Chapter 10: A Love Affair With the Universe
Your politicians live double lives, your priests live double lives: one from the front door, the other from the backdoor. And the backdoor life is their real life. Those front door smiles are just false. Those faces looking so innocent are just cultivated. If you want to see the reality of the politician you will have to see him from his backdoor. There he is in his nudity, as he is, and so is the priest.
These two kinds of cunning people have dominated humanity. And they found out very early on that if you want to dominate humanity, make it weak, make it feel guilty, make it feel unworthy. Destroy its dignity, take all glory away from it, humiliate it. And they have found such subtle ways of humiliation that they don’t come in the picture at all. They leave it to you to humiliate yourself, to destroy yourself. They have taught you a kind of slow suicide.
You ask me: “There is a great deal of hypocrisy in India about sex.”
It is not only a question about sex. Sex is the most fundamental, but then there are many, many branches of it. India is the most hypocritical country in the world because it pretends to be the most religious. Religion and hypocrisy are cousin-sisters.
To be religious and not to be a hypocrite is a very rare phenomenon. Only once in a while a Buddha, a Bodhidharma, a Kabir, a Jesus.. Just once in a while will you find a man who is religious and not a hypocrite. But then we never tolerate these people.
We poisoned Socrates simply because he was honestly religious. He was so honest that he said, “There is no God. Truth is god.” He was so honest that he could not say that there is heaven and hell. Because he says, “Unless I know, how can I make such great statements?” He was poisoned and killed.
What was his crime? The crime brought against him in the court was that he was corrupting the youth. Whenever there is a man like Socrates, a lover of truth, a real lover of god, he seems to be corrupting people. In fact, he is trying to make them authentic and true, he is trying to bring them out of their hypocrisies, but to the crowd that looks like corruption.
Jesus was crucified for the simple reason that he was a rebel: a rebel against all hypocrisy.
Buddha is stoned, many efforts were made on his life, for the simple reason that he is a sincere man, saying things as he saw them.
Yes, there is a possibility of transcending sex, but that is not done by repression. Sex can be transcended, and it is a great experience to transcend sex, but it cannot be done if you are against it.
It can be done only if you befriend the energy, if you absorb the energy, if you find out what is the secret of sexual longing, if you find the key. And the key is not very difficult to find, but the priests have made things so messy that it is almost impossible now to find the key. The key is simple, but thousands of years of wrong conditioning has made it very difficult to know the most simple, obvious thing.