What is celibacy? A guide on how to be Celibate

What is celibacy? Is it possible to practice celibacy without controlling sexual impulses?


When you do not participate in or encourage sexuality through the mind, speech and body that is celibacy. It does not matter if you are married or not. For those who want to understand and learn how to be celibate, this unique new vision of the Gnani Purush becomes the exclusive and guaranteed key.

  • One should have a deep inner intent to practice celibacy and should ask for strength from God to practice celibacy with the mind, speech and body.
  • Instead of controlling the mind, find out the causes that trap your mind in sexual desires and immediately cut off the link with them.
  • Analyze the pros of celibacy and the cons of sexuality.
  • Param Pujya Dadashri says, One begins to be free of the disease (of the sex), from the moment he or she opposes sex. Repent for any sexual thoughts, desires and gestures that occur in the mind, the speech and the body. This is a stepping stone towards celibacy.
  • For married people, taking a vow of celibacy with mutual understanding or ensuring sexual loyalty is considered celibacy in this era.

Rather than mere suppression, celibacy should be practiced with right understanding. Param Pujya Dadashri has given practically applicable keys on celibacy in the book, “Brahmacharya: Celibacy with Understanding”. He has explained the consequences of illicit sex, the benefits of practicing celibacy, as well as how to be celibate in everyday life.

Refine your understanding with the below questions and answers:

Celibacy with Right Understanding

Sexual attraction other than your spouse is against the law. You should not have attraction to anyone else in your mind also.

Spiritual Quotes

  1. Those who desire the pleasures of worldly life and have a desire for material things, they should get married and those who do not like worldly pleasures and are seeking eternal happiness, should not get married.
  2. Sexuality is not poison. Fearlessness in sex is poison.
  3. After earning merit karmas over countless lives, one attains birth in a family with good culture and high moral standing. But all this is lost in pursuit of sex and money.
  4. We can release you of your sins that are already committed, but you must avoid committing new sins. Here, there is a solution for the sins that have already been committed.
  5. Not getting married and continuing to be sexually active with many persons is a very dangerous and earns you the right to go to hell.
  6. No religion accepts sexuality in spiritual matters. Those who accept and allow sexuality in spiritual path are on the wrong path, in fact on the path opposite of liberation, the path to hell.
  7. If you have a wife, then you both have to reach an acceptable solution for both in sexual matters. Your sexual dealing should be such that it is acceptable by both of you. Stop any interaction, which is acceptable to one and not to other. You should not hurt your wife in any manner.
  8. If you can visualize the entire life of this woman that you are attracted to, you will be free from the attachment and the attraction. If you visualize with understanding what she looked like in the womb, what she looked like when she was born, when she was a little baby, when she becomes very old, when paralysis occurs, when she is about to be cremated, you do not need to be taught renunciation.
  9. If you are living a married life, you may indulge in sex that is rightfully yours and never even think about that which is not yours, because the consequences of illicit sex are very grave.
  10. Stay as far away from the company of those who are likely to trap you in sexuality, because if you get trapped even once, you will keep on getting into trap after trap.

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