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The Rig Veda is one of the oldest religious te...

The Rig Veda is one of the oldest religious texts. This Rig Veda manuscript is in Devanagari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brahmacharya is the first Hindu asrama (stage of life as outlined in the Veda) in which a young person receives practical instruction from family and begins to study the Veda with an experienced master or priest.

The word bramacharya once indicated the observance of correct sexuality, in this case the necessity of self-imposed celibacy.

The tradition was mostly followed by the brahmin caste in classical Hinduism but has mostly lapsed in contemporary Hinduism.

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