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The world we are living in is different in many ways from the ones our grandparents, or even our parents, were a part of. And nowhere is it more noticeable than the lifestyle our young lead. They are more confident of themselves, more expressive in their opinions, more aggressive in their demands, and definitely more outgoing in their sexual experiences.
How does Ayurveda view the sexual liberties that young adults have granted themselves? Are there any repercussions to initiating physical intimacy so early on in life?
Yes, there are. According to Ayurveda, the life of a man is divided into 4 stages, or ashramas – brahmachari (the student life), grihasta (household life), vanaprastha (retired life) and sanyasa (renounced life).
The brahmachari stage, which lasts till you turn 25, is dedicated to the pursuit of education and abstinence from physical pleasures.By breaking this rule and having sex in this phase of your life, you run the risk of affecting the body’s shukradhaatu.
This all-pervadingdhaatu is one of the seven that goes into making the body, the other six being raas, rakht, maas, medh, asthi, and majja. Present in an invisible form throughout the physical form, it assumes a visible shape when ejaculated as semen. Having sex when the body is not ready for it can cause the depletion of the shukradhaatu, which, in turn,can impact the ojas - the body’s immune system.
This sort of imbalance can give rise to several side effects, ranging from immune related problems to weak body tissues to early ageing to anemia. In extreme cases, it can also cause impotence, erectile dysfunction, or premature ejaculation like problems.
The damage doesn’t end there. Depleted shukradhatu can also affect your maansikoja,s, or mental equilibrium. Over a period of time, you’ll find yourself obsessing over sexual thoughts and gravitating towards the habit of masturbation. This again can weaken the nerves and muscles of the penis and lead to erectile dysfunction and other sexual problems.
Our wise ancestors have always stressed on theimportance of doing the right thing at the right time. The same applies to sexual intimacy. It is a privilege reserved for the grihasta ashram when you get married and assume the role of a householder.Shoulder this privilege responsibly. Refrain from taamsik practices like watching porn or dwelling on physical pleasures. Stay saatvikin your approach – both in your diet and in your mindset and you will have nothing to worry about.
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