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Celibacy : Scientific Analysis
Celibacy is absolute freedom from sexual thoughts and desires. It is the total control of all the senses in thought, word and deed. Celibacy is not mere bachelorhood. There should be strict abstinence not merely from sexual intercourse but also from autoerotic manifestations, from masturbation, from homosexual acts and from all perverse sexual practices. The instincts related to food, fear, sex and possession are so strong in all living beings from timeless beginning that they soon accept the thoughts that are suitable to these instincts. That is why the so-called researches of sexologists and the researches of psychologists like Freud are accepted sooner than researches showing the importance of celibacy. Freud says, “Desires should not be suppressed. Suppressions of desires create many perversions, which if suppressed, make the man perverted and mad.” Of course, these researches are not totally invalid or baseless. But they are only one side of the coin. The latter half of their conclusions and statements is as under. Regarding celibacy, Freud himself says: Semen has a great strength. That strength should be well channelized. By observing celibacy mental/intellectual and physical strength should be increased. We should, therefore, also think of other side of the coin. Scientific Reasons to maintain Celibacy: If celibacy is not observed by body, speech or mind/sense and sensory organs, sex hormones flow out of the body of men and women. The sex hormones are mostly made of lecithin, phosphorus, nitrogen, and iodine, the components which are very useful to life, body and brain. Sometime one has to give up hope for life as a result of excessive sexual activities. In this connection ‘Science of Regeneration’, the book written by Raymond Bernard is worth reading. He says that man’s sexual tendencies are fully controlled by endocrine glands. The endocrine glands produce sex hormones and they control other glands. Youth subsists on abundance of sex hormones in the blood. As endocrine glands decrease the production of sex hormones, we begin to experience old age and weakness. Semen is a treasure of inexhaustible strength. By protecting and preserving it man can maintain his energies and youth for a very long time. Just imagining about sexual pleasures can use up energy. Those who have lost much of their semen become easily irritated. They lose their balance of mind quickly. Little things upset them. The body and mind refuse to work energetically. There is physical and mental lethargy. Exhaustion and weakness are experienced. Bad memory, premature old age, impotence, various sorts of eye diseases and nervous diseases are attributable to the heavy loss of this vital fluid. Those who have not observed the vow of celibacy become slaves of anger, laziness and fear. If you do not have your senses under control, you venture to do foolish things which even children will not dare to do. Modern science does not lag behind in making experiments for regaining youth, rejuvenation etc. but the energy lasts only for 3-4 years. Therefore, in order to sustain, youth endocrine glands should be kept active and sex hormones in blood should be abundant. 9 Rules of Celibacy and their Scientific Analysis: In these days of excessive indulgence in sexual enjoyments, is it possible to observe perfect celibacy physically, vocally or mentally? Most of the people will answer this question in the negative. But in my opinion, the observance of celibacy is very
As a result. generally they look at each other. That is why this rule is included in the nine rules of celibacy.Celibacy : Scientific Analysis | Tattva Gyan Page 2 of 5 simple and natural if the nine rules of celibacy. the circuit of magnetic-electric current remains incomplete. When a man thinks of sensual pleasures with a woman. As a result. and a woman should not sit on a seat occupied by a man for three hours after he vacates it . his magnetic field extends as far as the object or person. If the wavelength and the amplitude are not proportionate. which is called Anantakaya according to Jain scriptures. face and other organs of a woman’s body . the electro-magnetic lines emerging from their poles. In these circumstances. speech and mind) of celibacy are rightly and strictly observed. but they are not definite because magnetic poles depend on changes in mind. as the sensorium is made of material particles. Their mind gets united. the circuit of the magnetic-electric current is also completed. a beast or an eunuch. and therefore. invisible particles (matter) also drop from the body of the person. When an eunuch’s mind changes. If the wavelength and amplitude of the waves are equal. an eunuch or a beast. Of course. http://tattvagyan. the particles emitted from the mushroom. When a man looks at a particular object or person in a particular direction. Scientists have also proved this.com/science/celibacy/ 20-Jun-13 . Since the bio-electro-magnetic poles of a man and a woman are in the opposite order. if their electromagnetic waves are of unequal frequency. join together and as their electro-magnetic fields join together. But if the electro-magnetic waves emerging from them have equal frequency. The aura can be good or bad according to the thoughts of the person’s mind. The nine rules of celibacy with their scientific analysis are as under: 1. A mushroom. and put up side down on a piece of paper for a while. his mind attracts the woman’s mind and thoughts of mind create attraction between unlike poles of each other. A woman should not look steadily at eyes.While a man sits at a place. face and other organs of man’s body nor should a man look steadily at eyes. 2. In order to observe celibacy fully. the magnetic field is formed by Mano Vargana (paramanu-units of material particles) emitted by sensorium. Changes of poles go on in eunuchs. a monk lives in a place inhabited by a woman. 