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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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6:34AM 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?

7:27PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

I didn't see any benefit listed for celebacy, just a list of things that can be avoided by not haveing sex. Big difference. The only thing that came close to a benefit was some rather vague reference to helping to focus a spiritual practice.

6:25PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

I can honestly say none of those points are valid for myself and my fiance. Seriously, not one. But for those who may be affected by these things, then sure, try celibacy out. Although for those who feel they need fancy panties, that their bodies aren't good enough, etc. then celibacy isn't going to help! They need to be at peace with themselves and learn to love their bodies, celibacy in and of itself just won't take away those particular problems.

9:06AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

I agree with Coral. Celibacy is totally unnatural. Healthy men
produce sperm and it's humanly impossible for them not to drop a load on a regular basis. Celibacy has caused horrible sexual perversion in the Catholic church for thousands of years. Sure, there could be a few benefits to celibacy if men were actually able to do it, but it's humanly impossible, so it's time to give up this dream and get real. The downside of celibacy far outweighs any perceived benefits. Ask the children who got molested by Catholic priests.

11:08AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

I'm not celibate and I never will be. I think sexual desire is completely natural as we are sexual beings as well as spiritual beings and denying yourself sex will not cause you to be any more spiritual.

4:10AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

1) If all the Buddhists start practicing celibacy as preached by their spiritual leader, there will be no more Buddhists in the world and no more protests against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. How stupid.

2) Mahatma Gandhi practiced celibacy only in the later part of his life. India is the second most populated country in the world.

3) If everybody starts practicing celibacy, the world will be without people in just 100 years. How stupid again.

4) Just because you might get hurt when you go out, you don't stop going out.

5) This article is a waste of time.

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