Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings. – Proverbs 31:3
Keep your way far from her
And do not go near the door of her house,
Or you will give your vigor to others
And your years to the cruel one;
And strangers will be filled with your strength
And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
And you groan at your final end,
When your flesh and your body are consumed;
And you say, “How I have hated instruction!
And my heart spurned reproof!
“I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,
Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
“I was almost in utter ruin
In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
Drink water from your own cistern
And fresh water from your own well.
Should your springs be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
Let them be yours alone
And not for strangers with you.
Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice in the wife of your youth. – Proverbs 5:8-18
“Chastity is one of the greatest disciplines without which the mind cannot attain requisite firmness. A man who is unchaste loses stamina, becomes emasculated and cowardly. He whose mind is given over to animal passions is not capable of any great effort.” – Ghandi
“But by the early 1900s brahmacharya [a vow of chastity] had taken its place in his understanding of the truly religious life and he felt it had a crucial role in the pursuit of truth. He interpreted it to mean more than sexual restraint. It was control of the senses in thought, word and deed, though aspects of it, such as fasting, were also a buttress to sexual abstinence. On his own admission he found the physical side of the vow difficult to observe; but mastery of thought was even harder, and he wrestled with it to the end of his days. Yet he was convinced that this was the broad high road to the self-purification so vital for the truth-seeker. Without it life was ‘insipid and animal-like,’ whereas man’s true nature could be liberated and revealed only if it was observed.” – from Ghandi: Prisoner of Hope by Judith M. Brown