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Chapter 10: The Less You Are, the More You Are

There is no scientific way of saying where the source is. The only way is to find it. It is somewhere near your navel. Perhaps somebody may find it just behind the navel. But according to me and my experience of people, it is not behind, it is below - two inches. Only then can it manage your sexual energy, otherwise it will be too far away; there will be no connection between your sexual machinery and your life energy.

Your life energy has to reach from the sex center to the seventh center in the head, the whole golden path. So it is better, hypothetically, to make an effort of going two inches below. If you go three inches below, good - better.

Somebody may find that Mantak Chia’s idea is right; it may be applicable to him. But talking in terms of the average, two inches below the navel is the right source. You will find it somewhere close by - an inch before or an inch after; don’t be bothered about inches. Remember, your navel is the point, and around it somewhere is the source of your life energy, because when you were born you were connected through your navel with your mother. Your mother’s life energy was moving through the navel into you; there was no other connection.

So, one thing is certain, that your navel for nine months has been the connection with existence, with your mother. Everything you were getting was through the navel. But it cannot be on the surface of the navel, it can only be deep inside. Everything that is so precious, like life, has to be in a very subtle way hiding.

You can make a two-inch-wide circle around your navel. Behind, below, somewhere, you will find it - don’t get fixed about inches. And you don’t have any measurement inside. You cannot take your measuring tape - “How many inches deep, or back, is your life source?” It is just a hypothesis to help you to enter in. You will find it. Go as deep as possible. Don’t stop if you see a little path where it is still possible to go more.

Experience is the question; don’t be mathematical.

I am reminded by your question of a great mathematician, Herodotus:

He was the first man to find the principle of averages. It was a great discovery at that time, and he was so overwhelmed by it, that one day when he had gone for a picnic with his wife and seven kids - they came across a small river.

The wife was a little worried, but Herodotus said, “Wait. I will take the average depth and the average size of our kids. It will take only five minutes.” He took out his measuring tape, found out the average height of the children, and ran around into that small river. At a few points he measured it and told his wife, “Don’t be worried. The average depth of the water cannot drown the average height of our kids. Come on!”

But in some places the water was deeper and in some places it was shallow, and some child was smaller and some child was bigger. The average does not work in actual situations; it is good for mathematical calculations.

The wife was still worried, so she kept herself behind. And when she saw one child drowning, she called to Herodotus who was going ahead, “Look! I was concerned from the very beginning. I don’t understand your mathematics!”

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