman has several husbands and that was like a whole social association that were maritally connected to each other. We'd find something weird today. Although there is such a thing nowadays, but without a marriage covenant. I don't want to expand like this now.

Forms of sexual misconduct

Nowadays there is, of course, sexual misconduct, and sexual misconduct is certainly any form of sexuality that involves violence, sexuality with minors. This is regulated somewhat differently in each country. In Germany it is forbidden in any case for adults to have sexual relations with minors under 16. Forbidden for very good reasons.

Of course, it is also forbidden, or it is ultimately a violation of Brahmacharya, to make suggestive remarks when, as a man, one ultimately touches women immorally, as is unfortunately very often the case. It is the year 2017 now. A year in which a lot of wrongdoing comes to the public, which has been shown by famous actors, famous politicians, famous directors and producers and so on. Taking advantage of your position for sexual contact in general is all sexual misconduct.

One could say, of course, that the simplest way to sum up sexual misconduct under Ahimsa is. So what would mean that everything that offends others is also offense against the principle of Brahmacharya. And of course, if you are in a relationship where you have pledged your loyalty to one another, then sexual infidelity is also a violation of brahmacharya.

The wish-driven loses vitality

And this would mean again, if you are simply a slave to your sexual desires and your sensual desires, then of course that leads to the fact that you lose vitality. The Indian scriptures are also full of examples where men or women, through great faithfulness, have received great vitality. That doesn't always mean abstinence. There is, for example, the mother of Dattatreya. It is said of her that she was extremely faithful to her husband, her husband was often away and then time and again other men came who wanted to have something with her, wanted to seduce her or even wanted to take her almost violently. And she was so strong that no one could harm her. And through her great devotion to her husband, who incidentally had the same devotion to her, she had received strength, life energy, power and siddhis. And so also loyalty is something that generates great vitality.

Different meanings of brahmacharya

In this sense Brahmacharya is to be understood differently.

  • Brahmacharya can be the novitiate to become a swami, a monk, a nun.
  • Brahmacharya can be called sexual abstinence.
  • Brahmacharya as universal behavior means avoiding sexual misconduct.

And at least you should stick to that. If you want to know more about yoga and sexuality then just go to our website and enter yoga and sexuality in the search field and you can read about it or listen to another longer lecture about sexuality from the point of view of yoga and for spiritual development. There are actually different concepts in yoga.

Hints

This was a lecture as part of the lecture series on the Yoga Sutra, part of the holistic Yoga Vidya training lectures and accompanying material for the two-year Yoga Vidya yoga teacher training. You can find more information about this verse in my book "The Yoga Wisdom of Patanjali for Today's People", 2nd chapter, 38th verse. And at Yoga Vidya we also have regular Raja Yoga seminars, where we treat Patanjali Yoga Sutra. And if you take part in the 2-year yoga teacher training at Yoga Vidya, we will also go through the Yoga Sutra there. In the four-week yoga teacher training, Yoga Sutra is only covered in excerpts, but there is also the nine-day Raja Yoga training. There are even two 9-day training courses to go through the entire Yoga Sutra.

Video - Brahmacharya in Yoga Sutra

Sukadev on Brahmacharya

Transcription of a lecture video (2014) by Sukadev on Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya consecration 2013 with Sukadev Bretz.

Brahmacharya - the behavior that leads to the realization of Brahman. Brahman is the absolute. Acharya - the behavior. Brahmacharya - the behavior that leads to Brahman. In a broad sense, Brahmacharya means that you live Brahmacharya in the sense that you direct your behavior in such a way that you realize Brahman, that you live your life in such a way that you feel the oneness with Brahman. Brahmacharya is one of the five yamas mentioned by Patanjali. Yamas are advice, tips in dealing with other people. The five Yamas among which Brahmacharya is one are: Ahimsa - non-harming, Satya - truthfulness, Asteya - non-stealing, followed by Aparigraha - incorruptibility and Brahmacharya.

