Book Review – Sex to Superconsciousness by Osho

This book is a pivotal game changer. Osho sparked a worldwide ‘lovolution’ by giving a series of public discourses between the years 1968 – 1970 delivered in Hindi. These discourses were transcribed and printed in book form with the title; ‘From Sex to Superconsciousness.’ This book has transformed the minds of millions, becoming Osho’s most widely read book. It also earned him the questionable title, ‘Sex Guru.’

In actual fact, Osho was invited to give this series of discourses on the theme of ‘Love.’ He scandalized his hosts when during the first discourse he said: If you want a shower of love in your life, renounce this conflict with sex. Accept sex with joy. Acknowledge its sacredness. Receive it gratefully and embrace it more and more deeply. You will be surprised that sex can reveal such sacredness; it will reveal its sacredness to the degree of your acceptance.”

After the first talk, Osho was thrown out of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Auditorium where his discourse series was scheduled. Subsequently, he resumed the series in another venue called the Gwalia Tank Maidan. (At this time, he used to have audiences of approximately 50,000 people.)

Once the book became widely available, people all over India were buying it and reading it surreptitiously with a brown paper wrapper over the cover or hiding it inside another book. It was a top favourite among religious monks of all faiths. Once it was translated into English, this trend spread to the whole world, influencing generations of people up to the present.

What he says is an evident truth, and yet to hear these words from the mouth of an enlightened saint brought the blood of righteous ‘spiritual leaders’ to a boil. It seems there is an unspoken rule that ‘spiritual’ people are not allowed to have any wisdom to share about the basic human need of sexuality and relationship.

In his next discourse Osho continued: “I was told to speak on “Love.” But I felt that as long as we were hampered by certain incorrect suppositions about sex and lust, we would never be able to understand or appreciate love. As long as such misleading beliefs are deep-rooted, whatever we say about love will be incomplete, will be wasted, will be untrue. So, to focus on that, I talked about lust and sex in that particular meeting. I said that the sex energy itself could be transformed into love….

Sex can become love. But how can one who hates sex ever become filled with love? How can one transform sex when one is its enemy? And so, I stressed the necessity of understanding lust, of knowing sex.”

In this book, Osho is pointing out the path of Tantra; by living sex consciously, it transforms into love and by living love consciously it transforms into superconsciousness. It is interesting that multitudes of people who heard about the book only ever heard the word ‘sex’ in the title and never came to understand the word ‘superconsciousness.’ In order to understand the word ‘superconsciousness,’ it is necessary to not only read the book but to practice what Osho is indicating in the book!

“The people who say that sex has no relation to religion are entirely incorrect, because it is the energy of sex, in a transformed and sublimated form, that enters the realm of religion. The sublimation of this vital energy lifts man to realms about which we know very little. The transformation of his sex energy raises man to a world where there is no death, no sorrow, to a world where there is nothing but joy, pure joy. And anyone who possesses that energy, that life-force, can uplift himself to that realm of joyous, truthful consciousness, to sat-chit-anand.”

Sex to Superconsciousness is a small book with an enormous impact. It is as relevant today as it was when Osho gave these discourses. It traces the path back home to our true nature and our true expression, as souls made visible in human form. Even if you never read another book, read this one.

What Osho is offering in these few pages is actually what each and every human being longs for, the path to wholeness, the awakening of love, and the realization of bliss.

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