Jesus: Better Then Sex ...

Judy Collins
Amazing Grace


... A wonderful sexual experience is much more about being in alignment with your true Creative Energy Stream
than it is about the actual physical interaction.
Truth needs no commentary, but when you put it in a serious garb, naturally commentators follow, and commentators always serve the devil. Truth never argues: it is a song, not a syllogism.
The words of Christ come from eternal silence. They can reach you only if you receive them in silence. These words of Christ come from immense purity. Unless you become a vehicle, a receptacle, humble, egoless, alert, aware, you will not be able to understand them. Intellectually you will understand them – they are very simple words, the simplest possible. But their very simplicity is a problem, because you are not simple. To understand simplicity you need simplicity of the heart, because only the simple heart can understand the simple truth. Only the pure can understand that which has come out of purity.
Thousands had gathered around Jesus, thousands of seekers had come to Jesus and they were asking all kinds of questions. And Jesus was not interested in their questions at all; he was not interested in answering them. He was interested, certainly, in showing them the way, but the problem was that they were so much troubled with their questions and the answers that they had collected, they were so much disturbed by all the knowledge that they had been carrying all along, that it was impossible, almost completely impossible to show them the way. Hence this sutra: How can a troubled mind understand the way?
So rather than giving them more answers, more explanations, more knowledge, Jesus started taking away their knowledge, their ready-made answers, their a priori conceptions, their prejudices, - so Jesus was removed from His native country,i.e., - crucified. The greatest son of this land had no shelter here; the teaching had to seek shelter in foreign lands.
This is not accidental, this has happened always. Jesus was condemned by the Jews, crucified by the Jews, and Jesus was the greatest Jew who has ever been on the earth, the greatest flowering of the Jewish consciousness, the uttermost expression, the crescendo, the Everest. But why did the Jews deny him? They should have been happy, they should have danced and celebrated, but they could not - they could not forgive him, because his presence made them feel very mediocre; that was his crime. He had to be punished for it, for being so high, for being so beyond, for being so superior, for being so graceful, for bringing such love. For his presence he had to be punished, because his presence was making people feel ugly by comparison. He had to be removed so the mediocre mind could feel at ease.
Religion means not trying to solve particular problems but looking at the root of all the problems and cutting the root. That is what we call meditation: meditation is cutting the root. Meditation is not a solution of any problem in particular; it solves nothing. It simply helps you to get rid of the mind, the problem-creator. It simply helps you to slip out of the mind like a snake slips out of the old skin.
Once you know that you are not the mind, the great transcendence has happened. Suddenly all problems become insignificant; slowly slowly they evaporate. You are left with a profound peace; a great silence prevails. This silence is the solution. This peace is the answer, the answer of all answers.
This is the miracle of religion, or the miracle of meditation to be more particular: that without solving a single problem it solves all the problems, in a single blow. It is a sudden leap, a quantum leap.
Love is painful because it creates the way for bliss. Love is painful because it transforms; love is mutation. Each transformation is going to be painful because the old has to be left for the new. The old is familiar, secure, safe, the new is absolutely unknown. You will be moving in an uncharted ocean. You cannot use your mind with the new; with the old, the mind is skillful. The mind can function only with the old; with the new, the mind is utterly useless.
Hence, fear arises, and leaving the old, comfortable, safe world, the world of convenience, pain arises. It is the same pain that the child feels when he comes out of the womb of the mother. It is the same pain that the bird feels when he comes out of the egg. It is the same pain that the bird will feel when he will try for the first time to be on the wing.
The fear of the unknown, and the security of the known, the insecurity of the unknown, the unpredictability of the unknown, makes one very much frightened. And because the transformation is going to be from the self towards a state of no-self, agony is very deep. But you cannot have ecstasy without going through agony. If the gold wants to be purified, it has to pass through fire.
Love is fire.
It is because of the pain of love, millions of people live a loveless life. They too suffer, and their suffering is futile. To suffer in love is not to suffer in vain. To suffer in love is creative; it takes you to higher levels of consciousness. To suffer without love is utterly a waste; it leads you nowhere, it keeps you moving in the same vicious circle.
Yes, only compassion is therapeutic - because all that is ill in man is because of lack of love. All that is wrong with man is somewhere associated with love. He has not been able to love, or he has not been able to receive love. He has not been able to share his being. That’s the misery. That creates all sorts of complexes inside.
Those wounds inside can surface in many ways: they can become physical illness, they can become mental illness - but deep down man suffers from lack of love. Just as food is needed for the body, love is needed for the soul. The body cannot survive without food, and the soul cannot survive without love. In fact, without love the soul is never born - there is no question of its survival.
You simply think that you have a soul; you believe that you have a soul because of your fear of death. But you have not known unless you have loved. Only in love does one come to feel that one is more than the body, more than the mind.
That’s why I say compassion is therapeutic. What is compassion? Compassion is the purest form of love. Sex is the lowest form of love, compassion the highest form of love. In sex the contact is basically physical; in compassion the contact is basically spiritual. In love, compassion and sex are both mixed, the physical and the spiritual are both mixed. Love is midway between sex and compassion.
You can also call compassion prayerfulness. You can also call compassion meditation. The highest form of energy is compassion. The word compassion is beautiful: half of it is passion - somehow passion has become so refined that it is no longer like passion. It has become compassion.
One of the most fundamental things to be understood by all those who are in search - in search of a path, in search of a direction, in search of a meaning, in search of themselves - is that they will have to become wanderers. They cannot remain static. They have to learn to be a process rather than being an event.
The greatest distinguishing mark between things and man, between animals and man, is that things remain the same; they cannot become wanderers. Animals also are born complete - they don’t grow up, they only grow old. A deer is born a deer and will die a deer. There is no process between birth and death, no becoming.
Man is the only being on the earth - and perhaps in the whole universe - who can become a process, a movement, a growing. Not just growing old, but growing up to new levels of consciousness, to new stages of awareness, to new spaces of experience. And there is the possibility in man that he can even transcend himself, he can go beyond himself. That is taking the process to its logical end.
In other words, I would like you to remember that man is not to be understood as a being, because the word being gives a wrong idea - as if man is complete.
Man is a becoming.
Man is the only animal who is not complete. And that is his glory, not his curse; it is his blessing. He can be born as a man, and he can die as a Jesus Christ - who have transcended humanity and reached to a new space you can call enlightenment, you can call awakening, you can call godliness, but something superhuman. Man is a becoming. Jesus uses the parable of the wanderer for this fundamental truth about man.