BODY CAN BECOME A VEHICLE TO THAT WHICH IS BEYOND BODY…OSHO
BODY CAN BECOME A VEHICLE TO THAT WHICH IS BEYOND BODY, and sex energy can become a spiritual force. And remember, when you ask, "What are the reasons that the body is given so much importance in tantra?" — why do you ask? Why?
YOU ARE BORN AS A BODY; you live as a body; you become ill as a body; you are treated, given medicine, helped, made whole and healthy, as a body. You become young as a body, you will become old as a body, you will die as a body. YOUR WHOLE LIFE IS BODY-CENTERED — centered around the body. You will love someone, you will make love to someone, and you will create other bodies; you will reproduce other bodies. What are you doing the whole life?
Preserving yourself. What are you preserving by food, by water, by shelter? The body is preserved. What are you doing by reproducing children?
The body is being reproduced. THE WHOLE LIFE, NINETY-NINE POINT NINE PERCENT, IS BODY-ORIENTED. You can go beyond — but that journey has to be through the body, by the body, and you have to use the body. But why you ask?
Because body is just the outer thing, DEEP DOWN BODY IS A SYMBOL OF SEX. SO THOSE TRADITIONS WHICH ARE AGAINST SEX WILL BE AGAINST THE BODY.
Those traditions which are not against the sex can only be friendly toward the body.
Tantra is absolutely friendly, AND TANTRA SAYS THAT THE BODY IS SACRED, HOLY.
FOR TANTRA, TO CONDEMN THE BODY IS SACRILEGE. To say that the body is impure or to say the body is sin, for tantra is nonsense — AND A VERY POISONOUS TEACHING.
Tantra accepts body — not only accepts, but says body is holy, pure, innocent; you can use it, and you can make it a vehicle, a medium, to go beyond it! And it helps even going beyond.
BUT IF YOU START FIGHTING WITH IT, YOU ARE LOST. If you start fighting with it, you will become more and more diseased. And if you go on fighting with it, you will miss an opportunity. Fighting is negative,
TANTRA IS POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION. Don't fight with it — there is no need! It is as if you are sitting in a car, you start fighting with the car. So you cannot move because you are fighting with the vehicle — which has to be used, not fought. And you will destroy the vehicle by your fight, and then it will be more and more difficult to move.
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra
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