"Many men and women are troubled by certain very strict precepts
of chastity and abstinence taught by their religions, and they
question whether it is really necessary to respect them. In
fact, this all depends on what they want to do with their lives.
If they want nothing more than a mediocre, ordinary existence,
it is useless for them to learn self-control and to practise
abstinence and chastity. This will even be harmful for their
health, to say nothing of all the negative consequences it will
have in the psychic, familial and social domains, as they will
become bitter, hard and intolerant towards others. But if they
have a spiritual ideal, if they love this ideal with all their
heart and soul, and if they have the desire to realize something
truly great, they can only succeed by following certain dictates
and rules of life. In that case, yes, vigilance and self-mastery
have their place. "
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov