Evolution through Love
This life is a gift from existence, to be lived and enjoyed. But with the seemingly impossible and conflicting demands of society, morality, and culture, people struggle with feelings of unfulfilled potential, frustration and guilt rather than living full lives. This uplifting book gives a taste of Osho’s life-affirmative, accepting and far-reaching wisdom when commenting on The Royal Song of Saraha.
Saraha was an 8th century Indian sage who left his opulent life in the royal court to live with an arrowsmith woman. Inspired by her single-pointed awareness, and the potential of living each moment, Tantra was born.
The world of Tantra has no division between higher and lower. The simple, ordinary, things of life are transformed into great things when we enter into them totally – be it car fixing, floor cleaning or lovemaking. Osho shows how, living this vision, new heights of consciousness and freedom are realized.
Chapter 1: Learning through Action
Chapter 2: Transformation Is a Consequence of Understanding
Chapter 3: Spontaneity with Awareness
Chapter 4: Stop Becoming and Be!
Chapter 5: We Are One Energy
Chapter 6: No Problem Is Serious
Chapter 7: Don’t Live Lukewarm
Chapter 8: Be a Bee, Be Free!
Chapter 9: Love Is the Language
Chapter 10: Just Far out Baby!
Extract from Chapter 5
The basic Tantra attitude is: the sensual can be transformed into the sublime, matter can be transformed into mind, the unconscious can be transformed into consciousness.
Modern physics says matter can be transformed into energy, energy can be transformed into matter. In fact they are not two but the same energy functioning as two forms. Tantra says sex can be transformed into samadhi – the same approach, very basic and fundamental. The lower can be transformed into the higher, because lower and higher are joined together; it is a ladder. They are never separate, nowhere separate, there is no gap between them. You can move from the lower to the higher, you can move from the higher to the lower.
And that ladder is what man is. He can exist on the lowest rung; that is his decision. He can move upwards, he can exist on the highest rung. He can exist as a beast or he can exist as a buddha – both are his rungs, the lowest and the highest. And man is a ladder; he can fall into deep unconsciousness and become a rock, and he can rise to absolute consciousness and can become a god. But they are not separate, that is the beauty of Tantra.
Tantra is non-divisive; Tantra is the only religion which is not schizophrenic. Tantra is the only religion which is really sane, the sanest religion, because it doesn’t divide. If you divide you create a split. If you tell people that the body is bad, that the body is the enemy, that the body has to be condemned, that the body is in the service of the Devil; then you are creating a split in man, then the man becomes afraid of the body. And then by and by an unbridgeable gulf is created and he is torn into two parts, he is pulled in two opposite directions. The body pulls the body in two, the mind tries to pull the mind in two; there is conflict and confusion.
Tantra says you are one – there is no need to have any confusion. You can be fused into one reality. There is no need to have any conflict, there is no need to be torn apart, there is no need to go insane. You can love all that is available, and you can evolve it – with deep love, care, creativity, it can be evolved. The body is not the enemy of your soul; the body is just the sheath of your sword. The body is just the temple, it is your abode; it is not the enemy, it is your friend.
Tantra drops all sorts of violence, not only violence to others but violence to oneself. Tantra says: love reality in its totality. Yes, much can be evolved, but all evolution is through love. And there is no need to fight.