Instincts and appetites form a part of all life on earth. Sense impulses and biologicalurges are common to animal and man alike. Sex is one of the prominent, most important andabsolutely essential aspects of human, animal as well as plant life. Sex is an integral part of life—human, animal and plant. While this aspect of life is regulated by nature in plants and byinstinct in animals, in man it is left to his common-sense, intelligence and his developed reasonto control and regulate the same. The vast and ancient scriptures of the world offer humansociety specific rules and regulations in this respect. With regard to India, as a nation, ourforefathers followed the do’s and don’ts of the Dharma Sastras in meticulous detail and this, inlarge measure, contributed to their health, longevity and spiritual welfare.But alas, in the present-day world, and more particularly among the educated class, in allwalks of society and in all age groups, norms of conduct laid down by the scriptures are floutedwith so much impunity that we see, all around us, the number of physical, mental and moralwrecks increasing every day. One reason for this sad state of affairs is modern man’s ignoranceof his own scriptural treasures.Swami Sivananda came on the Indian scene, in the early thirties, to blast this ignorance of the people by offering the hoary wisdom of the ancients through the media of his simple Englishwritings. It is well known that spiritual treatises apart, the great Master, whose love for mankindknew no bounds, wrote a number of books concerning health, hygiene and medicine. One suchbook was “Practice of Brahmacharya” which dealt mostly with the subject of celibacy, and wherecelibacy was not possible, a regulated sex life. This book has been popular with the public.This apart, the Swamiji’s thoughts on the subject of sex and sex sublimation are also tobe seen here and there spread over his voluminous writings. In the present volume, all of Swamiji’s thoughts and instructions on the subject of sex and celibacy have been gathered upfrom “Practice of Brahmacharya” and elsewhere, and thoroughly edited, with a view to offeringthe public, and especially to the younger generation, a working guide to the vital subject of sexsublimation. This has been done as an act of loving service to modern youth who are often leftgroping in the dark by an irresponsible society. These days we often hear about “juveniledelinquency,” but this juvenile delinquency itself is the result of adult irresponsibility. The youthof the world craves for guidance which is often not forthcoming from the parents, teachers orsociety.It is hoped that this book of holy Master Swami Sivananda will fill the above-mentionedlacuna and offer the youth of the world the knowledge and guidance which they so richly deservein a vital area which affects their physical, mental, ethical and spiritual well-being.We pray that the blessings of the holy Master may pour on all those who may chance togo through the following pages and open up a new chapter in their lives. May all be healthy,happy and spiritually blessed.
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu!
8th September, 1988. —THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY