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"Sex is your only energy, it is life energy."

"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."

"[Sex Matters] links sexuality to transcendence, insisting that sex is important for both physical and mental well-being."

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Osho is one of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world. He is the author of many books, including Love, Freedom, Aloneness; The Book of Secrets; and Innocence, Knowledge, and Wonder.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (July 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312316305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312316303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Irina Iacobescu on December 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I have read from Osho, and I will say that he did a very good job in explaining important things, using few words and pages. It is a little book that will not take you much time to read. What will take longer is thinking about the important points the book makes.

One thing that is important to understand is that this is not a book about sex, at least not in the usual way. So if you are looking for tricks about how to improve your sex life, you are in the wrong place. Instead, this is a work that will give you a different perspective of what sex should be and mean. Is it only for people who believe in the spirit and spiritual evolution.

It will also tell you that the lessons that religion and church sometimes teach -- that sex is sinful, etc. -- is completely mistaken. The book states that it is this teaching we received while young that made this society depraved.

Osho considers that our contemporary society completely forgot about the sacramental and fundamental role mankind once gave to sex. From his point of view, a sexual experience should be a thoughtful act, an experience of love, a means to reach what is beyond our consciousness.
The journey to from sex to to what Osho calls Samadhi (the divine ecstasy) is long, but this should be our final goal. The kind of love that we all know and desire is only the first step. But people who refuse even this first step will never be able to reach the second and from this point of view they will never evolve spiritually.

The main point is that sex is not a end to itself, it is only the beginning, it is only a means through which people who understand the subject correctly can reach the final goal - the "super consciousness.
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I was watching Oprah Winfrey the other day and she had this couple on and it was a man and a woman, married with children, but the guy was all dressed and made himself up to look like a woman so it looked like a pair of women. And they were going to stick it out, blah, blah... but in the two minutes I watched it the man who looked like a woman said: "Sex is between the legs and gender is in the head," which obviously was a rationalizing definition. Oprah nodded somberly, repeated the definition, and then she said, "I get it." My point here is that a lot of people say a lot of stupid things about sex and a lot of people go along with it.

The point is made throughout Osho's work that religion and culture is more to blame for violent sex and deviant attitudes about sex than pornographers by repression and shame. This book is about psychology and spirituality and the sexual experience. That is Osho's point; get rid of your conditioning; you have been conditioned by thousands of years of culture which has poisoned your perceptions. He also makes the point that love is rare, that most people don't love and they don't know they don't love.

He states that while most marriages are composed of ugliness, painted faces and everything dead inside, the point of marriage is a deep spiritual communion, a training ground for egolessness (149):"There are many things you can never develop alone. Even your own growth needs someone to respond-someone so intimate that you open yourself to him or her." Osho makes the point that a marriage which is a spiritual communion is vastly different than a marriage with simply a physical or psychological basis, that their offspring will be radically evolved humans, hopefully the future of mankind.
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Sex is the strongest energy we can produce as humans "out of the box". We can learn techniques over time to recreate that wonderful state of superconsciousness, through magick, through meditation,... but sex will always be at the core. We are born out of it, it is our primary experience of the dualism of I and other.

Understanding the dynamics surrounding it, and the oppression of individual freedom through the association of guilt and shame with sex, which our society has upheld for thousands of years in order to ensure the slow and steady flow of evolution, understanding and overcoming these dynamics appears to be a root responsibility of every individual on the path to superhconsciousness.
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I find any of Osho's works on sex very provoking. He really challenges my sexual views as well as those of our western society. I may not agree with all that he has to say about sex but he sure does make me think about our perceptions of sex. He has a very liberal view of sex. No, in actual fact that is not true! He sees sex as just another part of the human condition. It is our western world that has given it an arena all of its own and it is our own unresolved issues about sex that has created our obsession with it. Well worth reading!
Dr Gunta Krumins-Caldwell author of On Silver Wings
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ON SEXUALITY and RELIGION
At the other end of the spectrum is "Sex Matters"
(St. Martin's Press, July) by Osho.Definitely more of a "spirituality" than a "religion" book, it links sexuality to transcendence, insisting that sex is important for both physical and mental well-being. Not surprisingly, the author is extremely critical of how traditional religion has connected sex and morality.
"This book tries to deconstruct the different layers of
negative repression and condemnation that Western culture has
put on sex for a long time," said publicity manager John
Karle. "He presents sex as a gift from nature and [tells] how
we need to embrace it and use it as a tool for growth."
--Heidi Schlumpf
From: Religion BookLine from Publishers Weekly
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