Sex matters to us all. The Osho approach to sex begins with an understanding of the importance of love in our lives, while at the same time acknowledging that the journey into love cannot exclude our innate biological energies. From this perspective, it becomes clear that the tendency for religions, and for society in general, to associate sex with sin and morality has been a great misfortune.
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St. Martin's Press
July 10, 2003
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Excerpt from Sex Matters by Osho
1. In Search of Love
What is love?
To live it and know it is very easy, but to put it in words is difficult. It is like asking a fish, "What is the sea?" The fish will say, "This is the sea. It is all around, all over." But if you insist -- "Please define the sea, don't just indicate" -- then the problem becomes really difficult for the fish.
In the life of humans too, all that is good, all that is beautiful, and all that is true can only be lived, can only be known. One can be them, but it is very difficult to define them, to talk about them. The misfortune is that something that humans should have been living -- something that is actually meant to be lived -- has only been talked about for the past five to six thousand years. Love is talked about and discussed, songs of love are sung, devotional hymns of love are sung, but love itself has no place in the lives of human beings.
If we search deep within man, we will find that no other word used by him is more false than "love." And the most unfortunate thing is that he thinks that those who have actually falsified love, who have blocked all the streams of love, are the originators of it. Religion talks about love -- but the kind of love that has surrounded man so far like some misfortune has only closed all the doors to love in his life.
In this there is no basic difference between East and West, between India and America. The river of love has not yet manifested in humans. And we blame man for this, or we blame it on the mind. We say that human beings are bad, or the mind is poisonous, and that is why there is no love flowing in our lives. The mind is not poisonous; those who call the mind poisonous have actually poisoned love and have not allowed it to be born. Nothing in this world is poison. Nothing is poison in the whole of existence; everything is nectar. It is human beings who have turned this whole nectar into poison, and the major culprits are the so-called teachers, the so-called holy men and saints, the so-called religious people.
It is important to understand this in detail, because if this is not seen clearly, there is no possibility for love in any human being's life -- not even in the future.
We go on using the very things that have been responsible for not allowing love to be born as the foundations for the birth of love. Totally wrong principles are repeated and reiterated down the centuries, and we fail to see their basic flaws just because of the repetition. On the contrary, human beings are judged to be wrong because they are unable to fulfill the requirements of those principles.
Today's human being is the product of a culture that is five, six, or ten thousand years old. But the human being is blamed for being wrong, not the culture. Man is rotting, yet the culture is praised. "Our great culture, our great religion" -- everything is "great." And this human being is the fruit of it!