Gopi Krishna Talks
As we have seen in
our previous discussions, it is not easy to prescribe behavior and diet for the
future evolution of the brain. Although I also spoke about sex before, I now
would like to be a little more explicit. Inasmuch as all our modem theories
about sex, including the ideas expressed by Freud, do not take evolution of the
brain into account, we can therefore say that they are incomplete.
About Sex and Love
The moment it is established that the brain is evolving
biologically, it will then be seen that a part of the reproductive energy is
consumed in this evolution. I have given the proof, genius and the illuminated
mind. For the last three thousand years the Indian savants knew it, as did the
Greeks and the Egyptians. They knew that genius and illumination come from
transmuted sex energy.
Freud puts it in a different way. He says it is libido
and that all creative activity and mental disorders arise out of the libido. But
he has not defined libido. For him, libido is psychic energy in its subtle form,
in its psychic form.
But it has a somatic aspect also, as Reich correctly
put it. It is anchored in the body, his libido. He has clearly mentioned this.
But since science has no awareness of a phenomeno that has been in evidence for
the last thousands of years, that it is the transmutation of sexual energy that
leads to creativity, then naturally all current theories about sex are
What is recommended by some psychologists or by some
clinicians about unrestrained sex is therefore not only fallacious but highly
dangerous for the race.
In the ages to come, people will determine what part of
the energy goes to the brain and what part they can utilize for procreative or
for pleasurable purposes. There is no doubt that there is nothing in the world
so enchanting, so alluring, so inspiring as sexual love. It has inspired some of
the greatest thinkers. It is the women whom they loved who inspired some of the
greatest writers, thinkers, politicians, conquerors of the world. There is
nothing comparable to love for the happiness, health and evolution of mankind.
Evolution Must Have Its Share
But it has not to be abused, because this energy
is designed by nature both for evolution and procreation. And evolution must
have its share. It would be saner to conserve the energy, even to be a celibate
than it would be to overspend it. This is the reason why celibacy has been
recommended in religions. Otherwise there is no reason. Why should religion in
some way insist that you have to be celibate unless the energy is used in some
But we need not go to that extreme. The rational,
normal and natural course is to adjust our life so that we allow that part which
is meant for our evolution to be used for that purpose.
There are some facts that show that nature is always
giving us warnings. For instance, many people, after the climax, after the
expenditure of the energy, feel a sense of disgust or coldness, antipathy, or
great tiredness. That is a warning from nature that they have overdone it. After
the sexual climax, man should feel as energetic as before. That means he has not
used or taken from the amount that is needed for evolution.
Sex Energy Creates the Spirit
With scientific investigation many facts will
come to light about how sexual behavior has to be regulated. As a general
formula, you have to see how much time must elapse afterwards before you are
able to indulge again without a feeling of regret, strain, or guilt. That will
give you the time span quite correctly.
It is the sex energy that creates the spirit, the
creativity and manliness in us. Perhaps you know that when animals are
castrated, like a horse or a bull, they become very docile and weak. Although
they are very bulky, they become even fatter. But their spirit is lost.
Excess of sexual indulgence is also a self-castration.
The vim, zeal and zest of life is lost. The individual functions as a normal
being. He attends to his office and does everything. But he is not able to do
what he could do if he were to use this energy sparingly. He loses the chance.
It is a disservice to mankind to suggest that people should indulge in their
sexual activity unrestrainedly.
In the social work I undertook in Kashmir, one of our
accomplishments was the remarriage of hundreds of widows, who in my community
were not allowed to remarry. They were not allowed even to meet men. They were
treated almost as outcasts and had to live lonely lives. All the members of the
family looked down upon them as almost witches. They said, ěThey brought
misfortune to our house, as our son died because of them.î They cannot remarry.
They sometimes get very harsh treatment. They are not even able to go in the
company of men. This is changing now and has changed to a great extent.
But out of the hundreds who might have been
rehabilitated, I have not seen one that had gone insane. Not one. If you were to
collect the statistics of mental disorders for the advanced nations, and also
for the backwards people who canít afford even two meals a day, you will find
perhaps a greater incidence in the advanced nations than in the poorer ones.
Among the widows with whom I worked, some of them were of such noble character
that I cannot express to you.
