One thing is its good for the nation’s
population. I’m just listing the benefits Why Brahmacharya? What is Brahmacharya
first? Brahman means the ultimate or the divine. Charya means the path. One who is
on the path of the ultimate or one who is on the path of the divine is a
Brahmacharya. One who is in the path of the divine means.. see after all, everybody is
in search of joyfulness, isn’t it? Knowingly or unknowingly, yes or no? Yes
Because you could not find joy, you settled for pleasure. Pleasure is not joy,
pleasure is just a shadow of joy Its beautiful but it’s very limited Whenever you involve yourself in
pleasure, if you want to have pleasure you need something or somebody to have
pleasure, isn’t it? yes? The deeper you go into pleasure,
the deeper your bondage with this something or somebody, yes?
Suppose this something or somebody is taken away from you, you will be broken
isn’t it so? if you have a very deep involvement with
pleasure, that something or somebody which gives you pleasure, if it’s taken
away from you, aren’t you broken? So your existence becomes that of huge bondage.
Bondage is not something that any human being enjoys. There is something within
you which is always wanting to be free from all bondage, isn’t it? But if you
become a pleasure seeker, naturally you are setting up limitations in such a
pleasant way that you cannot transcend it. Unpleasant limitations you can break
the, pleasant limitations you cannot break them, isn’t it? Lot of your shackles
you have gold plated them and you’re wearing them like ornaments,
aren’t you? Your limitations, you’re celebrating your limitations. Once you
start celebrating your limitations, then there is no way to become free of that.
So Brahmacharya means you are on the path of the divine. That means first step
towards that is you are joyful by your own nature. Whenever you are very happy
or joyful have you noticed you don’t seem to need
anything, yes? On a particular day you’re very happy, if you don’t eat, if you don’t
sleep, it doesn’t matter Is that so? You’re unhappy then
everything has to be perfect you complain about everything in the world
isn’t it so? When you’re really joyful just see it sets you free. When you’re
unhappy, everything is important everything has to be in a particular way.
For everything you will complain Unhappy people are always complaining
Happy people are always easy to work with, easy to be with because nothing
matters when you’re happy. Everything is flexible. Which is freedom joy is freedom
or pleasure is freedom? Joy is obviously freedom, isn’t it?
So you’re seeing how to become joyful If you seek it outside you will invariably
end up becoming a pleasure seeker Anyway the source of joy is within you.
Whenever you we were happy, did happiness happen from within you or did it rain
upon you from outside? Always within you isn’t it? So if the source of happiness
is within you, searching for it outside is quite a stupid thing, yes? It is just
that the source of happiness is within you, you are using an external stimulus
to bring forth the joy in you or in other words, your joy is on push start.
Shall we fix self start on it? Don’t want? If you put self start on
your joy, then you’re a Brahmacharya. Now you’re on the path of the divine, you are
joyful by your own nature. Have all the Brahmacharies here become like that?Maybe
not but that’s the intention. They’re working towards that. To work towards
that, you need a certain space and time of your own that you don’t have other
things to handle in your life so they have chosen a certain way of life. Now
yesterday we went up the mountain. Just carrying your own bodyweight and
reaching there, many of you, your legs are trembling, isn’t it? Suppose you want
to carry four people on your shoulders and walk up the mountain, how many of you
would make it? Most of you would not make it Isn’t it? So that’s why Brahmacharya You understand? You are planning to climb a
big peak.If you had the strength to carry ten people on your shoulders and
walk, that would be fantastic But we rarely find such people. It’s
better to walk alone, so they walk alone Now your problem is that, by the time you
became 14, your intelligence got hijacked by your hormones so much you can’t
understand or you cannot accept how somebody can be free from it. Somebody
can just sit here and be happy, they don’t have to get married, they don’t
have to run behind the opposite sex, they don’t have to do this or that, they’re
just happy doing simple things in their life, more joyful than you, more intense
than you, so does it mean all of you should become a Brahmachari? No, all of
you should become a Brahmachari internally. In terms of lifestyle, not
necessarily. Brahmacharya does not mean just celibacy, okay? That is just one of
the aspects that have been taken up as a supportive system to become a Brahmacharya.
