This small, infamous volume has been a bestseller for decades. Why? – because sex is our basic life energy, and transformation our longing.
Osho approaches the whole subject of sex humanly, humorously and scientifically. No one is born an expert on love and sex; one of life’s joys is to discover its sacredness, simplicity and naturalness. And once we bring understanding and harmony to sex, a door to superconsciousness opens.
“What is needed is an understanding, not a suppression. The deeper the understanding, the higher human beings rise. The less the understanding, the more human beings try to suppress. There are never any successful and healthy results out of suppression. Sex is the greatest energy in human life. But one has not to stop at it. Sex has to be transmuted into superconsciousness.”
Sessions 1 to 5
1: Sex, Lies and the Roots of Meditation
2: What’s the Attraction?
3: When Love Meets Meditation
4: The Three Hour Hope for Humanity
5: The Diamond beyond Sex
The simple truth is that sex is the starting point of all journeys to love. The birthplace of the journey to love, love’s Gangotri – the source, the origin of the Ganges of love – is sex. And everybody is inimical to it – all cultures, all religions, all gurus, all holy men. So this is an attack at the Gangotri itself, at the very source, and the river is stopped there: “Sex is sin,” “Sex is irreligious,” “Sex is poison!” And we never even give it a thought that it is sexual energy that ultimately transforms and transmutes into love. The evolution of love is nothing but transformed sex energy.
Looking at a piece of coal, it would never occur to you that this very coal will transform into a diamond. There is no essential difference between coal and a diamond. The elements in a lump of coal are the same as those in a diamond. Passing through a process taking thousands of years, coal becomes a diamond.
But coal is not considered important. When coal is kept in a house it is stored in a place where it cannot be seen by guests, whereas diamonds are worn around the neck or on the breast so that everybody can see them. Diamonds and coal are the same: but there seems no visible relationship between the two, that they are two points on a journey made by the same element. If you are against coal – which is very likely, because at first glance it has nothing more to offer than black soot – the possibility of its transformation into a diamond ends right there. It is the coal itself which could have been transformed into a diamond.
It is sexual energy which transforms into love. But everyone is against it, is inimical to it.