The total annihilation of the sex desire is the ultimate spiritual ideal
- Swami Sivananda
After introducing Doctrine of Chastity to a select readership, it quickly became clear that it required a certain degree of revision.
This second edition is produced without the redundancies and unnecessary information that had accumulated in the first. References to Gnosis
and the Virgin Mary are no longer the central focus of this short work; instead, the book Practice of
Brahmacharya by Swami Sivananda is held here to be the textbook par excellence for the practice of celibacy, and Doctrine of Chastity
is, more or less, an up-to-date development on Sivananda's 1934 book, intended for the 21st century reader.
This short work is suitable for Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, etc. and neither favours nor excludes any one religion or belief system. It is taken for granted that the reader possesses some level of spiritual knowledge or curiosity and is open to new ideas.
Chastity and celibacy are individual topics but possess a measure of overlap whereby the words can be used almost interchangeably. The distinction is preserved in the reference to White Tantra in the fourth section.
Chastity, or purity and moderation in sexual, dietary, religious and interpersonal conduct, is the summum bonum of all religious traditions. This short work expands on this idea and provides information with which the reader can pursue his or her own practice of this vital science.
God bless and enjoy reading.
Too many unchaste and impious people see no value in religion. They make uninformed statements such as, "Religion is garbage," "It
causes too many arguments," "I don't believe in God," etc. Their remarks demonstrate a total lack of understanding of the value of
religion, and their ignorance is prevalent worldwide. Religion is valuable, helpful, useful, and indispensable to spiritual
progress. It gives us rules to live by: not only chastity, but also sobriety and temperance.
However, all too many religiously-inclined persons ignore one of the fundamental Silas of Buddhism, i.e. not to take intoxicants; instead they abuse alcohol, opiates, methamphetamine, cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD, marijuana, cigarettes, etc.
Indeed, drugs, alcohol, overeating, gambling and other compulsive behaviours are detrimental to spiritual advancement, but what's even worse is a negative or indifferent attitude towards religion. The fools who love the world more than God have no hope of bettering themselves, either in this life or the next.
Friedrich Nietzsche was mad to say that God is dead, for "in Him we live and move and have our being."
Diet plays an important part in maintaining chastity.
Prophets of olden times followed specific diets in order to avoid ritual defilement: Daniel and the three Holy Children refused the royal meat and wine in favour of pulses and water, and the prophet Ezekiel ate and drank very small quantities of mixed-grain bread and water for over a year.
Stimulating, sedating and narcotic foodstuffs or substances should be avoided: tea, coffee, energy drinks, distilled alcohol, etc. are not beneficial. Also unbeneficial is "junk food" high in fat, salt and sugar, although in cold climates moderate quantities of fatty foods are desirable.
A chaste person's diet should consist of whole grains, dairy items, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Oats, spelt, barley, rye; honey, yoghurt, milk, cream; almonds, pistachio nuts, dates, sultanas; and tomatoes, spinach and fruits, particularly citrus fruits, are all very good.
Obedience to the law of God bestows happiness and life.
Different religions contain various different forms of worship, but their emphasis on morality is common to all. The foundation of spiritual progress is morality, and the Christian commandments, the Buddhist Silas of ethical conduct, the Hindu Shastras, Islamic Sharia law, etc. outline the kind of morals with which we should rule our lives. If our lives are in line with both human law and divine law, then volunteer work and charity donations earn us good karma for future lives, and fasting, prayer, Mantras, sacraments and meditation help us increase our conscious contact with the Divinity of our own understanding. Sickness, disease and all kinds of misfortune are the results of a lawless and unspiritual life. Therefore we should develop and observe rules to live by, and not depart from the observance of divine law.
Wealth, victory over enemies and wisdom are the fruits of a life lived well and with chastity.
