The Greatness of Celibacy: Legends Who Didn’t “Do It”

I have experienced more joy and positive benefits from voluntary celibacy than I have from anything else in life. As a man, you owe it to yourself to read this guide… This could very well change your life and I dare say it will; if you give it a chance.

In this article I am going to lay out the benefits of celibacy, and accompany them with quotes from great men who also practiced this ancient art. You will be surprised how many great men, how many geniuses of all stripes, were actually voluntarily celibate.

BoxerheadThis is not coincidental, celibacy and greatness are unquestionably linked. I am confident enough in this assertion to issue a challenge to you; give it a try for yourself. Even the shortest stint of voluntary celibacy will be enough to validate the truthfulness of these claims. Just four weeks of total celibacy is enough to provide enough positive changes to transform any mans life.

To be clear, I’m not advocating total celibacy for every man. I am advocating for temperance and seminal retention outside of the procreative act. Cutting out masturbation is the main issue, temperate sex within a marriage is healthy and should be encouraged.

Every man is not able to receive the gift of perfect celibacy, and as Paul says: “Better to marry than to burn with passion.” But if you are one of the lucky few who can receive it, you should grab the gift with both hands. You have just inherited the greatest blessing available!

The Mental Benefits

Nikola Tesla, Legendary Scientist and Inventor: “He believed that celibacy spurred on the brain…” – From a BBC Article.

First the mental benefits of celibacy will be addressed, not because they are the most apparent or powerful; rather because this is where men suffer the most in this decadent era.

“Where have all the real men gone?” An all too common epithet. They didn’t go anywhere, rather they stopped developing past boys when pornography and masturbation were accepted as normal and healthy.

If I was to give the most apparent and most powerful benefit of male celibacy, it would be confidence. If you are male and lack in confidence, you are lacking in sexual energy most likely (almost certainly) due to a mismanagement of said energies. You are sacrificing your manhood on the altar of hedonism… In other words; masturbation is bad for you! (Sexual excess in all forms is damaging, but masturbation is the chief vice of modern men.)

The natural state of man is healthy self-esteem and confidence. Confidence to romantically talk to women, confidence to assertively talk to men, confidence to confront danger; confidence in all situations. It has been my experience and the experience of many that celibacy provides this confidence.

I will state plainly that social anxiety, social phobia, and anxiety of all kinds can be completely cured or greatly diminished by the observance of total celibacy for a prolonged period. Why not give it a try? Even just to prove me wrong.

Saigo Takamori, known as “The Last True Samurai”: “Although Saigo would remarry twice, father five children, and keep a company of Kyoto geisha, in 1854 he prided himself on avoiding women entirely. He saw abstinence as empowering rather than constraining… In his youth Saigo saw sex not as pleasurable dissipation or intimacy but as an impediment to happiness and loyalty.” – From the book “The Last Samurai,” page 34.

A few of the universally observed mental benefits of celibacy:

  • A positive and joyous disposition
  • Decreased social anxiety and fear of judgement
  • Increased determination, energy and productivity
  • Increased concentration, memory and mental clarity
  • Development of what can only be called “charisma”

Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple: “Our birth control method up to that point was Steve’s coitus interruptus, also called the pull-out method, which for him was about his conserving his energy for work,’ she wrote. He explained that he didn’t want to climax so he could build ‘power and wealth by conserving one’s vital energies.” – Former girlfriend Chrisann Brennan’s book quoted in a Daily Mail article.

A very brief list of some great men throughout history who practiced semen retention; Shakespeare, Thoreau, Gandhi, Buddha, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Galen, Aristotle, Beethoven, Michelangelo, Plato, Tolstoy, Tesla, Freud, and Newton. You will discover many more if you decide to embark on this journey yourself.

Pythagoras, Philosopher and Mathematician: “According to Pythagorus (6th century BCE) sex should be practiced in the winter, but not the summer, but was harmful to male health in every season because the loss of semen was dangerous, hard to control and both physically and spiritually exhausting…” “Pythagoras himself established a small community that set a premium on study, vegetarianism, and sexual restraint or abstinence. Later philosophers believed that celibacy would be conducive to the detachment and equilibrium required by the philosopher’s calling…” – Source: Uta Ranke.Heinman (1988).

I would argue that the fact that a great number of geniuses are celibate is not a coincidence, and it is certainly not due to the highly intelligent being simply odd. This is due to the power of sexual energy, which is the primary motivator and animator of life. Men will put their lives at risk when emboldened by the sexual impulse, it sharpens the mind and strengthens the body. If you allow this energy to circulate you will have an abundance of this sharpness and strength.

Galen, 2nd century Greek medical writer: “It is not at all surprising that those who are less moderate sexually turn out to be weaker, since the whole body loses the purest part of both substances, and there is besides an accession of pleasure, which by itself is enough to dissolve the vital tone, so that before now some persons have died from excess of pleasure.” – From his work “On Semen”.

