In this article you’ll find Swami Vivekananda‘s quotes and comments on continence. This is a sister article of “Swami Vivekananda’s quotes on Brahmacharya”.
Swami Vivekananda on Continence
Swami Vivekananda told—
- By continence, reverence, and devotion to Guru, success comes after a long time (as in the case of Indra). (commentary on Sankhya, book IV, verse 19 प्रणतिब्रह्मचर्योपसर्पणानि कृत्वा सिद्धिर्बहुकालात्तद्वत्).
- By the establishment of continence energy is gained. The chaste brain has tremendous energy and gigantic will-power. Without chastity there can be no spiritual strength. Continence gives wonderful control over mankind. The spiritual leaders of men have been very continent, and this is what gave them power. Therefore the Yogi must be continent. (commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra chapter 2, verse 38 ब्रह्मचर्यप्रतिष्ठायां वीर्यलाभः).[Source]
- Complete continence gives great intellectual and spiritual power. The Brahmachârin must be sexually pure in thought, word, and deed. Lose regard for the body; get rid of the consciousness of it so far as possible.[Source]
- Do you see, simply by the observance of strict Brahmacharya (continence) all learning can be mastered in a very short time — one has an unfailing memory of what one hears or knows but once. It is owing to this want of continence that everything is on the brink of ruin in our country.[Source]
- Save the spiritual store in your body by observing continence.[Source]
- “That which all the Vedas declare, which is proclaimed by all penances, seeking which men lead lives of continence, I will tell you in one word — it is ‘Om‘.” You will find this word “Om” praised very much in the Vedas, and it is held to be very sacred.[Source]
- The Sanskrit name for a student, Brahmachârin, is synonymous with the Sanskrit word Kâmajit. Our goal of life is Moksha; how can that be ever attained without Brahmacharya or absolute continence? Hence it is imposed upon our boys and youth as an indispensable condition during their studentship. The purpose of life in the West is Bhoga, enjoyment; hence much attention to strict Brahmacharya is not so indispensably necessary with them as it is with us.[Source]
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