Brahmacharya is a Sanskrit word for chastity or celibacy and sense-control. According to Vedantic scriptures, Brahmacharya is the primary stage among the four phases of a man, prescribed in Manu Smriti. This phase is introduced before the stage of Upanayanam. Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa are the other three phases.

A person who follows Brahmacharya as a way of life is called a Brahmachari. Vedantic Scriptures describe Brahmacharya as the life of an unmarried student.

In Sanskrit 'Brahma' stands for 'the Ultimate Reality or the Unified whole,' and 'char' means 'to follow or practice.'

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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