Abstinence: Brahmacharya – The greatest tool to improve concentration

Of all the methods and techniques to improve concentation, memory, courage, and positivity, Abstinence – Brahmacharya is the novel most and greatest technique, if you have some faith in spirituality. Though it looks like a spiritual belief, Ayurveda also approves of benefits of abstinence. brahmacharya

Abstinence meaning:

  • Abstinence means Brahmacharya in Sanskrit. Abstinence refers to refraining one’s mind and body in indulgence of sex and sex related matters.
  • At the outset, it appears as if it covers only physical aspect. But it also covers the mental aspect.
  • If you indulge in sex, there is lack of abstinence at the same time, if you imagine about having sex, then also there is lack of abstinence.
  • Lack of abstinence is there if one thinks, sees, hears, chats, touches, indulgence with a desire of sex, there is lack of abstinence.
  • It is almost near to impossible for common people to practice abstinence at the highest level but it is possible to follow abstinence at certain levels based on one’s own capacity and comfort.

Benefits of abstinence: Why abstinence?

  • Brahmacharya is told as one among the three pillars of life. (other two are – food and sleep).
  • Ayurveda details: The Ojas – the essence of immunity is told as byproduct of Shukra (the hormones, semen and other components of sex). Hence, preserving Shukra leads to improvement in immunity.
  • Swamy Vivekananda was able to memorize whatever he used to glance, in a book. By reading a few lines of a paragraph, he used to get the meaning of the rest of the paragraph. He used to say that if one practices absolute abstinence for a period of 12 years, continuous, a special Nadi (nerve power) called Medha Nadi (Medha = intelligence) develops in one’s brain, which leads to tremendous memory and concentration.
  • Abstinence leads to multi-fold improvement in concentration, memory and courage.
  • For students, teenagers and children, abstinence is highly recommended.
  • Abstinence leads to character building.
  • Abstinence imbibes reliability, strength in character and trust worthiness.
  • Abstinence is the fuel for spiritual journey. No spirituality without abstinence.

How to practice abstinence

  • At the outset, it looks almost impossible to follow absolute abstinence. It depends upon one’s mind strength, practice and perseverance.
  • If not full abstinence, teenagers can at least resolve to avoid sexual activities at least till a particular point of time in their lives.
  • For married people, abstinence can be practiced at any available occasions, as in case of pregnancy, menstrual periods, being distant to each other etc.
  • Keeping oneself away from stimulations such as TV, wrong company etc helps follow abstinence.
  • Pranayama helps to keep the mind cool, calm and concentrated.

So, follow abstinence and be abstinent up to your capacity and till the time your mind is capable and enjoy its benefits.

Does night fall break the Brahmacharya?
Night fall is the common term, used for nocturnal emission, wherein the semen that is collected inside, overflows while the person is sleeping. This does not break Brahmacharya.
If retention of semen was the only criteria for celibacy, then a simple vasectomy operation would have made everyone to follow this noble path. But what actually matters, in following Brahmacharya is purity of heart and mind. Nothing else.

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  1. sir,then should we leave masturbation(once a week) at all,so that we can also gain the power…
    How can we preserve the shukra?it always over flows after 28 days if I dont masturbate at all…
    (age:14 years 11 months).

    Thank you

    • See, male genital system starts producing semen from the age of 13 or 14. From this age onwards, it will be produced and it will be ejected out, either manually (masturbation) or by involuntarily (default).

      During young age, if you follow abstinence, by not ejecting out the semen manually, it will help you to gain tremendous concentration and confidence. If it ejected out involuntarily do not worry. Let it happen. No problem. But for the best of your efforts, avoid masturbation. In this effort, if you fail and do masturbation as well, say rarely, that is also fine. Do not curse yourself, forget it and move on. No regrets, no sorry feeling. Just move on and enjoy life :)

      Just do not worry. But train your mind for concentration. You will go places.
      Once after you cross the teenage and become a fully grown man, take care of character. Remember, character will be the most powerful weapon in your arsenal.

