Chapter 5: The Whole Challenge of Life
Whenever you have defeated a person and you have become the possessor, you have absorbed the person into your being. His vitality has been absorbed, his vital energy has become one with you. This aperture is a little bigger than the first - more opening. A person who is food-obsessed is more closed than the person who is power-obsessed - at least he moves to others. In his life he will have a certain type of relationship - not very good, because the relationship of domination cannot be very good, it is violent to begin with, aggressive, ugly - but still some sort of relationship.
The politicians live in this second center. The gluttons live in the first, the politicians live in the second, and then there is the third - manipura: male and female want to meet, to become one. In the Bible it is said: God created Adam in his own image. Now one thing has to be understood. Adam must have been both, Adam must have been Adam and Eve - otherwise Eve could not be taken out of Adam. In the original Hebrew, the wording is such that it explains it clearly: God created Adam-Eve in one being. The original being created was neither man nor woman: he was both. He was neither he nor she, he was both; he was a unity. Only out of that unity could he take the separate woman.
If you ask the scientists, they say that when the child grows in the mother’s womb, for a few months he is neither male nor female: he is both. By and by, distinctions arise; by and by, he becomes either a male or a female. The original cell, ameba, is both male and female - it is not yet divided. So to say that God created Adam is not good. My own suggestion is: God created Adam-Eve. I make one word out of both. God created Adam-Eve, and then later on he divided them into two. With that division, a great desire to meet with the other has arisen.
Each man is seeking a woman, each woman is seeking a man. We are seeking the opposite, the polar opposite. Without the other, it seems something is lacking; without the other, life seems to be unfulfilled; without the other, it seems you are half, not whole. Hence, so much hankering for love - to love and to be loved. This is the third chakra - manipura: the need for the male and the female to meet and become one.
As far as the lower nature is concerned, this is the highest center. In the lowest three centers, sex is the highest center. The gluttons only hoard; they are the ugliest people in the world. They never share - the misers, the rich, the hoarders, the exploiters. Better than them are the politicians - they at least relate. But they are dangerous too, because their relationship is that of domination. Their whole language is inhuman. They don’t know any human relationship; they know war, they know violence, they know aggression. Their whole effort is to become so dominant that everybody is absorbed in them. That’s what Alexander the Great is doing, that’s what Adolph Hitler is doing - better than the first, at least they relate. They relate wrongly, but at least they relate.