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Celibacy



Celibacy is a vow of sexual abstinence often associated with spiritual practice. From redirecting powerful energy toward spiritual devotion to understanding and developing the difference between emotional and physical connectedness, reasons for celibacy can vary widely and need not be religious in nature. Celibacy should not be confused with asexuality, the lack of sexual attraction to others.

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Everyone Should Be a Brahmachari - Sadhguru

Sadhguru looks at what it means to be a brahmachari, and explains that it is much more than just wearing a particular dress. In fact, looking at it from a more profound perspective, he explains that everyone should be a brahmachari

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Practice of Brahmacharya

In Practice of Brahmacharya, Swami Sivananda outlines thoughts and instructions on the subject of sex and celibacy as a working guide to the vital subject of sex sublimation This has been done as an act of loving service to modern youth who are often left groping in the dark by an irresponsible...

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12 FAQs About Celibacy

Whether you’re a curious observer or considering a lifestyle change, here are a few answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Is Celibacy Required for Spirituality? | Sadhguru

Sadhguru explains that celibacy is just the surface of what once came from a very deep understanding. He describes brahmacharya as an effort to organize oneself so that everything you need is within yourself – to move from being a compulsive human being to a conscious one.

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Celibacy and Religious Traditions

If sexuality is inherently social, the same thing can be said about celibacy. An understanding of celibacy, argues Carl Olson, can be a useful way to view the significance of the human body within a social context.

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Gratefulness and Celibacy

“How do we say YES to life if we have chosen to be celibate outside of marriage;” the one-word answer is, “gratefully,” because the YES to life is gratefulness — grate-fulness — our full response to the gratuitous gift of life.

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Swami Vivekananda Explains What Is Ojas? Spiritual Power or Sexual Force or Muscular Energy?

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How We Love: A Formation for the Celibate Life

In this volume, Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, a Benedictine monk and clinical psychologist, provides a well-researched and thorough program for celibacy formation for men and women, adaptable to both religious and seminary settings.

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Celibacy and the Awareness of Sexuality

Ajahn Thanasanti explains why practicing celibacy is one of the best ways to experience and understand our sexuality.

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Bishop Barron on Priestly Celibacy

Everything in this world—including sex, family, and worldly relationships—is good, but not ultimate. This is why, the Church is convinced, God chooses certain people to be celibate: in order to witness to a transcendent form of love.

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