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

In this post, Sadhguru is discussing brahmacharya. Like who is a brahmachari and why we should be a brahmachari. In the end, we are also going to discuss the fantastic benefits of brahmacharya.

Remember Sadhguru’s words are a little bit hard to understand. So, I will suggest you read the post carefully then only you can understand this.

After reading this carefully, you will truly become something fantastic.

For those guys who don’t know Sadhguru, let’s have a quick intro:-

Sadhguru is a realized yogi and mystic who works tirelessly towards the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all with a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds. He is the founder of the Isha foundation.

Sadhguru acts as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system but offers self-transformation methods that are both proven and powerful. Sadhguru’s transformational programs have deeply touched the lives of millions worldwide.

Now let’s come back to the topic.

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Who is Brahmachari? Why Brahmacharya?

Sadhguru: One thing brahmacharya is good for the nation’s population. I’m just listing the benefits Why Brahmacharya? What is Brahmacharya first?

Brahman means the ultimate or the divine. Charya means the path. One who is on the path of the ultimate or one who is on the divine path is a Brahmacharya.

If you put self-start on your joy, then you’re a Brahmacharya. 

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Now you’re on the path of the divine; you are joyful by your nature. Have all the Brahmacharies here become like that? Maybe not, but that’s the intention. They’re working towards that. To work towards that, you need a specific space and time of your own that you don’t have other things to handle in your life to choose a particular way of life.

Suppose you want to carry four people on your shoulders and walk up the mountain, how many of you would make it? Most of you would not make it Isn’t it?

So that’s why Brahmacharya, You understand? You are planning to climb a prominent peak. If you had the strength to carry ten people on your shoulders and walk, that would be fantastic, But we rarely find such people.

It’s better to walk alone, so they walk alone. Now your problem is that, by the time you became 14, your intelligence got hijacked by your hormones so much, you can’t understand, or you cannot accept how somebody can be free from it.

Somebody can sit here and be happy; they don’t have to get married, they don’t have to run behind the opposite sex, they don’t have to do this or that. They’re just happy doing simple things in their life, more joyful than you, more intense than you, so does it mean all of you should become a Brahmachari? 

No, all of you should become a Brahmachari internally. In terms of lifestyle, not necessarily. Brahmacharya does not mean just celibacy, okay?

That is just one of the aspects that have been taken up as a supportive system to become a Brahmacharya.

Brahmacharya means you are walking the divine path, that you are ecstatic by your nature.

You can be married and still be a Brahmacharya; it is possible because you are joyful by your nature. You are not trying to extract joy from your husband or wife.

So Brahmacharya means you are on the path of the divine. That means the first step towards that is you are joyful by your own nature.

You are joyful by your nature; this is how it should be. The whole world should be Brahmacharya, isn’t it? 

Everybody should be joyful by their nature. If two people come together, it should be more a sharing of joy, not extracting pleasure from each other.

Those who have decided that they don’t want to extract anything from anybody wish to source their inner joy, taken Brahmacharya.

And why a particular order has been set up – they have been taken up not just for their realization. If it’s just their realization, we can take care of it so many ways.

How many of you eat mangoes? There are many. How many of you have planted mango trees? See, just some people have planted mango trees, but everybody has eaten mangoes.

It’s only because constantly in every generation, those people are planting mango trees, everybody else is eating.

To carry on the spiritual path in its integrity, brahmacharis are needed Brahmacharis. Mean we are keeping them so that their energies are loose, malleable. We can make anything out of them. 

I can combine 10 Brahmacharies into one and make ten Brahmacharies into one colossal human being, a vast force.

We have kept their energies loose, no personality. Whichever way you bend, they will become that way. See, if we take analogies, you are like a part. You’re a karmic part.

Certain karmas (works), specific influences have molded you into a particular shape, yes? Now you become a particular type of person.

With the process of living, when you were a child, it was a little more malleable. When you were a youth, it got a little rigid; by the time you’re a full adult, it’s tough. 

This is, we can see the part is slowly being burnt with the process of life. Now by the time you’re reasonably old, it is rigid shape.

If you do anything else with it, it will break. See now there’s a burnt pot here; if you try to change this pot’s shape, it’ll only break into pieces.

But when it was unburnt, very quickly, you could mold it into anything. You made ten unburnt pots; tomorrow, if you don’t like it, you can put all of them together and make one big pot.

Now we are unburning people. We are unburning them into that state where they are very malleable; we can give them any form.

So Brahmacharis are working towards that. It’s a vast sadhana. It is not just, you know, like other systems in the world are doing this; they take a vow of celibacy; this is not like a whole system of what they’re doing with their energies.

There is a whole lot of work that’s being done internally. This is just a tiny part of it. What you see as being unmarried is just a tiny part of it.

The rest of it is very internal. And people who are willing to dedicate themselves to others’ well-being are needed in society.

Any time, if there is nobody in the society who is thinking for others’ well-being, that society is heading for ruin.

That’s what has happened to this society right now. There are very few people thinking of everybody’s well-being. 

Others are all what about me, what about me, what about me.

If a certain percentage of people are thinking beyond their well-being, society will remain sane and stable. Otherwise, organizations will just go for ruin.

Is it not crucial that few people are not thinking about their well-being, their own life, and seeing how to make it happen for somebody else?

So Brahmacharis is an investment for the future, to keep spirituality in its pristine purity and transmit it from generation to generation. 

A small core group of people is needed. Everybody need not take that thing, nor will we take everybody. 

Every year hundreds of Brahmacharya applications come; we choose 8-10 people out of that looking at various qualities and various possibilities.

We don’t take everybody who comes because it’s not necessary, nor can they be like that, nor can they put in the sadhana required or demanded out of them. Your personality has to become malleable and conscious that you can mold yourself into any pot. Is it not good to have that freedom? That’s Brahmacharya.

Frequently Asked Questions

1). What is Brahmacharya in short?

Ans. Brahmacharya means you are on the path of the divine. That means the first step towards that is you are joyful by your own nature.

2.) Who is Brahman?

Ans. Brahman means the ultimate or the divine. Charya means the path. One who is on the path of the ultimate or one who is on the path of the divine is a Brahmacharya.

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