Celibacy/Abstinence/Is there a need to change the world to evolve?
Some paths but not the yoga one say that when you engage in spiritual cultivation, you have the responsability to utopically affect the world and politics for good. Even some schools like in Eastern Asia say if you do not do good you dont advandce spiritually, same with Plato. But this could be easily countered with many arguments since many great spirituals adepts were hermits or monks and others ones in history has been killed for that same reason because those with political power in general just follow their own interest and not spiritual paths. The irony is that those philosophers who had that utopy in mind like Plato and eastern sages were themselves without political power and their countries were the ones with experienced the worse ies in the history of humankind... The eastern Asian mentality is strange becuase it is deep philosophy but at the same time is not very realistic, and creative. Now in the yogic tradition which is practical, yogis were not interested in politics and there was no such merit philosophy and the society was peaceful generally. I hope you understand what I mean by this, its a doubt I have.
Since you going to die one day, the best choice isnt it to cultivate yourself to surrender of the ego to the inner silence anonimously and give spiritual teachings to others when possible, and letting the world follow his own? You gain knowledge and the merit to advance with such practice. After all, all comes to mind state. Do you agree?
1. Is the world different from you? The world is only a reflection of your own mind. As long as the mind exists, the world exists. Where was the world to you in deep sleep? So it is an illusion of mind & matter. If you realize what you truly are (the self), then the world will clearly be seen in its true illusory form as nothing more than a superimposition. Hence the best help to both yourself and others is to know your self first. You may then decide if any further help is to be rendered. But first know your self.
Trying to reform the world without knowing the self is like one blind man trying to show the way to another.
2. There is no reality in the illusion in terms of the absolute. Hence to get in touch with the reality is alone the greatest service to oneself and 'others'.
3. If this much is done to realize the self, then that which is to be done by you to the 'world' as you term it automatically occurs through your body & mind by a higher power that runs the show.
ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)