  2. Thank You Sir,Thank You very much..actually I left masturbation 6 months ago and am experiencing wet dreams after every 28 days…
    Once I had an experience when I had not masturbated for a month and had been encouraged by my teachers,I got an extreme power like Swami Vivekananda.I could remember every single word I was studying just with a glance. I have now started meditating and I will try my best to revive that concentration and confidence again.
    Thank You very much for your help and advice.

  3. Is it necessary to practice abstinence for exactly 12 years?
    Because I have attained that extreme concentration and memory in just a month?

    • Memory is not only the benefit of practicing abstinence.
      It is one among the benefits. The other benefits are – self confidence, concentration, self esteem, robust health, courage, etc.(The list is not all inclusive)

  4. sir, i want to know how abstinence help woman ?? because she has regular monthly period ……

    • Very impressive question and line of thinking. I appreciate.
      Abstinence is not limited to restriction from sexual intercourse. It is both physical and mental phenomenon.
      Abstinence is a way of developing our character,
      Abstinence is a way of improving our concentration, memory and self confidence.
      Abstinence is a dynamic, practical way of maintaining purity and sanctity of body and mind.
      It benefits both men and women alike.

      Coming to physiological point of your query –

      See, abstinence does not yield its fruits like memory, concentration, confidence, etc just by holding back semen or menstrual flow. It is related to holding back and controlling our emotions, and attractions. Physiologically it influences the neuro-hormones.

      Swamy Vivekananda is of the opinion that separate school for female Sanyasins should be run be ladies only and the two schools of Sanyasins, of men and women should never be mixed. Because, the curtain that differs ‘Matha’ – The God from ‘Maya’ – the illusion – is very very thin.

  5. Thanks to your nice reply. Actually i want to know the theory of control monthly period.I practice abstinence but menstrual period break it. i think it is easy for male to preserve semen but for woman it is hard to control period. i regular do yoga and pranayama or try my best to free from attraction…..

  6. Hello Dr Hebbar
    I actually had a question regarding abhyanga. I want to use sesam seed oil for massage, but I don’t have any ayurvedic stores here so the only sesam seed oil I can get is “KTC Pure Sesam Seed Oil” I was hoping if you could tell me if I can use this oil for massage? Also can I apply this before going to bed and take shower next day (if this increases the effect?).

    Thanks on behalf

    • Dear Mr Harpal,
      There is no special ‘Ayurvedic’ sesame oil. Even for Ayurvedic purposes, we use the one available in general store. so, yes, you can use the same sesame oil that is with you. and applying the oil at night is a better way.
      Better to heat the oil for 30 seconds before applying.
      Longer the oil stays on skin, the better.
      But oil may harm your bed spread. If that is not a problem, then oil can surely be applied at night.

  7. Thank you very very much for answering so quickly…… I’ve also heard that gargling with sesam oil draws toxins out of the mouth. I was just wondering if should warm the oil for 30 secs in that case also?

  8. Hello sir,
    I am practicing brahmacharya from a week after 5 years. Now i feel like Masturbating (before i used to masturbate 2 to 3 times a day and was watching porn every night) and I feel like i want 2 go back 2 previous life even though i dont want to.. I feel lot of energitic, good memory and everything good in a week itself..
    But i am not able to concentrate on my Study. I feel dilemma about which life is better wen i sit to study and not able 2 study..
    whenever i sit 2 study my mind goes 2 discussion about which life is better..
    Is this thing is normal?
    Any suggestions please??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      The dilemma that you are facing is the common thing that all of us, men face :)
      It is completely normal. I would recommend to stick to Brahmacharya for as long as possible. But if you happen to break it in between and give in to desire to masturbate also, there is nothing to lose. Just forget it and move on. It is not a competition with somebody else. It is a competition with yourself.
      But whatever you do, you should not feel guilty about it. Just deal it as a normal thing and move on.
      Wish you good health and a bright future.

  9. Sir,
    Does Brahmacharya helps in improving looks?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      First up, “improving looks” – if it means to look more attractive to females, you are out of Brahmacharya range.
      Brahmacharya will make you more confident, helps you face any given situation with fearless aggression and smile.

