Is Celibacy Required for Spirituality?

What is the significance of celibacy on the spiritual path? Sadhguru explains that celibacy is just the surface of what once came from a very deep understanding. He describes brahmacharya as an effort to organize oneself so that everything you need is within yourself – to move from being a compulsive human being to a conscious one.

Sadhguru Talks @ Meditator Sathsang, Mumbai, Dec 2005


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29 thoughts on “Is Celibacy Required for Spirituality?

  1. Celibacy for non Indians….most likely was not something of just surface …. seems like, it was well thought over and finally decided to be used as another mean of mass control and cover up…

  2. Orrrrrrr ….. No but it’s much harder to take the path AND work on a relationship that will be hard until you have reached your own balance. It kind of goes that when you are ready, met and accepted your other side within your self that this person will show up in the manifest. There’s no set ‘way’. But you may well find that a spiritual path will destroy your relationship anyhow…… And then enlightened people don’t worry about such things, in time everything comes and in a balanced way. This life, next life whatever….
    In fact I met a very enlightened guy in India, and I could clearly see that he would not reach the level of understanding he wished for, simply because he had a young family and ‘the path’ would be selfish in the face of that. Not that he ignored his family he did strike a balance. It’s just that too much truth would have been a distraction from the family experience, which in itself is a spiritual lesson, heck, everything is a spiritual lesson, the secular world is a myth. Everything you are learning leads to the same place.
    Post wake I don’t call myself spiritual, i don’t see it as ‘other’…. I am me and that is intrinsically a spiritual quest-i-on. With life being the answer.

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