Osho On Sex
an excerpt from Sex Matters
“What is the central element in the normal life of human beings? Is it God? The soul? Truth? No. What lies at the core of human beings? What is in the depths of the human heart, of someone who has never undertaken any spiritual search, who has never traveled at all on any path of spiritual search, who has never begun any kind of spiritual seeking? Prayer? Devotion? No, not at all. If we look into the life energy of a normal human being, if we look into our own life force, we will see neither God nor devotion nor prayer, neither worship nor meditation there. We will see something very different. This is something that has been kept suppressed and unmentioned rather than known and understood.
And what is this something that will be found if we uncover and analyze the core of human beings? Leave human beings aside for the moment, even if we look at the animal or vegetable kingdom, what will we find at the core of everything? If we investigate the activity of a plant, what will we find? What is a plant doing, in essence? Its whole energy is directed toward producing new seeds. Its entire being, its entire life juice is occupied with forming new seeds. Its entire being, its entire life juice is occupied with forming new seeds, giving birth to new seeds.
What is a bird doing? What is an animal doing? If we look closely into nature, we will find that there is only one process, only one wholehearted process going on. And that process is one of continuous creation, of procreation, of continuous resurrection of life in newer and newer forms. Flowers are nurturing seeds; fruits are nurturing seeds. And what will the seed do? The seed will grow into a new plant, a new flower, a new fruit . . . If we look, life in an infinite, nonending process of procreation. Life is an energy engaged in the constant endeavor of procreation.
The same is the case in human beings. In humans, we have named this endeavor of constant procreation sex. And this labeling has given the energy a bad name, a condemnation; it has brought a kind of condemnatory feeling in humans about it. Nevertheless, in humans also a constant effort to procreate life goes on – this we have termed sex, or sex energy. But what is this sex energy?
“The sexual desire in the very core of humans is actually not a sexual desire. That is why after every sex act, we feel remorseful, we feel unhappy, depressed. We think about how to be free of it, because we find nothing in it.
Perhaps the attraction is for something else. And that attraction has a deep religious significance to it. The attraction is this: in their normal life, humans are unable to reach the depths of their being except in the experience of sex. In their daily routines, they have a variety of experiences – the shop, the business, earning a living, earning fame – but only the experience of sexual intercourse takes them the deepest into their being. Deep down, two things happen to them there.
First, in the moment of orgasm the ego vanishes and egolessness emerges. For a moment there is no ego; for a moment, no trace even of “I am.”
The second thing that happens is that for a while there is no time. Timelessness emerges. Jesus Christ has said of enlightenment, “There shall be time no longer.” In the experience of enlightenment, there is no time at all. It is beyond time. There is no past, no future; there is only the present. This is the second thing that happens in the experience of sex – there is no past, not future; time also vanishes for a moment.
These two are the most important elements of religious experience: egolessness and timelessness. And these two elements are what account for the mad drive of humans toward sex. The craving is not for the body of a woman by a man, or for the body of a man by a woman, not at all. The craving is for something else – for the taste of egolessness and timelessness.
But why this craving for being timeless and egoless? Because no sooner than the ego disappears, there is a glimpse of the soul; no sooner than time disappears, there is a glimpse of godliness. There is a religious experience, a spiritual experience underlying the craving…”
Excerpt from the book Sex Matters