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I agree with you, OP. "Controlled Celibacy" is a key to spiritual enlightenment. In fact, sex is nothing but a waste of spiritual energy and should be used for procreation only. If everyone on Earth had sex ONLY for procreation, there would be no more accidental pregnancies, abortions, etc. In Hinduism it is called Brahmacharya. Roughly it translates to "dedicated to God." Brahmacharya teaches not only abstinence from sex, but also abstinence of all things that drain your spiritual energy, or cut you off from God, the True Self. www.dlshq.org...
Sacred-Sex.org: "The present Dalai Lama is a Cognizant, Self-Realized Master" - Samael Aun Weor
"In Tibetan Buddhism, especially if you look at the iconography of the deities with their consorts, you can see a lot of very explicit sexual symbolism which often gives the wrong impression. Actually, in this case the sexual organ is utilized, but the energy movement which is taking place is, in the end, fully controlled.
"The energy should never be let out. This energy must be controlled and eventually returned to other parts of the body. What is required for a Tantric practitioner is to develop the capacity to utilize one's faculties of bliss and the blissful experiences which are specifically generated due to the flow of regenerative fluids within one's own energy channels. It is crucial to have the ability to protect oneself from the fault of emission. It is not just a purely ordinary sexual act.
"And here we can see there is a kind of special connection with celibacy. Especially in the practice of the Kalachakra Tantra, this precept of protecting oneself from the emission of energy is considered to be very important. The Kalachakra literature mentions three types of blissful experience: one is the blissful experience induced by the flow of energy; one is the immutable blissful experience; and one is the mutable blissful experience.
"To me, when Buddha took the celibacy vow, at that level he did not explain all the reasons behind that rule or that discipline. The complete explanation comes when we know the Tantrayana system."
– The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, The Heart of the Buddha’s Path
Originally posted by siree
I agree with you, OP. "Controlled Celibacy" is a key to spiritual enlightenment. In fact, sex is nothing but a waste of spiritual energy and should be used for procreation only. If everyone on Earth had sex ONLY for procreation, there would be no more accidental pregnancies, abortions, etc.
In Hinduism it is called Brahmacharya. Roughly it translates to "dedicated to God." Brahmacharya teaches not only abstinence from sex, but also abstinence of all things that drain your spiritual energy, or cut you off from God, the True Self.
"Sivananda intensely worked in the Great Work of the Father. Thus, he is a Guru-Deva in the most complete sense of the word."
"We recommend our readers study the great works of the female Master Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, entitled The Secret Doctrine. We also recommend Kundalini Yoga of Sivananda, the books of Dr. Arnold Krumm-Heller, the books of Dr. Adoum, the books of Rudolf Steiner, etc., etc."
"On another occasion in the superior worlds, I was speaking to Sivananda who had recently died. I remember that I was attending a conference and giving a speech. I was speaking in the Secret Secretorum about Tantra and about the alchemist laboratory. We were suddenly visited by Sivananda, who said, “Don’t you see that you are vulgarizing the knowledge? If we were given the key to Alchemy, we were given it knowing that we should never vulgarize this sacred knowledge!”
"When we started to discuss it I said to him, “I am ready to answer all your questions.” Now Sivananda, even though a human being, had very good sense. He sat down in eastern style and went into deep meditation. A little while later I felt that somebody was scratching my head from the inside. When I looked into my head, I saw this yogi there in profound meditation. When he finished his meditation, he stood up and said, “Now I understand the message you are giving to humanity, and I agree with you Samael. I will advise the people to read your books because now I understand all that you are doing.”
"I embraced him saying, “I also hold you in high esteem, Sivananda.” Of course he is a human being, but he is more judicious than others, at least having the aptitudes of not being a human being, and also possessing extraordinary mystical abilities."
- Samael Aun Weor
Originally posted by Throwback
Any of you read on the Bridal Chamber in the gnostic texts?
I completely represent the school of thought that one should let his/her sexual energy take it's natural course. There is nothing wrong with orgasm or sexual behaviour, quite the opposite. How many of this world's problems come from surpressed sexuality?
I find my lower back and spine becomes strong during chaste periods, and is weakened when, well, you know.. why is that?
Originally posted by Throwback
Yes. I recall there being a physical element to it. Basically sex without orgasm, just literally merging with each other.
Originally posted by Tamahu
But the orgasm always makes the egos stronger, so sex magic with orgasm is always Black Tantra (however sex magic with occasional orgasm is Grey Tantra, which inevitably leads to Black Tantra).
"Although I am using this ordinary term, sexual climax, it does not imply the ordinary sexual act. The reference here is to the experience of entering into union with a consort of the opposite sex, by means of which the elements at the crown are melted, and through the power of Meditation the process is also reversed.
"A prerequisite of such a practice is that you should be able to protect yourself from the fault of seminal emission. According to the explanation of the Kalachakra Tantra in particular, such emission is said to be very damaging to your practice. Therefore, because you should not experience emission even in dreams, the tantras describe different techniques for overcoming this fault."
- H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Sex and Kalachakra Tantra: "The present Dalai Lama is a Cognizant, Self-Realized Master" - V.M. Samael Aun Weor
"Now, as for the actual root downfall of discarding Bodhichitta, this is talking about having the mind that wishes liberation through the bliss of orgasmic release ('dzag-bde grol-ba 'dod-kyi sems). As for this bliss of orgasmic release, some non-Buddhist traditions (mu-stegs-pa) assert that offering a homa fire puja of semen in the Reality Source of a woman pleases Ishvara (dBang-phyug, Shiva) and that through this one can achieve moksha, liberation. But, liberation doesn't happen like that. Therefore, specifically to stop this mistaken practice, the vow was made that if, with a mind wishing for liberation through the bliss of orgasmic release, one ejaculates one's constituent source energy-drops externally (phyi-rol-du khams-phong-ba), it is a root downfall. Usually, however, when one has and ejaculates semen, there is no thought of wishing liberation through the bliss of releasing it. Thus, it is not a root downfall.
"However, there is a transgression and ignoring (chag-'dor) of the root vow. One was not taking care about one's seminal energy-drops (khu-ba bdag-po-ma-byed). Thus, there is a transgression of the root vow, but not a complete root downfall. If one is a practitioner and one's constituent-source energy-drops are lost (khams nyams-pa yin-pa), then one weakens the generation of unchanging bliss."
- H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Originally posted by MagoSA
sigh - common knowledge needs a reference? Ok...
Clerical celebacy as defined by the Catholic Church states that priests are to remain unmarried and chaste in their office in order to not be bound by the desires of the flesh and encumbered in marriage, devoting their lives to serving God.
The actual canon states: Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy which is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and are able to dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and humanity." Link below.
the reason may vary, but its common in many monastic studies to remain celibate while adhering to the rules.