By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Why so much Restriction on Sex Life … Part II
This human form of life is meant for tapasya, to learn how to become detached from this material world. And the beginning is this brahmacārī (celibate student life) life. Brahmacārī gurukule vasan dāntah.
Dānta means self-controlled. That is real teaching. Either a grhastha (householder) lives… If a grhastha lives, even he has got wife, he does not… One side, according to Vedic civilization, there is no sex life except for begetting a nice child, and that also with garbhādhāna-samskāra. In other words, whimsically sex life is completely stopped in Vedic civilization. Everything is under regulation. Therefore brahmacārī means how to control the senses, how to keep them under his own control, not that “I am now sexually inclined. I must have immediately sex.” No. Dānta. That is taught.
Just like in our society, even grhastha, he is also under restriction, and what to speak of brahmacārī. But we should always remember that this human life is meant for controlling the senses. Athāto brahma jijnāsā. It is simply meant for inquiring about our spiritual life. That is perfect civilization.
[An excerpt from a lecture given on the Srimad Bhagavatam 7.12.1 on April 12, 1976 in Bombay]