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SECTION I. THE PHENOMENON OF SEX
1. THE PRESENT-DAY DEGRADATION
The world is all sexy
Spiritual Sadhana is the answer to sex attraction
Brahmacharya—the need of the hour
2. THE WORKING OF THE SEX IMPULSE
The flowery bow of Cupid
The Samskaras in the subconscious mind
How to gauge your own mental purity
Eradication of lust is no easy task
3. INTENSITY OF THE CRAVINGS IN DIFFERENT PERSONS
Passion in children, the youth and the aged
Sexual thought in sages, spiritual aspirants and householders
Lust in men and in women
4. SEX IS IN IMAGINATION
Beauty is a mental concept
Misleading descriptions of a woman’s beauty
Passion blinds the intellect
5. THE DISASTROUS EFFECTS OF SEXUAL INDULGENCE
Wet dream and voluntary copulation—A vital difference
Youth with bloodless faces
6. THE VALUE OF SEMEN
Modern medical opinion
Mind, Prana and Veerya
SECTION II. THE GLORY OF BRAHMACHARYA
7. THE MEANING OF BRAHMACHARYA
The eight breaks in Brahmacharya
Physical Brahmacharya and mental Brahmacharya
A common complaint
8. THE GLORY OF BRAHMACHARYA
Secret of health and longevity
Celibacy promotes concentration
9. IMPORTANCE OF CELIBACY IN SPIRITUAL LIFE
Celibacy in the different religious orders
Brahmacharya—the foundation of spiritual life
10. BRAHMACHARYA FOR HOUSEHOLDERS
What is Brahmacharya in married life?
When the wife becomes the mother
Living a life of spiritual partnership
11. WOMEN AND BRAHMACHARYA
Brahmacharinis—ancient and modern
Loose life is not freedom
A call to spiritual life
Duty of teachers and parents
13. SOME IDEAL BRAHMACHARINS
Hanuman
Sri Lakshmana
Bhishma
SECTION III. TECHNIQUES OF SEX SUBLIMATION
14. SUPPRESSION AND SUBLIMATION
From sex energy to spiritual energy
The secret of sex sublimation
Total sublimation is difficult, yet not impossible
15. TO MARRY OR NOT TO MARRY
Is celibacy possible?
A foolish argument of the Epicureans
Nature of the love between husband and wife
To be a celibate? Or to be a householder?
The Akhanda Brahmachari
16. THE DANGERS OF PROMISCUOUS MIXING
Havoc played by mental images
The forbidden fruit—God’s test for the spiritual aspirant
17. STOP THAT LUSTFUL LOOK!
Mind the feeling behind the look!
How to counter impure thoughts
18. THE ROLE OF DIET IN SEX CONTROL
Sattvic food
19. WET DREAMS AND SPERMATORRHOEA
Difference between physiological pollution and pathological pollution
Causes and consequences
A warning against evil sex habits and outbursts of anger
Importance of proper food and evacuation
Get up before 4 a.m
Take to the Name of the Lord
The benefits of a hip bath
Some helpful suggestions
20. SOME POWERFUL AIDS TO THE PRACTICE OF CELIBACY
Control of the palate
Avoid bad company
Watch the thoughts
Seek Satsanga or good company
Cultivate Viveka and Vairagya
A note of clarification
Change the Drishti or angle of vision
21. HATHA YOGA TO THE RESCUE
Siddhasana
Sirshasana
Sarvangasana
Matsyasana
Padangushthasana
Instruction on Asana practice
Mula Bandha
Jalandhara Bandha
Uddiyana Bandha
Nauli Kriya
Maha Mudra
Yoga Mudra
Easy and comfortable Pranayama
Bhastrika Pranayama
Hints on Pranayama practice
Vajroli Mudra
22. SOME ILLUSTRATIVE STORIES
1. The power of lust. The example of Jaimini
2. Passion’s hold over man’s mind. Socrates and his disciple
3. Lust increases with enjoyment. Raja Yayati
4. Dawn of Viveka and Vairagya. Yogi Vemana
5. Beauty lies in imagination. The story of Hemachuda
6. Physical beauty is no beauty. Story of a prince
7. Being busy is the best way to control lust. Story of a ghost
SELECT SAYINGS ON SEX AND CELIBACY
SECTION IV. A SYMPOSIUM
COMMENTARY ON SWAMI SIVANANDA’S 8TH SPIRITUAL INSTRUCTION
Perpetuation of the Species
Power of Brahmacharya
Duties of Householders
Brahmacharya in Modern Society
Advantages of Brahmacharya
Books on Brahmacharya
THE PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE OF BRAHMACHARYA
The Four Great Purusharthas
The Twofold importance of Dharma
Conservation of Energy in the Context of a Spiritual Life
Sex Energy-A Manifestation of Para Shakti
The Human Body Compared to a Mansion
How to Rise Above Sex
Voluntary Self-restraint Is No Suppression
BRAHMACHARYA—AN OUTLOOK OF CONSCIOUSNESS
How Our Energy Gets Diverted and Dissipated
Conservation of Energy for Brahma-Sakshatkara
The Individual—A Pressure Centre
Stresses and Strains—Their Cause and Cure
The Havoc Wrought by the Externalising Senses
Desire—A Metaphysical Evil
Varnashrama—An Aid to Free Ourselves from the Grip of Nature
MARRIAGE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
BIRTH CONTROL
Instructions for Householders
Population Should Be Checked
Danger of Artificial Means
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