Osho on Shortcoming in Tantra Teachings
Question - Beloved Osho, Do You see shortcoming in the
Teachings of Tantra that incline you to feel Tantric methods are not
suitable for us?
Osho - It is not a complete system. There is a basic fallacy that human
beings fall into: they find a small truth, a part of the truth, and
rather than discover the whole, the remaining part they imagine to fill
up the gap. Because they have part of the truth, they can argue and they
can manage to make a system, but the remaining part is simply their
All the systems have done that. Rather than discovering the whole truth,
it is the human tendency to say, "Why bother? We have found a small
piece which is enough for the showcase, which is enough to silence any
enemy who raises any question" -- and the remaining is just invention.
For example, tantra is right that sexual energy is the basic energy, so
this energy should be transformed into higher forms. It is a truth. But
what happened is that they never went very deep into meditation;
meditation remained just secondary. And man's sexuality shows itself so
powerfully that in the name of tantra it became simply sexual orgy.
Without meditation that was going to happen. Meditation should have been
the most primary thing because that is going to transform the energy,
but that became secondary.
And many people who were sexually perverted, sexually repressed, joined
the tantra school. These were the people who brought all their
perversions, all their repressions. They were not interested in any
transformation, they were interested only in getting rid of their
repressions; their interest was basically sexual.
So although tantra has a piece of truth, it could not be used rightly.
Unless that piece of truth is put in second place, and meditation moves
into first place, it will always happen that in tantra, people will be
doing all kinds of perversions. And with a great name, they will not
feel that they are doing anything wrong; they will feel they are doing
something religious, something spiritual.
Tantra failed for two reasons. One was an inner reason -- that
meditation was not made the central point. And second, tantra had no
special methodology for the perverted and the repressed, so that first
their repressions and perversions are settled and they become normal.
And once they become normal, then they are introduced to meditation.
Only after deep meditation should they be allowed in tantra experiments.
It was a wrong arrangement, so the whole thing became, in the name of a
great system, just an exploitation of sex.
That's what many of the therapists are doing. Just the other day I saw
Rajen's advertisement for a tantra group -- with an obscene picture. It
will attract people because this is real pornography. Why bother to go
to see just pictures printed on paper when you can see real people doing
pornography? And Rajen has no understanding of meditation, has never
And these people will feel good, relieved, because the society does not
allow them... In the group they will be allowed to do everything they
want to do, so much repression will be thrown out, and they will feel
relieved and light and they will feel thankful that they have gone
through a great tantra experience. And there has been no tantra
experience -- it was simply a sexual orgy. And within a few days, they
will again collect repressions because they cannot do it outside in the
society. So they become permanent customers, chronic tantrikas.
And the so-called therapists enjoy the money that they bring. They have
nothing to lose, they simply allow freedom. They start with all the
great words that I have been using -- "freedom," "expression," "no
repression," "just be yourself, and don't be worried what others are
thinking," "do your own thing." And those idiots start doing their own
First people should be introduced to meditation, and then they should be
introduced to tantra methods. This is not tantra. Tantra methods are
totally different. These people who are doing tantra, they don't know
anything about tantra.
For example, Ramakrishna meditated deeply, and whenever he felt any
sexual urge disturbing his meditation he would ask his wife Sharda --
who was a beautiful woman -- to sit on a high stool, naked, and he would
sit in front of her just looking at her, meditating on her till that
sexual urge subsided. Then he would touch the feet of Sharda, his own
wife, and he would thank her, saying, "You have been helping me
immensely; otherwise, where would I have gone? The urge needed some
expression, and just watching you was enough."
The temple of Khajuraho has beautiful statues in all sexual postures. It
was a tantra school that made the temple and those statues. And the
first thing the student had to do was to meditate on each statue -- and
they are arranged in such a way that from one corner you go around the
temple in a circle. It may take six months, but you have to watch each
statue until you can see it just as a statue with no sexuality in it --
and it is in a sexual posture. But just in your watching it, seeing it
for months, it becomes a pure piece of art; all pornography disappears.
Then you move to another. And all the perversions of human mind have
been put into the statues.
And when you have circled the whole temple, only then will the master
allow you inside the temple. Those six months are of immense meditation
and of tremendous release, all repressions gone: you are feeling
absolutely light. Then the master allows you in. And inside the temple
there is no sexual statue; inside the temple there is nothing --
Then the master teaches you how to go deeper into your meditation which
has arisen in the six months, and now you can go very deep because there
is no hindrance, no problem, no sexuality. And this going deep into
meditation with no sexual disturbance means the sexual energy is moving
with the meditation, not against it. That's how it is transformed and
takes higher forms.
All these so-called therapists know nothing about tantra, know nothing
of why it failed. But they are not interested in that, they are
interested in exploiting repressed people. And the repressed people are
happy because after a seven or ten day tantra session, they feel
relieved; they think this is some spiritual growth. But within two or
three days all that spiritual growth will be gone, and they are ready
for another group.
There are some people -- you can call them "groupies" -- that move from
one group to another group to another group. Their whole life is just a
movement from group to group. Just like hippies... but you can call them
Source: from Osho Book
"The Path of Mystic"
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