For the practically minded amongst you, it is important to briefly touch on the nutritional value of semen itself. Semen contains calcium, phosphorus, lecithin, cholesterol, albumen, nucleoproteins, iron and vitamin E in great abundance. It is rich in iron and zinc, its vitalizing power has often been attributed to these facts. Dr. Frederick McCann remarks on this point; “From what has been stated it must be admitted that the spermatic fluid does possess potentialities justifying the belief of ancient writers concerning its vital properties.”

Sigmund Freud Psychologist, founder of Psychoanalysis: “Freud held the opinion (based on personal experience and observation) that sexual activity was incompatible with the accomplishing of any great work. Since he felt that the great work of creating and establishing psychotherapy was his destiny, he told his wife that they could no longer engage in sexual relations. Indeed from about the age of forty until his death Freud was absolutely celibate “in order to sublimate the libido for creative purposes.” – according to his biographer Ernest Jones.

It is imperative to recognise that even before the physical potentialities of semen were known, the ancients hailed it as a vital elixir; we in the West have long forgotten this wisdom. It is also important to point out that the benefits are not simply chemical in nature. There is certainly a spiritual element that accounts for these sublime benefits, it suffices to say; semen is certainly not a waste product, as many unwitting men have been led to believe.

Husband: “Kindly instruct me as to how many times a man may have copulation with his wife.”
Socrates: “Only once in his life.”

Husband: “But if that fails to satisfy him?”
Socrates: “Then he can have copulation once a year.”

Husband: “But if that too doesn’t satisfy him?”
Socrates: “Then let it be once a month.”

Husband: “And if he is still not satisfied?”
Socrates: “Then let it be twice a month, but this will cause an early death.”

Husband: “What should he do if he is not satisfied with that either?”
Socrates: “Well then, do it this way. Dig a grave, purchase a coffin and a shroud for yourself beforehand, then you may spoil yourself as many times as you wish. This is my final advice to you.”

The Physical Benefits

I will now discuss the physical benefits of semen retention, which are sometimes more impressive than the mental as they are outwardly visible. One of the most apparent changes when practicing celibacy for any length of time is a deeper voice. This can be thought of as a visual sign that celibacy certainly increases testosterone in that it brings it to its optimum level. At the very least we can say that frequent orgasm lowers testosterone in the short-term. Read, Masturbation Destroys Male Vitality: You’ve Been Lied To for more on this.

Throughout history celibacy has been often thought of as a requirement of a male warrior, this is because only celibacy provides the necessary fortitude, virility, and courage for battle. Knowing this it should come as no surprise that many moderns boxers and athletes refrain from sex before competition, and sometimes do so indefinitely to great success.

Rickson Gracie, Brazilian Jujitsu and MMA legend: “No sex. Yeah, because you know, by having sex you waste a lot of energy. I mean, the vital energy in your body goes away. I mean, it’s normal, it’s something we normally do, and it’s no problem at all, but if you want to accumulate energy, if you want to get full energy, you cannot waste… So I try to keep myself away from sex at least two weeks before the fight.” – From the documentary “Choke”

An orgasm is a massive outflow of energy, keep in mind that nothing comes for free when considering this. Most men think that this massive outflow of energy is produced by the body without strain and at no expense, this is folly. Experiencing this outflow of energy on a weekly, or even daily basis will come with huge repercussions in other areas. You will pay for those few seconds not just for the rest of the day, but the rest of the week and longer! Of course this builds up and takes men completely unaware, they are oblivious to the fact that they are squandering their strength and virility for a few seconds of pleasure.

Georg Hackenschmidt, 20th century strongman, wrestler and philosopher: “Moderation in sexual intercourse is very important. Sexual abstemiousness should be strictly observed during the early age of manhood and development. He who observes this recommendation will soon benefit by the immense prerogatives of chastity. A few years ago a colleague of mine said to me: “Nonsense, that is only human nature.” This “clever” man, however reached only a secondary position as a strong man, and now, at the age of thirty, he is actually degenerating as an athlete.” – From his book; “The Way To Live”

After sex many have observed that women are energised, while the male is depleted. This is the case because the sexual encounter is an exchange of energy, the man ultimately being the bearer of said energy. The energy that men are able to generate should either be used to create a new life or should be allowed to circulate around the body, invigorating it to its core. As the above quote suggests, it is essential that young men observe perfect celibacy throughout their development, in addition to this sexual restraint should be observed within the bounds of a monogamous marriage. This is the key to a happy and successful life. Young men, acknowledge this wisdom and teach it to your sons. If you have not observed celibacy through development or adulthood, it is never too late to start and you will reap the rewards. 

