As per the Baudhayana Dharmasutra (BD)
A man who ejaculates his semen in any place other than the vagina becomes equal to a thief and to a murderer of a Brahmin. [BD 3.7]
The Gautama Smriti (GS) says:-
He who has been guilty of cheating, of caluminating, of acting contrary to the rule of conduct, of eating or drinking things forbidden, of ejaculating inside a Shudra woman or in any place other than the vagina, and even of performing magic rites with intent (to harm his enemies), shall bathe and sprinkle himself with water, reciting the texts addressed to the Waters, or those addressed to Varuna, or other purificatory texts. [GS 25.7]
Now, Infertility is a common problem these days and as such requires scientific - medical interventions to beget a progeny in case, if it's implicitly incurable in parents, in the form of IVF treatments, etc. A common step before that, requires testing for Infertility which requires the the laboratory conducted test of Seminogram in males. Now, as it turns out the test definitely requires the discharge of seed inside a laboratory given collectible box.
Thus, as per the above cited verses from BD, GS, and several other treatises, this fertility test stands as a violation of dharma and thus implicate a Sin. Or will it not?
- It involves the very act of masturbation which is forbidden and thus a sin.
- The seed is being deposited inside a non-vagina (ayonija - अयोनिज).
Is the act of discharging seeds via masturbation in a laboratory collectible box for Seminogram test justified and thus not to be considered a sin? How to interpret such a situation with the dharmic lens ?
Also, as far as I recall, the remedies in the ancient past for such situation as per dharma may either be:
- Niyoga in case husband is not functional.
- A second marriage for husband if wife is not functional.
- Adoption (dattaka santãn) when both husband-wife become non functional.
So, Besides the above three remedies, are there any other remedies prescribed in the dharmic treatises for the 'Infertility induced situation of no progeny' ? Which of the remedies can be considered dharmic and practical in the present day modern contexts?