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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