Necessity of Observing Celibacy for Gaining Spiritual Development

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As long as a man does not preserve the vital fluid in the body, the soul cannot enjoy the rapture and bliss of higher spiritual regions. Sex organs face downwards, whereas for spiritual uplift one has to travel upwards. Sex degrades while sound wave(divine sound) elevates to higher subtle planes. Sex indulgence pulls men and women down towards the animal plane.
Acient master "Kabir Sahib" proclaims with determination that sound wave(dinine music) and sex cannot co-exist, just as day and night cannot exist at the same time. He further says that every one talks of entering the kingdom of Heaven, but on the way there are two dreadful valleys, namely wealth and woman. Very few people can cross these valleys. They are like a double edged sword which on your way to meet the Lord, waylay you forcibly and cut you into pieces. Those who escape go across these valleys and reach their destination, while others stand nowhere in this world and the world hereafter.
Jesus Christ says :
Dogs and the unchaste shall be banished thence. (Ist Rev. XX 11, 15)



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Do not despise what Has been created by Love.

There is a difference between chastity and Celibacy.

Chastity is defined as following the accepted mores of the culture and society to which one belongs. This would allow sexual union in marriage in most cultures, and is no detriment to spirituality.

Celibacy is the abstaining from sexual union under any circumstances, as in a vow of celibacy by a Monk.

This is a large problem with many who seek spirituality.

Chastity can be practiced by all, and is no detriment to spirituality. If God calls one to be a householder, and take a Wife and procreate, would God keep such a one from reward?

Celibacy is also a calling from God. We must follow our calling. To engage in Celibacy without God's calling is error.

To abstain from sexual union, when God calls you to it, is an error, and a violation of God's will.

The Bible begins with telling Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and multiply".

All this talk of "vital fluid in the body" is irrelevant to spirituality, as the body is only an appearance, our True substance being spirit.

Purity of Heart is what matters. If one engages in sexual union, with a spirit of pure love and devotion, as God has ordered, we are fulfilling his Love and commandments.

Peace,
Ahimsananda

Ahimsananda | Mon, 09/13/2010 - 20:10
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Celibacy

Celibacy does not mean merely to control lust and sensual instincts. It means to withdraw oneself from all the sensual desires. If we continue to listen to sexual talks with ears and see things with our eyes which stimulate passion and still try to avoid sexual urge, it is like putting one's hand into fire and to hope that it will not be burnt.
Nature has given us the instrument of sex for the perpetuation of life upon this planet. If sex instruments are used for legitimate purposes, they need not become instruments of degradation. But when we fall into the trap of self-indulgence, we begin to descend towards the animal plane. It blinds our mind and dulls our wits. It becomes the cause of our moral degradation and destruction.
As long as a man does not preserve the vital fluid in the body, the soul cannot enjoy the rapture and bliss of higher spiritual regions. Sex organs face downwards, whereas for spiritual uplift one has to travel upwards. Sex degrades while "word"(divine sound) elevates to higher subtle planes. Sex indulgence pulls men and women down towards the animal plane. Kabir Sahib proclaims with determination that "word"(divine sound) and sex cannot co-exist, just as day and night cannot exist at the same time. He further says that every one talks of entering the kingdom of Heaven, but on the way there are two dreadful valleys, namely wealth and woman. Very few people can cross these valleys. They are like a double edged sword which on your way to meet the Lord, waylay you forcibly and cut you into pieces. Those who escape go across these valleys and reach their destination, while others stand nowhere in this world and the world hereafter.

jasdir singh jaura | Tue, 09/14/2010 - 05:13
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Continued (Celibacy)

A lustful person who co-habits either with his own wife or with the wife of someone else goes straight to hell. Kabir Sahib says, "A woman is like bright and burning fire. If your hands touch her, they will be severely burnt." He further says that he also indulged with his wife in ignorance, but he had to forsake her with a view to gaining spiritual development. A woman is a great hindrance on the path of spiritual uplift. Further, he says that a lustful person cannot practise meditation and devotion as his mind always hankers after useless pursuits. To indulge in sensual pleasures is a great sin which can never be pardoned. A lustful person can never achieve success in spiritual practice. He ruins his precious life in vain. His doubts and superstitions are never dispelled.

Jesus Christ says :
Dogs and the unchaste shall be banished thence. (Ist Rev. XX 11, 15)

Maulana Rum says, "If you desire consciousness and awareness of the soul, give up lust and passion, as they shut our inner eye which cannot see the Light of God, nor our inner ear can hear the celestial music within."

A person who cannot escape himself from the influence of lust does not deserve to be called a true devotee. Kabir Sahib says that a person who indulges in the genital organs or pudendum must born through genital organs. Nobody can escape from them. He alone who escapes from them is a true devotee.

Saint Paul advised the people of his country and said, "Love your wives as Christ loved the Church." In other words, they should lead a pure life. However, they did not fully understand the meanings of this precept. They continued to lead a life of sex and sense enjoyments. Saint Paul again wrote and said, "Love the Lord as if you have never had any wives."

Mahatma Tolstoy says, "One should preserve one's vital fluid. He should not only abstain from evil action, but should also keep his thoughts pure and clean and should not besmear the soul with the dirt of sins and evil ideas. He should, in other words, be a true and perfect celibate. The husband and the wife both should lead a life of restraint and suppress their sexual urge. With the birth of desired number of children, they should give up their relationship of husband and wife and engage themselves in the development and education of their children, who should be given proper guidance on the path of virtue so that they, in due course, may turn out to be true devotees of God."

