Jiddu Krishnamurti - Why has Sex been
so deeply embedded in man
Question: Why does sex play such an important part in
each one's life in the world?
Jiddu Krishnamurti : There is a particular philosophy, especially in
India, called Tantra, part of which encourages sex. They say through sex
you reach Nirvana. It is encouraged, so that you go beyond it - and you
Why has sex become so important in our life? It has been so, not only in
the present period, but always. Why has sex been so deeply embedded in
man? - apart from producing children, I am not talking of that. Why?
Probably it is the greatest pleasure a human being has. Demanding that
pleasure, all kinds of complications arise; volumes have been written
with explanations of the psychological complications. But the authors
have never asked the question as to why human beings have made this
thing so extremely important in their lives.
Our life is in a turmoil, it is a constant struggle, with nothing
original, nothing creative - I am using the word `creative' very
carefully. The painter, the architect, the wood-carver, he may say he is
creative. The woman who bakes bread in the kitchen is said to be
creative. And sex, they say, is also creative. So what is it to be
creative? The painters, the musicians and the Indian singers with their
devotion, say that theirs is the act of creation.
Is it? You have accepted Picasso as a great painter, a great creator,
putting one nose on three faces, or whatever he does. I am not denying
it or being derogatory, I am just pointing it out. That is what is
called creation. But is all that creativeness? Or is creativeness
something totally different? You are seeing the expression of
creativeness in a painting, in a poem, in prose, a in a statue, in
music. It is expressed according to a man's talent, his capacity great
or small; it may be modern Rock or Bach - I am sorry to compare the two!
- they are quite incomparable.
We human beings have accepted all that as creative because it brings
fame, money, position. But I am asking: is that creativity? Can there be
creation, in the most profound sense of that word, so long as there is
egotism, so long as there is the demand for success, money and
recognition - supplying the market? Do not agree with me please. I am
just pointing out. I am not saying I know creativity and you do not; I
am not saying that.
I am saying we never question these things. I say there is a state where
there is creation in which there is no shadow of self. That is real
creation; it does not need expression, it does not need self-fulfilment;
it is creation. Perhaps sex is felt to be creative and has become
important because everything around us is circumscribed, the job, the
office, going to the church, following some philosopher, some guru. All
that has deprived us of freedom and, further, we are not free from our
own knowledge; it is always with us, the past.
So we are deprived of freedom outwardly and inwardly; for generation
upon generation we have been told what to do. And the reaction to that
is: I'll do what I want, which is also limited, based on pleasure, on
desire, on capacity. So where there is no freedom, either outwardly or
inwardly, specially inwardly, we have only one thing left and that is
called sex. Why do we give it importance? Do you give equal importance
to being free from fear? No. Do you give equal energy, vitality and
thought to end sorrow? No.
Why? Why only to sex? Because that is the easiest thing to hand; the
other demands all your energy, which can only come when you are free. So
naturally human beings throughout the world have given this thing
tremendous importance in life. And when you give something, which is
only one part of life, tremendous importance, you are destroying
Life is whole, not just one part. If you give importance to the whole
then sex becomes more or less unimportant. The monks and all those who
have denied sex have turned their energy to god but the thing is boiling
in them, nature cannot be suppressed. But when you give that thing
all-importance, then you are corrupt.
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