3. which in Jain terminology. the circuit of bio-electromagnetic current is completed. A lone man/woman should not tell religious stories or give sermon to a lone woman/man. their magnetic power and magnetic field are very strong. invisible particles dropped from the body of a man or a woman lie there for a long time. Men and women have their bio-electro-magnetic poles in the opposite order. on account of attraction of unlike poles. its magnetic poles also change. are called nine guptis (restrictions related to activities of body. it becomes very difficult for him to observe celibacy. a beast or a eunuch . i. their power of attraction also becomes equal. therefore. like an alternate current of electricity. One should live in a place devoid of woman (man). their mutual attraction also becomes unequal. It is a general rule of magnetism that like poles repel and unlike poles attract. sprouts up anywhere in the rainy season. misconduct is unknowingly and invisibly committed and there is a mental breach of celibacy.When a lone man talks to a lone woman. the magnetic field of any living or non-living thing extends as long as infinite distance but it has very little influence on very distant objects. mathematically. The sexual excitement of eunuchs is great. Moreover. Similarly. These particles produce a bad effect on our mind and defile it.e. Eunuchs also have their magnetic poles. when they look at each other. their bio-electromagnetic attraction becomes stronger. an aura is formed around his body. it is necessary for a monk to stay in a place uninhabited by a woman. strong mental attraction is produced and that becomes ultimately the cause of fall of a self-restrained man. A man should refrain from talks about a woman and a woman should refrain from talks about a man . if they are within the magnetic field of each other.Every living being has his bio-electromagnetic field. 4. the thoughts in their minds mutually differ from each other. If its upper portion is cut off. thoughts. If. will make a circular figure there. A man should not sit on a seat occupied by a woman for 48 minutes after she vacates it.According to the belief of Jain philosophy.
it gets sublimated. Through mind or sensorium This is why scriptures have forbidden one who fully and sincerely observes celibacy to touch a person of opposite sex. some enjoy sexual pleasures only through touch. also leads to physical deterioration and inactiveness. meat. A person who practices celibacy for even a single night earns virtue so great which even thousands of Yagnyas fail to give. ghee. 9. full of vitality. this is the sublimation of energy. Really speaking pure or impure. Garlic. calms the emotions. One should leave the place. which is necessary for life. oil and sweets. and helps in the practice of celibacy. the magnetic field i. nor should he take bath or cosmetic treatment. If the semen produced in our body is prevented from being wasted. oil. good or bad thoughts of our mind make our bioelectro-magnetic field good or bad. The Jain scriptures call all these six substances to be infatuating food items because they can produce infatuation in the body. Only through touch 3. to look steadily at him or her. This connection is established in five ways: 1.Celibacy : Scientific Analysis | Tattva Gyan Page 3 of 5 5. controls the Indriyas (senses). This shows the importance of celibacy. 3. food without milk. They. hair on the body. ‘The Tattvartha Sutra’ supports this statement. ghee. Infatuation is also caused by getting more than necessary physical strength. onions. should not decorate his body.This rule also defiles the bio-electro-magnetic field of a person explained above. to talk with him or her for a long time or even to think of the person of opposite sex. some enjoy only through eyes. where words of amorous plays of a woman and a man from the other side of the wall are heard . jaggery. hair on the head. 7. Occasional fasting checks passion. But if a monk is constantly engaged in study. do not need a bath and a cosmetic treatment. Food should be eaten only to get necessary strength of the body. therefore.. men and women are two opposite poles. jaggery. The description of sexual pleasures of celestial beings given in the fourth chapter of the ancient Jain scripture. When these two poles are connected in one way or another. Even in these days. semen itself is again absorbed in blood. they may look bright and shiny and become a center of attraction for others. spice and infatuating food . One should abstain from very oily. scriptures allow him to take all the six kinds of infatuating food items with his guru’s permission. if one strictly follows these nine rules.com/science/celibacy/ 20-Jun-13 . To put it in terms of modern science. One should abstain from recollections of amorous plays indulged in previously . Through words and 5. taken in excess. it is possible to observe physical and mental celibacy. 2. 6. A celibate. food is an important source of energy. One should refrain from cosmetic treatment and bodily decoration . sensorium of some other person may become defiled by inauspicious thoughts. therefore. Of the higher types of gods. 8. curd.Sri Umasvati (Tattvartha Sutra) 4. and eggs stimulate passion. fish. . One should not take in excess even the dry. reaches the brain and ultimately fast develops in the form of intellect and memory.For every living organism. curds. toe-nails and to take cosmetic treatment because celibates naturally have a bright personality. If they take bath and cosmetic treatment. http://tattvagyan. finger-nails.Celibates are also forbidden to shave or cut attractively and artistically hair on the body. according to the natural arrangement in our body. To sum up. finger-nails or toenails. Through the actual sexual intercourse 2.Similarly. even dry food must be taken in a limited quantity. some enjoy them through words and some enjoy them only through sensorium. As a result. Spiritually speaking. energy comes to be used. Therefore. Gods who live up to Saudharma-the first heaven and Eshana-the second heaven satisfy their sex urge with actual sexual intercourse. Their celibacy is their bathing and chastity is fragrance. thinking. Different religious and scriptural views: 1. Semen is an energy. a monk should not take food such as milk. unoiled or arid food . A contact with a person of defiled magnetic field may soon defile the magnetic field of a celibate person. Sri Niskulanandaji of Swaminarayan religion has made a poem on the nine rules of celibacy.This rule also defiles the bio-electromagnetic field of a person explained above. Generally.e. Through eyes 4. One should not attractively and artistically cut or decorate hair on the head. meditation and specially learning and teaching and if he is physically weak. sweets etc.