  10. Hi,

    I only recently discovered Brahmacharya and I must state that it makes perfect sense to me.

    As I sit-back, watch and document the activities of the human race, I cannot but wonder: how dumb do people have to get before they wake-up and smell what the Rock is cooking?

    It is clear to me that the most powerful of minds throughout history (especially within Ancient India), were well ahead of their time, in terms of applying pscho-physiological techniques to advance both their minds and bodies in the quest for godhood and ultimate supremacy.

    As someone who is 30 years of age and has never (ever) had any intimate contact with any living organism let alone a human, I can state with conviction that I am destined for greatness on this Earth.

    My goal: Biological Supremacy. I have a date with godhood and of becoming the greatest of creations and there is absolutely nothing that can stand in my way. My sovereignty (virginity) is sacred and the energy that I conserve and channel from it will propel me to becoming a Living God!

    The human race is an experiment that has gone out of control, threatening Mother Earth. But She will not allow Herself to be misused by humanity, for one day, She will destroy it.

    Mr. Z. Ashraf

  11. Sir , I have read your post on abstinence and it makes me a lot of sense. Unfortunately, I never got an advice on masturbation when I was 13. Sometimes in School I was told by teachers that doing it in control actually helps us to do better in studies. I am 20 now and never made any sincere effort to stop ejaculating. So I have been masturbating since 13, 5 times a week on an average.. Sometimes 3 per day. I wanted to ask that have I done an irreparable damage to my mental health ? If I practice abstinence now how much time it would take to become fully healthy. Will I ever be able to reach a state like someone who has been practicing abstinence from 13. Should I consider myself unlucky in not having received the right guidance..
    Thanks !

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If I was put onto cricket training at the age of 5, then I would have trained hard and by this time, I could have become greater than Sachin Tendulkar. There will always be lot of ‘ifs’ in our lives. Let us not worry about them. Let us start building from where we stand.
      Do not worry about getting mental strengths by comparing yourselves to others. I believe, if you start following abstinence, as per your strength and capability, you will have your share of mental and physical benefits. Stop worrying about the past and start building your present and future from TODAY!

      • Yes Sir ! completely agreed to your wisdom punch “Stop worrying about the past”. But I was only concerned with where I stand in comparison to those who have been practicing abstinence from longer times and I have got my answer.

        But I still not fully convinced with Brahmacharya concept. Sachin Tendulkar has played incredibly well even after marrying Anjali. A newly married pair would have multiple orgasms often exceeding 5 times a week. That means there should have been noticeable decline in Sachin’s performance or any other athlete for that matter. Even Dhoni is married and performance is good. So there I had a doubt.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          There are many contributing factors to concentration and abstinence is one among them. The other factors are –
          1. Self confidence: The confidence that I can bat well, can face any bowler in the world, will make me a better batsman.
          2. Dedication: Tendulkar once went to school level match to another place along with his team mates. They all, along with his coach stayed in the hotel. At night, 3 am, some big noise was coming from the roof. Coach goes upstairs and sees that Tendulkar is practicing sweep shot by throwing the ball to the wall and playing the sweep shot. Sunil Joshi, a long time Ranji Player used to travel 70 km every day in the morning just to reach the cricket ground.
          3. Passion – Steve Jobs tells – if you are not in love with what you do, you can never succeed.
          4. Genetic, family, hereditary factors, influencing skills and mind set.
          5. Fearlessness and determination to chase your dream. – Tendulkar himself and his parents would have feared that if he continues with cricket, what will happen, or what if he gets injured while playing fast bowlers, then he would not have become a champion.

          Abstinence is one of the factors to improve concentration. It also helps to improve confidence and dedication also.
          Long story short, let us not compare with others. You following abstinence to your capacity will be a better person than you, not following it.
          Abstinence to your capacity means – as far as you can. and when you break it and masturbate, do not feel guilty about it. Just be cool about it and move on, try again.

        • I completely disagree with your comments regarding the cricketing performances of both Tendulkar and Dhoni.

          The fact of the matter is that through their partnerships with their wives (and subsequent copulative acts), both of these misguided men have decided to “share their bodies” and therefore (like most men on Planet Earth), suffer from low self-esteem and decreased biological power.

