Page 5 of 5What I'm saying is that there is no opposite sex. Carl Jung, who borrowed much of his philosophy, and more and more as his years passed, from the traditions of Yoga and Tantra somewhat understood this. On his office table he kept a picture of a statue from someplace, and he would show this picture to a woman and ask, "Is this the picture of a male or a female?" And every woman would always say it's the picture of a male. And he would show this picture to a male, and every male would always say it's the picture of a female. Consider that to be the demonstration of how we view the opposites, because in this particular picture, the artist, the sculptor, had brought out the totality, the perfection of both sexes. There is unfortunately much talk today of male roles, female roles. And in that effort, a great deal of splitting of ourselves against ourselves, one is not responding to an inner call; one is responding to a pressure from outside. So males, some males who want to be advanced, are trying very hard to play a female role, and vice versa. That is not what I'm talking about: who should do the dishes.
When the great swamis take the vow of celibacy – a swami is the title of a monk in India – when one decides to enter into the monastic life, he takes a dip in the river, symbol of a rebirth, much like the way Jesus was baptized many, many centuries after the Hindu and Buddhist traditions were established in India, comes out of that immersion, casts off his old garments and is given a fresh, new coarse garment by his master, his teacher, he takes the vow that he has risen above the desire for reproduction, has risen above the desire for wealth and comfort, has risen above the desire for honor, respect, and fame. And he is told by his master, "From this day, you should seek ignominy like nectar, and you should shun honor, respect, and fame like poison. Wherever you wander, that is your country. At whoever's house you arrive in the evening, that and that alone and the rest of the whole world is your family equally. Wherever the sunset catches you, that is your home." So he wanders freely. He is told at that moment, "From this moment on you are genderless." The moment a person becomes a swami, he is not male seeking a female; she is not female, seeking a male. Because in that person, all of the qualities of the male and the female must become carefully balanced, assimilated, absorbed, inseparable.
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