Many ancient texts define brahmacharya as celibacy; but we all know it’s the modern age and we are all house-holders, so no worries! Brahmacharya has a much wider definition; moderation. Think moderation in thought, word and deed. in practicing brahmacharya, observe what heppens to your mind when the senses get involved – does that dark chocolate layer cake look too good to resist? If so, by all means, satisfy your craving if it need be, but do you have to eat the whole slice? What happens to the mind when we’re bombarded by today’s media? Buy this; you’ll look younger if you have that; you will be the envy of your peers if you purchase this. When we identify ourselves with the senses, then it becomes difficult to practice moderation and non-hoarding. Even though we have a passion for life, love and creme’ brulee, the brahmacharya yogini knows when enough is enough. Seek balance and indulge in small doses if the senses get the better of us. If we are suffering from addiction (drink, sex, shopping, etc., practice moderation in surrendering the addiction when a problem is detected. we first practice physical brahmacharya, mental purity will soon follow leading us to the middle-path of balance and moderation.
Where there is firm conquest over covetousness, they who have conquered it wake up to the how and why of life. -Yoga Sutras