#"To be able to realize God, one must practise absolute continence. Sages like Sukadeva are examples of an urdhareta. (A man of unbroken and complete continence.) Their chastity was absolutely unbroken. There is another class, who previously have had discharges of semen but who later on have controlled them. A man controlling the seminal fluid for twelve years develops a special power. He grows a new inner nerve called the nerve of memory. Through that nerve he remembers all, he understands all"."ref== Brahmacharya in Jainism ==
Brahmacarya, also known as chaste living is important to because sexual indulgence gets in the way of the road to [[Nirvana]].
Chastity for lay Jains
Lay Jains may have sexual relationships and have children; the lay version of chaste living simply means remaining true and faithful to one's chosen partner.
Some Jain writers suggest that even married people should not over-indulge in sexual activities, and have argued that the principle of chaste living will help in population control.
Chaste living also requires Jains to avoid sex before marriage, and to avoid sexual thoughts.
They should not look at pornography or sexually stimulating material, so that they can retain a clear mind, unclouded by desire.
Chastity in monks and nuns
Monks and nuns Jain monks and nuns are expected to remain completely celibate in body and mind.
They do not think about sex and avoid remembering sexual incidents before they became monks.ref