Chapter 39: Your Mind Is Not Yours
The name of the book is From Sex to Superconsciousness - but nobody talks about superconsciousness. The book is about superconsciousness; sex is only to be the beginning, where everybody is. There are methods that can start the energy moving upwards, and in the East, for at least ten thousand years, there has developed a special science, tantra. There is no parallel in the West of such a science.
For ten thousand years people have experimented with how sexual energy can become your spirituality, how your sexuality can become your spirituality. It is proved beyond doubt - thousands of people have gone through the transformation. Tantra seems to be the science that is, sooner or later, going to be accepted in the whole world, because people are suffering from all kinds of perversions. That’s why they go on talking about sex as if that is my work, as if twenty-four hours a day I am talking about sex. Their repressed sexuality is the problem.
A great poet, Heinrich Heine, once got lost in the forest. For three days he could not find the way out. Hungry, tired, worried about wild animals the whole night, sitting in the trees, and the whole day stumbling, trying to find some human being.. But for three days he could not meet anyone to show him the way. The third night was a full-moon night. He was sitting in a tree, utterly exhausted. He looked at the moon, and suddenly he laughed.
He laughed because he had written so many poems about the moon and he has read so many poems about the moon. The moon is such a romantic phenomenon that no poet of any standing can leave it out, no painter can leave it out. Its impact is deep, its beauty is great. So why did he laugh? He laughed because when he looked at the moon, he didn’t see all those romantic things that he was talking of in his poems; he saw a round loaf of bread floating in the sky.
He said, “My God! What has happened to me?” After three days of hunger and tiredness it is natural, but perhaps his experience was unique: nobody else has ever seen a round loaf of bread floating in the sky! He laughed at himself, and for the first time he understood that whatever he had been saying about the moon had nothing to do with the moon; it had something to do with himself.
So the people who talk about sex, and condemn me, don’t understand that it is their repression. I have been speaking on thousands of subjects, but they are not concerned with them because that is not their repression. Sex has been repressed traditionally all over the world. Naturally it is bound to come up in some way or other. You cannot avoid it.
Even the Holy Bible has five hundred pages of pure pornography. And it is not an exception - all other religious scriptures.. Hindu scriptures are the worst. They go into such details that you will be worried, “Are these people talking about spirituality, or what?” They have even made temples like Khajuraho, Konarak, Puri. Each temple has thousands of naked women, naked men, in different sexual postures.temples! If you suppress something in man it is going to come up somewhere or other, in some way or other.