Retaining our semen alone doesn’t necessarily make us a celibate. Our essence (or the energy) is dissipated in various other non-sexual ways.
As much as we try to separate our body from mind, when we look deeply, we always find that they are the same object. When we look at the body deeply, we know the state of the mind and vice versa. When we take any emotional stance towards the world, our body manifests itself accordingly. When we are angry or craving for something, our jaws clench automatically. Our legs curl. Our fists get tightened. Similarly when we hate someone, it is as if we are moving about tightly holding their picture in our mental fists. Just as our real fists pain when we hold something constantly, our mental fists pain too. Though we aren’t confronting anyone, our body manifests this way and a lot of our energy goes into maintaining these states over a period of time.
We just have to observe our jaw state during the whole day and we will be surprised to see that our jaws are more tightly locked than a mummified body’s jaw inside an Egyptian pyramid. We carry so much of invisible burden, not just on our shoulders but also in our jaws. In our tightened eyebrows and forehead. When lot of our energies are drained in many subtle unnoticed ways, we no longer have any energy left for understanding, for articulating, for our loved ones and for our planet. Celibacy is all about conserving our energy so that we can steer it in the direction we wish (to understand the cosmos and the human condition, for instance).
By noticing where our energy is getting drained and by taking care of it, we will learn the ways to take care of the energy and resources of the planet earth~