Among the yamas of Patanjali, brahmacharya means avoiding sexual misconduct. That is at least the simplest translation. Some say it is chastity, but in Brahmacharya the word "chastity" does not appear at all. But it's aimed at something sexual, the comments agree on that. Avoiding sexual misconduct means treating other people with compassion. There are different definitions of what sexual misconduct means in different societies. In any case, sexual misconduct means imposing the will on other people, sex with minors, rape, etc. In any case, it also means being ethical in sexual matters. And you can now define that as you like it, there are different scriptures that give different references there.

There are of course different things in scriptures. In earlier times there was a different sexual morality, as it is today. And even today, in different countries, there are different sexual morals. But today, especially in Central Europe, there are certain standards that one should adhere to. And typically, as a yogi one should keep the standards a little higher. Brahmacharya has other meanings as well. Brahmacharya is one of the four ashramas. Ashramas here means stages of life. The first of the ashramas is the teaching period with the teacher. Brahmacharya in this sense means that a child at the age of eight to twelve moves to a teacher, to a gurukula, a kind of boarding school where students live with their teachers and stay there until the age of eighteen, twenty, twenty-five. There the children and later young people learn their profession, they learn Sanskrit, they learn spiritual practices, they learn the scriptures, they practice.

This period of time with the teacher is called brahmacharya.

Brahmacharya as a novitiate, in preparation for monastic life

In a special sense, Brahmacharya is the novitiate. In the Yoga Vidya tradition, which is the Sivananda tradition and thus the Shankaracharya tradition, there is a monastic tradition or monastic tradition. The monks and nuns are called Swami. So there is Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda. If someone wants to take this monastic path, to become a monk or a nun, he first makes a period of novitiate, i.e. Brahmacharya. Brahmacharya in this sense means living like this for at least six years, taking the vow of chastity, and not entering into any personal sexual relationships during this time. Brahmacharya means to direct one's life entirely to Brahman, to let everything else become second, third and fourth.

You can take Brahmacharya as a formal vow for at least three years and after three years you can consider whether you want to continue to live like this, with sexual abstinence and without a partner relationship, or if you want to take it again and live in a different way. Anyone who has lived in Brahmacharya for at least six years and wants to continue living like this can, if they wish, also receive Swami consecration and take sannyas. So this is another meaning of Brahmacharya. Brahmacharya is then also associated with wearing yellow robes. After all, Brahmacharya actually exists in the simplest context, chastity, celibacy, specifically, sexual celibacy. And Brahmacharya can be lived for a certain period of time. There are certain periods of intense spiritual practice where brahmacharya is appropriate. It can be helpful to abstain from sex for a while. If you are in a partnership, this should always be done in consultation with your partner. If you are not in a partnership, you can also say, "I am just going to consciously live a period of brahmacharya now." And this conscious life of a period of Brahmacharya, in the sense of chastity, gives you a lot of awareness, gives you a lot of energy and a lot of clarity. And maybe then the next relationship will come all the easier and all the more spiritual. You see, brahmacharya has many meanings. The literal meaning is: behavior that is directed towards Brahman. Behavior directed to experience Brahman.

For more on how one can take the Brahmacharya vow at Yoga Vidya and eventually become a Swami, see under the main keyword Swami.

Swami Sivanananda on Brahmacharya

Article by SwamiSivananda from his book "Practice of Nature Cure" by the Divine Life Society, pp. 97-108.

To those who live in celibacy

The fourth principle of the Yamas: Brahmacharya - self-control.

One has to understand how the sexual drive works on the psychological level. If it's itchy, scratching is a relief. The sexual urge is like a nervous itch. The satisfaction of this urge leads to deceptive pleasure, but has a destructive effect on the spiritual well-being of the person. Passion is an instinctive need for self-preservation and self-reproduction. This force is the opposite of the force that leads to the integrity of [being].

In control of passion lies the essence of truth. Renunciation, or avoidance of greedy pleasure, is the truth. The truth is eternal life and pure being. Falsehood is change, decay and death. Self-control is the control of the instinctive desires that lead us away from the truth. Self-control applies to everyone, men and women, always and everywhere. It is the key to happiness.

