||There are people
who cannot understand that happiness is possible in any way other than sex.
There are people who cannot understand that there is any bliss beyond sex.
There are people who cannot understand that there is any happiness except in
food. There are people who cannot understand that there is any happiness except
in big houses, big cars, much money, power and prestige. It is impossible to
understand beyond your own standpoint -- people remain confined within their
own standpoints. That is the real prison.
So the first thing: seek that which is deathless, and sooner or later you will
knock on the doors of heaven. The second thing is: why in the first place do
you run after spurious pleasures? This woman, that man... why do you run after
spurious pleasures? What is the rationale behind it? The rationale is that you
are already in sorrow. You want somehow to forget all about it; you want to
drown yourself in alcohol, in sex, in money, in power politics -- you want
somewhere to drown yourself.
| Moving from sex
you have moved from birth to death, a small distance. Suddenly you become aware
that "Death is coming and I am concerned only with trivia -- money, power,
prestige, respectability. All this will be gone when death comes. I am
unnecessarily making the effort of creating a signature on the sands. A little
breeze of wind, a little tidal wave, and the signature will be finished.
Everybody is a messenger; everybody is a messiah; everybody has a destiny to
fulfill. And until you fulfill that destiny, you will never feel fulfilled. You
can have much money, but fulfillment will not come through it. You can have
much sex; fulfillment will not come through it. You can have much power;
fulfillment will not come through it.
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|| Hence, meditation
takes you beyond sex; nothing else can ever take you beyond sex. Everything
else is a substitute for sex. Somebody is running after money -- money is his
sex; and somebody is running after power -- power is his sex; and somebody is
running after something else. Those are all sexualities, substitutes for sex.
These people can easily avoid sex because they have found their own new
There are people who are after money; they have not known even the biological
attraction. There are people who are after power, politics, and have not known
even the biological attraction. It is the lowest rung, but it is still a rung
of a ladder which is of love; so, good. It has been called sex; the word has
become very degraded, because religions have condemned it too much. I have no
condemnation for anything. I am all for using everything, and going beyond.
Step over everything and go beyond: every obstacle can become a stepping-stone.