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What means Brahmacharya ?

Brahma is the Ultimate and charya means "to follow".

Literally translated, Brahmacharya, has been said to be "a lifestyle adopted to enable one to attain the Ultimate Reality."

A Brahmachari is one who lives Brahmacharya.

  • Putting the acquired knowledge into praxis does not cost any time !
  • It is a change of view. It is a re-orientation.
  • A cave in the Himalayan or a cabin in the high mountains is not needed.

The word "Brahmacharya" is Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the language in which the Holy Scriptures in Hinduism and also in Buddhism have been written.

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Only who feels the inner urge to exercise brahmacharya in the most concentrated form, can/should go into isolation.


Strawberries !

It is not enough, only to search for strawberries. You have to eat them as well !

Or as a Yogi had said

to Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo :

 

«You think we yogis are doing some very high, fantastic, esoteric practice and if only you had the teachings you also could rally take off ! Let me tell you, however, that there is nothing I am doing that you have not been taught. The only difference is, that I am doing it – and you aren't.»

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How to Find the Guru – the Good Teacher ?

Brahmacharya also means: to live with the Guru. Thereby one accumulates the Divine virtues.

How to find the Guru ?

Well, in one way or the other you will meet him.
:-)
Perhaps the Guru will find you instead of you having to find him. ;-)
If it is written in your karma to “meet the Guru”, it will happen.   :-))

 

Where and how does a Guru live ?

Probably neither in an organization (or in a big ashram) nor will he maintain an organization. Holy men do not crowd people around them selves. The fittings and furnishings will be on a practical level. Decoration is (almost) not there.

How to recognize the Guru ?

Perhaps the Guru is a “She” and not a “He”, but only a holy man can recognize a holy man. One can also recognize a Guru by his disciples. Look at his disciples and you will understand! One thing more: a Guru is responsible for his disciple – and not reversed. He does not depend on the disciple’s money. He depends on nothing and anybody.


Maybe be has no disciples at all! This Guru is free of all responsibilities. Seek for this kind of Guru!


Certainly you will recognize him by his knowledge. Believe in knowledge and in the Holy Scriptures. – No blind beliefs in the Guru! In course of time you will develop a fine sense of discrimination, in the same way as how one can learn to recognize the medicinal herbs in a meadow (see table below).

How to get the knowledge of the Guru ?

He will give it voluntary when the time has come and when you are ready to assimilate it. It will be free of costs. (Paying en entrance on a public lecture or for a book is ok.) There will be no initiations, no rites and no degrees.

 

 

Salvation (illumination, moksha, nirvana) comes through knowledge and does not come by the presence of a person. Salvation means to listen (or to read), to understand and to live the Good News, brought either by a Guru or by the Holy Scriptures. Salvation lies in your own hands.


Is a Guru needed ? – No.

We do not need any Guru nor a Master at all. We do not clinch into a person; he will not rescue us.
But: A Guru ...

  • may explain us the holy scriptures.
  • We put them into praxis.
  • And God will have mercy.
Matterhorn in  the Morning Sun
Matterhorn in the Morning Sun

Some Great Gurus

  Who When What
       
  Shankaracharya 788 – 820

 

   
  Patanjali

some time between

400 BCE and 200 AD

The Yoga Sutras
  Shivapuri Baba 1826 – 1963 (137 years)  
       
  Chellappa Swami ...  – 1911  
       
  Vivekananda 1863 – 1902 see download area
       
  Yogaswami 1872 – 1964  
       
  Ramakrishna 1836 – 1886  
       
  Ramana Maharshi 1879 – 1950  
       
   
  Swami Yogeshwarananda Giri    www.himalayanhermit.com

Some Great Masters

  Who When What
       
  Dionise Hid Divinite Late 14th century, Great Britain "The Cloud of Unknowing"
see download area
  Meister Eckehart 1260 – 1328, Germany Lots of books at the book shop.
       
  Hl. Beatus vom Thunersee ... – 112, Switzerland  
       
  Niklaus von der Flüh 1417 – 1487, Switzerland  more
       
 

Mystiker des Cristentums,

Museum Riedberg

Nov. 2011 to Jan. 2012 Link to the listing
(in German)