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A GOD THAT CAN DANCE

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BELOVED OSHO,

PROLOGUE PART SIX

FOLLOWING HIS SPEECH ABOUT THE ULTIMATE MAN, ZARATHUSTRA REALIZES THAT

THE PEOPLE HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD HIM, FOR THEY NOW CRY OUT TO HIM FOR THE

ULTIMATE MAN, TELLING HIM HE CAN HAVE THE SUPERMAN.

WHILE HE PONDERS ON THIS, THE TIGHT-ROPE WALKER BEGINS HIS ACT – WALKING

ACROSS A ROPE SUSPENDED HIGH ABOVE THE PEOPLE IN THE MARKET SQUARE,

BETWEEN TWO TOWERS.

WHEN HE REACHES THE MID-POINT, SUDDENLY A FIGURE DRESSED AS A BUFFOON

APPEARS FROM ONE OF THE TOWERS, AND PROCEEDS TO FOLLOW THE TIGHT-ROPE

WALKER, SHOUTING OUT AND ABUSING HIM. HE MAKES TO JUMP OVER THE TIGHTROPE

WALKER, WHO LOSES HIS BALANCE AND FALLS, LANDING QUITE CLOSE TO WHERE

ZARATHUSTRA IS STANDING.

ZARATHUSTRA STAYS WITH THE DYING MAN LONG AFTER EVENING HAS COME AND THE

CROWD DISPERSED.

LATER IN THE NIGHT THE MAN DIES, AND ZARATHUSTRA DETERMINES TO LEAVE THE

TOWN, AND BURY THE BODY WITH HIS OWN HANDS. HE MEETS WITH THE BUFFOON, WHO

TELLS HIM HE IS HATED IN THE TOWN; THAT IT IS GOOD THAT HE IS LEAVING; AND WITH

SOME GRAVEDIGGERS, WHO MAKE FUN OF HIS CARRYING A CORPSE.

AFTER HAVING SOUGHT FOOD FROM AN OLD MAN ALONG THE WAY, ZARATHUSTRA

FINDS HIMSELF IN THE FOREST, AND HAVING LAID DOWN HIS DEAD COMPANION, FINALLY

SLEEPS. HOURS LATER, HE AWAKENS....

AND THEN HE SPOKE TO HIS HEART THUS:

A LIGHT HAS DAWNED FOR ME: I NEED COMPANIONS, LIVING ONES, NOT DEAD

COMPANIONS AND CORPSES WHICH I CARRY WITH ME WHEREVER I WISH.

BUT I NEED LIVING COMPANIONS WHO FOLLOW ME BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FOLLOW

THEMSELVES – AND WHO WANT TO GO WHERE I WANT TO GO.

A LIGHT HAS DAWNED FOR ME: ZARATHUSTRA SHALL NOT SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE, BUT

TO COMPANIONS! ZARATHUSTRA SHALL NOT BE HERDSMAN AND DOG TO THE HERD!

TO LURE MANY AWAY FROM THE HERD – THAT IS WHY I HAVE COME. THE PEOPLE AND

THE HERD SHALL BE ANGRY WITH ME: THE HERDSMEN SHALL CALL ZARATHUSTRA A

ROBBER.

I SAY HERDSMEN, BUT THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE GOOD AND THE JUST. I SAY

HERDSMEN: BUT THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE FAITHFUL OF THE TRUE FAITH.

BEHOLD THE GOOD AND THE JUST! WHOM DO THEY HATE MOST? HIM WHO SMASHES

THEIR TABLES OF VALUES, THE BREAKER, THE LAWBREAKER – BUT HE IS THE CREATOR....

THE CREATOR SEEKS COMPANIONS, NOT CORPSES OR HERDS OR BELIEVERS. THE

CREATOR SEEKS FELLOW CREATORS, THOSE WHO INSCRIBE NEW VALUES ON NEW

TABLES.

THE CREATOR SEEKS COMPANIONS AND FELLOW-HARVESTERS: FOR WITH HIM

EVERYTHING IS RIPE FOR HARVESTING. BUT HE LACKS HIS HUNDRED SICKLES: SO HE

TEARS OFF THE EARS OF THE CORN AND IS VEXED.

THE CREATOR SEEKS COMPANIONS AND SUCH AS KNOW HOW TO WHET THEIR SICKLES.