Manny Pacquiao, Boxer, Eight Division World Champion: Believing the old adage that sex saps strength, Pacquiao follows a strict no-[wife] policy during training. “We’ve talked to doctors about it,” [trainer Freddie] Roach says. “Sex lowers your testosterone, so you’re not as mean.” Most boxers abstain for a week or more before a bout. “I ask my guys for 10 days,” Roach says. Of course Pacquiao beats the others even when it comes to abstinence. He stays chaste for 21 days before a bout, husbanding his energies for post fight festivities. – Playboy Magazine Article

Testosterone levels rise by almost 150% after one week of celibacy. Despite this there are many disinformation agents willingly misleading the youth on these issues. Sexual “liberation” is being used as a means to subdue and control the populace. Why all the disinformation? Why are children being taught that masturbation is normal and healthy when this is directly opposed to all previous wisdom throughout the ages? The answer is that the powers that be have bad intentions and require the compliant populace of self-serving hedonists that a sexual “liberation” creates. (We will be dedicating a whole article to the hard science behind celibacy and the disinformation surrounding sexual excess.) 

Muhammad Ali, Boxing Legend: “There’s a kid just come down here named Cassius Clay. If you bet on him every time he fights, you’ll be a rich man, ‘cause he won’t lose a single fight. I believe his thing is sexual control. And he’s got it. Any kid who can control his sex can win the title. I believe it.” Olympic Boxing Coach, Harry Wiley, quote from the book ‘Muhammad Ali, The Greatest.’

The Spartans also valued the practice of semen retention, which is consistent with many warrior cultures throughout the ages. For a Spartan warrior in training, it was seen as a great dishonor for him to experience orgasm before adulthood, the Spartan men slept separate from the women, all with the idea of creating strong warriors.

Mike Tyson, Boxing Legend: “I never knew that conquering so many women takes so much from you more than adds so much to you. I always read that the great fighters never had sex before fights and I was a young kid and I wanted to be the youngest heavyweight champion in the world, so I restrained myself from sex for around five years.” – Mike Tyson in ‘Tyson’

Now, lets take a look at what has been recorded in regard to Greek Olympian’s and celibacy…

“An important aspect of self-control of the Greek athletes was their sexual abstinence. Just as today the Greeks wondered if sex before the contest was a good idea. The answer was negative. Sperm was seen as a source of masculinity and strength, two qualities you better had at your disposal during the games.” – The self-control of athletes, an ascetic ideal

greekceliSperm has always been seen as a source of masculinity and strength. In a society where men have never been so anxious and timid, masturbation has never been embraced as normal like it has been today. Men are afraid of interacting with women to a massive extent, I’m not suggesting this is entirely the fault of sexual excess; but sexual excess is certainly the key component.

The doctor Aretaeus – (1st century ad): “If any man is in possession of semen, he is fierce, courageous and physically mighty, like beasts. Evidence for this is to be found in athletes who practise abstinence.”

Beneath is a very interesting quote from Gymnasticus, where the writer observes the notable effects of sexual release on athletes. I can attest to this difference at least in myself, and I would again challenge you to conduct the celibacy experiment on yourself.

“Those who come to the gymnasium straight after sex are exposed by a greater number of indicators when they train, for their strength is diminished and they are short of breath and lack daring in their attacks, and they fade in colour in response to exertion, and they can be detected by signs of that sort; and when they strip, their hollow collar-bones give them away, their poorly structured hips, the conspicuous outline of their ribs, and the coldness of their blood. These athletes, even if we dedicated ourselves to them, would have no chance of being crowned [i.e. winning victory] in any contest. The part beneath the eyes is weak, the beating of their hearts is weak, their perspiration is weak, their sleep, which controls digestion, is weak, and their eyes glance around in a wandering fashion and indicate an appearance of lustfulness… If an athlete has just had sex, it is better for him not to exercise. In what sense are they men, those who exchange crowns and victory announcements for disgraceful pleasures? But if they must undergo training, let them be trained, but with the caveat that their strength and their breathing must be closely observed; for these are the things which are damaged most by the pleasures of sex. From Gymnasticus, 48 and 52.

Thank you for reading this, I will again reiterate my challenge to you; four weeks of total celibacy. You can do it, it may change your life; I am confident that it will.

To conclude I will invoke Dr Raymond W. Bernard, who provides a great rounding off quote as to why semen retention is something all men should seriously consider.

  “The semen contains substances of high physiological value, especially in relation to the nutrition of the brain and nervous system. If resorption of semen through the wall of the female genital tract has a vitalizing effect on the female organism, the same should be the case in the body of the male in which it is formed and conserved. And conversely, loss of semen must deprive the organism of vitality and valuable substances necessary for the nutrition of nervous tissue, such as lecithin, which has been used therapeutically with great success for the cure of neurasthenia resulting from sexual excess.” – Raymond W. Bernard MD


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