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Meaning of "Brahmacarya>"

Word

Brahmacarya

Sanskrit

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IAST

brahmacarya

In General

Brahmacarya means following of a Spiritual life in broad sense. It is one of the four stages of life, the other being Garhastya, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. So, it is the studentship period. Brahmacarya generally meant chastity. It is the restraint from sex if without a partner, and from cheating on one's partner. It is one of the five moral rules (Yama) a sadaka has to follow according to Astanga yoga of Pantanjali.

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