THEY WILL BE CALLED DESTROYERS AND DESPISERS OF GOOD AND EVIL, BUT THEY ARE

HARVESTERS AND REJOICERS....

I WILL NOT BE HERDSMAN OR GRAVEDIGGER. I WILL NOT SPEAK AGAIN TO THE PEOPLE:

I HAVE SPOKEN TO A DEAD MAN FOR THE LAST TIME.

I WILL MAKE COMPANY WITH CREATORS, WITH HARVESTERS, WITH REJOICERS: I WILL

SHOW THEM THE RAINBOW AND THE STAIRWAY TO THE SUPERMAN....

THUS BEGAN ZARATHUSTRA’S DOWN-GOING.

IT IS NOT only Zarathustra who is disappointed in man as he is. Almost everyone who has gone

within his own self, has known the reality, has experienced the beauty of consciousness, has been

disappointed in people.

It is a long, long tradition that people are deaf – and almost dead. They go on living because they

don’t have the courage to commit suicide. They go on breathing because it is beyond their control,

they cannot stop it; otherwise the masses of the world are just a dead weight on the planet.

The masses have not contributed anything to the growth of consciousness, to the growth of the

human soul. They have not contributed anything towards making a temple of God on the earth

– although they have made thousands of temples and synagogues and churches and mosques.

But they are not making them as the abode of a rejoicing religion; they are making them as the

citadels of anti-life preachers – citadels of cowards and escapists. They have organized religions

just to prevent... so that religion disappears from the world, because religion can exist only in the

individual, never in the collective.

Do you have any organizations of love? – Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mohammedanism?

Love is simply individual; so is prayer, because prayer is nothing but the most purified form of love.

Love is towards another individual; prayer is towards the whole existence.

To destroy religion, the most clever and cunning way has been to organize it, to give religion a

priesthood, to give religion a fixed holy scripture. Life never remains fixed, it goes on moving; and

you go on carrying a dead scripture which has lost all relevance to reality. You go on listening to

the priests – who do not speak out of their experience, who are simply parrots repeating what the

tradition has given to them. Religion is always fresh and new. To make it old and ancient is to kill it.

This has to be understood very clearly – only then Zarathustra may be able to reach to your heart.

FOLLOWING HIS SPEECH ABOUT THE ULTIMATE MAN, ZARATHUSTRA REALIZES THAT THE

PEOPLE HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD HIM...

One of my friends, an old man, but he loved me tremendously.... There were only two men in India

who were called Mahatmas, ‘great souls’ – one was Mahatma Gandhi and another was this old

man, Mahatma Bhagwandin. He once said to me, ”If you are understood, know well, you must not

be saying the truth. If you are misunderstood, there is a possibility that perhaps you have uttered the

truth.” It is a strange fate that misunderstanding by the people should become the definition of truth.

But he was right. People have been living in lies for centuries. So whenever somebody realizes the

truth, it is bound to be misunderstood.

... FOR THEY NOW CRY OUT TO HIM FOR THE ULTIMATE MAN. He was talking about the

ultimate man to condemn humanity. It was a very philosophical way of saying to man, ”If you go

on growing the way you are, you will become the ultimate man, and the ultimate man is the most

contemptible thing possible. And it is time that rather than moving towards the ultimate man, you

should change your path towards the superman.”

The superman is not a continuity with you. The ultimate man is only the fulfillment of all your

ignorance, all your jealousies, all your anger, hatred. All that is ugly in you will come to its climax –

that is the ultimate man. The ultimate man is your continuity. He was condemning the ultimate man

to make you aware that there is still time to prevent the ultimate man.

The superman is not a continuity with you – he is discontinuous. You simply disappear with all your

ugly desires and give place to a new man, to a new humanity. But the people have misunderstood

Zarathustra, as they have always misunderstood. Now they are asking him, ”Give us the ultimate

man.”

They think that the ultimate man is the highest evolved man. The ultimate man is just the most

degraded, the most spiritually sick, the last man – because he will lose any interest in creativity, in

love, in prayer. The ultimate man has come to the dead end of the street, although he will feel that he

has reached the goal and he has found happiness. But his happiness is going to be more miserable

than your misery. He is simply your magnified form. Zarathustra’s idea was not to condemn you

directly, because that hurts your ego and you stop listening. It is better, he thought, to condemn your

magnified form so that you can see clearly where you are going, where you are going to land – you

are going to land in a graveyard. But just not to hurt your pride, he used a beautiful word for it: the

ultimate man. But people still misunderstood him.

