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20 Benefits of Celibacy

Gandhi is also one of the more respected figures in world history and he also practiced celibacy at some point in his life. He wrote, “There should be a clear line between the life of a brahmachari and of one who is not. Both use their eyesight, but whereas the brahmachari uses it to see the glories of God, the other uses it to see the frivolity around him. Both use their ears, but whereas the one hears nothing but praises of God, the other feasts his ears upon ribaldry. Both often keep late hours, but whereas the one devotes them to prayer, the other fritters them away in wasteful mirth.” (Source: Life Positive )

  • Experience oneself as being worthy of being in a relationship that does not place an obligation on pleasuring another person
  • Experience oneself as something other than a pleasure object for others
  • Appreciate other human beings for who they are, not merely for their appearance, or for what pleasure they might provide to you
  • Experience less mental and emotional attachment to a single person, when it is possible to have a more balanced social life

Even Lady Gaga, who is not renowned all around the world in the same way as someone like the Dalai Lama or Gandhi, has publicly referenced celibacy as being a positive experience, saying “I’m single right now and I’ve chosen to be single because I don’t have the time to get to know anybody. So it’s OK not to have sex, it’s OK to get to know people. I’m celibate, celibacy’s fine.” (Source: Huffington Post)

  • Eliminate the risk of becoming a sex addict.
  • Eliminate the risk of becoming a pornography addict.
  • No longer entertain the notion something might be wrong with you for being less interested sex, or choosing a different path.
  • Understand the difference between sex and love
  • Understand love is not limited to romantic relationships

Celibacy has been also been described as the reason one woman lived to celebrate her 107th birthday. The model Adriana Lima also stated celibacy was a part of her life, and sex was for marriage. Lenny Kravitz was reported to have become celibate, as a preparation to being in a stable marriage not based on physical desire.

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6:03AM PST on Feb 2, 2015

The great benefits of celibacy are these: 1. peace of mind 2. healthy body 3. peace of mind! 4. quickest way to really get to know one's self 4. the development of the virtue called self-control in more than just sexual behavior 5. development of kindness and consideration of others without the burden of lustful thought which is sin 5 Peace with God when one realizes He calls us to obey Him to obtain that peace of mind.

I find people are so obsessed with getting sexual desire met that they literally blind themselves to the obvious benefits. "Going out" to find some person to hook up with for fornication may be fun for people who do not have any knowledge of God's instructions on the subject, but these people suffer in ways they do not understand and much psychological harm occurs to everyone who is blind to the truth, though they know it not. Want to learn more? Check out the documentary of Errol Flinn on YouTube. He lived life "to the fullest" "did it his way" and died at a young age proving sex done wrong kills in oh so many ways.

4:56PM PST on Feb 1, 2015

Thanks

4:25PM PST on Feb 1, 2015

Each to her/his own. Thank you for the interesting article :)

3:56PM PST on Feb 1, 2015

Sex is like going on holiday - anticipated with relish, experienced with inconvenience and remembered with nostalgia.

3:27PM PST on Feb 1, 2015

Franz F, if you mean return to the godless moraless amoral 1960s and even earlier than that - time immemorial really, well, ok Sodom and Gomorrah and the roaring 1920s, then we have already tried that. The same list of ills results every time people take a dim view of self-control, which is, by the way, a long lost virtue the world over. I am celibate and always have been. It is a true blessing to reach the age I am having never indulged the passions raised by the bio/physio rhythm, and that just because I WANTED to prove myself capable of that kind of self-control. I am neither lonely, diseased, disappointed, depressed, on any sort of medication whatsoever, and I remain light years happier than most adults I know simply because in at least this one area of human right/rite/privilege I have obeyed the command of Jesus to abstain from fornication/adultery/sexual misbehavior. If you are not married, it's none of your business, in other words; fill up your life with worthy, healthy, Godly pursuits. Sex is not a toy and neither is food. It is utter peace and joy to be on my own without the wrinkled face and worn-out, abused adnexa of the worldly wise, so-called. No one EVER died because they did not have sex. Many people die early deaths because they DO have sex with too many or just some diseased or murderous person. I am grateful to God Almighty daily for His wisdom and great care in leading me through this life to this peaceful existence I now have with no baggage from the

6:34AM PDT on May 7, 2013

Makaela: "Celibacy is about more than just not having sex. It's about learning who are and what you really want out of life."

One of the things I want out of life is more sex. I like sex, I like it a lot, and I like a lot of it. I'm just not interested in complicating it by placing it within the confines of a committed relationship.

11:05AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

The super interesting thing about what this article gives as reasons to be celibate, is the fact that each one of those things is directly linked to arbitrary traits of our modern culture, which inherits most of the attitudes towards sex from older cultures.

Human sex has been the object of the worst treatment that any species could have given to a drive that happens to be incredibly pleasurable.

All the complications that a human being must overcome in order to have a rather mediocre sexual experience, are the burden upon which the advocates of celibacy base their advise.

But what if, instead of thinking about a way to be free of the sex drive—something quite functionally accomplished via sublimation—we got rid of all the cultural complications we have been adding around sex and its practice? What if sex became a casual session of pleasure consented by humans free of the burdens of ego stuff, such as physical appearance and social status and political power?

We say: “Let's not have sex, since it's so complicated” instead of saying: “Let's find the way to rid our lives of complications and enjoy it freely”. Instead of making the game more and more complicated and costly, let's change the rules of the game, so we can enjoy it without all the burdens.

12:06AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Celibacy is about more than just not having sex. It's about learning who are and what you really want out of life. I too believe in being celibate and have created a website and book dedicated to called The Kama Sutra of Celibacy: 101 Ways to be Successfully Celibate. The Kama Sutra of Celibacy is designed to help singles live a successful life of celibacy through practical exercises that addresses the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of celibacy while providing guidance, encouragement and support. Check us out at http://www.kamasutraofcelibacy.com

1:14AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

I fully agree that celibacy reduces disease and unwanted pregnancy. Unfortunately, with all the sex that gets thrown out, the celibacy message falls on deaf ears. It is a choice, but I do think that the rest of the world needs to hear this message about the positive aspects of procrastinating sex. Our young people are impressionable, and many are pressured into it early.

As for appearance purposes, I've never bought anything purposefully that was uncomfortable just for the sole purpose of "looking good". I look the way I look, and if people don't like it, they don't have to. Part of being attractive as a person, w/ or w/o the sex, is being comfortable within your own skin. Those who would expect their mate to wear bad clothes or get surgery are shallow, and don't deserve a partner anyway.

All people should experience themselves. You make a better person, as well as (if you choose) a better partner when you take one. I don't think you need to be celibate forever just to appreciate people and yourself better.

As for addicts of sex or porn, it takes an addictive personality, and that could easily be transferred to other things such as food, or drugs. Just remember, there are just as many people who wonder if there is something wrong with them for having high interest. And it doesn't matter which end of the spectrum you are on. You're either healthy about sex or you're not. Frequency or interest doesn't affect sexual health, it's attitude.

11:05PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Ya,well No person NEEDS sex,but it's the most intimate sharing experience two people can have....Somehow,sharing in celibacy just doesn't do anything....It's like sit close,hold hands......now what?......popcorn?

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