Esoteric science tells us that our body contains seven (normally invisible) energy centres corresponding to points on our trunk, neck
and head. In Sanskrit these are known as Chakras: Muladhara, Svadhishthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna, and Sahasrara. The Biblical
book of Revelation refers to them as the Churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
The sexual act has two purposes: reproduction and spiritual regeneration. The process whereby an individual becomes spiritually regenerated and incarnates the Christ is known as White Tantra or Sexual Magic. White Tantra must be practised only by a married couple in the bedroom of their own home. It must not be practiced when the woman is menstruating or pregnant. To attempt to practise it outside marriage constitutes adultery. White Tantra is said to awaken the dormant power known as Kundalini from the coccyx and to make it ascend through the Chakras (Churches) until the human being becomes fully enlightened. The sexual or creative energy in each human being must be transmuted into Ojas Sakti, a special and most refined kind of energy. This is the secret at the heart of esoteric Christianity as well as Eastern mysticism.
By definition, celibacy means singlehood. Chastity, however, means simply purity or the state of remaining undefiled even within the context of marriage. One practices chastity in marriage by abandoning the orgasm and having sexual contact without losing even a drop of reproductive fluid. A celibate is totally prohibited from coitus, but one who practises chastity within the context of marriage is not bound by this particular rule. For more information, please consider reading the articles on sex at Gnosticteachings.org.
The benefits of chastity are as follows:
We can receive insight here and now by examining our own mind, and by analysing our dreams we can learn things about ourselves that may not have been obvious. Lust and Ego pervade the mind and it is necessary to take note of their workings by self-analysis and introspection. Ignorance of the nature of the mind and self leads to the wrong conception of the Ego-mind, i.e. "I am self-existent," or "I think, therefore I am." Whenever a desire, craving or negative emotion arises in the mind, overcoming it helps to develop that little bit more "emotional muscle" or strength of will.
For more information, refer to any book or article on Buddhist or Gnostic psychology, such as Treatise of Revolutionary Psychology by Samael Aun Weor. He says in this book: "To dissolve the psychological 'I,' to disintegrate its undesirable elements, is something unavoidable and non-excludable. This is the meaning of working upon oneself."
The modern Protestant and Catholic churches are purveyors of darkness. They are corrupt to the core. Among the churchgoers, we see gluttons, gossips, bullies, sex addicts, drug addicts, and even the odd homosexual. The priests' sermons are puffed-up, hypocritical and devoid of substance. Chastity is unheard of among the average churchgoers, and if the topic were to be brought up it would quickly be dismissed as pornographic or in poor taste. Various abominations exist in present-day churches, such as degenerated music, the perverse "speaking in tongues" practices of the Pentecostals, and insipid drama performances for the entertainment of the riff-raff and rabble.
Of what use is the transubstantiation of bread and wine to sinners who do not want to change their own lives?
It is good to study the Bible. The New Testament was written in Greek; the form of Greek in which it was written is known as Koine Greek, the common dialect of the Hellenistic period and the Roman empire. It is somewhere in between ancient and modern Greek. Many translations lose the true sense or preciseness of the original language.
If you wish to study Biblical Greek, consider acquiring a copy of J. Wenham's Elements of New Testament Greek. Like all language studies, it takes perseverance, dedication and intense interest. The Old Testament was also translated into Greek, as in this quote from Ecclesiastes:
τοῦ ποιῆσαι βιβλία πολλά· οὐκ ἔστι περασμός, καὶ μελέτη πολλὴ κόπωσις σαρκός.
[O]f making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. (Ecclesiastes 12:12)
The Latin version of the Bible and the Latin mass were used in Catholic churches for many years.
Latin is a highly inflected language, like ancient Greek. It was once taught in grammar schools, and is still worth studying for the aesthetic value of the language. See this page for some Latin prayers.
