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Re: Celibacy v.s. indulgence

May 31, 1997 05:31 AM
by M K Ramadoss

At 06:44 AM 5/31/97 -0400, Tom Robertson wrote:
>>Einar here:
>>When once asked about sex and spiritual practices, J.K. answered, (as
>>far as I remember): 'Have sex, or don't have sex, it doesn't matter -
>just >don't make a problem out of it.'
>>This is in line with his teaching that when you impose an 'unnatural'
>>suppression upon the psyche as a spiritual means, you will only
>>inflict an inner conflict, and therfore make a psychological havoc out of
>the whole thing. This does not implicate though, that one should
>>'Indulge in some kind of spiritual sex', as some would have it.
>>As we proceed naturally in our spiritual search, ALL needs will come
>>to an end, naturally and permanently. To impose unnatural control or
>>suppression on the process will simply not work. Neither will an
>>unnatural indulgence. Transcendance is  sort of perpendicular direction,
>away from both 'do it' and 'don't do it'. One day the 'needs' arenīt
>there, >because they have been repalced by something more profound.
>More than 20 years ago, I went many times to a seminar given by a man who
>worked with youth, and, in commenting on St. Augustine's "love God, and
>do as you please," which echoes Krishnamurti, he said that that was
"devastating" advice to them, as it would be too likely interpreted as a
>license for self-indulgence.  Self-indulgence _is_ what is natural for
>those who haven't reached a certain stage of maturity.  There may be
>more danger in the psychobabble that discourages suppression of desires
>than there is in unfulfilled needs.

I agree. If only people start *thinking* about these issues without
mindlessly adopting one course of action or the other, I am sure there comes
a real understanding and when that happens all the issues are put in proper
place with proper perspective. Thanks again.

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