Since man cannot distinguish truth from untruth, he develops a weakness for certain objects. The desire for contact and enjoyment of external things arises because he does not know the truth, i.e. God. Self-control transforms the outward tendency of the mind through the senses. The mind is focused on the truth, which is universal. Adharma leads to selfishness and selfishness with which we build our own prison, which leads to suffering and failure.

Absolute righteousness means sacrificing the individual self for universal welfare, not just for welfare on earth but for the highest spiritual reality. It is the opposite of self-centeredness and possessiveness, which belong to the world of attachment.

The samskaras of worldly stimuli prevent the healthy development of body and mind. The best thing to do is to retreat to a spiritual place for a while, to live healthy, in peace and with joy. One should live with spiritually evolved people and only read spiritual books that care for their wellbeing. One should not watch exciting films and tragedies or read magazines that stimulate lower instincts. Avoid people who spread irritating news and disturb mental peace and serenity.

Lack of spiritual sadhana is the main cause of all sexual attraction. It is not enough to theoretically renounce sensuality. One must mercilessly cut off all formalities of social life and lead a pious life free from the bustle of human existence. Excuses won't help. One has to be sincere in pursuit of a spiritual life. Half-heartedness will not remove the old state of suffering.

Mastery over the sexual drive cannot be achieved in a few days or weeks. This task is arduous and difficult. The complete elimination of the sexual drive is the most difficult sadhana and can take time. The sexual drive cannot be removed without God's help. No human effort can eliminate it. The sexual instinct cannot be eliminated through abstinence alone. Japa, kirtan, meditation, full and healthy eating, self-questioning, divine thoughts, constant identification with the sexless, eternally pure Atman, discernment and lack of attachment can destroy the sexual drive.

Help for Brahmacharya

I.

Many young men are concerned about their wet dreams (nocturnal ejaculation) and spermatorrhea. This can have various causes such as constipation, overloaded stomach, irritating or windy food, reading aphrodisiac novels, exciting films and obscene pictures; close contact with young women and masturbation. The loss of vital energy causes great fear. There is no reason to despair.Through discipline in eating (minimum, mild, nutritious, wholesome), moral life, observing the principles of hygiene and pure thinking, this annoyance can disappear. Don't worry if the ejaculation happens occasionally.

In the case of constipation, an enema is useful. The use of laxatives is not so good and heats up the body. Follow the call of nature before you go to bed. Observe the rules of right living. Always think of God. Fast for a day and only drink diluted lemon or orange juice. You only eat fruit for a week. For the next week, you'll only have milk and fruit. Then eat again for lunch as usual, in the evening you have milk and fruit. Take enemas until you return to your usual diet.

Sleep less. Sleep on the left side. Don't sleep on your back or stomach. Get up at four o'clock and practice spiritual sadhana. Avoid anything that could arouse sexual passion. Complete healing takes at least six months, depending on the intensity of the disease. If the disease has been going on for a long time, the healing process will take longer. The natural healing methods are slow but sure. If you are being haunted by sexual thoughts, you should cultivate sacred thoughts about your favorite deity.

II.

The following advice is for the young people who are victims of their habits and who are unable to keep Brahmacharya. The body becomes weak, the memory fades, the face becomes ugly, they no longer know what to do. You cannot reveal yourself to anyone. Fear increases the damage and ruins the body and mind.

Even if they apply part of what follows, they will be saved. Not only will you develop a correct attitude towards life, but you will live a life according to the Dharma and ultimately attain supreme bliss. The following rules apply to people suffering from wet dreams and spermatorrhea.

