Which Sex Is “Sinful” and Which Is not?
In some religious organizations, it is customary to declare the sexual aspect of love as “sinful”. The cause of this lies not only in the desire of the pastors of such sects to dominate their flock and “feed” on them, saying: “You all are desperately sinful, but you can pay us, and we, in prayers, will get the forgiveness of your sins from God!” There is also a rational cause for the tendency towards the limitation of sexuality. It consists in that the “unrestrained” sexuality in the human populations of low culture results in the spread of venereal and other diseases, as well as in unintended pregnancies.
Moreover, those people for whom it is time to switch all their attention totally to God, sometimes “get stuck” in the tendency of the sexual bliss of the sattva guna and stop in their spiritual advancement.
We also should not forget that God prohibits the “mixture of gunas” during sexual contacts [17,20].
In other words, sexual “permissiveness” is in no way blessed by God.
On the other hand, ethically and aesthetically impeccable sexuality, as well as sound and subtle erotica, is considered by Him as important factors that contribute to our spiritual development.
In order to advance successfully on the spiritual Path, there is no necessity to have multiple sexual partners. It is enough to have one like-minded partner who is on approximately the same level of spiritual advancement. Massive sexual amusements, presented as supposed spiritual practices, cannot give spiritual progress. The affirmations of some authors that the more sexual partners one has, the more intensively one’s “personal power” grows, are groundless. On the contrary, a trap is hidden there.
The point is that sometimes it is quite difficult to notice the change of one’s own level of subtlety of the consciousness on the initial stages of spiritual development. One can become coarser as a consciousness but think that everything is alright. Moreover, when one becomes coarser psychoenergetically on these initial stages, it gives one the feeling that one’s “personal power” is growing. However, in reality, only the growth of the psychoenergetical power that was refined and became subtle is valuable. The practice of the sex with many partners results in an averaging out of the psychoenergetical level of all participants, which throws back in their spiritual advancement those of them who were more purified and hence more promising.