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Archive for May 23rd, 2010

Date: Sun, 23 May 2010 22:51:22 -0000
From: George Kourakos
Subject: How to Control Sex
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Dakhin’a’ va’ta’se malay suba’se mrdu, hese hese esechile…” (PS 358)

Purport:

Baba, You have graced me by coming in the deep core of my heart with a
gentle smile– in the refreshing fragrance of a sweet, southern breeze.
Baba, You are the most divine One; I cannot forget You and I do not want
to forget You. By Your grace, by pouring my sweet love, I shall keep
Your divine memory ever alive in my mind– in my heart.

O’ Supreme Entity, O’ my Lord, O’ the Beloved of my mind, O’ the most
adorable One of my mind, I will do puja to You in my inner sanctum of my
mind and spread Your nectar of devotion across this vast, expansive
universe. Baba, in Your sweet fragrance of Your divine liila, please be
merciful and eternally reside in my mind– graciously intoxicate me with
Your divine flow.

O’ Lord of divinity, please take me to Your great abode– the land of
divinity– by holding my hand, by holding my mind. Baba, by Your grace
after forgetting all fear and shyness and after remembering You and
keeping You in my heart I am at Your lotus feet, remembering You.

Baba, please do not forget me I am Yours…

== HOW TO CONTROL SEX ==

Namaskar,
When we think about those who wish to control their sexual energy we
usually think of monks & nuns, sadhakas, aspirants and service-minded
people. For most of us, that is the typical picture that comes to mind.

Today, however, with the rise of sexual crimes, sexual predators and
state officials are also brainstorming and implementing their own ways
for how to control sexual power – in particular in males.

We should all be aware about these recent trends and see if they are in
concert with Baba’s ideals.

This is an emerging social issue that demands our attention and know-how.

WHEN MATERIALISM REIGNS

As we all know, in this grossly materialistic era, sexual content and
display is at an all-time high. There is a plethora of bare-skin and
near-nudity on the buses, in schools, on billboards, at the workplace,
in parks, all over the internet, and throughout the society. Even
upstanding professionals, dignitaries, and state representatives resort
to dress that highlights their sensuality and sexuality – especially
females.

Anyone who has been out and about is quite familiar with the above,
especially in western countries and wherever materialism is in full force.

Not surprisingly, in this materialistic era, sexual crimes are also on
the rise – if not skyrocketing. Date rape, pedophilia, statutory rape,
and illicit affairs are rampant; and then of course there are sexually
related problems like teenage pregnancy etc. All this has become a
societal disease.

And the penalties for sexual crimes are quite severe. Sexual offenders
are branded for life and face harsh prison terms. That is why certain
convicts and/or potential convicts are interested in reducing and even
eliminating their sexual energy. Because they do not trust themselves to
behave with integrity. To reduce their sentence and to ensure proper
conduct, such convicts may voluntarily resort to the elimination of
their sexual energy.

Then there is the other side of the story: Many guilty of sexual crimes
are repeat offenders. So state and justice officials are exploring ways
to reduce crime by curtailing offenders’ sexual energy.

That is where things are at the present moment – and here is what they
are doing.

WHAT THEY ARE DOING

Across the globe – in various states and countries – government
officials are offering voluntary (and involuntary) castration to those
incarcerated as part of their sentencing and / or in exchange for their
early release from prison.

For the state officials this is a way to increase the punishment and
relieve pressure from and cut costs on the overcrowded and extremely
expensive jail system; and for offenders it can be a way to regain their
freedom sooner without having to worry about being tempted to commit a
similar crime.

To some then, this looks like a win-win situation. The state gets what
they want and the offender gets what he wants.

Toward this end, there are two basic pathways being pursued by the state
to control sexual energy: 1) chemical castration and 2) surgical
castration.

In many western countries, including the US and England, chemical
castration has been put into effect in certain areas.

“Chemical castration is a term used [most often] to describe treatment
with a drug called Depo-Provera that, when given to men, acts on the
brain to inhibit hormones that stimulate the testicles to produce
testosterone.”

So this is one way that is being used to minimize and even eliminate
sexual allurement. It is not fail-safe, but it is in vogue (increasingly
so). Recently, in 2008, Louisiana became the 7th state in the US to
“allow Louisiana judges to sentence convicted rapists to chemical
castration.”

The effect of this type of castration is temporary so the patient must
return again and again for treatment.

Secondly, surgical castration is the actual removal of the testes from
the human body. There is a long history of this throughout the world:
guards and attendants in palaces were castrated so they could safely
oversee the harem, young male opera singers were forcibly castrated to
preserve their vocal quality, combatants defeated in war etc.

Nowadays, the Czech republic resorts to surgical castration as a
voluntary form of punishment and treatment for convicted sex offenders.
While chemical castration is not always “successful”, surgical
castration systemically reaches its desired end. Czech officials speak
highly of the effectiveness of this approach.

Whatever the means, chemical or surgical castration, there is a growing
acceptance and interest by state governments to address the rising
occurrence of sexual crimes in this manner.

THE MAIN MYTH

The main myth at hand is that criminals and officials alike believe that
by controlling one’s sexual energy – by any means including chemical and
surgical castration – then one will overcome their sexual wrath and
automatically develop a calm and balanced mental outlook.

This is the myth they believe and propagate because they feel those
gland are solely related with sex.

Baba’s guideline reveals a much different approach with a much different
outcome. And that we are going to explore.

Let’s first look at two other segments in society looking to curtail
their sexual energy / reproductive capacity.

WHAT MISGUIDED MONKS DO

Over the centuries and today also, dogmatic monks from around the globe
as well as crude Indian sannyasis have used myrobalan (haritaki) or
anise (saunf) as a means to overcome sexual desire.

For a short-term treatment plan it may be permissible, but over time it
will totally dry up those sex glands leading to impotency and
sterilization.

This also is not an approach which we in AM support as we advocate the
channelization of sexual energy to spiritual awakening, not sexual
suppression. More about this is expressed further down in this letter.

FAMILY PLANNING

Finally, in various nations, people commonly resort to the permanent
destruction of their reproductive organs as a means of birth control or
family planning.

In women, the fallopian tubes are tied in a procedure known as tubal
ligation and in men the vas deferens are cut in a procedure known as a
vasectomy. These procedures are done by normal citizens so they can
continue to carry on sexual relations with their spouse, yet not have to
worry about producing children. Either they do not want children at all
or they have produced the number of offspring they desire and do not
want more.

Here again though, this is not an approach supported by AM.

Baba says, “Using birth control methods which deform the bodies of men
and women or destroy their reproductive powers forever cannot be
supported, because this may cause a violent mental reaction at any
moment.” (AFPS-9)

WHAT THEY FAIL TO UNDERSTAND

The point that is missed in all the above circumstances is that our
human bodies are far more subtle and involved than people think. Whether
they be magistrates, husbands, convicts, dogmatic sannyasis or whomever,
such persons who alter their sexual function fail to understand the more
subtle effects of our glandular system.

They think that the testes and ovaries are just for sex – nothing more.
When in fact these glands are part of a greater system that provide
energy to the brain and highly impacts our mental, psychological,
emotional and spiritual outlook.

Baba says, “The lymphatic glands supply raw material – lymph – to the
factories – the glands – and the surplus lymph goes to the brain and
provides food for the nerve cells in the cranium.” (YP)

Baba says, “The essence of blood, when transformed, becomes shukra, and
this shukra is food for the brain. In the absence of shukra, or in case
of its impaired functioning, the entire constitution may be impaired,
the body may become susceptible to disease, and mental and spiritual
sa’dhana’ may be impaired. Therefore, restraint is a must for every man
and woman, because only self-control helps achieve the maximum
preservation of shukra.” (CC-3)

Thus when certain glands like the testes and ovaries are categorically
destroyed or altered with drugs such that they fail to operate properly,
this adversely affects the production of lymph, which is the food for
the brain.

Indeed, by destroying or inhibiting the function of the testes, the
human personality loses so many good qualities. Because the testes are
singularly responsible for attributes like rationality,
service-mindedness, benevolence and love for the Supreme.

