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Brahmacarya in Krsna (Krishna) Consciousness

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Item Code: IDI069
Author: Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Publisher: Bhakti Vikas Trust
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 9788190233231
Pages: 266
Cover: Paperback
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Book Description
During the late's and 70's, upon the order of his spiritual master, the illustrious empowered preacher His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami prabhupada brought the science of Krsna consciousness to the Western world. At the time most of the world was experiencing an increasing degradation and departure from relious and moral principles. However, Srila Prabhupada gradually introduced a lifestyle hitherto unknown but to a few devoted souls in India: the Vedic culture of austerity for the goal of self-realization. The principles of brahmacarya formed an important part of this culture.

Purified and enlivened by following the teaching and practice of bhakti- yoga as authoritatively presented by Srila Prabhupada, hundreds of bright- faced young men and women appeared on the streets of towns and villages throughout the world, taking up Srila Prabhupada's mission to fulfill the prediction of Lord Caitanya to spread the banner of ISKCON, the reasoning, principles and practice of brahmacarya were often taught and heard in and around the increasing number of temples and asramas of the Society. The devotees becomes Stronger in following the principles of brahmacarya under the exemplary guidance of the Founder- Acarya of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada.

There are numerous instructions about brahmacarya contained in the large body of literature, and letters left by Srila Prabhupada, for those diligent enough to study them. However, until now much of the principles and practice of brahmacarya has remained an oral tradition within ISKCON. But human lives and memories are short, and many of Srila Prabhupada's young students have now entered other asramas, or left for other spheres of activity. In order that the purity and momentum of the Krsna consciousness movement not be diminished with the passing of time, many devotees feel that this important aspect of the philosophy and application of Krsna consciousness should remain easily and frequently accessible to the present and future generations of devotees- in all asramas and statuses.

Therefore it is timely that his Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami has, with the good wisher of many of godbrother comrades in active preaching, diligently prepared this compendium of the principles and practice of brahmacari life. Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja is respected as a staunch practitioner of these spritual principles. He is dear to the devotees, especially in Eastern India, Bangladesh, and South East Asia, where he has dedicated so many years of his life to traveling and preaching on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. He is certainly qualified to present this book, and has done a great service by doing so.

This Book may accurately be called a "user's guide" to brahmacaryalife. The first part consists of elaborate discussion of and down-to earth practical guidance on the many aspects of brahmacarya The second part is a compilation of quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books, types, and letters about this subject matter.

The importance of this matter should not be underestimated.Brahmacarya is the basis of al four asramas and must be practiced by any man or woman serious and sincere about making tangible progress on the path back to Godhead. Tapasa brahmacaryena samena ca damena ca: " There is no possibility of controlling the mind and senses without following the principles of brahmacarya. " Srila Prabhupada lamented the dearth of educational institutions teaching the principles of brahmacarya (celibacy),and cited this as one reason for the lack of qualified members of the other three asramas

We pray that by Srila Prabhupada's mercy this book may help to educate and train the members of the Krsna consciousness movement to seriously understand and follow the principles of brahmacarya, and thus be pleasing to Srila Prabhupada and beneficial to the devotees and the Society.

We feel fortunate to have met our dear godbrother Bhakti Vikasa Swami (then Ilapati Prabhu) just as he was finishing the manuscript of this book and requesting the blessings of the ISKCON Publications Board for its Publication, and thus be given the chance to assist in its production. Historically, books which present heavy blows to maya in her work of keeping the fallen souls in illusion have often had to pass through many impediments before finally becoming manifest. We are glad that after passing through a long series of obstacles this book could finally go to press. We beg the forgiveness of the readers for any unintentional errors or lack of quality in the present volume. We pray that the readers may nonetheless reap the full benefit of understanding and determined practice of the principles contained in this book, which may in turn help them to rapidly advance on the path straight back to home, back to Godhead.

Butterworth- Bangkok International Express

27th August, 1988, Appearance Day of Lord Balarama

The Publisher (Gauda- mandala- bhumi dasa)

It has been about twelve years since the first edition of this book came out. Subsequently, it has been re- printed three times in English, and also in Russian, Croatian, Mandarin, Italian, Indonesian, and Portuguese, with a total of about 10,000 copies in print. Although there are not 10,000 brahmacaris in our movement, devotees from all asramas have expressed appreciation of this book, and it continues to be in demand.

Since the first edition was first published, I have collected more snippets of information suitable for brahmacaris. This edition is not in essence different from the first, but gives more of the same substance. I pray that devotees may find it helpful in their ongoing journey towards the lotus feet of Krsna.

Back of the Book

This book may accurately be called a "user's guide" to brahmacari life. The first part consists of elaborate discussion of and down-to -earth practical guidance on the many aspects of brahmacarya. The second part is a compilation of quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books, tapes, and letters about this subject matter.

This book will be relevant and of interest not only to new brahmacaris in Krsna consciousness, but also to all levels of devotees seriously interested in improving their spiritual lives.

Preface to the First edition ix
Preface to the Second Editionxi
The Meaning of Brahmacarya1
The Benefits of Brahmacarya2
"Brahmacari" is also a Designation3
Adi- rasa5
Mundane Sex Desires6
Sex- the Cause of Unlimited Suffering 8
sex fascination - the Disease of the Modern Age10
Sense gratification12
Restricting Associan with Women 13
Attitudes in Devotional Service18
Training 21
Why so many Rules and Regulations?22
Submission and the Guru-Disciple Relationship23
Detachment, Austerity, and Renunciation25
Higher Taste30
Retention of Semen51
The Appearance and Dress of a Brahmacari57
The General Behavior and Disposition of a Brahmacari63
Brahmacarya as Student Life65
The Brahmacari- Asrama (Residence)67
Personal Relationships70
The Brahmacari Leader72
Attitudes Towards Grhastha Men73
Dealings with Women Devotees75
Dealings with Nondevotee Women79
Dealings with Children80
Dealings with Family and Friends80
Dealings with Nondevotees in General82
Giving up Nondevotional Attachments83
Yukta- vairagya85
Overcoming Sexual Desire88
Preaching about Celibacy108
Staying Brahmacari111
And if you are thinking about Getting Married117
The Author124
Srila Prabhupada and others on brahmacarya,
Marriage, the Dangers of Sexual
Attraction, and Related Topics
Especially Relevant for Brahmacaris.
Quotes from Srimad Bhagavatam127
Quotes from Other Books by Srila Prabhupada183
Quotes from Biographical Works on Srila Prabhupada 193
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's Letters197
Quotes from Srila prabhupada's Lectures210
Quotes from Srila prabhupada's Conversations224
Notes on Traditional Brahmacari Life230
Sex is Death233
Endless Love235
Instructive Words236
The Story of Rsyasrnga237
Tulasi- devi on Degraded Men and Women239
Patanjali on Brahmacarya240
The Value of Semen242
Meditation on the Lord244
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