Sperms. 1993. Reduce risk of dropping out of high school or college due to an unwanted pregnancy. p. 2. the only preventive which can ward it off is the vow of sexual satisfaction confined to one’s own life partner and for others. must desist from having carnal relations with any other woman except his own wife. Reduces risk of other STDs such as herpes. A person who breaks this rule enters hell 21 times. 5. however in the domain of science. 131 . http://tattvagyan. A man who gets an oil massage and enjoys physical relations with a woman on eclipse.Dharmopanishada 6. Women can preserve the sex hormones by observing celibacy through which they remain young throughout their life. for other scientific aspects. though they were householders. Sankranti. .) 3.Dharmopanishada 7. Reduces risk of getting HPV which can lead to cervical cancer or even throat cancer contracted from oral sex. Leonardo da Vinci. Scientific Secrets of Jainism 2. Today AIDS has spread all over the world. Great known men who observed celibacy Sigmund Freud. if not released. no-moonday and the fourteenth day of the waxing and waning moon is reborn as a Chandala – man of a lowest caste. So if it is continuously reabsorbed every 2 days (that’s the life span of a sperm cell) your body gets more nutrients allowing it to think better and be healthier. So reabsorbing sperm by keeping chaste is the most efficient way to govern your body and maintain good health. On account of restrictions of a monk’s life. genital warts. Reduce risk of unwanted pregnancy. Published by ISCA Calcutta. Shri Kanti bhatt’s article ‘Advantages of Celibacy’ (second part) in ‘Jnana Gatnariya’ column in the Shatadal supplement of ‘Gujarat Samachar’ of Wednesday. . Isaac Newton. which may lead to death 4. February. Grinnal says that the reality described by science is not complete or absolute since changes occur with alternations In scientific attitude.Dharmopanishada 5. Morarji Desai etc. observed celibacy since youth.Celibacy : Scientific Analysis | Tattva Gyan Page 4 of 5 . (Everyman’ s Science. Cervical cancer can spread cancer throughout the body. gonorrhea. 1993. 4. 7. A man who desires to walk on the path of the dharma. but I suggest that the readers may read. . For further reference: 1. Michelangelo. For married men. it is observance of celibacy (Brahmacharya). chlamydia. 8.Dharma ke das lakshan BENEFITS OF CELIBACY: 1. etc. 17. 6. I do not enter into a detailed analysis of this. 260. Truth is generally believed to be absolute. The poet Dyanat Ray says that a person reaches the place of salvation (‘Shiva Mahala’) by climbing up the (spiritual) stairs of ten-religions of which the tenth stair is of Celibacy (Bhramacharya) and beyond it is the beatitude (‘Moksha’). achieving one’s educational goals before getting pregnant. are reabsorbed by the body and it also contains tons of rich nutrients that are found in nerve cells.com/science/celibacy/ 20-Jun-13 . Reduces risk of getting HIV or Hepatitis C. the results of scientific investigations do not always fit into this expectation. The body can get nutrients simply by eating food but it spends lot of energy trying to digest food and extract nutrients from it and then it spends those nutrients creating more sperm. ‘Sramanakriya Na Sutro‘ (artha sahita) p. Albert Einstein. which can lead to death 3.
In an aquarium. The Tattvartha Sutra – Chapter 4 (Sutra-8) 8. This fish produces an electric current of 600 volts and with that electricity. a photographic technique has been invented. a fish named ‘Electric Eel’ is preserved. tn future. this technique will be used to identify criminals. Now. his figure and aura stand out in the photograph. the board ‘Electric Eel’ is lighted.Celibacy : Scientific Analysis | Tattva Gyan Page 5 of 5 5. 7. Ten Characteristics of Religion http://tattvagyan. 6. If someone sits at a place for some time and then goes away and if a photograph of his former place is taken.com/science/celibacy/ 20-Jun-13 .