Brahmacharya

ब्रह्मचर्य BRAHMACHARYA
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There are two major drives in the human experience that can consume our thoughts beyond all others, both of which are primary to the propagation of life. These are food and sex, both of which are easily wont to become a human overindulgence.  Food is addressed in other parts of Yoga and Sanatana Dharma and will fall in another post. However, the consensus and teaching is similar.

Brahmacharya is about self-restraint, but it is often expressed in chastity and many times, for the renunciate ( one who becomes monk like), as celibacy.  If the drives of food and sex are so strong, why is self-restraint of brahmacharya nearly always focused on sex. Well, one way to think about it is that though a hunger in the belly might lead one to steal from the company refrigerator,  sexual drives have ruined families, fortunes, and in some cases empires.   (more…)

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A Yogin teacher’s way to love 

In languages such as Sanskrit and Greek there are a number of words for what we might call love, each denoting a different kind of relationship.  And though we have numerous words in the English language to describe our emotional relationships, we often choose one. Love. We love our children, and our spouse, and our car; as well as our cream tea …no I really, really love my cream tea… but what does that mean? It often means that they make us happy – or at least trigger a neuro-chemical response in our reward centers. It ends up a fairly selfish expression and does not actually coincide with some of the intention behind the way love has been expressed historically or poetically. Love is supposed to be about relationship. It is supposed to be about how we treat, or what we do to and for others.  As noted by many; Love is a doing word.  

So as teachers and leaders, how are we to love each other and our students. How do we teach each other through Love (for lack of a better word)?   (more…)

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