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SB 11.17.25

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


reto nāvakirej jātu
brahma-vrata-dharaḥ svayam
avakīrṇe 'vagāhyāpsu
yatāsus tri-padāṁ japet


retaḥ—semen; na—not; avakiret—should spill out; jātu—ever; brahma-vrata-dharaḥ—one who is maintaining the vow of celibacy, or brahmacarya; svayam—by itself; avakīrṇe—having flowed out; avagāhya—bathing; apsu—in water; yata-asuḥ—controlling the breathing by prāṇāyāma; tri-padām—the Gāyatrī mantra; japet—he should chant.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


One observing the vow of celibate brahmacārī life should never pass semen. If the semen by chance spills out by itself, the brahmacārī should immediately take bath in water, control his breath by prāṇāyāma and chant the Gāyatrī mantra

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