[Written around 2005.]
It is ironic that many people, when I speak of celibacy as an ideal, argue that following my lead would drive our species to extinction. In our overpopulated world of nearly seven billion people – who are driving us to the edge! – can we really fear celibacy and the path to enlightenment so much?
The person on the road to enlightenment is a gift to humanity. If he becomes celibate he passes his gift along not to descendants but laterally to all who hear his message. He is the progenitor of something radically new, and he offers the world something far more vital than yet another unformed child.
The greatest gift any child can give to the world is to become fully conscious and fully connected with the truth within, and if a parent is mature he can wish no better future for his child. But if a parent is the most mature he has no children and devotes himself to parenting the burgeoning consciousness of the inner child within his own self. This route is terribly painful, which is why most bypass it.
The enlightenment seeker incriminates his parents for having had him. He grows to understand their pathologically selfish motives. He realizes how much they failed to give him and how much they blocked his progress. Had they been healthy they would have done life’s healing work themselves and spared him the trouble. But they cheated, and his existence is the result. Because of his self-examination he knows it, and does not want to perpetrate this same cheat on innocent others.
The seeker is inherently fair. He knows that until he reaches full enlightenment there is no way he can reproduce without passing along some self-hatred to his children. This is the ugly law of the repetition compulsion.
Yet oddly, when he does reach full enlightenment, he will have no need to reproduce, because his soul will have already reproduced a million times over.