Swami Ram Tirath says, "As long as men and women do not learn to live as brothers and sisters and lead lives of purity, they cannot hope to make any progress. Lives of persons who have tasted purity of existence have been happy, healthy and without worries. To consider our elders as mothers and others as sisters or daughters will raise a man to a high moral ideal and will relieve him from many troubles of the world. It also increases his mental and physical strength. Others remain weak, unhealthy and are victims of many troubles."

jasdir singh jaura | Tue, 09/14/2010 - 05:18
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How Lust Entangles a Man

Pope describes as to how dangerous and wicked is the devil of lust and how it entangles a man ? He writes :

Vice is a monster of so-frightful a mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen,
Yet soon too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace. (Pope)

Once an old man of about fifty narrated that he used to play with a little girl. Whenever he met her, he cut jokes with her. After a period of ten to twelve years, the girl grew young. But he continued to make fun and frolic with her. By and by with the passage of time, it so happened that his mind became wicked at her.

A sufi Saint has written that when Shaitan (Devil of Lust) is unable to degrade a pious and bold gentleman from the spiritual path, then Shaitan tries to entrap him through a woman. This is the last trick of Shaitan.

Kabir Sahib says:
A woman is sweet like candy.
She destroys them all who touch her.
Those who are attuned to the Guru's feet,
should not go near her.
A woman, little or old, what to speak of
the young is highly poisonous.
The enemy kills with subtle tricks but a woman
kills with alluring charms and smiles.
Don't gaze at her even absent-mindedly.
Mere gazing will destroy you.
Even if you treat a woman as a real sister,
and she may treat you as her real brother.
Beware ! keep yourself at a distance from her,
if you want to save yourself.
The very sight of her is poisonous.
It makes the mind deceptive.
A woman charms a man by brightening her eyes
with collyrium, dressing her hair and by putting a
sweet-smelling mehndi on her hands.
And looks alluring, but truly in reality,
She is a veritable tiger,
and devours a man into pieces.
A woman is beautiful like gold,
yet she emits always evil smell.
If she be your mother, do not sit near her.
A woman plays many tricks
to deprive a man of his valuable life.
Sometimes she sings and sometimes weeps.
Sayeth Kabir, only a true disciple knows this play.
O men and women ! Listen,
What the True Master say;
A woman produces only poisonous fruits,
Do not even taste them.

Paltu Sahib goes to the extent and says : "Do not look at a woman with lust even though she might be eighty years old. She destroys the very essence of life while alive and hurls one into hell after death."

When King Ibrahim Adham was leading a saintly life, a large number of pupils used to go to him to receive spiritual education. He always advised them not to look at woman or a boy of twelve or thirteen years old with lustful ideas.

Lakshman always treated Sita as his mother. When he was asked to recognise the ornaments of Sita, he replied that he could only recognise the ornaments which she used to wear on her feet, because he used to bow his head at her feet and never looked at her face.

Once Rishi Daya Nand was sitting in a state of deep contemplation. A woman came to him. She bowed her head at his feet and went away. When he got up, he came to know about this incident. He repented and walked hither and thither throughout the night and engaged himself in the recitation of the Lord's Name. He did not take rest at all with a view to avoiding any possible repercussion upon him so that his chastity might not be affected even though he had not seen the woman.

The instinct of sex consoles a man that youth is primarily meant for eating, drinking and merry-making. If he does not enjoy sensual pleasures in youth, the human life will be wasted in vain and he will not get the opportunity again. It holds out the false promise that recitation of Lord's Name can be practised in the rest of life. Fortunately, if he is inclined to worship and devotion and endeavours for the liberation of the soul, his parents and relatives make arrangements for his early marriage. As soon as he is married, he considers it as his duty to have marital relations with his spouse. The thought that youth is the only golden time for sexual indulgence, he crosses the legitimate limits and feels restless for its enjoyment at all times of the day and night. It degrades him and retards his spiritual development which he might have at his credit. It clouds his perceptions and dulls his wits. He does not feel ashamed of himself and cares little for others. He always looks for an opportunity to satiate his sexual urge.

Kabir Sahib says that the dogs are unchaste for thirty days only, whereas a lustful person is its victim throughout the twelve months of the year.

Excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures attracts several diseases and ailments which affect one's health adversely. In order to recoup the lost health, one takes medicines and tonics. Fortunately, if by taking medicines, health is restored one feels relief. However, he again indulges in satisfying his sensual desires hoping that by taking medicines again, he will regain the lost health. Sometimes, he gets addicted to intoxicants and alcoholic drinks like wine, opium, bhang, toddy etc., which further stimulate passion. In this manner, lust entraps a man in deceptive and illusory pursuits. Its sugar-coated allurements, false promises, temptations and blandishments attract him towards it. It subdues his intellect and vision, clouds the mind and misleads him. Last of all, when he has wasted his vitality by indulging in sensual pleasures recklessly, he turns out to be a heap of rubbish. When he is reduced to utter helplessness, like a dead boy, he repents, wails by drawing deep sighs and wonders why he was ever such a fool.

Once a young man asked Socrates whether he should get himself married or not ? Socrates replied, "You will repent, if you marry and also if you won't marry." This is how one repents, if one is married and also if one is not married.

jasdir singh jaura | Tue, 09/14/2010 - 05:27