Swami Vivekananda held purity to be for the householder as well as for the monk and laid great stress on the point. He told of a Hindu boy who had been in America for some time and was suffering from ill health. The boy had told Swamiji that American doctors had told him that the Indian theory of chastity (brahmacharya) must be wrong, being against nature, and had advised him against it. Swamiji said, “I advised him to go back to India and listen to the teaching of his ancestors who had practiced chastity for thousands of years. Then turning a face puckered into an expression of unutterable disgust, he thundered, “you doctors in this country who held that chastity is against the law of nature, don’t know what you are talking about. You don’t know the meaning of the word purity. You are beasts! beasts! I say, with the morals of a tomcat, if that is the best that you have to say on the subject.” No voice was raised, though several physicians were present. It may be noted that the views on chastity that Swamiji presented here were held by him throughout life.
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