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Chapter 4: Desire for Sensation

You may not have heard about this, but it has become very popular in America: they have made a mechanical penis, a vibrator, in the shape of a man’s penis, which operates with a battery or electricity. So this woman had been using a vibrator. Now, if you use a vibrator your sexual senses will become totally insensitive because no man’s penis can have the same power as an electric vibrator. So I told her, “You don’t have any problem other than this vibrator. It has destroyed you, so drop it.”

Whichever sense organ it may be, if you fall into a mad rush for more and more stimulation - and certainly the vibrator is very stimulating - that sense’s capacity will be lost.

You will be surprised to know that Tantra has experimented to produce subtle experiences even with sexuality. It has found that even friction between the sexual organs is unnecessary. Instead, the sexual energy which arises at the sex center can be felt without the presence or help of another person. That is even more subtle and its enjoyment is even deeper. But even by the time the sensation has reached your sex center, there is already too much excitement - because your energy has already created to an inner friction; the other is not present, but a subtle friction has started inside you. Even that is gross! So Tantra experimented with feelings: there should be no resonance in the body, just the experience of sex energy in the feelings. That is even more subtle, but there is still a friction.so then not even in the feelings! Tantra took the experience beneath the layer of feeling to where the unconscious lies - where we do not even know what is going on. The depth of experience in sex that has happened through Tantra has not been attained in any other way, anywhere in the world. You go on taking the experience deeper and deeper and deeper.

If you know something about the science of mantra, then you will know that it starts with intoning a sound, for example, Om. So you intone Om but that becomes a stimulus, and friction is created - your sound collides with the atmosphere and the whole thing becomes gross. So the right way is to start intoning with your lips closed, letting Om continue to echo inside. Nothing is heard outside, but inside you start enjoying it. But the friction is still there even inside, so slowly slowly, you drop the intoning of Om even inside - you don’t do it, you just try to hear whether there is an echo of Om inside. And there is an echo of Om inside. It can be heard only when we are not doing it. We call that ajapa jap, meaning the soundless sound. We are not creating the sound but it is happening.

As we descend deeper into subtleties, we will have to drop our attachment to excitement. There is a place inside which is devoid of any excitement, which the Buddha has called shunya, the void. It has been called a void because no excitement exists there. And until you have had an experience of this, you will not be able to experience bliss at all.

Now try to understand the difference: happiness is born out of sensation, and bliss is born out of non-sensation. In happiness there is a friction involved; in bliss there is a void, peace.

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