For men to master the art and science of tantric yoga (union with God using the energy of sex), semen retention is very important.
The religious scandals that are becoming common place are the result of men holding positions of leadership before they've mastered their own sexual energy. Denial of sexual energy is not enough. It might suffice - and even then it's doubtful - in a cloistered monastery. But if a cleric is among the people in the modern sex obsessed world, denial is seldom enough. Transmutation of the sexual force is required.
Several ancient texts provide myths (metaphorically expressed science) in which gods are castrated. Anu (Sumerian), Uranus (Greek), Ausar and Set (Egyptian) were all castrated.
The significance of castration can be deciphered with a little comparative religion. Anu is a version of the Egyptian Nu. Nu was later known as Amen. Hetep (inner peace) was secured by achieving Amen. The Hetep icon was a ram on an offering tray.
The sacrificed ram meant that the sexual drive was sacrificed in order to achieve Nu (the superconscious state).
Because Mars rules the sex drive, the ejaculatory urge, and rams, sheep and lamps are symbols of Aries (and Mars), sacrificing a ram meant killing the sex drive.
But even the "killing" of the sex drive was a metaphor.
The ancient adepts used metaphors within metaphors within metaphors. It is little wonder that concretized Western minds are often lost when it comes to understanding the ancient wisdom and, in utter frustration, discount it as childish nonsense.
The sex drive wasn't actually extinguished; it was transformed, sublimated and refined. The act of ejaculation ceased (or was at least curtailed) in initiates, but orgasm didn't.
Orgasm and ejaculation aren't the same.
Some people associate (shirk) two related functions and falsely consider them the same.
Ejaculation and orgasm are two separate (albeit related) functions.
The initiate learns to separate orgasm from ejaculation so he can have several orgasms without losing either his seed (ching chi) or his erection.
This is the meaning of the icon of the god Min (the "raw" form of the god Amen) masturbating atop a pillar with his left had (the hand for drawing energy inward).
A mu'min (i.e., a Muslim who has achieved Amen ability) is able to climax and draw his climax up to his head through techniques such as the Big Draw of Taoism (see Mantak Chia's "The Multi-Orgasmic Man" for details).
Beginning the mastery of semen retention, in the Tao, begins with a technique called testicle breathing. Women. like Mary, use ovarian breathing.
When the Quran says a prophet was "chaste" or "celibate" it actually means he mastered semen retention and could -- if he or she so chose -- experience whole-body, multiple orgasms.
Such a person, then or now, can use orgasmic energy to heal himself by directing the orgasm to particular organs. He or she can also experience enlightenment by drawing the orgasmic force into the brain and can experience the unity of opposites by directing it into his or her mate.
The Quran refers to Yahya (John the Baptist) as "noble and chaste and a prophet" (3:39). "Yahya" is, itself, a code-name. It means "life force" so it is fairly clear that something more than a physical man is being discussed. In various other systems Life forced is called Ra (Kamitic), prana (Dravidian), chi (Taoist), Hayya (Arabic) and Ruach (Hebrew).
The word for chase, hasur, comes from a root (hasara) that means "he restrained, he encircled." Husr means "retention." Semen retention and circling the sexual force in the Microcosmic Orbit is here identified.
Min’s headdress of tall double plumes and his large erect phallus proclaim his prowess as the principle of generative energy, fertility/virility and the masculine divine. God of male fertility and protector of mines and agriculture, he is master of the routes of the oriental desert and his principal places of worship were Akhmin and Qeft.
Min was associated with Pan (phallically) by the Greeks. In lore he is shown typically as a standing male figure with an very erect penis wearing a narrow sheath and raising his right hand to hold the flail while the left hand is either holding his erection or hidden under his garment. Some works show both hands holding his penis. In this imaging, by his connective association with Pan and through the evidence that one of his symbols/offerings was a long lettuce which had a sap similar to semen, he his thought to portray - and thus serve as patron of - masturbation.
The lettuce was regarded as a powerful aphrodisiac and huge bunches of its leaves were ritually eaten in Min’s honor at festival time (other days as well) in the hope that increased stamina and potency would result. Men would ingest as much of the sap as possible, partaking in hopes that Min would honor them with copious amounts of semen, powerful erections and great sexual skill.
He appeared in pre-dynastic times. Sometimes referred to as son of Isis and also as her consort and father of Horus and primeval creator god manifestation of Amun. The festival of Min was held to ensure potency thus associated with fertility important to this time of Mesore. This period is a critically important time of calculation and preparation for the annual Nile flood and each year a week of mystery rites is enacted, leading to the major time marker of the Summer Solstice.