I. General

  • 1. Give up bad company, gossip, drama, movies and novels. Don't mix with the opposite sex. If this is inevitable due to the daily duties of life, then think of a woman in your mind like a mother, look at her feet and say only the most necessary words in pure bhava (posture).
  • 2. Reduce your needs. Don't look in the mirror too often.
  • 3. Do not watch animals, birds, etc. mating.
  • 4. Don't ride a bike.
  • 5. Avoid too much free time. Overcome laziness and spend your time doing useful work. Keep your mind busy studying the scriptures or doing work. Don't waste time on useless pleasure.
  • 6. Let work be a source of joy, don't work under pressure. The mind rebels when something bothers it and turns to other things for pleasure. Be spontaneous and joyful in your work so that the mind does not have a chance to evade into unhealthy practices. Work for God and every job will be interesting. When your work becomes your hobby, you can work without fear or worry.
  • 7. Practice asanas, especially the headstand. Breathe deeply, go for a long walk, do sports.
  • 8. Always take a cold bath.
  • 9. Give up smoking, alcohol and non-vegetarian food.
  • 10. Give up tea, coffee, hot peppers, over-sweetness, and sugar. Occasionally fast (once a week is good). Don't even drink water that day. Do not drink milk without adding ginger.

II. Important:

The weakness will pass. Don't be afraid, don't be worried or depressed about it. Worry only makes you weak. Learn from the lessons of the past and feel enriched by them. Don't brood over the past. Change your point of view. Practice Vichara (questioning). Meditate on the benefits of brahmacharya. Think of the lives of Akhanda Brahmacharyas such as Hanuman, Bhishma, Lakshmana and others.

Think of the negative effects of sensual life: loss of physical and mental health, illness, and death. Develop distinctive character. You are a child of God. All the bliss you seek is within you. There is no pleasure in sense objects. Do not identify with your body, but with God in you. When your mind is healthy and pure, your body will also be healthy and pure. Therefore forget the past and live a new, better, virtuous and spiritual life. Develop love for God and longing for a higher divine life. Increase your desire for self-actualization. Learn to taste the spiritual life. Practice sadhana with greater intensity: japa, kirtan, study, prayer, satsang, etc. You will change completely and be blessed by the Most High.

Follow these directions, especially if you feel that you are about to overcome the lower impulses, the power of past habits, etc. Don't be alone but in the company of others. Practice effective japa and kirtan singing. Chant "Om" loudly and often. Run fast for a long distance when you're excited. Practice the headstand. Question: To whom does this wish appear? Do not identify with your body and your mind. Follow your true nature. You are the soul, Atman. The spirit is your servant. You are a witness to the activities of the mind. Nip the desires in the bud. Refuse to give in to them. Pray to God. Sing stotras and hymns.

Feel the presence of God in you. This will give you strength and keep you from falling. May God bless you all. May he give you health, joy, peace and bliss. May he guide and protect you at every step.

Yogic recipes for Brahmacharya

1.

Sirshasana 5 minutes
Sarvangasana 10 minutes
Fasting on Ekadasi or every other Sunday
Japa 1 hour
Study of the Gita 1 hour
Saguna meditation or 30 minutes, increasing up to
Nirguna meditation one hour

2.

Siddhasana 30 minutes
Pranayama 30 minutes
Milk and fruit in the evening
Uddhyana Bandha 10 minutes

(Keep the mind busy by reading, gardening, kirtan, etc.)

3.

Kirtan 30 minutes
Prayer 30 minutes
Satsang 1 hour
Water with trifala in the morning
Meditation 30 minutes to three hours

4.

Trataka on Om or on Krishna 10 minutes
Hare Ram Bhajan and Japa 30 minutes

(You can have Badam or Misri Sharbat in summer)

Mantras for Japa

"Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya" for devotees of Krishna
"Om Namo Narayanaya" for the Bhaktas of Vishnu
"Om Namah Sivaya" for followers of Shiva
"Sree Ram" or "Sree Sita Ram" for Ramas devotees
Gayatri for Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas
"Om" or "Soham" for Nirguna Upasakas

The reader can practice suggestions from any of the four groups and / or combine 1 and 3 or 4 or 1, 2, 3 and 4 as desired.