How Sex Energy Must be Spent
I still have a recollection of my aunt, who was a
widow from an early age. She was a saint, but her life has been a tragedy. Much
harm has been done. As soon as research is made on the biological mechanism
responsible for evolution it will be shown that sex energy has to be spent only
Concerning one who indulges in sex, or I should say
overindulges, perhaps you donít know about the experiments made on rats. A rat
was put in a cage and an electrode was attached to the pleasure center in his
brain. When the current was on, the pleasure center was excited. And when it was
off, it was disconnected.
The rats were taught how to move the lever that gave
the pleasure sensation. They went around and around, always touching the lever
that gave them the pleasure sensation. They went on doing it until they were
exhausted and fell down unconsciousness. After they were revived and put into
the cage again, they did the same thing; they went around and around. Should we
do the same? Should we bargain our future, our life hereafter, for this
sensation, which often leaves us disgusted and weak afterwards?
These are the things we have to learn. We have to be
normal. One can have sex again after waiting some days. That will give greater
pleasure. Just try to observe it. Wait for a longer period and you will find
that you have greater pleasure. You will have more love for your wife or for
your friend. But when you are at it like the rat, a time comes when you have no
pleasure, either with the friend or the wife, and so a divorce results.
The Greatest of Illuminated Men
We never understand the basic reasons for our
behavior. As intelligent human beings, we have to adhere to certain moral laws
which we do not know. Since I have to speak the truth, I cannot keep back
anything that my experience has taught me.
I have been dealing in the social field with thousands
of men and women as closely and intimately as a modem psychiatrist does in a
laboratory. And I never came across even one widow whom I found insane. On the
other hand, I found them more tolerant. They were resigned to their fate.
By this I do not mean that you have to neglect the sex
impulse, or to be celibate. There was no system of celibacy in India in Vedic
times. In fact, it was looked down upon in the Vedas. In the Upanishads we have
the greatest illuminated men ever born, hundreds of them. During the period
1,500 years before the birth of Christ to about 500 years B.C., there were
hundreds of spiritual geniuses. And when they were of ripe age, they went into
hermitages, and there they gave the teaching, and that teaching is recorded in
The Upanishads are the fountainhead of all the
philosophy of India, even of Greece, although this has not yet been traced by
modem scholars. But you will be surprised to know that out of those great sages
were those who first said that all this was one.
They were the first to declare that consciousness is
the real basis of the universe. They gave the first teachings to mankind, and
not one of them was a celibate. One of the wisest of them, Yajnavalkya, had two
wives, in accordance with the custom then in vogue. And both of them went with
him to the forest.
The Best Use of Our Brain
So on the one hand we have asceticism and
monasticism. It was Buddha who introduced monasticism, and it was St. Benedict
who introduced it in the West in the sixth century. Monasticism was not a part
of the early Christian church.
What I mean to say is that we are not called upon to
repress this urge. But we are certainly bound to moderate it if we want to live
happy, creative lives; if we want to maintain the spirit in us in a bloom; if we
want to make the best use of our brain and our energy; and if we want to give
the right heritage to our progeny.
Although we have not discussed sex and social behavior
very fully, what little I have said may appear difficult. Inasmuch as it does
not accord completely with modern views, it may even appear unusual or
outlandish, but I say it with full responsibility.
And most of you who are young will see in the movements
that will start all over the earth, during the next twenty years, generated by
the bomb, that these same ideas will be confirmed by science and by scholars.
They are the keys to a happy life in which the evolutionary laws are not
The Reward Set By Nature
I cannot express to you what reward nature has so
far kept for man. Just let me give you an example. You know what a fascination
sex has for us. You know what sacrifices a man makes for his beloved, especially
in the past when there were restrictions on sexual behavior.
In Europe the knights fought and went on errands to
please their beloveds and died in the attempt. They fought duels. Kings were
inspired. Empires were destroyed in war when an emperor wanted to have a woman
belonging to another country but could not get her without a war.
We know how history has changed because of women,
similarly because of man, and what sacrifices they make for men. Now imagine a
couple that loves each other intensely, almost to death, who are separated by
some circumstances, then come together again after some years. Imagine the
intensity of the pleasure and the love when they embrace.
Multiply it a hundred times and you can have a little
foretaste of the rapture which fills the brain when you are one with Cosmic
Consciousness. This has been considered to be the greatest happiness possible to
man. It is for this reason that it is known as sat-chitananda. Ananda means
extreme bliss. Sat means truth, and chit means consciousness. This union of the
human soul, it is not union, because soul is already the infinite, is only the
breaking through of the veil of maya, which obstructs its vision. And when this
liberation occurs it becomes sat-chit-ananda.