          If you think both of these men are superb cricketers now (whilst paired with partners), just think how good both of these guys would be without them.

          I would like to take this opportunity to remind those who doubt the Path of Brahmacharya, about the following words associated with human pair bonds: weakness, humiliation, disgraceful, submissive, cowardice, no self-respect.

          The fact of the matter is that Nature “forces” both men and women to submit to another organism and forego their sovereignty forever – for any act of intimacy = a permanent stain upon the Temple that is the Individual Human Body, transforming the Sacred into the Untouchable. And for what…to breed new life upon this Planet and continue the Cycle of Pain and Suffering.

          The whole point of Individual Human Existence is to Discover Oneself – NOT to forgo one’s Identity for the benefit of the greater good (humanity).

          The vast majority of humanity is living the Nightmare that a certain Mr. (Neo) Andersen was living, whilst bound and chained to the false reality of The Matrix.

  12. Harpal Singh says:

    Hello Dr. and everyone else
    I just want to share a good experience. A year ago I would masturbate almost everyweek. I slowly learned about brahmacharya and the benefits. And then I just decided to try to follow it. I tried to disciplin myself and i could go a month without masturbation. In january i went on an exchange semester to another country and have been living in my own apartment. I am here until june and i can proudly say that I have only masturbated a few times in total in the first 2 – 3 months. And since then I havent masturbated even once and i dont feel any urge anymore :) By the way I have not ejaculated since january, which i am very proud of. Its very though in the beginning, the lust becomes like a wild beast which is important to control. Something that has helped a lot is to keep myself busy somehow and try to have a routine, early sleep and early rising, exercise etc. I try to take it as a challenge to control mye feelings and lust even when a very beatiful lady comes in front of me. I dont feel the desperate need for a girlfriend neither, something I used to do before. I am learning to be happy with myself and love God. I have started to do some mantra meditation, for peace of mind and to experience God. I still have a very very very long way to go and yet to explore the benefits of bhramacharya. I know a lot of people dont recognice celibacy as something great, and I respect that, everyone has their own opinion and I am not enough knowledged in this area. I am just trying to find and exerience the benefits of brahmacharya. But I can surely tell you that the feeling of being able to control myself is great and I feel like I am building up my character. Please forgive me if I have written anything wrong.


  13. @harpal singh ,You clear mind and purity of thoughts, your humble ness tells itself the effects of celebacy.may God bless us all.

  14. Harpal Singh says:

    Thank you very much Anand bhai, may God bless us all :)

  15. Yes indeed ! Abstinence does works well. I realised its benefits after a bit of control. I think its ok to have as much sex as one wants after the age of 25 when one is bound to marry. Even the doctor told me, this age is not the right age for ejaculation.

  16. hello sir,

    right now, i’m 33 yrs old. i started masturbating at the age of 13. in the past few years i started educating myself with Ayurveda and general health care.

    i understood the following things, correct me if I’m wrong.

    during the puberty of a men (age 12 – 18), it is very important hold the semen (not to release it manually and no issues about the natural release) to let the penile muscle development and go up-to the natural size.

    if a person releases it manually and does it frequently during the period that he was about to attain puberty, then the penile size doesn’t attain natural size and remains smaller in size.according to modern science, penile muscle is developed as the result of the testosterone production.

    can you please share the Ayurveda perception on this topic and is it possible to improve the penile size even after crossing puberty.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There is no truth or recorded evidence in saying that masturbation in teenage will harm the growth of genitals.

  17. Followes of Celibacy – Here is a good book to read


    Paragraph from book:
    There are two things in this world that one should not
    waste. One is money and the other is semen. All the money in
    this world is going down the drain. It should not be used for
    oneself. Money should not be misused and one should practice
    brahmacharya as much as possible.

  18. sashidharan says:

    I have a question to ask u sir….if i follow bramacharya upto 26yrs and then if i get married…the powers like concentration,memroy,self esteem etc will be destroyed ah????

