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    Osho Rajneesh Book "The Ultimate Alchemy, Vol 1"

    Osho Rajneesh Book "The Ultimate Alchemy, Vol 1"

    The Ultimate Alchemy, Vol 1

    The Complementariness of Opposites

    22 February 1972 pm in Bombay, India
    Question 1


    TRANSFORMATION of the mind is a positive effort. Suppression of the mind is negative. The
    difference is that when you are suppressing your mind, you are positively concerned with being
    against something. When you are transforming your mind, you are not directly concerned with
    being against something. You are positively concerned for something: the effort is for something,
    not against something.

    For example, if you are fighting directly with sex, then it will be suppression. But if your positive
    effort is for transformation of sex energy, your positive effort is for something else, then it will not
    be suppression. Suppression means you have blocked the natural door for the energy, you have
    blocked the natural outflow, and you have not opened anything else. It is just a blockage. You
    are against anger, so you block anger – but where will the energy go? The energy that you have
    suppressed will create inner complexities. It will even be more perverted. So to be natural is better
    than to be perverted. Perversion is disease; to be natural is healthy.

    Of course, just to be healthy is not the end. One can go even beyond health. So these are three
    things – suppression, being natural and transcendence. Just being natural is just being healthy. If
    you suppress and there is no positive outlet, no creative outlet for your suppressed energy, then you
    will become perverted. You are not healthy: you become diseased, you become a ”dis-ease”.

    Don’t be concerned negatively. Change the energy, the door, the path, the outlet, positively, and
    when there is a creative change, the energy that was flowing into sex will not flow. Whenever you
    can open a higher passage for it, it will flow through it. Whenever you can create something which
    is better than nature itself, then there is no suppression. This difference must be understood.
    Only man can fall below nature; no animal can fall below nature. There are no abnormal animals.
    Sometimes animals also become abnormal, but only when they are with men – never alone. A dog
    can go abnormal, a horse can go abnormal, but never alone, never in their natural state. They can
    go abnormal with man, with man’s society. They can go abnormal in a zoo.

    Man can fall down below nature. This may seem unfortunate. This is not because this capacity
    comes with another capacity: man can transcend nature. No animal can transcend nature. The
    higher you can go than nature, the lower you can go also, in the same proportion. Every possibility
    is a double possibility. Every possibility opens two doors that are diametrically opposite. Unless
    you can fall below nature, you cannot transcend above it. And if you have the capacity to transcend
    nature, you will have the capacity to fall below it also.

    Animals are just natural; they are neither perverted nor are they transformed. Never do they become
    sub-animal and never do they become super-animal. They are just animal. Man is a flexible
    potentiality. He can fall below nature, can be perverted, can become mad. He can transcend
    nature, can become superhuman, can become a Buddha.

    Another thing: animals are born with their nature. In a way they are born perfect. An animal is
    born developed. Man is born without any nature and is not developed at the time of birth. He
    develops later. Then many possibilities open, and there is a great range of possibilities. Marl is born
    undeveloped – not only mentally, but even bodily he is born undeveloped. No animal child is born
    with an undeveloped body; the body is complete. That’s why, when the animal child is born, he is
    capable of living even without parents.

    Man’s child is born undeveloped, and even in the physiological structure many things develop only
    after he is born – and it takes years. In the mother’s womb he is not completely developed, and
    because of that, the phenomenon of mother is born – because mothering continues. If the child
    is born completely developed, then there will be no mothering. The whole institution of the family
    developed – and, consequently, the whole society – the whole society was born because the child
    is born undeveloped. He has to be looked after, taken care of. Only after twenty years will he really
    be out of the womb. In these twenty years, he will need a family, loving care, a society, in which to
    develop This will be a greater womb.

    Even when he is physically complete, mentally he is not. He will have to develop his mind. And,
    really, the average mind is never beyond fourteen years of age. The average mind remains below
    thirteen and a half. The average mental age is thirteen and a half. A person who is physically
    seventy is mentally thirteen and a half. The mind remains in such a primitive, primary state! Body
    becomes complete, mind remains incomplete, and spirit is not even touched. Man dies without ever
    having evolved any spirit.

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