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Brahmacarya

Brahmacarya (Skt., ‘behaviour or conduct (caryā) appropriate to Brahman’)
1. In Hinduism, the mode of life of an unmarried student of the Vedas, characterized especially by sexual continence and service to the teacher (guru).

Frequently the term brahmacarya is encountered in modern Hindu literature as a synonym for celibacy and self-control.

2. In Buddhism, a life lived in accordance with Buddhist rules of conduct (śīla), especially by bhikṣus.

3. Among Jains, it is one of the Five Great Vows.

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