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      See, if that was true, then all men who are married should have zero level of concentration, memory and self esteem. Till the time you are unmarried, follow Brahmacharya up to your strength. After marriage also, sexual life is common. But do not be too much greedy, have certain amount of control over desires and lead a healthy life. That way, you can still have good memory, concentration and memory.

      • sashidharan says:

        thank u sir…so love and marriage life will not destroy my mind power….if i have contol over my desires ah sir?????

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Of course not!
          But when you say, ‘love’, if it is before marriage love, then there is a chance of breaking of Brahmacharya rules, even if the partners are not having physical relationship.

  19. sashidharan says:

    :) great words sir…thanks for ur info

  20. sir since the age of 13 i have been masturbating and it had made me depressed,lonely,silent,anxious,less confident ,lazy,horny and reluctant to do any work,help others,speak freely with girls…also am too bored and not enjoying anything in life…i hv made lot of promises not to masturbate ,but didn’t follow…became too guilty…now for the past 1 month i didn’t masturbate,so felt little strong and confident without laziness and boredom…
    after exactly a months time,today i masturbated again…is there a way i can quit it for a year and will i be able to satisfy my wife and give her a baby (if i marry after a year’s absistence)
    please advise.Thanks in advance…

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      First you please remove guilt from masturbation.
      Let me lay out a few rules for you.
      1. Masturbation is a healthy habit, if done once in 15 – 30 days.
      2. There is no magic formula to quit masturbation for life.
      3. Following Brahmacharya is a process. We falter, again we fight back, try and try again, fall, get up and walk again. It is a process and not a state.
      4. Masturbation does not make you impotent. You will surely have a normal sexual life. I assure you. Do not worry. Just concentrate on your studies / work. Nothing to worry even if you masturbate once a while

      • hey thanks for such a good reply and congrats for your dedicated work in bringing up better youth to India…..
        I have read,listened lot of talks on masturbation and every siddha doctor says masturbation depletes your live sperm cells(oligospermia) premature ejaulation,less sperm count,less mobile sperm,
        and it will make impotent.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          You can believe those Siddha doctors or you can believe me. Choice is up to you to make.
          Swami Vivekananda said – “Each soul is potentially Divine.” That applies to you as well!. You are Divine and you are good. Believe that first.
          Whether you wish to spend your life like a moron, always worrying about this little thing called masturbation, or you spend your life like a lion, concentrating hard on your life goals, studies, career, trying to help your family members, parents, poor – is your choice to make.
          Just consider masturbation as an inevitable part of your growth. Consider it as normal process like urination or defecation. Do not overdo it. If you feel like it, do it once in 15 – 30 days, and march towards your goals with confidence, courage.
          BE FEARLESS !!!

          • sashidharan says:

            sir if bramacharya is a healthy process…then y sir swami vivekanandha died at his young age???? :/

          • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

            Have you read his works? Have you understood and incorporated any of His sayings in your life?
            I suggest you to read ‘Talks with Swamy Vivekananda’ – A small book on him for only 60 rupees.
            Just read it and you will get the answer for your question.

          • Sir ,u changed the path of my life.Around 125 days back i posted in this wall for your advise to quit masturbation.U gave me confidence and courage .from then on i started performing well in office,became more healthier,energetic,strong….was happy and positive all throughout these days…read lot about bramacharya and tried following it….life was just with peace and happiness.All my previous guilt,regrets and hard memories started to perish…i became a new man.I was marching for 150(150th anniversary of swami vivekanada)days without masturbation.But today i relapsed ,masturbated watching porn…..Am not going to put myself down.Again I will start my 150 days bramacharya starting from tomorrow Apr 7th.Will post my success story on my 150th day.please give me courage and confidence to achieve it.Thanks!!!

          • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

            YOU CAN! Did you read my sentence correctly?
            YES! YOU CAN!!!

  21. sashidharan says:

    k sir…sex is a healthy process or not???

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, if it is done with pure love, after marriage, with a controlled frequency.

