Is Celibacy Required for Spirituality? | Sadhguru

Is Celibacy Required for Spirituality? | Sadhguru


Sadhguru: The word celibacy does not describe, or does not, is not the translation for bhrahmachari. Brahmacharya means, Brahman means the ultimate, charya means the path. You are on the path of the ultimate that is brahmacharya. Celibacy is talking only about the physical aspect of holding yourself back from a natural urge which is going on in the body and more in the mind. So celibacy is not the right thing to say. When we say brahmacharya, what it means is you are working to organize your energies in such a way that your joy, your love, everything that you need is within yourself. You have enough experience in life to know that nobody, however dear they may be is 24 hours reliable. Isn’t it so? Yes? Yes or no? No? All of you have enough experience in life to know that, isn’t it? However dear and wonderful they are, nobody in the world is reliable 24 hours of the time to maintain your love and joy. Isn’t it so? Questioner: Yes. Sadhguru: Have you realized that, or are you still hoping? So it’s out of this wisdom, because if one wants to really know higher dimensions of life one thing that is necessary is that within you there is a constant sense of peacefulness and joyfulness. if this is not there, then you will go after something. If you don’t feel steadily peaceful and joyful, then you will do compulsive activity of trying to be happy. So a bhrahmachari is somebody who is trying to organize his energies in such a way that to be peaceful and joyful is all his own. He is not going to lean on anybody for that. Have all the bramacharies reached there? That’s not the point. Working towards it. They need support, they need atmosphere to make that happen for themselves, it’s not a small task that they have taken up. If once a human beings way has become like this that his peace, his love, his joy is not dependent on anybody, he has the necessary background to spring up into another dimension. If this is not there, he will naturally get entangled in compulsive activity. So brahmacharya, on one level fundamentally means to move from being a compulsive human being to a conscious human being. You may decorate your compulsiveness with all kinds of romance around it, but do you see it’s a compulsive behavior? Yes? It is not a conscious behavior. You may have the whole world with you, it doesn’t matter but it is a compulsive behavior. You can write poems about it, you can write good, great stories about it, you can make movies about it, but fundamentally it’s a compulsive behavior which you are trying to clothe in so many clothes just to not face the reality. I am not trying to take all the romance out of your life, ok? Once someone understands that if I am involved in compulsive activity I will never go where I want to go. Isn’t it so? Yes? If one is compulsive in his life, there is no question of he having a goal to reach, or attaining a certain state, or whatever. Compulsiveness means a very deep sense of slavery, isn’t it? So one who has realized this, naturally seeks to become conscious. So it is from this understanding that we said if you are really wanting to make a journey, you should drop your compulsiveness and bring consciousness to every aspect of your life. So that is brahmacharya. Celibacy is an ugly word because without the necessary understanding or necessary sadhana nor energy, you just trying to hold yourself back, then you will suffer. If your energies were organized in such a way that all the time you are high, really high within yourself, you won’t lean on anybody for these things, isn’t it? Oh I am not like that right now, what to do? As I told you, these things don’t come unless you make some effort towards it. One can go through life with a compulsive patterns without much effort you can allow the life to carry you one. I know right now the new age philosophy is ‘let it flow.’ I don’t know what they are letting flow anyway. See, being a part of life, being involved with the process of life on the surface is one thing; the core is another thing. Nature is on 2 different levels. One aspect of nature knows nothing other than self-preservation and pro-creation. This is the surface of nature. Your own nature, if you take; if you take the nature of this body, it knows only self-preservation and pro-creation. It doesn’t know anything else. So if you go by your physical nature, naturally this is all that you will do; survival and pro-creation. Eating, sleeping, reproducing and dieing, that’s all that will happen if you go by the ways of the body. But at the same time there is another nature within you which is longing to expand. If you give it the whole existence, it’ll gobble up and still be hungry. Yes? Do you have that or no? If you feed the whole existence to this one, it’ll gobble up everything and still be hungry for more. So there is another dimension of nature within you which wants to expand in an unbounded way. Which one do you give into is subject to who you are. If you give into the physical nature, all you will know is just this. If you give I to the inner nature, which wants to become boundless, then the life is different. So if you have given in, or if you have seen the ways of the inner nature are far beyond the ways of the physical nature, naturally you will choose to create a situation in your life which is conducive for that. It is from this understanding that brahmacharya or sanyasa became a part of spiritual process. Celibacy is a western idea, that is just to imitate the yogis of the past. All these things have been picked up at random by people. If you are not aware of this, even 6-8,000 years ago, Indian yogis traveled all over Europe and Arabia. They established many things. Even when the Phoenician’s were building things in Arabia, they were setting up their empire, even then the Indian architects, the Indian sculptors, the Indian elephants and the Indian yogis went. That’s almost 5-6,000 years ago. If a team of elephants, labors, sculptors, architects and yogis have to be there, there must have been a much longer association before that. Isn’t it so? Suddenly one team won’t end up there, in those days. So wherever they went, the did create some awareness of what is the significance of their way of life, so people picked this up at random without the necessary understanding. That is how celibacy became a part of other cultures. What came from a very deep understanding, just the surface of it they took. That will happen everywhere. See the yoga? Yoga means just twisting your body, just the surface.

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