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Chapter 5: Sex to Ecstasy

Osho,
Do values like love, religiousness, authenticity, happiness, change as human consciousness grows upwards?

The movement of human consciousness from darkness to light, from unconsciousness to consciousness, is the greatest revolution there is.

Everything in human life changes, even with a slight movement in consciousness. All depends on where your consciousness is. But this is something which has never been explored. If you look into the dictionaries you will not find three meanings of love there should be. You will not find three meanings of religiousness; there should be. You will not find three meanings of happiness either; there should be. Let us move step by step. Love, for the person who lives in the darkness of his instincts, is not even worth calling love. It is simply sex, a strategy of nature to go on reproducing itself.

You are being used as a means - that is the ugliest part of it. You are not the master of it, you are in the hands of biology. And whatever you are doing, it is not your doing either: you are forced by your instinctive nature to do it - there is no option, it is not your choice. You cannot choose - as far as instincts are concerned, their grip on you is absolute; you are simply a prisoner.

But you go on befooling yourself: you think it is something that you are doing - it is something that is being done through you.

There is a story in India.. In Jagannathpuri, one of the sacred places of Hindus - jagannath means the lord of the world; the temple in Jagannathpuri is the temple of the lord of the world. Because of the temple, the city has grown around it, and because of the temple, the whole city is called Jagannathpuri.

Every year there is a great festival; millions of people gather. The statue from the temple is taken on a chariot for people to see, and it goes around those millions who have gathered. The chariot is drawn by beautiful horses, twelve, of the same color, pure white - the color of the lord of the world. The chariot is golden, of immense value.

Once it happened - this is how the story goes - that a dog started walking in front of the chariot, in front of the horses. Now, when millions of people were there, who was going to bother about a dog who is walking in front of the chariot? People were falling on the ground, prostrating, to give respect to the lord of the world. And the dog thought, “This is great! I have so many followers - I had no idea before. Such a multitude of disciples.I must be some great master.”

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