I am aware of Indian spirituality associating orgasm with a loss of energy. This conception is present in other cultures as well.

However, it is conspicuously absent from Western culture. Why isn't there more rigorous evidence of orgasm -- and sexuality in general -- and lack of enthusiasm and vigour? How can one perceive such an association if it exists?

Thank you.

  • There is e.g. Christian doctrine on that subject, though: perhaps it's not "conspicuously absent from Western culture" -- see Concupiscence for example.
    – ChrisW
    Oct 29, 2017 at 10:07

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Unless relatively deep/refined samadhi & tranquility have been developed, it is difficult to perceive the loss of energy & loss of mental clarity due to orgasm. Instead, to the undeveloped mind, the temporary relief of organism is something ordinary & normal. This is probably why the Western religious traditions probably don't comment much about orgasm because the true purpose & fruits of celibacy appears to have never been clearly articulated or understood in European Christianity.

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