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SELF-RESTRAINT V. SELF-INDULGENCE : M. K. Gandhi
Published by : Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad, India
Pages : 211 + 8
Price : INR 50/-
About the Book:
That the first edition was sold out practically within a week of its publication is a matter of joy to me. The correspondence that the series of articles collected in this volume has given rise to shows the need of such a publication. May those who have not made self-indulgence a religion, but who are struggling to regain lost self-control which should, under normal conditions be our natural state, find some help from a perusal of these pages. For their guidance the following instructions may prove needful:
Remember if you are married, your wife is your friend, companion and co-worker, not an instrument of sexual enjoyment.
Self-control is the law of your being. Therefore, the sexual act can be performed only when both desire it, and that too subject to rules which in their lucidity both may have agreed upon.
If you are unmarried you owe it to yourself, to society and to your future partner to keep yourself pure. If you cultivate this sense of loyalty, you will find it an infallible protection against all temptation.
Think always of that Unseen Power which, though we may never see, we all feel within us as watching and noting every impure thought, and you will find that Power ever helping you.
Laws governing a life of self-restraint must be necessarily different from a life of self-indulgence. Therefore you will regulate your society, your reading, your haunts of recreation and your food.
You will seek the society of the good and the pure.
You will resolutely refrain from reading passion-breeding novels and magazines and read the works that sustain humanity. You will make one book your constant companion for reference and guidance.
You will avoid theaters and cinemas. Recreation is where you may not dissipate yourself but recreate yourself. You will, therefore, attend bhajan-mandalis where the words uplift the soul.