Paperback, 320 pages
From Sex to Superconsciousness
For the first time, the profoundly simple and compassionate Osho insights into this most compelling of human energies are collected into one volume in Sex Matters. The book begins with selections from the worldwide bestselling volume of talks first published under the title, "From Sex to Superconsciousness." And continues with a broad sampling of Osho responses to heartfelt and real-life questions from young and old, men and women, parents and teachers, therapists and lovers. The sanest and most life-affirmative perspective you’ll ever find.
"Every once in a while, a book comes along that, like a marvelous invention,makes you say, ’Why didn’t somebody do this long ago!’ Sex Matters rediscovers the human, and rewards rather than punishes one for being in that state. It is a wondrous revelation that will give peace, confidence and courage all at the same time."
-Eugene Kennedy, author of The Unhealed Wound: The Church, the Priesthood, and the Question of Sexuality
PART I: From Sex to Superconsciousness
1. In Search of Love
2. The Fundamental Attraction
3. A New Door
4. Giving Birth to a New Humanity
5. From the Coal to the Diamond
Part II: Sex Matters
Deconstructing Sexual Conditioning
Moral and Immoral
What is the future of morality concerning sex?
Why are all the religions against sex? And why are you not against sex?
Don’t you think there’s a fear of overindulgence if there is no repression?
What is pornography, and why does it have so much appeal?
What type of society can develop individuals in whom the subconscious mind becomes just utilitarian and easily dispensable?
After eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge, Adam and Eve, for the first time, became aware of their nakedness and felt ashamed. What is the deeper meaning behind this feeling? And, secondly, it has been said that the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge is knowledge of sex. What is your view about this?
Illusions and Realities
The West seems to be obsessed with sex. People are stuffed with endless techniques and porno images. Why, in all this time, are people still stuck and unable to move into a more Tantric approach?
Are all desires the same? What is my desire for love?
What is the Zen approach to sex? The Zen people seem to have a neuter gender, or asexual aura about them.
Wilhelm Reich says "All patients are genitally disturbed. They must become genitally healthy. That means we must find and destroy all pathological attitudes which prevent the establishment of orgasmic potency." As a therapist and one receiving therapy, is that statement factual and a good foundation on which to build?
Why has sex always been included with anger, jealousy, cruelty, greed, possessiveness, violence, but never with fun, joy, love, playfulness, friendship and other great things that you have associated it with?
What is the relationship between sex and death?
Why do so many people get so uptight and embarrassed about even simple physical contact like hugging?
Can you say something about AIDS?
Part III: Neither Original Nor Sin
The Understanding in Practice
To fall in love is so easy. Why is it so difficult to fall out of love? So many discussions, tears, fights, fears.... I don’t want to hurt the person I’ve been with, because it’s not that there is no feeling. I’m so confused. Can you say something?
Jealousy feels like such a huge problem in relationships - my own, and the relationships of most of the people I see around me. Can you talk more about it and where it comes from?
What do you mean when you say, "Meditate over it"? Please explain it in relation to my problem of jealousy.
Why do I feel fear when somebody comes close to me?
Why do women like to be attractive to men when they also resent their sexual desires?
My husband loves me so totally that he has never thought of another woman in his life, and we have lived together almost twenty-five years. I cannot believe it although it is true. What do you say about it?
The other day you spoke of homosexuality, and let us laugh at the idea of all men walking arm-in-arm through the streets and calling each other "darling." Laughter is good, of course, but sometimes it has an edge of mockery. As a gay person, I felt put down at that moment. Please will you talk about how gay people or blacks or Jews or any other minority might receive and deal with such laughter.
I love my boyfriend very much, and our relationship is very good when we are together. But whenever I see that he seems to be interested in some other woman, even just to talk to her, I feel so jealous. I don’t want to make him feel like I’m interfering with his freedom, but it’s hard to hide these jealous feelings. What can I do?
I don’t really enjoy sex very much, and my boyfriend feels disturbed by it. Looking into it, I’ve become aware that I have never really been in a relationship where I felt secure with someone. I think I always used sex to keep someone, and pretended that I enjoyed it.
I certainly have not transcended sex. Why then, each time I go into it, does it somehow not feel right?
Although you keep telling us to enjoy sex and to have fun, I often find myself feeling serious and not very alive when I have sex. Somehow I’m afraid to just have fun. I don’t understand it. Can you explain?
I want to move deeper into sex with my girlfriend. But I feel my orgasms are very weak, and it happens too soon.
I seem to be really stuck in my relationships with men. There’s just always so much tension and fight, and I almost never have an orgasm. I don’t know what to do about it.
After I divorced my first wife, I felt really disgusted with sex. And I’ve been unable to have an orgasm since then, except after smoking marijuana. That’s still the case, even though I am really in love with the woman I’m with now.
How long does this stupid sex continue to haunt one? I am getting on sixty and it is still there.
I am getting old and losing all interest in women. What should I do?
Should children be told all the facts of life, irrespective of their age?
Epilogue: In Search of Wholeness