      • sashidharan says:

        if i followed bramacharya and attain control over my mind…then if i got married, again my mind would be filled with lust and sex. sir?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          After marriage, do not fill your mind with lust and sex.
          In stead, fill your mind with love towards your beloved. Sex will remain only as extension of that love. Then you will be on the right path.
          Consider your wife as the most valued person of your live, with whom you will be sharing the rest part of your life. Do not limit your imagination of your wife as just a slave for your desires.

  22. Hello Sir. Is it true that Hirda (Chebulic Myrobalan) is helpful in practise of Brahmacharya? If yes, how it helps? And can you please tell me where can I get it and what should I ask for?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, it helps in Brahmacharya. The mode of action is quite difficult to explain. It keeps the sexual hormones under check.
      Having said that, it is not good to use Hirda for more than 2 – 3 months continuously.
      It has mild laxative action.
      You can get it in the market in the name of ‘Haritaki Churna’.
      Better to consult a doctor for the right dose and method of taking.

      • Thank you for your kind reply sir. Does that mean that extended use of Hirda can render one impotent? In case if I want to lead totally pure life, still it is not good for me? Will it affect production of semen int he body as well? I am asking this because semen is converted to Ojas and if production of semen itself is affected the purpose of Brahmacharya might be defeated. Please excuse me for my straight forward question but I couldnt find any other source for finding answers to my question.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          I like straight forward people and questions.
          There are no proof that extended use of Haritaki causes impotent. But it is astringent herb. It takes away moisture from the body. Hence it is not indicated for a long time usage.
          I do not recommend Haritaki as the medicine to maintain Brahmacharya.
          Probably there is no medicine for ‘Brahmacharya’
          However, restraint from Tea, Coffee, Non veg, Garlic, Onion etc help in concentration.

          • Sir, thank you for giving me your valuable time and advice. This website is really very helpful for today’s youth and one of the incomparable ways of serving the society. I have also downloaded the book and will go through it. Thank you once again. Regards.

  23. Veronica says:

    Dr. this is from a woman (I’m one of your patients.) I practice alot of yoga and find that I have a tremendous amount of energy and have physically abstained from sex for years (not by choice.) Yet i respectfully submit that as a result the mind is constantly or quite often fantasizing about sex. And as a result there is a sense of built up tension in the body/mind.
    So my question is for a householder-in Western world wouldn’t it be healthier to have sex with a loving, single partner, than to abstain totally? As other teachers say abstaining can cause other problems, since the energy is not circulating. In fact I have reproductive problems and my Chinese herbalist calls it “stagnation.”

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, thanks for a very good question.
      1. Complete mental and physical abstinence is for Sanyasins and for those who seek eternal bliss and who have chosen to live sacred. That is a very hard path to follow. Not all of us can chose to be so.
      2. It is natural for all of us to get sexual thoughts. Procreation by means of recreation is the rule of nature. We are all bound by it. But between these two extremes – complete abstinence and having a sexually active life, in this scale of two ends, we have to chose a place where we belong.
      Sex can be had by anyone, with anyone, within ‘legal and ethical boundaries’. Though ethical boundary is a subjective issue, there are some guidelines which can be generalized. They are –
      Sex with love and a relationship with healthy long perspective is better than lustful solitary outbursts.
      Efforts to develop a love-full relationship (and having sex) is far better than suffering with under confidence because of the arising sexual desires and suffering due to it.
      Extra marital relationship, using sex as a tool to achieve a vendetta or to get something is strict no no.

      Speaking about “stagnation” – If one is having completely good control over mind, then it is absolutely fine to follow complete Brahmacharya in its purest form.
      But if someone is not mentally inclined for absolute Brahmacharya, and is getting sexual thought, then it might cause ‘stagnation’.

      Hope I make some sense?

  24. One question.
    Is there any side effects of not having sex at all ?
    If no,what will happen with semen then?because it’s being produced all the time.