Violation of Brahmacharya

  • Necessary evils: food, clothing, shelter
  • Harmful desires: sex, success, fame, power, wealth.
  • Avoid flowers, perfumes, oils, music, dancing, soft beds, ornate dishes, exciting novels, drama, movies, expensive clothes, intoxicating drinks, talk, wandering around aimlessly, and sleeping too much.
  • Break the knots of past impressions of past wrong actions through critical self-analysis, insight, and questioning.
  • Find out the cause of all things and the root of all impressions.
  • Note: All faults arise from injuring one of the yamas, or sometimes all five yamas. Violation of brahmacharya is the cause of violation of the other four yamas.

Self-control and Planned Parenthood

Yogic rules for dealing with the world.

Self-control and mastering the senses have been the key notes of Indian culture from the very beginning of its history. The reliability of India's moral foundation is the secret of its preservation, even during stormy times of invasions by foreign cultures. Mastery of the sexual drive leads to mastery of all other drives.

Rapid population growth and food shortages that drive our country to import food from abroad have led political leaders to take action on birth control and planned parenting. The press, documentaries and some birth control clinics raise awareness of the need to limit population growth. Many of the senior leaders and writers emphasize this need for the nation to survive.

The population of India was below 100 million in the early 18th century, then in the mid-18th century the population rose to 130 million, in the mid-19th century to 150 million, and now, in less than 100 years, it has grown the population doubled to 360 million (the upcoming statistics will show even higher numbers). This increased population growth is not only to be found in India but almost all over the world, including some European countries such as Italy.

How can the world feed all these millions of people? Despite modern farming methods and reclamation of fallow land, it has become impossible to adapt food production to the population explosion. If the standard of living does not fall, there will be famine and, as a consequence, a decline in moral values. One tries, especially in the United Nations, to find a permanent solution. The UN Population Commission - doubtful whether there is a member with spiritual insight - is now at work, assisted by the Economic Council for Asia and the Far East.

There is no doubt that the population needs to decrease again. But how? Of course, through the advanced methods of planned parenting. What does that mean exactly? Srimati Amrit Kaur, Minister of Health of India (in the early 1950s) replied: "When we speak of an educated class, we are mainly referring to the people in the cities. The social workers in the cities also reach some women of the poor through their programs Layers. It is mainly about artificial birth control through contraceptives, as they are used by people in the West. It is personally impossible for me to get used to this point of view ... "

The only common answer to planning parenting is contraceptive use. It is a pity that the learned leaders with few exceptions like Srimati Amrit Kaur, imitating the West, humiliate themselves and, in terrible ignorance, completely disregard their heritage. The Vedic teachers advise their students to be celibate. At the end of their studies, students are advised to marry, not because of the pleasures of the senses, but because of the offspring. Self-control gives moral strength and spiritual visions. Self-control achieves ethical perfection and improves intellectual abilities.

There is no better way to limit the size of the population than self-regulation. Birth control clinics and contraceptive advertising will not take root among the Indian masses, whose traditional backgrounds are steeped in spirituality. Only the method of self-control can be morally and spiritually successful in India and in all parts of the world.

Mahatma Gandhi was the first in India to form an opposition to the use of contraceptives for family planning, as contraceptives give the married plenty of leeway and encourage the unmarried to go down the path of unrestrained impunity. Gandhi said: "If the people in the villages were to exercise moral self-control, then they would be able to limit the size of their families better than by using contraception. Using contraception rewards the vice. It does more harm than disease . "

When Mahatma Gandhi said this, many leaders, doctors, lawyers and teachers turned against him, even some of his closest disciples. They said that controlling man's natural instincts would lead to serious consequences in both men and women. They said that mass neurosis would develop, that enthusiasm for life would wane, mental faculties would decrease, life would turn gray and dull, and so on. All of these claims were groundless. They only admitted their lustfulness to the opponents of self-control. This has been proven by many prominent scientists and physicians, and it is found in the scriptures of all faiths. To quote some of these remarkable utterances, let us choose some of the Western spokesmen.

