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Celibacy/Abstinence/Desire for progeny & Urdhvareta


Namaskar Dear Dhananjay,

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1)Human population is at the brink of destroying this planet.Don't you feel this desire for progeny is not a very charitable/pious desire but one that stems out of parent's insecurity & fear of old age & certain other needs & ambitions?However much may people try to hide this fact.What according to you should be the ideal reason for desiring a progeny,as I believe the subconscious desire of parents definately impacts the soul taking birth.

2)You have said in previous replies that in women urdhvaretas menstrual bleeding will completely stop like how semen production stops in men.If this is so does it mean men & women have to be a little on the sexual/material plane to be able to produce an offspring & as a corollary question does ongoing menses & semen production indicate complete purity hasn't been reached?

1. Like all other things in this world which is the 'Leela' (play) of the Lord, the concept of a family is also a part. It is a stage of life which is designed to help the soul evolve, just as other stages. The institution of marriage and progeny are the basis of a family. Hence one should accept the same as a valid event in the drama called life and play his/her part as an actor does under the commands of the director (God) when marriage is in destiny.

2. Descent of 'Bindu' (seed) starts at the onset of puberty, following which the downward flow is thrown open for ever, leading to formation of semen or the ovum. It is the stage of a 'Manava' (human mortal) in the evolutionary cycle.

When the Jiva reaches the next evolutionary stage (that of an Urdhvaretas - which is in the rank of a god) through ardent Sadhana, producing offspring or enjoyment of sexual pleasure is not in its purview. These have been done with in previous stages. Hence there is no need for formation of physical semen through the descent of Bindu which weakens the system. Bindu is retained as 'Soma' (nectar) in the region of the 'Ajna Chakra', conducive to Samadhi.

That Jiva mainly focuses on meditation on the Supreme Cosmic being to realize itself. Meditation on the Lord and the resultant bliss is the way of enjoyment for an Urdhvareta. 'Adha Sangama' - The lower union (involving the genitals between male & female) indulged in by a 'Manava' (mortal human) is not resorted to, being lower in nature. An Urdhvareta, being the equivalent of a god in rank and therefore divine enjoys 'Urdhva Sangama' (union with the Supreme consciousness) through Samadhi.

'Adha Sangama' (sexual union) gives momentary pleasure but ends in weakness, suffering, sorrow, bondage and ignorance. 'Urdhva Sangama' (union with the Supreme) gives unalloyed Atmic bliss & leads to strength, freedom and finally liberation through realization of the knowledge of the self. This eventually takes the Jiva beyond Urdhvaretas to merge into the Supreme itself. The Yogi is freed from the cycle of births & deaths on the physical plane which is the abode of suffering.

Thus the stage of an Urdhvaretas is higher than that of a 'Manava' in terms of evolution, and on the parallel, bereft of the descent of Bindu into gross sexual fluid.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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