    Actually i have good control(still practicing yoga a lot) & assure that i can live without sex all the life,but once my friend told me that its very dangerous to health.Is it really danger?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There is no problem if someone does not have any sex.
      In such a person, semen usually flows out at night or along with urine.
      I do not think it is dangerous. Congratulations. :)

  25. I agree with it. But for a married individual how it be brahmacharya.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Following restraint in festivals, during periods, full moon and no moon days, during pregnancy.
      Putting love ahead of lust. are some form of Brahmacharya to be followed.
      Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Ji told that after a few kids are born, the couple should live together like brother and sister. Though it may not be possible for many, some restraint and some Brahmacharya is always good to follow

  26. Brahmacharya certainly does improve concentration, memory and several other things. I speak from experience. My health improved a lot after I started observing the practice. However, to reap the full benefits of sexual abstinence you have to be mentally chaste as well; only then will the body cooperate. Good luck to all who choose to follow this great path.

  27. Sir,I am practicing brahamcharya but there is night fall weekly what should I do?

  28. sir “talks with swami vivekananda” book is avialble in english ..
    can u pls his book in hindi language. i tried but not found any book with this name.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, sorry that I do not know about its Hindi Version. But its English version is very easy to read and understand. For Hindi Version, please contact local Ramakrishna Math.

  29. Hi.

    I guess controlling the mind is toughest thing if one is not involved in practice of Brahmacharya. On the contrary, it becomes easiest if one is determined and self controlled.

    I started practicing brahmacharya and its effects are just as you mentioned in your article…

    Hard thing is.. continued practice of brahmacharya without interruptions and deviations… Will some mantra be of any help ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Mantra or such other spiritual practice definitely helps. But for that, you will need to have a Spiritual Guru for guidance.

  30. if brahmcharya is total retention of semen then why nightfall occurs,if they occur how can it be converted into ojas in our mind sometimes i feel swami vivekand also experienced nightfall .

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Brahmacharya is not about total retention of semen. It is about mental control and perfectly pure and ethical mental and physical behavior. Night fall can happen to a person following Brahmacharya, because of physiological reasons (any normal person would produce sperm and semen, which needs evacuation).
      But there are super-natural Tantric techniques to stop sperm / semen production, which Swamy Vivekananda was following.
      This guess is based on a Tantric practice, which Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa followed successfully. In the ultimate stage of that practice, one has to sit on the lap of a naked woman but with singular mind on God, which Sri Paramahamsa Ji successfully passed.


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, sexual urge continues to exist even after vasectomy. Hence, rather than worrying about retention of semen, night fall (which does not break Brahmacharya anyways), concentrate more on ‘purity of mind’. If the mind is pure and one with the divine, whether the semen is produced or not, does not matter.

  32. Sir, is there any treatment for homosexual problems in ayurveda?(sorry for irrelevant post in this topic)

  33. 1)What is life span of a sperm?
    2) If its not wasted during night fall/ sexual activities, where it will go after its life?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1. The life span of sperm after ejaculation depends on the circumstances. Sperm ejaculated during intercourse without protection, can live in a woman’s cervical mucus or upper genital tract for three to five days.

      2 It eventually goes out in the form of night fall.

  34. Dear Doctor
    Great article…
    I read complete article along with all Q & A
    Please re-circulate such useful articles to your all existing and new subscribers.
    God will be always with you for your great work for human being.

    Thanks again

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, thanks for your feedback. I try my best to circulate all my articles to the new subscribers. I have also included these in my ebooks and emagazines.

  35. Hi Sir! First of all great website with a lot of information on ayurveda! Well done!
    As I understand, one needs to be pure in thoughts, but will that help turn sperm into energy or ojas? Or are there other ways to convert the sperm? Also when you see a beautiful woman, how is a brahmachari ideally meant to handle that situation? One shouldn’t suppress as I understand, but how do you control the feelings?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Purity in thought helps to improve Ojas in the body, as it avoids losing mental energy in the form of mental mischief.
      There are many methods to hold mental purity when you see a beautiful woman. A Bhakti yogi (who has totally surrendered to his Diety), would praise the Lord for creating such a beautiful creature. By praising the Lord, he has converted attention towards that lady to pure divine love towards God. (Source: Divinepark.org)
      A Jnana Yogi (Knowledge based spiritual practitioner) would not recognize the beauty of the lady at all. He would simply consider the body as meager as mud.
      (This is what I have read and understood, I personally try to practice these methods. But sometimes I fail.)

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