Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramana Maharishi, Sri Kanchi Paramacharya (1894-1994) and saints like him have practised it and spoken about celibacy. Mahatma Gandhi practised it at one time.
Sri Ramakrishna gives some interesting information:-
Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a very popular young Indian guru with millions of followers around the world. In 2010, he was involved in a sex scandal, seen in video in a compromising position in bed with a famous Tamil actress called Ranjitha. The video was broadcasted on TV leading to violence among angry followers and his escape to an unknown location. Later he was arrested, charged under several sections and granted bail.
One day in Gaurikund, high in the Himalayas, he saw a lovely vision, of a young man with a glowing countenance and flowing locks, walking towards him with long strides and captivating grace. He realized, only after physically verifying the solidity of the radiant and divine being facing him, it was Mahaavatar Babaji, the Enlightened Master who has dwelled in the Himalayas for thousands of years in perpetual youth. At the moment of passing by him, Babaji looked into his eyes and pronounced, 'Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda!’ – signifying the state he would soon come to achieve.
Paramahansa Yogananda was born in Gorakphur India January 5th 1893. Gorakphur is in the north of India and is associated with the great saint Gorakshanath who lived in the 10th – 12th Century. Yogananda was brought up in a devout loving Hindu family. At an early age Yogananda’s mother passed away and this pushed the young Mukunda (as he then was) into a deep grief. However this experience encouraged Yogananda to seek beyond the world and practise spiritual discipline.