Here following are a series of Baba’s teachings about the importance of
those sexual glands in the cultivation of a proper human personality.

[ A ] Here Baba points out how the testes lead to a sense of
responsibility and dutifulness.

Baba says, ‘If the secretion of the testes glands is normal, a sense of
dutifulness will be created in the mind. A boy will be proud of the fact
that he obeyed his father. But if the boy was only three years old, he
would not be able to feel a sense of dutifulness.” (YP)

Baba says, “In a male, if the testes are separated from the body, there
will be physical and psychological changes. The man will not die but he
will lose the sense of dutifulness and responsibility. All the qualities
associated with the testes, such as the sense of dutifulness and
responsibility, will be wanting.” (YP)

[ B ] In this below quote, Baba demonstrates how the proper functioning
of one’s sex glands cultivates rationality, integrity and strength of mind.

Baba says, “If the testes are over-active [highly active] and there is
over-secretion [high secretion] of hormones, a youth develops the spirit
of rationality. The pubic hair grows due to the activity of the testes.
This is the physical effect. The development of rationality is the
psychic effect. The nervous system will also be affected. If not
hindered by the natural flow of the lymphatic glands, over-secretion
[high secretion] leads to the development of hair in the arm pits at the
age of fifteen to seventeen in hot countries and seventeen to eighteen
in cold countries. Along with this the feeling of rationality grows. For
example, a boy may say, “No, father, do not ask me to do that. It is not
good.”” (YP)

[ C ] Next Baba discusses how due to a defect in the functions of the
sex glands, one becomes mean-minded.

Baba says, “If there is under-secretion of the testes glands, there will
be less hair; and if, at the same time, the sex glands do not develop at
the specified stage, the boy will become very cruel. He may, for
example, take a grasshopper and cut off its legs. You may have seen such
a boy at the age of thirteen, fourteen or fifteen: he may be unsocial,
he may not mix with others. This is due to the under-secretion of
hormones from the testes glands.” (YP)

[ D ] Baba also points out how the greater secretion of the testes leads
to love for the Supreme. It is these glands which allow one to practice
and progress in sadhana. Without the proper functioning of these glands,
spiritual practice is impossible.

Baba says, “In the case of ordinary secretion, sex longing is created.
If there is over-secretion [high secretion], a youth acquires the power
to transform that longing into universalism. In those of you who have a
longing for Parama Purus’a [Supreme Consciousness], an over-secretion
[high secretion] took place in your hormones between the ages of fifteen
and seventeen. At that stage the idea to become great comes into the
mind.” (YP)

[ E ] A lack of hormonal secretion by the testes leads to staticity. The
person will lack benevolence and courage, and will therefore be prone to
following dogma, not dharma.

Baba says, “If there is under-secretion of the hormones of the testes
glands, a youth will develop less kindness, and less hair will grow in
the armpits and pubic region. If you see a man with these physical
characteristics, then and there you can come to a conclusion about the
extent of his kindness. Moreover, such a person will most likely support
dogma. He will not have the moral strength to protest against dogma
(including scriptural dogma), and he will not support a new idea.” (YP)

[ F ] Lastly, Baba discusses what happens with the organ is removed from
the body. Among other things, sadhana is no longer possible.

Baba says, ‘If the sex organ is cut off from the male body, what will be
the result? The man will not die, but the testes and kidneys will not be
able to function properly. There will, therefore, also be psychological
changes and no sex feeling.” (YP)

Thus we do not support any of the aforementioned approaches in order to
control sex. We do not support chemical castration, surgical castration,
the use of myrobalan or anise, nor do we support vasectomies etc. All of
these will adversely affect the human personality because those glands
are critical for the positive development of mind – not just sex.

OUR APPROACH IN ANANDA MARGA

Or course in AM, we do believe in proper restraint in the sexual sphere,
but we do not prescribe to any of the aforementioned policies or
procedures. We do not support the destruction or alteration of the sex
glands.

Rather we believe in certain physical practices and mental approaches
which help divert one towards higher faculties, not sexual engagement.

