This is exactly what I would like to say to you about sex: we know nothing about it. You may feel amazed. You may say, “It is quite possible that we do not know anything about god, about soul, but how can we agree that we do not know anything about sex? We have the proof: we have our wives or our husbands, we have our children and yet you say that we do not know anything about sex!” But I would like to say to you – although it may be very difficult for you to deal with it – that it is necessary to understand that you may have gone through the experience of sex, but you know no more about sex than a small child. Not more than that. Just to pass through something is not enough to know it.
Someone may have driven a car for a thousand miles, but it does not necessarily follow that the person knows anything about the mechanism, the engine inside and its workings. The person might ridicule my statement, saying he had just driven a thousand miles, but I still make the statement that he knows nothing about the car. Driving a car is a superficial thing, knowing all its internal mechanism is altogether a different matter.
A person presses a switch and electricity lights the bulb. This person can say that he knows all about electricity because he can switch it on or off at will, that he has done so for thousands of times. But we will say that he is a fool, that even a child can turn a switch on and off; it requires no knowledge of electricity.
Anybody can produce children. It has nothing to do with the understanding of sex. Anybody can marry as well. Animals procreate, but there is no reason to fall into an illusion that they know anything about sex.
The truth of the matter is that sex has not been studied scientifically. No philosophy or science of sex has truly developed because everyone believed they already knew about sex. No one has seen the need for a scripture of sex, for the science of sex. And I say to you this has been such a misfortune for humanity.
The day we fully develop a scripture, a science, a complete system of thought on sex, we will be capable of giving birth to a new race of humans. Then, there won’t be any need to produce ugly and crippled human beings. No need to produce sick, weak, dull and sad human beings. No need to procreate children full of feelings of guilt and sin.
But we know nothing of all this. We know how to switch the light on and off, and from that we have concluded we know everything about electricity. Even at the end of a lifetime, all that one knows about sex is no more than knowing how to turn the switch on and off – and nothing more. But because we carry the false notion of knowing all about it, there remains no possibility for any research, any discovery, any thinking, any reflection about sex.
When everybody already knows all about it, what need is there to consider the subject? We neither discuss the subject with each other nor do we give it any thought. And I want to say to you that there is no deeper mystery, no deeper secret, no deeper phenomenon in life in this world than sex.