One Upanishad compares it like this: If the pleasure of
love were one unit and the pleasure of reaching Heaven were a hundred such
units, then thousands of such units would make up the ecstasy of Brahmajnana
(the knowledge of Brahman). This is also known by the terms ecstasy, rapture and
ravishment. It is so intense that the mystics faint.
A Glimpse of Your Own Self
It is not possible for the human mind to bear
such happiness, when once he is face to face with the creatrix of the universe;
when one knows oneís own majesty; when one knows that he and the beloved
object, the universe, are one. It is attended by such intense rapture that all
the rapture of this earth is but a faint reflection.
In fact, when you experience this rapture of love you
are experiencing but a glimpse of your own self, still veiled. It is only a
glimpse, a slight glimpse of that greatest of all pleasures. Even kings,
emperors, multi-millionaires, and billionaires, all bowed to love. All their
lives were made happy by love.
Imagine that this love, which is the greatest incentive
to human effort, so valued that people even die for the sake of their beloveds,
imagine this love multiplied and becoming a part of your daily life. Imagine
that the joy, the exhilaration of an emperor, like Alexander, though he was
prone to drink and ruined his happiness, and the joy of the richest billionaire
in the United States, and the life of a man who had the most beautiful harem in
the world, all combined in Cosmic Consciousness. Where then will be the need for
people to run after wealth, or to run after seats of power when such a blessing
comes within their reach?
For confirmation of what I say, read the lives of
mystics. They spurned everything. They never cared for riches, for wealth or for
position. They were all engrossed, day and night, in their inner bliss. And when
it failed them sometimes, they were in despair.
The Crown of Evolution
It is this marvelous crown of evolution that will
provide the greatest incentive to mankind. The sex incentive is insignificant
before it. It will provide the incentive for peace, for service, because without
inner peace, without service, without humility, without absence of pride, one
cannot reach that state.
So one will have to give up all these things to reach
this bliss, this gift, this blessing, which is beyond everything we can dream
of, beyond what wealth can give you, beyond what power can give you, and beyond
what sex can give you.
This major incentive will result in the complete change
of humankind, because all those who reach the illuminated state of consciousness
will repeat what has been said by Christ and Buddha and the spiritual teachers
of the past. The knowledge in that state is one, and it is in that direction
that mankind is evolving.
This is the dream, the golden peak before us. And once
it is acknowledged and known, and people go in that direction, you will soon
have thousands upon thousands of lofty illuminated human beings to run the
various departments of human activity. They will conduct the race safely through
the nuclear age; and they will give everyone an equal opportunity and due
There will be no exploitation. No Christ or Buddha
would like to have the credit to himself. He will say, ěLet us share it all.î
That will be the future man and woman. That is the man or woman for whom the
world is waiting and who is sure to arrive when these methods are confirmed.
No Desire for Anything Else
And it is for this lofty goal, to make mankind
aware of our glorious destiny, that I am going from place to place. Otherwise I
am happy inside, and traveling does not suit me so well. I am blessed. I do not
need any praise, any commendations or any followers. I have enough. What I have
gained leaves no room, no desire for anything else.
I am living a normal life, eating my meals, sleeping. I
am normal in every activity. But I am also blessed. I know what I am talking
about. And I take care to say only that which I feel is the truth, and in
perhaps the simplest words. I have no need, but I want to share this with all
fellow human beings; to put this idea before the scientists and scholars; to
encourage and initiate research on it so that the human race, which is
suffering, might be spared this suffering and live a more happy, purposeful and
more fulfilling life; might reach the stature ordained for her and win the
golden prize which Nature has reserved for us. That is my only ambition.
And, I am content to whatever extent Heaven allows me
to fulfill this mission. I am content if I am able to talk or to write about it,
leaving the fruit in the hands of God. So I thank you very deeply for your
patience in listening to me these days.
My words are being recorded. No effort on our part, no
discovery of science, no strategy adopted by our political leaders all over the
earth, will alter the situation until we change ourselves. The nuclear bomb is
Nature ís instrument to correct us. Otherwise it would not be there. It is so
preposterous, so suicidal, so inhuman, that such a weapon could never be devised
by a normal thinking people. But it is here because we have deviated from the
path prescribed by Revelation.
All civilizations fell when they transcended the limit.
The same fate awaits our own civilization if it does not change.
- Gopi Krishna, Nishat, Kashmir, 1979