Buddha is not a masochist – cannot be. Buddha looks so beautiful, so joyful, so happy, so tremendously blissful. Those who were hearing him have misunderstood somewhere. Yes, he says to go beyond sex – one has to go beyond it because it is only the first rung of the ladder. But he is not saying to go against it. Going beyond is not necessarily going against. In fact the contrary is the case: if you go against sex you will never be able to go beyond it. Going beyond comes only through going through. You have to understand sex, you have to befriend sex.
Something, somewhere, got misinterpreted. Saraha comes as a right interpretation of Buddha. And Saraha must have watched what a calamity had happened to thousands of people who were following Buddha: rather than going beyond sex they had become obsessed with it. When you are continuously fighting with something you become obsessed with it.
You can watch it: a person who believes in fasting becomes obsessed with food. Mahatma Gandhi was obsessed with food, continuously thinking about food – what to eat and what not to eat. As if that seemed to be the only important thing in life – what to eat and what not to eat. Ordinary people are less obsessed, they are not thinking about it too much. Do a three-day fast and think about what goes on in your mind. You will think about food continuously. Now going beyond food is good, but fasting cannot be the way, because fasting creates an obsession with food. How can it be the way to go beyond it? If you really want to go beyond food you have to eat rightly. You have to eat the right food, you have to eat it in a right way at the right time. You have to find out what suits your body, what is nourishing.
Yes, that will take you beyond food, you will never think about food. When the body is nourished you don’t think about food. So many people think about food because in some way or other they are fasting. You will be surprised when I say that. You may be eating too much ice cream – that is a sort of fast because it is not nourishing, you are simply throwing rotten things inside you. They don’t satisfy; they fill you but they don’t fulfill you. You feel stuffed but not contented.
Wrong food will create discontent, and your hunger will not be satisfied because hunger needs nourishment, not food. Remember, hunger is for nourishment, not for food. And hunger does not bother much about taste. The basic thing is whether it suits your body, whether it gives your body the needed energy. If it gives the needed energy then it is okay. If taste goes with right nourishment you will be tremendously satisfied.
And remember, I am not against taste, I am all for it. But just taste cannot be nourishing. And just food without taste is unintelligent, stupid. When you can have both, why not? An intelligent person will find nourishing food, tasteful food. It is not such a big problem. Man can go to the moon and cannot find a nourishing food for himself? Man has done miracles and cannot satisfy his hunger? This does not seem to be the right situation. No, man has not looked into it.