One reason for this sad state of affairs is modern mans ignorance of his own scriptural treasures. There is a miserable degeneration in the present young men and women in India.
Swami Sivananda came on the Indian scene, in the early thirties, to blast this ignorance of the people by offering the hoary wisdom of the ancients through the media of his simple English writings. This is the age when they cannot walk even a short distance without a Rickshaw, a car, a tram, a bicycle or a carriage. Bobbing of the hair amongst the ladies in India has become a severe epidemic and has invaded the whole of India.
If you do not possess Viveka, if you do not try your best for salvation, if you spend your lifetime in eating, drinking and sleeping, you are a horizontal being only, having to learn some lessons from those animals, which possess far more self-restraint. If men and women restrict sexual indulgence to mere procreation, then that itself is observance of Brahmacharya.
The sexual degradation that has overtaken mankind today is due directly to the fact that people have assumed that there is a natural "sexual instinct" in human beings. As this is found to be impossible in the vast majority of cases, total abstinence is enjoined on those who seek the higher values of life.
In the present volume, all of Swamijis thoughts and instructions on the subject of sex and celibacy have been gathered up from "Practice of Brahmacharya" and elsewhere, and thoroughly edited, with a view to offering the public, and especially to the younger generation, a working guide to the vital subject of sex sublimation. Man, with his boasted intellect, has to learn lessons from birds and animals. It is only the so-called man who has degraded himself much by indulgence. Lions, elephants, bulls and other powerful animals have better self-control than men. After conception, the female animals will never allow the male animals to approach them till the young ones are weaned and they themselves become healthy and strong.
This has been done as an act of loving service to modern youth who are often left groping in the dark by an irresponsible society. At the heat of sexual excitement, he repeats the same ignoble act again and again. Man only violates the laws of nature and consequently suffers from innumerable diseases.
But alas, in the present-day world, and more particularly among the educated class, in all walks of society and in all age groups, norms of conduct laid down by the scriptures are flouted with so much impunity that we see, all around us, the number of physical, mental and moral wrecks increasing every day. He who has completely eradicated lust and is established in mental Brahmacharya is Brahman or God Himself. Man has degraded himself to a great degree by becoming the puppet of passion. They do not have the brain to absorb anything good in others.
It is well known that spiritual treatises apart, the great Master, whose love for mankind knew no bounds, wrote a number of books concerning health, hygiene and medicine. This is all due to the mischief of passion and greed. Read the history of the crimesrobbery, rapes, kidnapping, assaults, murdersthat come up for trial before the Sessions Courts. It may be lust for money or lust for carnal pleasure.
One such book was "Practice of Brahmacharya" which dealt mostly with the subject of celibacy, and where celibacy was not possible, a regulated sex life. This apart, the Swamijis thoughts on the subject of sex and sex sublimation are also to be seen here and there spread over his voluminous writings. Young men of the present day indiscriminately imitate the West and this results in their own ruin. They lose their sense of righteousness, and of time and place. Lust ruins life, lustre, strength, vitality, memory, wealth, fame, holiness, peace, wisdom and devotion. Like rabbits he procreates and brings forth countless children to swell up the numbers of beggars in the world.
As far as the Sadhaka of burning Mumukshutva is concerned, celibacy is a sine qua non, as he cannot afford to waste his vital energy at all.
The gratification of every worldly desire is sinful; the flesh should be the abject slave of the spirit intent upon divine things.