Everyone wishes to have pleasures in the life. Obviously, the precious human life deserves it and should be allowed to enjoy the pleasures uninterruptedly. With the advancement of science, various means of entertainment have been evolved and the mankind is indulging to the maximum possible. It is right also, why have those means been invented over and above the nature had organized? It is also true that every pleasure has certain cost also – you will have to toil hard, the sweating makes you feel the taste of sweet results of your struggle. If you just involve yourself in entertaining yourself without doing anything, you will certainly get bore after a few spells. It is therefore a matter of prudence that you maintain a balance between your work and enjoyments. Over-indulgence in enjoyments is always injurious to your health.
In spite of the various means available at the disposal of the humankind, still most of us get attracted to sensual enjoyments more preferably perhaps because of easy availability or having more attraction comparatively. But we don’t know that the most devitalizing and demoralizing of pleasures is the sex pleasure. Sensual enjoyment is attended with various defects. It is attended with various sorts of sins, pains, weaknesses, attachments, slave mentality, weak will, severe exertion and struggle, craving and mental restlessness.
Once having enjoyed sensual pleasure, worldly persons never come to their proper senses although they get severe knocks, kicks and blows from different corners. The strolling street dog never stops from visiting the houses even though it is pelted with stones every time. Experts say that various kinds of diseases arise from the loss of semen, particularly in young age. There appear boils on the body, acne or eruptions on the face, blue lines around the eyes, absence of beard, sunken eyes, pale face with anemia, loss of memory, loss of eye-sight, shortsightedness, discharge of semen along with urine, enlargement of the testes, pain in the testes, debility, drowsiness, laziness, gloominess, palpitation of the heart, difficulty in breathing, phthisis, pain in the back, loins, head and joints, weak kidneys, passing urine in sleep, fickle-mindedness, lack of thinking power, bad dreams, wet dreams and restlessness of mind.
Moreover, you can mark carefully the evil after-effects that follow the loss of seminal energy. Persons are physically, mentally and morally debilitated by wasting the seminal power on so many occasions for nothing. The body and the mind refuse to work energetically. There is physical and mental lethargy. You experience much exhaustion and weakness. You will have to take recourse to drinking milk, to eating fruits and aphrodisiac confections, to make good the loss of energy. These things can never repair the loss completely. Once lost is lost for ever. You will have to drag on a dreary, cheerless existence. Bodily and mental strength gets diminished day by day.
You know! Those who have lost much of their semen in excessive sexual intercourse become very irritable. Little things upset their minds. Those who have not observed the vow of celibacy become the slaves of anger, jealousy, laziness and fear. If you have not got your senses under control, you venture to do foolish acts which even children will not dare to do. He who has wasted the vital energy becomes easily irritable, loses his balance of mind and gets into a state of explosive fury for trifling things. When a man becomes furious, he behaves improperly. He does not know what he is exactly doing as he loses his power of reasoning and discrimination. He will do anything he likes. He will insult even his parents, and respectable persons. We need to treat the vital energy as Divine Energy. The aspirant who is trying to develop good behavior must preserve. Preservation of this divine energy leads to the attainment of strong will-power, good behavior and spiritual exaltation eventually.
Excessive sexual intercourse drains the energy enormously. Young men do not realize the value of the vital fluid. They waste this dynamic energy by immoderate copulation. Their nerves are tickled much. They become intoxicated. What a serious blunder they commit! It is a crime that demands capital punishment. When this energy is once wasted, it can never be recouped by any other means. It is the most powerful energy in the world. One sexual act shatters completely the brain and the nervous system. People foolishly imagine that they can recover the lost energy by taking milk, almonds and some medicines. This is a mistake. You must try your level best to preserve every drop whether you are unmarried. If you are married, you must have proper discipline in your sexual activities with your spouse – no overindulgence at all. Self-realization is the goal.
The energy that is wasted during one sexual intercourse is tantamount to the energy that is spent in physical labor for ten days or the energy that is utilized in mental work for three days. Mark how precious is this. Do not waste this energy. Preserve it with great care. You will have wonderful vitality. When semen is properly preserved within your body, it is all transmuted into spiritual energy and stored up in the brain. Most of your ailments are due to excessive seminal wastage.
Wet dream and voluntary copulation—A vital difference
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. When nocturnal emission takes place, the mind which was working in the inner astral body suddenly enters the physical body vehemently in an agitated condition. That is the reason why emission takes place suddenly.
The night discharge may not stimulate the sexual desire. But a voluntary copulation, in the case of a sincere aspirant is highly detrimental to his spiritual progress. The impressions created by the act will be very deep; and it will intensify or strengthen the force of the previous ones that are already imbedded in the subconscious mind and will stimulate the sexual desire. It will be like pouring butter in the fire that is slowly getting extinguished. The task of obliterating this new impression will be an uphill work. This mind will try to delude you in a variety of ways by giving wrong counsel. Be on the alert. Do not hear its voice, but try to hear the voice of the conscience or the voice of the soul or the voice of discrimination. You should completely give up copulation if you are not discharging your pious duty towards your spouse in normal course of happy living.
Youth with bloodless faces
A good lot of energy is wasted during unwarranted copulation. Bad memory, premature old age, impotence, various sorts of eye diseases and various nervous diseases are attributable to the heavy loss of this vital energy. It is greatly shocking indeed to see many of our youth walking with tottering steps, with pale, bloodless faces instead of jumping hither and thither with agile, nimble steps with vigour and vitality like the squirrel. Some people are so passionate and weak that even the thought or sight or touch makes them arouse.
