The Importance of Brahmacharya: Understanding the Science Behind Semen Preservation
Semen, a vital component of male reproductive health, is a topic of great significance in the practice of Brahmacharya. According to Dr. Molvil Keith M.D, “this seed (semen) is marrow to your bones, food to your brains, oil to your joints, and sweetness to your breath.” It is a proteinaceous fluid that is rich in essential minerals, vitamins, and enzymes, as well as sperm.
A seminal fluid contains, on average, 2 to 5 cubic centimeters of semen and 200 million to 500 million sperm. Each sperm contains 23 chromosomes, prostaglandins, genes, electricity, and the necessary components for creating a human life. The testicles not only produce sperm but also male hormones, such as testosterone, which can directly enter the bloodstream if not ejaculated.
Dr. Edwin Flatto, M.D, in his paper dated March 2005, explains that the testicles and the brain are both competitors in using the body’s energy and nutrition. The faster semen is used, the more the body must produce it, and the more raw materials, including those from the brain, are needed to replace spent resources. An analysis of both brain cells and semen shows great similarities, as they are both high in phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, and chlorine.
Preserving semen is an essential aspect of Brahmacharya practice, as it is not a substance to be wasted lightly. By conserving semen, one can preserve essential nutrients, hormones, and energy that contribute to overall physical and mental well-being.
Semen is not just a simple bodily fluid, but a powerful life force that holds the capability to create another life. By engaging in sexual activity, a portion of one’s own life is being transferred to bring forth new life. This highlights the immense significance, divinity, and gravity of each ejaculation.
It is important to understand that using sex purely for entertainment or pleasure is a waste of this valuable resource. It is like playing a sport that puts your life on the line or experimenting with high voltage electricity.
Scientific research has shown that there is a strong connection between semen, the spine, and the brain. The constituents of semen are similar to that of the spine and brain, and it is also derived from cerebro-spinal fluid. Thus, preserving and transforming semen can have immense benefits for one’s physical and mental health, such as preventing joint pains, backaches, spinal problems, and bone-related disorders. A strong and healthy spine is essential for the reversal of aging, as it houses the Sushumna naadi, the channel through which life power (Kundalini) flows. Moreover, conserving semen leads to an exceptionally powerful brain, with all abilities shining to their fullest potential. On the other hand, wasting semen can result in various health problems, including joint pains, a deteriorating spine, bone disorders, poor memory, mental exhaustion, poor eyesight, and numerous diseases.
Hindu scriptures assert that through consistent and sincere adherence to Brahmacharya in thoughts, words, and actions for 12 years, a special nerve known as ‘Buddhi naadi’ is formed in the brain. This leads to the development of a photographic memory, the ability to recall and reproduce information word for word. It also enables one to easily solve complex problems and life situations through the power of ‘Ojas’ or divine energy. The brain becomes capable of unparalleled focus, concentration, and problem-solving abilities.
Moreover, after this period of true celibacy, one attains ‘Trikaala Gnyana’ or the knowledge of the past, present, and future, and experiences an incomparable state of bliss, constantly dwelling in the thought of God.
The benefits of Brahmacharya were exemplified by the great saint Swami Vivekananda. He attributed his exceptional mental abilities to his lifelong practice of celibacy. A disciple of his once expressed amazement at the prospect of reading all the volumes of the ‘Encyclopedia Britannica’ that had arrived at the library. The Swami calmly stated that he could answer any questions from the ten volumes without fail. Upon examination, the Swami not only comprehended but also reproduced the sense and language of the selected difficult topics from each volume.
The Swami explained that anyone who practices unbroken Brahmacharya for twelve years will have a similar experience, for it is not any power that is exclusively his own. He stated that the practice of Brahmacharya removes the veil from the brain, enabling one to effortlessly recall and reproduce information. Intelligence largely depends on the power of recollection, and Brahmacharya forms the foundation of this intelligence, as it brings out the light of the soul, which is superior to intelligence. The Swami said that with this practice; he did not need to think over or prepare for his lectures, as all that he needed to speak about would pass before his eyes like pictures, and he would put into words all that he saw.
According to Dr. Robert Svoboda, a well-known Ayurvedic physician, Brahmacharya is not just about celibacy but also about maintaining mental and physical purity. He believes that Brahmacharya helps individuals achieve balance and harmony in their lives and also leads to better health and increased longevity.
Scientifically speaking, the practice of Brahmacharya has been shown to have numerous benefits for the body and mind. Studies have found that it can help increase energy levels, reduce stress, improve cognitive function and even boost the immune system. In a study conducted by the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India, it was found that individuals who practiced Brahmacharya had lower levels of stress and anxiety and were able to perform better on cognitive tests compared to those who did not.
Despite its numerous benefits, the practice of Brahmacharya is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. It is not just about celibacy but also about the control of one’s thoughts, words and actions. It requires discipline and self-control, as well as a commitment to leading a pure and balanced life.
In conclusion, Brahmacharya is a valuable aspect of Hindu and yoga philosophy that has been practiced for centuries. Its benefits for the mind and body have been scientifically proven, and it can help individuals lead a more balanced, healthy and fulfilling life. The practice of Brahmacharya requires discipline and self-control, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
- Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic Physician
- Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India