There are numerous benefits of brahmacharya and celibacy. Modern society would have you believe that sex/masturbation is good for health while sexual abstinence is bad. Yet if you do a little research and experiment with continence yourself, you would quickly find out how wrong this notion is. Contemporary society is a hedonistic society, and obviously such a society will not criticize the ”crème de la crème” of sensual pleasures.
Chastity is considered to be the highest virtue for a reason and that reason is not a superstitious one. The great, well-known philosopher Pythagoras eulogized continence as did several others such as Seneca the younger, Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, Buddha, Friedrich Nietzsche, Patanjali and Muhammad Ali. You probably weren’t expecting to see Muhammad Ali on the list. Like several other old sportsmen and boxers, he observed sexual continence before a fight. In boxing and other fighting sports such as Baguazhang, many trainers hold the view that sex weakens the body, especially the legs.
Many shamans around the world also abstain from sex. They say they do this to gain spiritual power. So as you can see, the belief that continence is good is not limited to Christianity or a particular culture. Do a little research and you’ll find out that celibacy was praised by plenty of remarkable people of different cultures and religions. You should also know that the largest traditional medicine systems – Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine – also regard the spilling of semen and excessive sex as harmful. None of this is a coincidence.
That which is not used for generation is used for re-generation!
The body uses the same energy and material wasted through sexual activity to heal itself. Take note though, that to truly reap the fruits of the practice you must be mentally chaste as well. Physical abstinence is the first step but mental celibacy is the real celibacy. By restraining yourself physically and letting the mind run wild you will only be cheating yourself.
Here’s a list of benefits you can expect to experience from brahmacharya. These are based on my experience and that of others. Do a little research and you’ll find plenty of people reporting similar benefits.
Better Eyes - Eyesight improves considerably with the practice. And it’s not just the sight that improves but also the endurance of the eyes. You can then spend hours in front of your computer without your vision getting fuzzy and/or your eyes getting tired. In ancient times they used to say that “masturbation causes blindness”. It’s an exaggeration but there is a connection between the two. The floaters around the eyes also reduce or disappear completely.
Blissfulness/Contentment – You will start to feel bliss, which will cause dispassion and distaste for sensual pleasures. Sometimes the bliss is so great that you lose interest in everything around you. To increase this bliss it’s best to practice self-inquiry (hold the I thought-feeling) as taught by Ramana Maharshi. The bliss is similar to the pleasure you get from sexual activity but more refined (subtler). It’s better because it’s continuous, and has an invigorating effect on the body.
Courage/Fearlessness - Fear reduces a lot. It’ll become hard for you to be scared, even of dangerous things. In a dangerous situation, you’ll be aware of the risk but you will also be able to deal with it carefully instead of panicking and worsening the situation. You will start to feel what real masculinity is like.
Better Memory – You will find it easier to remember things and you will also remember memories which you had long forgotten. Never mind old memories, you will also start to remember dreams which you had a long time ago. The mind will become much sharper.
Better Immunity – The energy reserves of your body are much higher now so the body will find it easier to deal with illnesses. It may happen that illnesses actually increase in the beginning with the practice, probably because of the body healing itself from ailments, but all will be better in time.
Intuition/Spontaneous Understanding – The mind becomes incredibly sharp and able to grasp things easily. You’ll start to understand things intuitively without thinking about them. The answers will come to you naturally on their own.
Lack of worry – Your worries reduce greatly. You will actually start to find it difficult to worry because you feel perfect or close to perfect. This will give you a sense of security enabling you to deal with difficult situations without worrying.
Confidence - You’ll develop vigor and confidence. Shyness leaves you and you feel comfortable with yourself. The increased confidence can easily make one conceited so be careful.
Lack of Anger/Irritability – The greater the bliss, the greater the inner peace. The blissful feeling makes it nearly impossible to get angry. Suddenly everything’s fine. Nothing bothers you anymore.
Suppleness – The body will become more supple and flexible. Notice how flexible young children are? They haven’t wasted their vital force as much as adults and so their bodies are strong and supple.
Calmness – An indescribable inner calm develops. You will develop the virtue of patience quite naturally.
A life of self-restraint is much more rewarding than a life of sensual indulgence. The latter is a life of wastage while the former is a life of conservation. There’s no limit to the benefits of celibacy because with it energy is stored and used to heal the body and enhance it. Even if we ignore the energy wasted by sexual activity, there is still the material wasted by ejaculation. From what I read, semen has a significant amount of zinc, other trace minerals and a lot of important substances such as lecithin, spermine, prostaglandins etc…
People try to downplay the waste by claiming it’s small, but no matter how small the amount of valuable substances is, it is foolish to assume that the fluid responsible for the creation of life is insignificant.
Did you experience any of the benefits above or something else? You can share your experience by commenting below.