Sex Matters

Sex Matters

Sex Matters

Sex matters to us all. The Osho approach to sex begins with an understanding of how important love is in our lives, while at the same time acknowledges that the journey into love cannot exclude our innate biological energies. With 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.

Sex Matters begins by deconstructing the layers of sexual repression that the condemnation of sex has inflicted on human. Throughout Sex Matters – in response to questions about everything from jealousy to premature ejaculation, the role of intimacy and the differences between men and women – Osho proposes a vision that embraces sex as a fundamental gift from nature. We learn how orgasm offers a glimpse of timelessness, thoughtlessness, and pure awareness — biology’s way of pointing toward the consciousness that helps us to understand ourselves.

Finally, we are presented with a clear choice: a repressed sexuality that leads to pornography, perversion, and a stunted humanity or a playful, respectful, and relaxed innocence that supports us in becoming fulfilled and whole, as nature intended.

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  1. Irina Iacobescu said,

    Wrote on November 9, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Only for conoisseurs!, December 18, 2003
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    Irina Iacobescu (Dubai, UAE) –
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    This review is from: Sex Matters (Paperback)

    This is the first book I have read from Osho, and I will say that he did a very good job in explaining important things, using few words and pages. It is a little book that will not take you much time to read. What will take longer is thinking about the important points the book makes.

    One thing that is important to understand is that this is not a book about sex, at least not in the usual way. So if you are looking for tricks about how to improve your sex life, you are in the wrong place. Instead, this is a work that will give you a different perspective of what sex should be and mean. Is it only for people who believe in the spirit and spiritual evolution.

    It will also tell you that the lessons that religion and church sometimes teach — that sex is sinful, etc. — is completely mistaken. The book states that it is this teaching we received while young that made this society depraved.

    Osho considers that our contemporary society completely forgot about the sacramental and fundamental role mankind once gave to sex. From his point of view, a sexual experience should be a thoughtful act, an experience of love, a means to reach what is beyond our consciousness.

    The journey to from sex to to what Osho calls Samadhi (the divine ecstasy) is long, but this should be our final goal. The kind of love that we all know and desire is only the first step. But people who refuse even this first step will never be able to reach the second and from this point of view they will never evolve spiritually.

    The main point is that sex is not a end to itself, it is only the beginning, it is only a means through which people who understand the subject correctly can reach the final goal – the “super consciousness.”

    If you are not interested in topics like spirituality and spiritual evolution, I think you should not buy this book. But if you are open to this, reading Sex Matters will be an extremely interesting and challenging experience that will give you a different take on life. Enjoy!

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  2. J. Al-hashimi said,

    Wrote on November 9, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An antidote to stagnant thinking…., August 25, 2008
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    J. Al-hashimi
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    This review is from: Sex Matters (Paperback)

    I was watching Oprah Winfrey the other day and she had this couple on and it was a man and a woman, married with children, but the guy was all dressed and made himself up to look like a woman so it looked like a pair of women. And they were going to stick it out, blah, blah… but in the two minutes I watched it the man who looked like a woman said: “Sex is between the legs and gender is in the head,” which obviously was a rationalizing definition. Oprah nodded somberly, repeated the definition, and then she said, “I get it.” My point here is that a lot of people say a lot of stupid things about sex and a lot of people go along with it.

    The point is made throughout Osho’s work that religion and culture is more to blame for violent sex and deviant attitudes about sex than pornographers by repression and shame. This book is about psychology and spirituality and the sexual experience. That is Osho’s point; get rid of your conditioning; you have been conditioned by thousands of years of culture which has poisoned your perceptions. He also makes the point that love is rare, that most people don’t love and they don’t know they don’t love.

    He states that while most marriages are composed of ugliness, painted faces and everything dead inside, the point of marriage is a deep spiritual communion, a training ground for egolessness (149):”There are many things you can never develop alone. Even your own growth needs someone to respond-someone so intimate that you open yourself to him or her.” Osho makes the point that a marriage which is a spiritual communion is vastly different than a marriage with simply a physical or psychological basis, that their offspring will be radically evolved humans, hopefully the future of mankind.

    Well, Osho is all about the evolution of human potential and he may have something. He speaks of a future where people live religion and no longer talk about it, where the new man will not be a talker but will live life, a time of no longer “great men” but rather of a general lifting of the quality of humanity. He speaks a future where sex is nobody else’s concern and is more like a game, a dance of two energies together, than a serious affair. Osho is remarkable, especially so when you consider that he was born in backwater India and died in 1990, he did an astounding job of identifying how to acheive consciousness and identifying evolutionary trends. His thesis is that the evolution of everything has to be for a reason, for refinement of humankind, a progression towards connection with their souls and producing less volume and higher quality human beings. Osho is anti-formal religion like Eckhart Tolle. This perspective is that religion is inside of us naturally and the external formalized dogmas and culture got it mostly wrong.

    The goal is to detach from your ego, to let the ego wither and die from lack of attention. In order to do that, you must witness yourself, stand apart and know yourself and when you acheive the loss of your ego you will experience timelessness and superconsciousness. He says (132): “Sexuality is a simple biological phenomenon. It should not be given so much importance. Its only significance is that the energy can be transformed into higher planes; it can become more and more spiritual. And the way to make it more spiritual is to make it less serious.”

    The thrust of his argument is that sexual energy is the ONLY energy of life and we can use the sexual experience to open the gateway of our consciousness to our soul by meditation/being aware/witnessing/encountering the whole process during sex instead of just cycling the energy and acheiving nothing. He states that if you don’t have sexual energy you don’t have the energy to transform; lukewarm people have difficulty reaching enlightenment. Love (heart) will pull the energy upward. Meditation (head) will pull the love energy up. Osho cautions against doing dull things, being dull in conversation, but advocates full energy, passion as a way of life.

    He challenges everything: don’t fall in love (biological and invasive and blind), rise in love (spiritual and respectful and insightful). On page 206 he talkes about couples who have “risen in love” and their synchronicity, understanding without words, energies relating directly without words. Consciousness as the master, not biology; companions of each other, not masters of one another. He says to go on developing/discovering the love inside you because a loving heart will attract a loving heart.

    He sees tantric sex as a way out of unconsciousness, along with meditation during your everyday life. But Osho’s point is that the sexual experience is so charged with energy and potential consciousness that it is unique and can bring you to egolessness and timelessness. Ultimately, Osho states that sexual energy will turn away from physical sex and that bio-electrical energy will convert to great love and…

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  3. philip horvath "catalyst - improving the qual... said,

    Wrote on November 9, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Truly important book, February 11, 2007
    This review is from: Sex Matters (Paperback)

    Sex is the strongest energy we can produce as humans “out of the box”. We can learn techniques over time to recreate that wonderful state of superconsciousness, through magick, through meditation,… but sex will always be at the core. We are born out of it, it is our primary experience of the dualism of I and other.

    Understanding the dynamics surrounding it, and the oppression of individual freedom through the association of guilt and shame with sex, which our society has upheld for thousands of years in order to ensure the slow and steady flow of evolution, understanding and overcoming these dynamics appears to be a root responsibility of every individual on the path to superhconsciousness.

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