By adhering to a sentient diet, by regular fasting, by practicing
asanas, by doing kaoshikii and tandava, by following the proper bath and
half-bath systems, and by various other physical practices, we lay the
groundwork towards controlling one’s sexual desire.

But the main way to control sex is through the psychic realm. If one
follows all the above mandates but still actively harbors lustful
things, the desire to have sex and thinks dirty thoughts, one will not
be successful in controlling their sexual desire. The mental part is
critical – even more so than the physical, although both physical and
psychi practices are needed.

So the real control is mental. If we goad the mind in a positive
direction and follow Baba’s mandate of “cakuna samvaro…”, then we will
be in a proper flow to divert all one’s energies to the Supreme, not
towards sex.

Baba says, ““One must have restraint over one’s sensory and motor
organs.” “I must not see that object, that may pollute my mind. I must
not hear that sound, that may pollute my mind.” These are all restraints
over sensory and motor organs. Lord Buddha said, Cakkhuna’ sam’varo
sa’dhu – “O sa’dhu, O spiritual aspirant, you should have proper
restraint over your eyes.”” (AV-23)

And here Baba talks about our special system of psychic channelisation
to the spiritual realm. By this way one’s sexual desire will be properly
controlled thereby allowing for a whole new outlook and deep realisation.

Baba says, “Psychic urges must not be objectified nor should they be
suppressed; rather they must be channelized towards the Supreme
Desideratum through the proper psycho-spiritual approach…With constant
spiritual practice, the mind, with its thousand propensities, becomes
one-pointed and is goaded towards the Supreme Singular Entity…This
inner channelisation and one-pointed conversion into psycho-spiritual
pabulum brings about radical changes in individual and collective life.
The psycho-spiritual approach makes a person deeply introversial,
one-directional, strong and dynamic…With the smooth, natural and
progressive channelisation of the psychic urges of the individual and
collective mind towards the Supreme Entity, psychic pabula will be
converted into psychospiritual pabulum. Then each person will be a
sadvipra, and the whole society will be a sadvipra sama’j – an A’nanda
Pariva’ra. So the transformation of psychic pabula into psycho-spiritual
pabulum is the only panacea.” (AFPS-8)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given the proper way to control sexual longing.
Those who resort to the destruction or alteration of their glands are
only inviting serious mental problems and they are essentially killing
their spiritual inclination as well. Only through proper restraint can
one evolve into a truly sentient and spiritual being.

Baba says, “Men should have proper control over the conversion of lymph
into semen. This is part of brahmacarya sa’dhana’ [meditation on the
Supreme Entity]. Men should have proper control over their bodies. Human
beings should be sentient in food habits, mind and intellect.”
(Bio-Psychology)

Namaskar,
Gagan

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Sign of Devotees

Baba says, “When undergoing any trouble then some human beings think
that they are shelterless. But you should always remember that in this
world at any given moment you are never shelterless. Because when Parama
Purusa is with you then how can you be shelterless. So there is no
reason for any feeling of helplessness or fear in any circumstances.
Because when He is with you the strongest and mightiest force of this
universe is with you. Then what is there to be afraid of? If you
encourage fear complex it means you have the forgotten the fact that
Parama Purusa is with you. So those who are sadhakas, those who are
devotees, those who are adherents of the path of dharma, they will
always be fearless. This is the quality of a sadhaka: That he is
fearless. Why is he fearless? Because he knows that the most powerful
entity, Parama Purusa, is with him. So there is a loving relation
between devotees and Parama Purusa– their relation is based on love.
Because of this truth the devotee is never afraid. He will never be
afraid of anyone and under no circumstances will he be perturbed.
Becoming paranoid is not the sign of devotees. Parama Purusa always
remains with you and HE always watches over His devotees. He is always
seeing how He can save devotees from any and all difficulties. So when
in this loving way Parama Purusa is concerned about you, then why will
you be disturbed. You should be fearless. There is no reason for any
sort of paranoia in the mind of devotees.” [SS-16 (H), p. 83, DMC Agra
19 Feb 84]
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