Acharya Prashant: Is plunging into sex a method to gain freedom from sex?

Question: Acharya Ji, you have said in a previous session while discussing the attraction towards sex, that one does not need to get entangled even to overcome or suppress. One rather needs to leave sex behind. One should seek that for which one is really eager. All the energy should go in that direction.

One is not rejecting sex, one is just prioritizing correctly. One is saying that the one that has a lower priority must wait because there is something immensely more important that is higher up the priority. That which is higher up the priority is so immense that it would never get completed, never get over. So the one who is waiting for his turn, the one who is lower down the order would just keep waiting.

He would not need to be killed, he would have just been permanently postponed. And she says that, in the same session, Acharya Ji has said “In the subconscious, there is a lot that terrifies you and you try to escape that fear by not trying to know more about it. When you first enter, you will find ‘that’ will scare you but if you stay with it courageously you will meet the one that delivers you from that fear.

If a person doesn’t meet ‘that’, which scares him and how you meet the one that liberates from the fear. Therefore, on your way meet all your imperfections and impurities and it is only after that you will meet the one that purifies, perfects and completes you.

So having quoted these two excerpts from a previous session, the question is, In the context of the pull of Maya and the worldly, here relating to the pull of the sexual energy, does one acknowledge it  and transcend it by focusing on the ‘Ananth’ or God ? or does one drop the defences against Maya, go through the worldly and only then arrive at the door of the Ananth.

Thank you.

Acharya Prashant: So, two excerpts have been quoted and apparently the two excerpts are in contradiction. The first one says that you do not need to get entangled, and the second one says that you need to meet all your fears, all your impurities, all your imperfections head-on.

So the questioner is a little confused and she is asking what to do? Does one seek to cleanse herself or does one need to plunge into her own conditioning? I will repeat the question for you. In the context of the pull of Maya and the worldly, here relating to the pull of the sexual energy, does one acknowledge it and transcend it by focusing on God ? or does one drop the defenses against Maya, go through the worldly and only then arrive at the door of the Ananth?

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Only a Buddha can really belong to the world

Listener 1: I read a version of the story of Buddha in which after he suffered a lot, the human Mara finally came before him and all Mara wanted was Buddha’s soul. So he finally said that, “Yes you want to take my soul, fine you will take it.” So what he did was, he surrendered his soul and then the demon disappeared.

So, when these people come to know all the fears are baseless and they don’t need to fear anything, so after they have realized that the universe that they fear is everything within themselves only. So why do they turn to world life? Why do they start turning towards people? Why do they help people? Why do people follow them? Why do they want to spread this message?

Acharya Prashant: Two questions, One what is the significance of Buddha allowing Mara, Mara you can take as some kind of close relative of Maya, what is the significance of Buddha allowing the Mara to take away his soul? And second, why does a Buddha come back again to the world?

The Buddha is saying, “Take away whatever can be taken away. Take away whatever can be dissociated from me. Take away all that which is not me. And after that I will be left with a certain ‘nothingness’ and that’s what ‘I am’ – a great, silent, pure and beautiful nothingness, so you take away everything. In fact, unless you take it away these things will  keep bothering me – my name, memories, my possessions, my knowledge; you must take all of these away.  This is what you are after, I welcome you to loot me.”

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