Quotations about Sexual Continence

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Miscellaneous, and in some cases rather extreme, quotations about ejaculation

Dalai LamaDalai Lama, b. 1935

We have within ourselves a certain potential which we can explore further. And among these four states, the best opportunity for further development is during the sexual intercourse.

Although I am using this ordinary term, sexual climax, it does not imply the ordinary sexual act. The reference here is to the experience of entering into union with a consort of the opposite sex, by means of which the elements at the crown are melted, and through the power of meditation the process is also reversed.

A prerequisite of such a practise is that you should be able to protect yourself from the fault of seminal emission. According to the explanation of the Kalachakra Tantra in particular, such emission is said to be very damaging to your practice. Therefore, because you should not experience emission even in dreams, the tantras describe different techniques for overcoming this fault.

This contrasts with the Vinaya explanation, which sets out the code of discipline for Buddhist monks, in which exception is made for emission in dreams, because it is beyond your control, whereas in tantra it is considered an offence. The experience of melting the mind of enlightement is brought about by ordinary afflicted desire, so the practitioner must be able to generate it.

The point is that due to the force of desire, you are able to melt the elements within your body. Consequently, when you experience the nonconceptual state, you should be able to direct your attention to meditation on emptiness. So, when you experience a nonconceptual state as a result of the elements melting within your body, if you are able to generate that understanding into a realization of emptiness, you will have achieved the feat of transforming a disturbing emotion, desire, into the wisdom realizing emptiness.

When you are able to employ this nonconceptual blissful mind in realizing emptiness, the result is a powerful wisdom that serves as an antidote to counteract and eliminate diusturbing emotions. Therefore, it is a case of wisdom derived from disturbing emotions counteracting and eliminating them, just as insects born from wood consume it.

This is the significance of the Buddha's assuming the form of a meditational deity, the principal deity of the mandala, and entering into union with the consort when he taught the tantric path. Therefore, in the course of their practice, practitioners generate themselves on an imaginary level into such deities in union with a consort.

Source, A Survey of the Paths of Tibetan Buddhism by the Dalai Lama

... the great immutable bliss involves a stoppage of the bliss of emission.

Source, Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of Initiation by Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV

Beethoven, 1770-1827

Sensual gratification without a spiritual union is and remains bestial, afterwards one has no trace of noble feeling but rather remorse.

Dr. John Kellogg (corn flakes inventor), 1852-1943

[Seminal emissions] occur the most rarely in those who the most nearly approach the standard of the perfect chastity; so that whenever they occur, they may be taken as evidence of some form of sexual excess. This fact clearly shows that losses of this kind are not natural.

Goethe, 1749-1832

Are you bringing to my love an unhappy enjoyment? Take away the desire of many songs, Turn, take again the brief pleasure, Take away and give to the sorry breast, to the eternal sad bosom, something better.

Leviticus 15:16

If a man has a seminal emission, he shall wash his whole body in water and be unclean until the evening.

Samael Aun Weor, 1917-1977

If the man and the woman knew how to withdraw before spasm, if in those moments of delicious joy they had the willpower to dominate the animal ego, and then were able to withdraw from the act without spilling the semen, neither inside the womb, nor outside, nor to the sides, nor in any part, they would have performed an act of Sexual Magic.

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