OSHO – Deva Agni, sexual energy is another name for your life force. The word sex has become condemned by the religions; otherwise there is nothing wrong in it. It is your very life. Sexual energy is a natural energy: you are born out of it. It is your creative energy. When the painter paints or the poet composes or the musician plays or the dancer dances, these are all expressions of your life force.

Not only are children born out of your sexual energy, but everything that man has created on the earth has come out of sexual energy. Sexual energy can have many transformations: at the lowest it is biological; at the highest it is spiritual. It has to be understood that all creative people are highly sexual. You can see the poets, you can see the painters, you can see the dancers. All creative people are highly sexual, and the same is true about the people whom I call the mystics. Perhaps they are the most sexual people on the earth, because they are so full of life energy, abundant, overflowing….

But sexual power is a totally different thing. Sexual power is politics. It is using your sex to dominate people. Domination can be done in many ways: somebody dominates because he has money, somebody dominates because he has more physical strength, somebody dominates because he has more knowledge, somebody dominates because he is clever enough to befool people and collect their votes, somebody can dominate through her or his sexual power. More often it is the woman’s way to dominate.

The woman can dominate because of her sexual appeal, but it is ugly and mean. It is selling your body just to dominate. One of the most beautiful women in the world was Cleopatra. She was a queen in Egypt. Her country never went into war; whenever there was an attack, she herself would go and offer her body to the invader, to the leader of the armies — and she had such beauty that she easily persuaded the general of the army. She seduced the general by giving her body. She was using her power — her sex, her beauty, her charm — and she remained the queen of Egypt without ever taking her armies to fight with anybody. A very strange woman… But all women in different degrees dominate through their sex. They use it as a power. To use sex as a power is to degrade oneself, is to lose one’s dignity and self-respect. It is pure prostitution.

The difference between British and French girls is this: they both know what men like, but the French girl does not mind. Business was brisk for the pretty young prostitute in the bar.
“Bill,” she said, “you can come over about seven-ish, and you, George around eight-ish, and Frank, I will have time for you about nine-ish.” She then looked around the crowded bar and called out, “Anyone for tennish?”

Using your sexual energy as a profession, selling it as a commodity may give you a certain feeling of power, but you are destroying yourself by your own hands. Sexual energy is not to be used as a political means. Sexual energy is your potentiality for spiritual growth. You can become enlightened only because of your sexual energy.

I have been searching for almost thirty-five years, in all kinds of books, strange scriptures from Tibet and Ladakh and China and Japan — India has the greatest number of scriptures in the world — and I have been looking for one thing: has there ever been an enlightened impotent person? There is no incidence recorded anywhere. An impotent person has never been a great poet either, or a great singer, or a great sculptor, or a great scientist. What is the problem with the impotent person? He has no life force; he is hollow. He cannot create anything — and to create oneself as an enlightened being needs tremendous energy. Never use your sex as a commodity, as a strategy to dominate, because you are committing suicide. You are destroying the power that can take you to the highest peak of consciousness.

Robert, an American, had been in Italy during the war and had made friends with Giovanni. A few years later he went back to Rome to visit his friend. As soon as Giovanni saw Bob, he could not do enough for him. He showed him the sights and then took him out for a beautiful meal of finest spaghetti. After the meal, Giovanni insisted that Bob meet his sister.

“Is she pretty?” asked Bob.
“Bella! Bella!” cried Giovanni.
“Is she young?” continued Bob.
“Si! Si!” cried Giovanni.
“And is she pure?” asked Bob.
“My god!” said Giovanni, “you Americans really are crazy!”

Sex has become a thing of the marketplace. On the one hand, religions have been repressing sexual energy and creating perversions which have culminated in the dangerous disease AIDS, which has no cure. The whole credit goes to religions, and if they have any sense of being human, then all the churches and all the monasteries and the Vatican itself should be turned into hospitals for the people suffering from AIDS, because these are the people who have created them. Theirs is the responsibility. They have forced men to live separately from women; they have insisted that celibacy is the very foundation of a religious life. But celibacy is unnatural, and anything unnatural cannot be the foundation of a religious life.

