Monday, January 10, 2011

Brahmacharya in Student Life

Famous Quotations on Celibacy :

1. Swami Vivekananda : Do you see, simply by observing strict brahmacharya, all learning can be mastered in a very short time. One has an unfailing memory of what one learns or knows, but once. It is owing to this want of continence that everything is on the brink of ruin in this country.
2Mahatma Gandhi Life without Brahmacharya appears to me to be insipid and animal-like. The brute by nature knows to self-restraint. Man is man because he is capable of, and only in so far as he exercises, self-restraint. What formerly appeared to me to be extravagant praise of Brahmacharya in our religious books seems now, with increasing clearness every day, to be absolutely proper and founded on experience. I hold that a life of perfect continence in thought, speech and action is necessary for reaching spiritual perfection. And a nation that does not possess such men is poorer for the want. Brahmacharya is impossible without complete control of all senses. My own experiment shows that occasional fasting is very helpful in subduing animal passions.
3. Dr. Raymond W. Bernard : The semen is a viscid albuminous fluid, alkaline in reaction, which is very rich in calcium and phosphorus, also in lecithin, cholesterol, albumen, nucleoproteins, iron, vitamin E, etc. In the ejaculation of the normal man, about 226 million spermatozoa are given off; these are rich in phosphorized fats (lecithin), cholesterol (the parent-source of sex hormones), nucleoproteins and iron. An ounce of semen is considered to be equal in value to sixty ounces of blood, of which it constitutes an extract of some of its most valuable constituents, as far as its vitalizing power is concerned. Continence is beneficial to the brain (for conserved lecithin from retained semen is a true brain food). Hence some of the greatest intellectual geniuses in ancient and modern times led continent lives. These include Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Spinoza, Newton, Kant, Beethoven, Herbert Spencer, etc. . . .
4. Dr Edwin Flatto : The gland most adversely affected by sexual excess is the prostate. Practically all of the functional disturbances of the prostate gland result from its relationship to sexual activity. Many people believe that prostate disorders affect only older men, but plenty of men in their twenties, thirties, and forties have prostate disorders. Even teenagers have prostate problems. More men suffer from prostate disorders than from heart disease and cancer combined. And more than 70 percent of all males over 50 have already experienced some trouble with their prostate gland. At age 60, the incidence of prostate troubles in males rises to 80 percent. . . .
Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men over 55. Only cancer of the lung and the lower intestine kill more men. I believe there is a cause and effect relationship between sexual abuse, prostate disorders, and the fact that women outlive men.
5. Henry David Thoreau : Love and lust are as far asunder as a flower garden is from a brothel.
6. Guru Nanaka : Those who waste the fluid are tyrannized by Kal [the negative power]. Those who waste the fluid lose all. Those who waste the fluid suffer greatly...He who wastes the fluid always suffers. He who wastes the fluid gets into extreme troubles...He who does not control the fluid is degraded....By self control one gets everything. - from "Pran Sangli" of Guru Nanak

7. Dr. Nicole : It is a medical and physiological fact that the best blood in the body goes to form the elements of reproduction in both the sexes. In a pure and orderly life, this matter is reabsorbed. It goes back into circulation ready to form the finest brain, nerve and muscular tissues. This vital fluid of man carried back and diffused through his system makes him manly, strong, brave and heroic. If wasted, it leaves him effeminate, weak and physically debilitated and prone to sexual irritation and disordered function, a wretched nervous system, epilepsy, and various other diseases and death. The suspension of the use of the generative organs is attended with a notable increase of bodily and mental and spiritual vigor.
8.Dr. E.P. Miller All waste of spermatic secretions, whether voluntary or involuntary, is a direct waste of the life force. It is almost universally conceded that the choicest element of the blood enters into the composition of the spermatic secretion. If these conclusions are correct, then it follows that a chaste life is essential to man's well-being.
9.Lord Buddha A wise man should avoid unchastity as if it were a burning pit of live coals. From the contact comes sensation, from sensation thirst, from thirst clinging; by ceasing from that, the soul is delivered from all sinful existence.
10. Lord Krishna : Sensuality destroys life, luster, strength, vitality, memory, wealth, great fame, holiness and devotion to the Supreme. - from Gita.
11. Adi Guru Sankaracharya : Brahmacharya or spotless chastity is the best of all penances; a celibate of such spotless chastity is not a human being, but a god indeed... To the celibate who conserves the semen with great efforts, what is there unattainable in this world? By the power of the composure of the semen, one will become just like myself.
12. Ramakrishna Paramahansa : The whole progress in raising the kundalini shakti along the sushumna nadi ( for attaining God-Realization ) through spiritual sadhana of whole two years is fully wasted in losing semen just once. - from "Gospel of Ramakrishna Paramahansa"
13. Swami Sivananda : A sexual act shatters the nervous system. The whole nervous system is shaken or agitated during the act. There is excessive loss of energy. More energy is wasted during coition. But it is not so when emission occurs during the dreaming state. In a wet dream, it may be the outflow of the prostatic juice only. Even if there is loss of the vital fluid, there is not much draining. The actual essence does not come out during wet dreams. It is only the watery prostatic juice with a little semen that is discharged during nocturnal pollutions. ( Swamijee was himself a doctor before embracing Sannyasa )
14. Jesus Christ : For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb; there are some eunuchs of men; and there be eunuchs, which made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive let him receive. - from Bible
15. Saint Kabir : Just after the act, both the partners feel extreme drainage of energy, still no one understands the importance of celibacy.
16. Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu : Vital Energy is the essence of Your Body. Preservation of it is the key to longevity of youthfulness. Throughout history, great sages, saints, and seers have stressed the paramount importance of celibacy for leading a noble and sublime life. A person lacking in self-restraint and self-discipline can never make progress in any worthwhile endeavor nor can he be of any service to the society. A society made up of such people is unable to make any material or spiritual progress. Such degenerated societies disintegrate in the long run.

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