The Hail Mary in Latin is as follows:
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer in Latin is as follows:
Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
"The third Sila: Adultery is wrong. One who commits it does not command respect nor does one inspire confidence." (Gems of Buddhist Wisdom)
"The original sin of our first parents was the crime of spilling the semen. That is fornication." (Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony)
Self-abuse, or masturbation, is a great sin. Whoever masturbates experiences a corresponding decline in physical, mental and spiritual health and suffers the degeneration of his or her morals. Modern psychology observes that masturbation is a sign of immaturity. Those who masturbate are often ashamed of the habit but do not consider it imperative to stop. This is a mistake—it is urgent to stop. Otherwise the habit will lead to various mental disorders and poor physical and intellectual health. Young people should not be deceived by peer pressure or the idea that "everyone does it" or the false advice of sexual education teachers who state that it is healthy to masturbate. Masturbation, depending as it does on an array of imaginary sexual partners, causes impotence and interferes with real-life relationships.
Self-abuse is a sin against the Holy Spirit, and a failure in chastity.
Pornography is highly damaging to humanity. It causes chemical changes in the brain similar to those seen in drug addiction. It ruins marriages and annuls a young person's prospect of finding a healthy relationship. Pornography creates the illusion of sexual gratification without consequences, romance or human connection. It creates the falsehood of a never-ending stream of sexual partners that can be selected or rejected at one's fancy. Mankind was not created to ogle naked bodies in magazines or on television or the computer screen. Pornography denies and profanes man's divinity and turns the human being into a hateful homunculus, an irritable, weak and shallow sub-man.
Modern science acknowledges that pornography is addictive. Porn addicts can take years to recover and most never regain their childhood innocence, forever living with defiled memories and consciences. All pornography addicts in active addiction are gravely deluded individuals who need help and the chance to recover.
"But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die." (Ezekiel 18:21)
The spiritually advanced person should react to gossip, television and radio with bewilderment and anxiety. Gossip about others only serves to lower the level of consciousness. A righteous man should be quiet; "every idle word spoken by man shall be held against him on the day of judgment." Words contain intrinsic power and gossip is an abuse of that power. Those people who constantly say, "He did this," "She said that," "I heard such-and-such," are shallow individuals—worthless company. The words of the righteous are worth repeating. The prattle of fools should be ignored. Foul language is also an abuse of the power of speech, and those who use filthy words and those who gossip are ignorant, foolish and sinful.
Television had the capacity to be a great medium for communication, but as it stands it is one of mankind's most worthless inventions. The problem is not so much the television set itself as the nature of the broadcasts. Any reasonable individual should find the commercial news intolerable. Advertising is a blight on humanity. Talk shows, game shows, sports, lifestyle programs, music television and even documentaries are all a waste of time. Television is nicknamed the "idiot box" for good reason. Radio programs, with the exception of classical music channels, are similarly an insult to the intelligence. The popular music of today is completely degenerated. The spiritual man finds no relief: cars, shopping centres and households blare with the same shallow garbage, and yet modern man has the hypocrisy to pride himself on the level of technological advancement in so-called first world countries.
The modern person is deeply ugly, though he or she is in possession of a pure and immortal Essence. This ugliness is the outcome of sin. Buddhism tells us that the karma of anger is to receive an ugly body in future lives. Therefore the religious person should be peaceful. The Arcanum A.Z.F. and the practice of chastity make us beautiful, internally as well as externally. When we are children, we have rosy cheeks and bright eyes, but as we grow up and become members of this materialistic and perverted modern culture, we lose our childhood beauty. Popular culture bombards us with images of superficial beauty; they should be ignored. The book of Proverbs likens a winsome woman who has no discretion to a gold ring in a pig's snout. The practitioner of chastity is truly the most beautiful person.
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15)
Solitude gives us the opportunity to be alone with our thoughts. In withdrawing from the world, a person gains the chance for contemplation and reflection on his or her own life, existence and philosophy. We all have gifts and talents that may, when developed to their full potential, lead us to glory, honour and immortal fame. We learn our lessons in the school of life in interacting with others, but solitude is the matrix in which greatness is nurtured and born.