Sir Lionel Beale, professor at the Royal College of London says: “Sexual abstinence has never harmed anyone. It is easy to maintain virginity provided it is the physical expression of a certain state of mind. ”Professor Osterbu says:“ The sexual instinct is not so blind and so powerful that it cannot be controlled or even subdued by moral strength and reason. Robust health and ever-renewing vigor are the reward for this voluntary service. "

Sir Andrew Clark agrees: “Celibacy does no harm, it does not inhibit development. It increases energy and awareness. ”A well-known American economist emphasized that abstinence is a suitable means of birth control. Joseph J. Spengler says: "Moral restraint offers a healthy solution to the population problem".

Gandhi responded to his opponents by the example of his own life. In his autobiography, written in the 1920s, he says: “I accepted Brahmacharya in 1906. I shot forward, trusting in the sustaining power of God. Since then I have been practicing self-control. ”Gandhi was a man of experience. Whatever he said came only from his own experience. For him, abstinence was the most important qualification in all areas of life. “I maintain that a life of abstinence in thoughts, words and deeds is necessary to attain spiritual perfection. Brahmacharya means perfect control over all sense organs. Nothing is impossible for the perfect Brahmachari. "

It is quite obvious that strict abstinence as practiced by Bhisma, Hanuman or Lakshmana is not possible for most people. Nevertheless, for their physical, moral and spiritual growth it is necessary to have a reserved and sacred marital relationship. Bernard Shaw was a highly intelligent and deeply spiritual personality. He was an atheist and did not believe in organized religions. He uttered the universally recognized truth: "As long as we do not tame our desires, we will destroy ourselves."

Not satisfied with the prospect of effectively reducing population growth through self-control, the supporters of Epicureanism protested that self-control as an ideal is very laudable, but certainly not a solution for birth control. Breaking abstinence once within a year could lead to conception. Every family man can see it for himself. However, there is good reason to believe that a clean and disciplined household life could solve the problem of overpopulation. There is no doubt about that.

“In my opinion, we can control births in our country through means and ways found in our tradition. In no country in the world has abstinence been so celebrated as in India, with all its saints and sages. Self-control for both sexes, men and women, must be the primary weapon in our arsenal against overpopulation… Contraceptives are easily available to and justified by the average person. I see a danger in that. It is always the straight and narrow path that leads to salvation. In my opinion, the fact that a man wants to be a man does not mean helping him to follow the animal instincts in him. ”Srimati Amrit Kaur, the former Minister of Health of India, has thus expressed the true sentiment of the majority of the people in the country.

Indian women can thwart the onslaught of materialism. So far, women have always retained the spiritual character of our society because they are religious by nature. It is dishonorable that they should subscribe to the philosophy of the modern apostate. Mahatma Gandhi said: "In my view it is an insult to induce women to support birth control through artificial means. I have little doubt that a large majority of women will reject them because they are incompatible with their dignity. " It is high time the leaders of this country recognized the dangerous and degrading consequences of birth control by artificial means.They should start a nationwide campaign, especially in the villages where the real India is to be found, proclaiming the gospel of self-control, the abolition of premarital marriages and pure, healthy living.

Srimati Amrit Kanur emphasized: “Artificial methods are completely impractical in our country because of the ignorance of the people, the lack of scientific medical help and also because of their high cost. I doubt the claim that birth control through contraceptives, as has been used by people in the West for years, is a physical, mental and moral success. It has contributed to the fact that the moral standard has dropped a lot. Both men and women no longer pay attention to the fundamental responsibility that procreation gives to humans. Birth control in India is important to reduce population growth. The longer I live, the more I am in the service of health. The closer I come into contact with the sick and suffering in the cities and villages, the more I am convinced that it would be a fatal step for our country to resort to these artificial means. "

It should be noted that self-control can only be successful if the individual has a spiritual view of life. Basically, self-control is the only solution not only to stop overpopulation, but also to raise the standard of living and promote the moral and spiritual growth of the nation. It is the duty of India to prove to the world that victory lies in self-control, setting itself as an example.

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