In the previous article, we began to understand why it is so important for men to stop ejaculating involuntarily.
We ended with a quote from an ancient Chinese text; “Don’t pore your semen uselessly, don’t throw it like you are throwing something down from the sky, you will disturb the five fundamental bodily organs, wound the energy channels (meridians) and as a result you will cause all form of disease.” (Ishampo). This declaration reflects very much the Taoist view, which does not see the sexual energy as something dirty that we need to get rid of, but rather as a balancing, life giving force, that needs to be cherished in order to maintain the healthy functions of our organism.
Yoga, a close sister of Tantra, places even greater importance on containing the sexual energy. Contained within the “ten commandments” of yoga, the Yama and Niyama, there is a special command which is specifically directed towards maintaining and containing sexual energy.
Among monotheistic religions, Judaism states in the clearest way that one “must not waste his semen for nothing.” The most important book on Jewish mysticism, the Zohar, claims that it is a severe sin, and bad angels (demons) are nourished by the sparks of life from the semen which is wasted. Special prayers were even composed for healing the bad effect of involuntary ejaculation at night. In this we can see that in many spiritual schools there is a clear consensus regarding the importance of semen as a life-giving force, as a means for creating new life, and not a source of superficial pleasure and release of stress.
The tantric view, which is alchemical in its essence, sees the fabric of a man’s body and soul as one energetic web. It describes the power of the semen in the following way; “the breath, the thought and the semen are the three components of the potential for illumination. They need to come into harmony and be under conscious control. The yogi who brings together the breath, the thought and the semen, becomes indestructible, absorbed in spontaneous transcendence.” (Kala Chakra Tantra). In this fundamental text, Tantra gives semen the status of a potential tool, which may, together with thought and breath, lead to the ultimate human accomplishment: illumination.
Tantra does not leave things on a theoretical level alone. It describes very practically ways to avoid ejaculation, how to reabsorb the semen into the body, and how to use the energy which is preserved to bring real evolution to the body, mind, soul and spirit.
Even in modern times, people who practice Tantra and Taoism report a significant increase in physical and mental strength, in clarity of the mind, and a slowing down of the aging process. These benefits, according to them, are a direct result of maintaining “the living waters” of the sexual fluids in their being.
Now that we are clear about why to control the ejaculation function we may ask ourselves how. This question will be answered in the next part of this article.