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Semitic religions such as Islam and Christianity consider masturbation to be a sin. What about Hinduism? Please give some authentic quotes for the answers.

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I feel this is offensive, but anyways its nature, and I don't think masturbation is an offensive act in Hinduism –  Mr. Alien Jul 2 at 9:57
    
It doesn't say anything about masturbation in Christianity. It talks about lust, which can usually be associated with such, but the act itself is not mentioned. If you feel it does, please direct me to the verse. –  NuclearPeon Jul 2 at 21:45
    
@NuclearPeon - Christianity is not limited to Bible. Matter of fact, what matters far more is what the practitioners of a religion do, not what their book preaches. Majority of Christian dogma has jack shit to do with anything said in the Bible. –  Davor Jul 3 at 7:38
    
If the practitioners do not practice what Jesus taught, it isn't Christianity although it may be based on its influence. They may not be 100% accurate at deciphering the subtle nuances or they may miss important points and cultural references, but I disagree that Christianity goes beyond the bible; Not only does it include very old texts such as the Torah, but it's a collection of the most accurate and verifiable texts afterwards, esp. of the apostles. The dogma is inaccurate if the authority is anything but from God. I don't mean to hijack this question, but @KiranRS I am skeptical it's a sin –  NuclearPeon Jul 3 at 8:42
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The Hindu treatise on sex Kama Sutra (4th to 6th centuries AD) does not condemn masturbation at all and moreover explains in detail the best procedure to masturbate; "Churn your instrument with a lion's pounce: sit with legs stretched out at right angles to one another, propping yourself up with two hands planted on the ground between in them, and it between your arms".

According to Hinduism, life begins at the Brahmacharya or "student" stage, in which they are directed to chastely advance themselves educationally and spiritually to prepare themselves for a life of furthering their dharma (societal, occupational, parental, etc. duties) and karma (right earthly actions); only once they reach the Grihastya or "householder" stage can they seek kama (physical pleasure) and artha (worldly achievement, material prosperity) through their vocations. Sexual pleasure is part of kama, one of the four goals of life. Source:(1,2).

So Mastrubation is not a sin in Hinduism but its only allowed in "Grihastya Jeevan".

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Masturbation is forbidden for unmarried bachelors. In 'Brihadaranyak Upanishad' it is written that the cerebral fluid, the marrow in the bones and the sperm are all made of the synthetic elements of blood. It should not be wasted by masturbation, which is normally aided by fantasy.

Source : Brihadaranyak Upanishad

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It is important for a normal healthy life as well. That upanishad doesn't state that? (I know science is off-topic here but the quote from that upanishad is describing science, so washed my hands :P) –  Awal Garg Jul 2 at 10:37
    
@AwalGarg Yea that sounds weird –  Mr. Alien Jul 2 at 10:39
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