Celibacy/Abstinence/Testicular atrophy


Is it true that long celibacy leads to testicular atrophy and low testosterone?

It is said that when we live celibate life in time we start losing our sexual desire. Isn't that because of the atrophy and consequently less activity of the testicles or is it due to change in mind?

1. Reduction in sexual desire as regards the advanced Brahmachari occurs further to dissolution of 'Agnyana' (ignorance) surrounding the Atman (soul) and not due to any other reason. Such a reduction of desire cannot be compared to loss of sexual desire which occurs in ordinary people due to health problems concerning the body or mind.

2. All hormones are regulated to the right levels from a life of Yoga & Brahmacharya. There is never an imbalance.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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