Rahasya, 07

Interview with Rahasya

MP:

I tell you this stuff is so beautiful that I was brought to tears while reading it. There is so much forgiveness and healing present in it. Is not this "Big Yes" at the core of the Tantric (forgive me) philosophy? I suppose it is the Western suppression and distortion of sexual impulses that creates so many problems in regard to any clarity about natural impulse. Would you say that this previous moral-based programming is responsible for most of what is needed in terms of healing, and also responsible for why Tantra is so largely misunderstood?

Rahasya:

In Tantra, we like tears– nice to hear of them. In the Big Yes approach, there is acceptance, but (sorry to be pedantic) not forgiveness. Forgiveness requires a sin or crime. Acceptance sums over the blame/forgiveness and just accepts the truth, which one can't profitably argue with in any case. Of course, this means valuing the truth above one's notions of "right" and "wrong", or, more clearly, "good" and "evil". It means being willing to renounce the original sin, as defined in the Christian Bible.

Being willing to renounce/refuse the "knowledge" of good and evil and admit that, if there is such a thing, that it is a matter for the divine. It is something that is beyond the scope of human perception. It also happens that this is true. If there is any absolute good or evil, we have no way of discerning it. For example, anyone who lived in the plague times would regard the plague and its huge destruction of human life as an undeniably evil, bad thing.

Anyone who appreciates and/or benefits from modern science and technology, the degree of individual freedom of thought permissible in the modern world, the value currently ascribed to human life, the concepts of individual rights and liberties, the right to choose one's spiritual, even one's sexual orientation … all very unlikely to have happened without the plagues.

The Big Yes is implied by the core philosophy of Tantra, Advaita. Advaita means "not two". In essence, this philosophy encourages the acceptance that everything that arises is in fact complete, immaculately balanced, and perfect. If it appears ugly, there is a beauty that you are missing, or closed to. If it appears beautiful, there is an ugliness you refuse to see.

For example, much of the world is more and more watched, more effectively policed year by year. It gets harder and harder to hide your interests from others. Your reading, viewing, purchasing habits, financial situation, sexual inclinations, medical history and much more is available to authorities who may be interested. Many would perhaps regard this as evil.

Simultaneously, almost every minority, subdivision, interest group of almost any sort is becoming more and more accepted. Minorities such as BDSM aficionados, the gay lifestyle, and religious affiliations of pretty much any persuasion, are all, in fact, enjoying a greater degree of respect from their fellow humanity than ever before. Many, perhaps, would consider this good.The truth is: As we as a collective examine people's lives more closely, we as a collective learn to accept, or at least tolerate, an increasing range of behaviors and beliefs.

Realizing this, on an individual level, you are challenged to admit that the only guide you may have to true morality is your aesthetic. Be guided by what you find beautiful. Of course, it is also a challenge to develop your aesthetic. Obviously, this is an insight only suited to reasonably aware individuals. It is not something that collectives of any sort are mature enough to handle. No collective, from the scale of partnership to the scale of government can operate outside of the concepts of good and evil.

It is an ability that only aware individuals can manage (generally under a guru's close supervision and guidance). It requires a human capacity. Collectives are not human. They are the (organically necessary) replacement we have invented for predators. They have their own lives, and no individual in them– be he the Pope or a CEO has any real power. They just form part of a cooperative organism, much like the individual entities that are the cells in a jellyfish or the ants in a colony.

The head fellow and any underlings can individually operate according to their aesthetic, if they choose to claim that human power. The collective, of whatever kind, like most of humanity, needs good and evil. I suggest that "good" and "evil" are not useful to those who claim their individuality to any extent. They are, I insist, absolutely necessary to those that are inclined to roll with "what everyone knows". They are an important cultural device, carrot and stick, without which most of humanity would be very difficult to direct and guide.

Perhaps 2% of the population would be considered seekers. All Western seekers can benefit from Osho's Neo-Tantra, which is the root of pretty much all current Western practice. It is hard to see how progress of awareness in any authentic sense is possible without at least taking a good honest look at one's sexual psychopathology. Perhaps a fifth of Neo Tantra practitioners develop or reveal a capacity for Tantra "as far as it goes".

So seekers, and to a greater extent, Tantrikas are a miniscule minority. Nothing in my aesthetic urges me to disturb the greater portion of humanity. Like most seekers, I have found societal restrictions uncomfortable, chafing at times. Like most, I have to admit that if the culture was more "enlightened", it could have taken me longer to confront the mindset I had been given. Seekers need to break the mould the culture cast them in, without exception. It may be that a comfortable enough cast would never be broken.

I certainly hold no expectation that Tantra– even Neo-Tantra will ever be understood in any useful way by most people. I have great gratitude that it seems, in the time and place I happen to be, that I and my fellow teachers can practice without having to lie about what we do. It is a delight to be able to reach the 2% without seeming to disturb the 98%. Partly this is possible because the 2% that we are involved with are a subset of the most educated, most intelligent and most aware in the general population– those that read– those that achieve– those that know how to use the Google on the internet machine.

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