Frequency of Copulation According to Socrates

Frequency of copulation

One of the disciples of Socrates (a great Greek philosopher) asked his teacher, “My Venerable Master, kindly instruct me how many times a house-holder can have copulation with his legal wife?”
Socrates replied, “Only once in his life time”
The disciple said,” Oh my Lord! This is absolutely impossible for worldly men. Pray, kindly prescribe an easy path.”
Then Socrates said, “A house-holder can have copulation once in a year.”

The disciple replied, “O Venerable Sir, this is also a hard job for them. You must prescribe an easier course.”

Socrates then replied, “Well, my dear disciple, once in a month. This is suitable. This is quite easy. I think you are satisfied now.”

The disciple said, “This also is impossible, my revere master. Householders are very fickle minded. Please prescribe an easier course.”

Socrates said, “Twice in a month. But this will cause an early death.”

The disciple said, “This also is impossible, for they cannot remain for a single day without sexual intercourse.”

Then Socrates said, “Well said, my dear child. Do one thing now. Dig a grave and purchase a coffin and winding sheet for the corpse before hand. Now you can spoil yourself any number of times you like. This is my final advice to you.”

This last advice pierced the heart of the disciple. He thought over the matter seriously and understood the importance and glory of Brahmacharya. He took a vow of strict unbroken celibacy for life. He took to spiritual Sadhana in right earnest and attained Self-realisation. But one, who wastes his semen for sexual pleasure, finally attains despair, weakness and death. Priceless human life is wasted in sexual indulgence but sexual desires are never satiated.

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