Sex exhausts the vitality. Why doesn’t Tien-Tao prohibit sex? (52)
Heaven and Earth interact to create all things. Man and woman
consummate to give new life. This is the law of nature. Taoism,
Buddhism and Catholicism prohibit sex and acclaim solitude because
they pity those who are attached to their spouses and children and
cannot practice Tao. Nowadays, Tien-Tao is available to everyone.
It means that practicing Tao should not violate the laws of nature,
nor should it violate the Tao of Mankind*. Parents, children,
husbands and wives all live together to practice Tao. Practicing
Tao will not conflict with the duties of students, farmers, merchants
or any person. A practitioner of Tao fulfills his responsibilities in
the society while practicing Tao.
The will of a practitioner of Tao can be firmly established through
tests within family affairs. So a practitioner of Tao should begin
his practice from the relationship of husband and wife. Although
Tien-Tao does not prohibit sex, sexual activities should be restrained.
For those who are apprehensive of the heavy burden associated with
marriage, they may decide not to get married. For those who already
have a family, they should be thrifty, be dedicated and be earnest in
raising their families. One should guide all in the family to goodness
by establishing himself as a model. This way, he will not bring shame
to his ancestors and will not spoil his children.
The Chinese character for filial devotion (孝) is a combination of
elder (老) and child (子). If people do not get married, there wouldn’t
be any human left after fifty years. If there is no mankind, practicing
Tao would be meaningless.