Om Shanti. There is one underwear (for males) which has been associated in India with celibacy because it is worn by the wrestlers (called pehelwans
). This underwear is called 'langot
' in Hindi. Even though it has been associated with celibacy since hundreds of years in India, I have hardly seen any BK or PBK wearing this langot
. Once or twice I have seen langots
hanging in the brothers' area where they dry out their clothes in the local mini-Madhubans.
While doing a search on 'langot' on google, I found this interesting information, which could be helpful to unmarried male BKs/PBKs.
http://www.escholarship.org/editions/vi ... view=print
The write-up contains many tips for celibacy. :D In most aspects the beliefs of these practioners of celibacy match those of BKs/PBKs, but in some aspects they have taken it to an extreme limit, which even BKs/PBKs don't recommend. I quote:
"In order to protect one’s semen one must neither think, speak, nor hear any evil. One should never think amorous thoughts. Ravindranath expands on this by saying that one should not look at a woman, never speak to a woman, never touch a woman, never think about a woman, never listen to a woman, never be alone with a woman, never joke around with a woman, and, of course, never have intercourse with a woman (ibid)."
There is a famous phrase used to describe celibate males in India. 'Langot ka pakka' (
which loosely translates as 'firm in his langot') Similarly, 'langot ka kachcha'
is used to describe someone who is not celibate. To quote from the above site:
"The langot symbolizes celibacy, for it binds the genitals up between the legs. However, wrestlers are cautioned against wearing a langot for too long a period of time. Excessive constriction can lead to arousal, it is thought, and so it is best to loosen or remove one’s langot soon after exercising."
So, this langot is anyways ruled out as an underwear for using throughout the day. ;) I think Baba has advocated wearing simple, loose dresses in the Murlis.