Just as you control the itching sensation in the leg or the hand, you must control the itching from lust by Viveka, Inquiry, Soul Awareness, light Sattvic diet, fasting, Pranayama, Yogic Practices, Prayers, etc. Then only can you enjoy spiritual bliss.
Inquiry and Soul Awareness
It is through constant inquiry and soul awareness that the mind has to be weaned from lustful thoughts and tendencies. You must remove not only the sexual craving and the sexual impulses, but also sex-attraction. Think of the miseries that you get from attachments with its various entanglements and bondage. Make the mind understand by repeated auto-suggestions and hammering that sexual pleasure is false, worthless, illusory and full of pain. Place before the mind the advantages, bliss, power and knowledge of a spiritual life. Make it understand that the exalted, eternal life is in the immortal Soul. When it hears constantly these useful suggestions, it will slowly leave off its old habits. The attraction for the sex will slowly die. Then only real sex-sublimation will take place. Soul is sexless. There is no sex in the five elements. It is the mind that creates the sex idea. Consider that a human is a combination of five elements, a mass of electrons or atoms. The sex idea will slowly vanish.
There are two kinds of force in the mind, viz., hostile or antagonistic force and friendly or favourable force. Passion is hostile force that drags you down. Pure reason is a favourable force that elevates you and transmutes you into Divinity. Develop, therefore, my child, pure reason to get unalloyed bliss and supreme Soul knowledge. The passion will die itself.
Take light Sattvic food, such as milk, fruits, etc. You can control passions in this way. The wise say that purity of food leads to purity of mind.
Fasting weakens the sex senses. It destroys sexual excitement. Passionate young men and ladies should take recourse to occasional fasting. It will prove highly beneficial.
By Pranayama, the mind gradually proceeds from the gross to the subtle. It, therefore, exercises a wholesome check upon the sexual irritation. When some evil thought disturbs your mind, at once take to Padmasana and practise Pranayama. The thought will leave you immediately.
Keep the Mind Ever Engaged
Keep the mind fully occupied. You can be established in mental and physical celibacy. Have routine of work: six hours for sleep, remaining time for meditation, study; work, service of the poor, service of the sick, etc., few time for walking or indoor exercise. This will keep the mind ever engaged. A true celibate in thought, word and deed has wonderful thought-power. He can move the world.
Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda