In the spiritual path, celibacy is the greatest and the purest form of instrument for one’s progress! The non-celibate state has persisted because of lack of understanding. After understanding it according to the Gnani’s viewpoint, the non-celibate state ceases to exist. Moreover, in the practical sense also, a life of celibacy is described as a requisite for keeping the mind, speech and body in a state of normality. Ayurveda has also suggested the same thing. If one follows celibacy of the mind, speech and body for a period of six months only, a tremendous change will be seen in the mind’s power and in the power of his speech and his body!
Physical and Mental Brahmacharya Benefits:
Spiritual Benefits of Celibacy:
Dadashri: The person who is under the vow of brahmacharya will never fall, no matter how bad the difficulties. That is called safe side.
Brahmacharya is the king of the body. A person practicing brahmacharya has a wonderful mind. Brahmacharya is the extract of the entire living body.
Questioner: This extract of the body, the vitality, does not go to waste, does it?
Dadashri: No. The vitality may dissipate. It does become useless in sex, does it not? That extract is a very different matter. Lord Mahavir had the extract of brahmacharya for forty-two years. Vitality is the ultimate extract of all the extracts from the food we eat. If this extract is properly preserved, one can quickly attain the Self. One will be protected from the pains of the world and all bodily ailments. There will be no suffering of any kind.
Questioner: Does brahmacharya come under the non-Self?
Dadashri: Yes, but it is the final balance and extract of the living body.
Questioner: Then how does the extract of the non-Self, the living body, help the Self?
Dadashri: The Self will only be attained through the attainment of the extract of the living body, the non-Self. This is always the case in the traditional spiritual Kramic path. Without this there is no progress and one will have difficulty in remembering and saying simple sentences of scriptures.