Brahmacharya means you are walking the path of the divine, that you are
ecstatic by your own nature. You can be married and still be a Brahmacharya, it is
possible because you are joyful by your own nature, you are not trying to extract
joy from your husband or wife. You are joyful by your own nature. This is how it
should be. The whole world should be Brahmacharya, isn’t it? Everybody should
be joyful by their own nature. If two people come together, it should be more a
sharing of joy not extracting joy from each other, isn’t it? So those who have
decided that they don’t want to extract anything from anybody, they want to
source their own inner joy, they have taken Brahmacharya. And why a certain
order has been set up – they have been taken up not just for their realization.
If it’s just their realization, we can take care of in so many ways. How many of you eat mangoes? You eat mangoes ? You ate mangoes? No? How many of you have planted
mango trees? See, just ten people have planted mango trees but everybody has eaten
mangoes. It’s only because constantly in every generation, those ten people are
planting mango trees, everybody else is eating, isn’t it?
So to carry on the spiritual path in its integrity, brahmacharies are needed Brahmacharies means we are keeping them in such a way that their energies are loose,
malleable, we can make anything out of them.Jjust anything out of them. I can
combine 10 Brahmacharies into one and make ten Brahmacharies into one huge
human being, a huge force. We have kept their energies loose, no personality.
Whichever way you bend they will become that way. See if we take analogies,
you are like a part. You’re a karmic part. A certain karmas, certain influences
have molded you into a certain shape, yes? Now you become a certain type of person.
With the process of living, when you were a child it was little more malleable.
When you were a youth, it got a little rigid, by the time you’re a full adult,
its totally rigid. This is just, we can see the part is slowly being burnt with
the process of life. Now by the time you’re reasonably old, it is totally
rigid shape. If you do anything else with it, it will break. See now there’s a burnt
pot here, if you try to change the shape of this pot, it’ll only break into pieces,
isn’t it? But when it was unburnt,very easily you could mold it into anything.
You made ten unburnt pots, tomorrow if you don’t like it, you can put all of
them together and make one big pot, isn’t it? Now we are unburning people. We are unburning
them into that state where they are very malleable, we can give them any shape, any
form. So Brahmacharies are working towards that. It’s a huge sadhana. It is not just,
you know like others other systems in the world are doing this, just they take
a vow of celibacy, this is not like that There is a whole system of what they’re
doing with their energies. There is a whole lot of work that’s being done
internally. This is just a small part of it. What you see as they being unmarried
is just a small part of it. The rest of it is very internal. And people who are
willing to dedicate themselves for others well-being are needed in the
society. At anytime, if there is nobody in the society who is thinking about others
well-being, that society is heading for ruin, definitely. That’s what has happened
to this society right now. There are very few people thinking of everybody’s
well-being. Others are all what about me, what about me, what about me.
If a certain percentage of people are thinking beyond their own well-being,
only then a society will remain sane and stable. Otherwise
societies will just go for ruin. Is it not important there are few people who
are not thinking about their own well-being, their own life, they are seeing
how to make it happen for somebody else? So Brahmacharies are an investment
for future, to keep spirituality in its pristine purity and to transmit it from
generation to generation. A small core group of people are needed. Everybody
need not take that thing nor will we take everybody. Every year hundreds of
applications for brahmacharya comes, we just choose 8-10 people out of that
looking at various qualities and various possibilities. We don’t take everybody
who comes because it’s not necessary nor can they be like that, nor can they put
in the sadhana that is required or demanded out of them. Your personality
has to become malleable and conscious that you can mold yourself into any
kind of pot. Is it not good to have that freedom? That’s Brahmacharya