Chapter 2: What’s the Attraction?
Leave human beings aside for the moment, even if we look at the animal or vegetable kingdom, what will we find at the core of everything? If we investigate the activity of a plant, what will we find? What is a plant doing in essence? Its whole energy is directed toward producing new seeds. Its entire being, its entire life juice is occupied with forming new seeds, giving birth to new seeds. What is a bird doing? What is an animal doing? If we look closely into nature, we will find that there is only one process, only one wholehearted process going on. And that process is one of continuous creation, of procreation, of continuous resurrection of life in newer and newer forms. Flowers are nurturing seeds; fruits are nurturing seeds. And what will the seed do? The seed will grow into a new plant, into a new flower, into a new fruit.. If we look, life is an infinitely non-ending process of procreation. Life is an energy engaged in constant endeavor of procreation.
The same is the case in human beings. We have named this endeavor of constant procreation in humans “sex.” This labeling has given this energy a bad name, a condemnation; it has given a kind of condemnatory feeling in humans about it. Nevertheless, in humans also, a constant effort to procreate life goes on. This we have termed sex, sex energy. But what is this sex energy?
Since time immemorial, waves of the ocean have been pounding against the shores. The waves come in, they crash and they fall back. They come again, they crash and they fall back. Life too, over the hundreds of thousands of years, has been pounding in the form of endless waves. Life certainly seems to be wanting to rise to some point. These oceanic waves, these life waves, seem to be wanting to rise somewhere higher, but they only crash with the shore and are destroyed. New waves arise, crash and end. This ocean of life has been pounding for so many billions of years - battling, rising, and falling every day - that what must be the purpose behind it? There certainly seems to be an effort going on toward life touching ever greater heights. There certainly seems to be a striving toward realizing more profound depths. In this ceaseless process of life, there certainly seems to be an effort going on for giving birth to greater life.
It’s not very long ago - only a matter of a few hundred thousands years - that humans first appeared on the earth. Before that, there were only animals. And it’s not so very long ago that animals came into being either. Prior to that was a time when there weren’t any animals, when there were just plants. Then there was a time when plants too did not exist on this planet. There were only rocks, mountains, rivers and oceans.
And what was this world of rocks, mountains, rivers and oceans longing for? It was striving to produce plants. And gradually, ever so gradually, plants came into existence. The life-energy had manifested itself in a new form. Then the earth was covered with greenery. Flowers blossomed
But the plants were also not content with themselves; their inner urge and striving was also for something higher; they were eager to produce animals and birds. Then animals and birds came into being. The planet remained full of them for ages, but human beings were still nowhere in sight. And yet human beings were always there, inherent in the animals and birds, striving to break through the barrier, striving to be born. Then, in due course, human beings came into existence.
Now, what is the human being for? The human being is ceaselessly eager to create new life. We have named this tendency “sex”; we have called it “sexual passion,” “lust.” But what really is the meaning of this lust in its basics?