What do we see in these days? Boys and girls, men and women, are drowned in the ocean of impure thoughts, lustful desires and little sensual pleasures. It is highly deplorable indeed. It is really shocking to hear the stories of some of these boys. Their power of discrimination has been lost owing to sexual excitement and lustful intoxication. Why do you lose the energy that is gained in many weeks and months for the sake of the little, momentary sensual pleasure?
The vital energy, that supports your manhood, which shines in your sparkling eyes, which beams in your shining cheeks, is a great treasure for you. It is the quintessence of blood. One drop of your semen is manufactured out of forty drops of blood. Mark here how valuable this fluid is.
A tree draws an essence from the earth. This essence is circulated throughout the tree, its twigs, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits. The shining colors and life in the leaves, flowers and fruits are due to this essence. Similarly, the semen that is manufactured by the cells of the testes out of blood gives color and vitality to the human body and its different organs.
According to Ayurveda, semen is the last matter that is formed out of food. Out of food is manufactured chyle. Out of chyle comes blood. Out of blood comes flesh. Out of flesh comes fat. Out of fat comes bone. Out of bone comes marrow. Out of marrow comes semen. These are the or the seven matters that support this life and body. Mark here how precious is this. It is the last essence. It is the Essence of essences. The semen comes out of the very marrow that lies concealed inside the bones.
There are three divisions in each matter. Semen nourishes the physical body, the heart and the intellect. Only that man who uses the physical body, the heart and the intellect can have perfect celibacy. A wrestler who uses his physical body only, but keeps the intellect and the heart undeveloped, cannot expect to have full celibacy. He can have celibacy of the body only, but not of the mind and the heart. The semen that belongs to the heart and the mind will certainly flow out. If an aspirant does only meditation, if he does not develop the heart, and if he does not practice physical exercise, he will have only mental celibacy. The portion of the semen, which goes to nourish the heart and the body, will flow out. But an advanced Yogi who dives deep in meditation will have full celibacy even if he does not take physical exercise.
Semen is the quintessence of food or blood. One drop of semen in manufactured out of forty drops of blood according to modern medical science. According to Ayurveda, it is elaborated out of eighty drops of blood. The two testes or seeds that are located in the scrotal bag are called secretory glands. The cells of these testes have been endowed with the peculiar property of secreting semen from the blood. Just as bees collect honey in the honeycomb drop by drop, so also, the cells of the testes collect semen drop by drop from the blood. Then this fluid is taken by the two ducts or tubes to the vesiculae seminalis. Under excitement, it is thrown out by special ducts, called ejaculatory ducts, into the urethra where it is mixed with the prostatic juice. Semen is found in a subtle state in all the cells of the body. Just as sugar is all-pervading in the sugar-cane, butter in milk, so also, semen is pervading the whole body. Just as the butter milk is thin after the butter is removed, so also, semen is thinned by its wastage. The more the wastage of semen the more is the weakness. In the Yoga Sastras it is said:
Maranam Bindu Patanat,
Jivanam Bindu Rakshanat.
Falling of semen brings death; preservation of semen gives life. Semen is the real vitality in men. It is the hidden treasure in man. It imparts Brahma-Tejas to the face and strength to the intellect.
Modern medical opinion
Dr. Nicole says: “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.”
If the spermatic secretion in men is continuous, it must either be expelled or be reabsorbed. As a result of the most patient and persevering scientific investigations, it has been found that whenever the seminal secretions are conserved and thereby reabsorbed into the system, it goes towards enriching the blood and strengthening the brain. Dr. Dio Louis thinks that the conservation of this element is essential to strength of body, vigor of mind and keenness of intellect. Another writer, Dr. E.P. Miller, says: “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.”
Mind, Breath and Semen
Mind, breath and semen are the three links of one chain. They are the three pillars of the edifice of Soul. Destroy one pillar—mind, breath or semen—and the whole building will fall to pieces. Mind, breath and semen are one. By controlling the mind, you can control breath and semen. By controlling breath you can control the mind and semen. By controlling semen, you can control the mind and breathing.
Mind, breath and semen are under the one connection or circuit. If the mind is controlled, breath and semen are controlled automatically. He who suspends or restrains breath restrains also the working of the mind and the movement of the semen. Again, if the unnecessary flow of semen is controlled, and if it is made to flow upwards into the brain by pure thoughts and the practice of yoga, the mind and the Breath are automatically controlled.
The mind is set in motion or rendered active by two things—the vibration of breathing and the subtle desires. Where the mind is absorbed, there the breathing is restrained; and where the breathing is fixed, there the mind also is absorbed. Mind and breathing are intimate companions, like a man and his shadow. If the mind and the breath are not restrained, all the organs of sensation and action keep actively engaged in their respective functions.
When a man is excited by passion, the breathing is set in motion. Then the whole body obeys the dictate of the mind just as a soldier obeys the command of his commander. The vital air or breath moves the internal sap or semen. The semen is put into motion. It falls downwards, just as the clouds burst into rain water, just as the fruits, flowers and leaves of the trees drop down by the force of the blowing winds.
If the Semen is lost, breath gets unsteady. breath is agitated. The man becomes nervous. Then the mind also cannot work properly. The man becomes fickle-minded. There is mental weakness.
If the breath is rendered steady, the mind also becomes steady. If the semen is steady, the mind also is steady. If the semen is steady, the mind also is steady.If the vision is steady, the mind also becomes steady. Therefore, control the breath, the semen and your vision. Kindly don’t involve yourself in overindulgence in your sensual pleasures and devote your spare time in more constructive ways in social welfare. They will definitely repay to you.
Be Happy – Avoid Overindulgence.