Because celibacy is unnatural, and religions have divided men and women into different monasteries, they have created the situation for homosexuality. They are the pioneers of homosexuality, and homosexuality has led to AIDS, which cannot be called simply a disease because it does not come in the category of diseases. It is death itself. So on the one hand religions have created perversions; on the other hand they insisted on monogamy, which in fact means monotony. That has created the profession of the prostitute. The priest is responsible for the prostitute. It is so ugly and sick that we have created objects, commodities, things to be exploited out of so many beautiful women. Even today, it is not understood exactly what sex is. It need not be repressed, because it is your very energy. It has to be transformed certainly; it has to be raised to its highest purity.

And as you start moving upwards… the name of the ladder is meditation… sex becomes love, sex becomes compassion, and ultimately sex becomes the explosion of your inner being, the illumination, the awakening, the enlightenment. But it is sexual energy… it can rot, it can go into perversions. But if it is to be understood naturally and helped through meditation to move upwards towards silent spaces, to pass through your heart and reach to the seventh center at the highest point in your body… you will feel grateful towards the energy. Right now you feel only ashamed.

This shame and guilt is created by the religious organizations, founders of religion. Naturally the question arises, Why did they make sex a mess? And through making a mess of sex they have messed up the whole world and its mind and its growth. Why? — because this was the simplest way to keep humanity in slavery. This was the simplest way to keep people guilty, and anybody who feels guilty can never raise his head in revolt. So all the vested interests wanted man to lose his dignity, self-respect, to feel guilty, ashamed. They have been condemning sex continuously, and their condemnation has lead the whole world into a very miserable, psychologically abnormal state. And they are still doing their work….

Source – Osho Book “The Great Piligrimage: From Here to Here”

2 thoughts on “Osho on difference between Sexual Power and Sexual Energy”
  1. What do you mean — “To use sex as a power is to degrade oneself, is to lose one’s dignity and self-respect. It is pure prostitution.”

    A woman cannot use her sexuality as a profession because it degrades her,
    When then the next paragraph it says “You can become enlightened only because of your sexual energy” ?

    Can you please elaborate on these dual concepts?
    This seems hyprocritical dissonance.

  2. Hi MDolly, maybe I can help you with your question. I think what Osho means is using your sexual energy for power to dominate others, to seduce them in order to control them is ugly and cheap and another ego game (requires no effort and anybody can do it), when you can use that same sexual energy for your own internal spiritual growth. He is refering to the transformation of sexual energy into higher more creative goals than simple base animal ones. This is called “sexual transmutation”, and everything you see around you is the result of sex energy because all physical creation is a result of sex energy (architecture, technology, art, science, music etc). If we had never learnt how to control and redirect our sexual energy we would probably still be walking about in the forest on all fours.

    On the other hand you can see Osho is against what he calls the unatural suppression of sex, which he says turns into perversions. The sexual energy inside us all is like a river, and think of us trying to suppress it like being to try and dam it, it simply finds another outlet to go around. The goal is not to stop the flow of energy which is impossible but simply to reach a point where the electrical current naturally starts flowing in a different direction, upward rather than down, which leads to a more balanced position of neither suppression nor indulgence.

    From what I understand about Osho is that he is an advocate of tantra, in that he refers to sex being a door to higher consciousness. He seems to suggest that by going through the door of sex can one transcend it. By engaging or indulging in lots of sex one can come to the point of seeing it for what it really is which is essentially hollow and empty and a “no-thing”. When this happens you have gone beyond sex and transcended it, so it no longer has any fascination or power over you, which means the energy can start moving in an entirely different direction.

    When it no longer has any thrill, fascination or power over you, instead of the energy going down and out of your genitals it travels upwards through your nervous system and into your crown which is a more creative direction where it can help enable you to become your own master, self realised and awaken deep potentiality that lies inside of you. Just watch how creative you will become if you abstain for a little while and let the tension build up so that you feel an overflowing of energy coming from within. Then watch what happens when you release the energy how relaxed you feel. Contraction -> Release -> Contraction -> Release. The whole universe, your heartbeat everything is following the same process. Become aware of this.

    Please note tantra is considered controversial and a difficult path to follow and not everyone is capable of the immense discipline required to remain aware of what is going on. Many sages for example Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) of Tiruvannamalai, South India, made it clear over the years to different questioners that trying to reach desirelessness by indulging desires (even if witnessing the desires during the process) is like trying to put out a fire by pouring kerosene onto it.

    So be careful, tread with caution and listen to yourself and follow what seems right from within as there are many different opinions on this matter and each person has a unique persepctive, it will be up to your own discernment to discover what is true and what is false. I am not so sure tantra is the right path for me, but for others it may be. I wish you you well on your journey of self discovery.

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