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Brahmachari is a sacred word in India. A Brahmachari literally means "a person who singlemindedly follows the path to reach the eternal Brahman". Here the underlined vowels carry the Vedic Sanskrit udātta pitch accent. ...

People in India use the word Brahmachari to mean "Bachelor". But it is of course more than that. A Brahmachari is expected to be disciplined and is expected to refrain from any kind of pleasures (which of course includes sex) that can distract the mind from attaining equilibrium. So a Brahmachari is expected to worship and contemplate/meditate on God regularly, follow complete sexual abstinence, eat only satvic food and in optimal quantity, wear simple and convenient clothes, speak only the truth. Satvic or Sattvic or satva is to be pronounced as Saa-thvik or as Saa-thvaa respectively. ...

In ancient India this kind of life was assosciated with students. Students were expected to live such disciplined lines while pursuing education. After completing their studies they could relinquish the life of brahmachari and get married. It was however possible for even adults to live as brahmacharis. They were considered to follow "Bramacharya", but they could be considered a Brahmachari, only if they had never married.

Brahmacharis were in ancient times believed to be spiritually elevated and their body was believed to glow, because of the pure life that they followed.

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21st June 2010
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