First they misunderstood him because he was using the word ”contempt” for humanity. He changed

the word; it was going against their pride. He used a word that is an indirect attack, but his approach

remains the same; and the people also remain the same in their ignorance. Now they are crying out

to him for the ultimate man, ”Give us the ultimate man!” Telling him he can have the superman,

”You can have the superman; we want the ultimate man.”

WHILE HE PONDERS ON THIS, THE TIGHT-ROPE WALKER BEGINS HIS ACT – WALKING

ACROSS A ROPE SUSPENDED HIGH ABOVE THE PEOPLE IN THE MARKET SQUARE,

BETWEEN TWO TOWERS.

WHEN HE REACHES THE MIDPOINT, SUDDENLY A FIGURE DRESSED AS A BUFFOON

APPEARS FROM ONE OF THE TOWERS AND PROCEEDS TO FOLLOW THE TIGHT-ROPE

WALKER, SHOUTING OUT AND ABUSING HIM. HE MAKES TO JUMP OVER THE TIGHTROPE

WALKER, WHO LOSES HIS BALANCE AND FALLS, LANDING QUITE CLOSE TO WHERE

ZARATHUSTRA IS STANDING.

ZARATHUSTRA STAYS WITH THE DYING MAN LONG AFTER EVENING HAS COME AND

THE CROWD DISAPPEARED. LATER IN THE NIGHT THE MAN DIES, AND ZARATHUSTRA

DETERMINES TO LEAVE THE TOWN, AND BURY THE BODY WITH HIS OWN HANDS. HE

MEETS WITH THE BUFFOON, WHO TELLS HIM HE IS HATED IN THE TOWN; THAT IT IS GOOD

THAT HE IS LEAVING; AND WITH SOME GRAVEDIGGERS, WHO MAKE FUN OF HIS CARRYING

A CORPSE.

He has done no harm to the people; but to tell the truth has always been an invitation for people

to hate you. Nobody wants to know the truth, because it shatters their lies – and their whole life

consists of lies; it is based on lies.

Every child is fed all kinds of lies with the mother’s milk. Naturally the man of truth is going to be

hated. He is a disturber. You are feeling very comfortable with your lies, and suddenly he comes

and creates doubts in you, disturbs your faith. You lose the old confidence – it is natural that you will

hate this man.

P. D. Ouspensky, one of George Gurdjieff’s best disciples, who made Gurdjieff known all over the

world, otherwise Gurdjieff would have died absolutely unknown... perhaps known to a few people.

He wrote a book, IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS, and dedicated the book to George Gurdjieff.

The dedication is beautiful. The book is about Gurdjieff’s teachings; its subtitle is FRAGMENTS OF

AN UNKNOWN TEACHING. In the dedication he says, ”To George Gurdjieff, the disturber of my

sleep.”

But it is very difficult not to hate these kind of people, who disturb your sleep, your comfortable lies,

your convenient lies, your consolations.

The buffoon and a few gravediggers laugh at him. They have always laughed. Whatever they cannot

understand... they cannot even accept the fact that they have not understood it, because that will

show their ignorance. By laughing, they are pretending that they understand everything. You are

simply being stupid, talking of things which go against the tradition, against the orthodoxy, against

conventions. You are simply being stupid, telling people things which are going to disturb their

comfortable life.

Is it a comfortable life?, or a comfortable death? Is it sleep that these people like Zarathustra

disturb?, or is it your death? – because sleep is a miniature death. The man of truth wants you not

only to be disturbed in your sleep, but to be disturbed in your death. Only disturbance may wake you

up.

But people love convenience. Who cares about truth or lies? Very few people are interested in

knowing the truth, at the cost of losing their old comfort. And you cannot blame them either, because

they don’t know that comfort is not blissfulness, that convenience is not ecstasy, that somehow just

to drag yourself from the cradle to the grave is not life.

AFTER HAVING SOUGHT FOOD FROM AN OLD MAN ALONG THE WAY, ZARATHUSTRA

FINDS HIMSELF IN THE FOREST, AND HAVING LAID DOWN HIS DEAD COMPANION, FINALLY

SLEEPS. HOURS LATER, HE AWAKENS....

AND THEN HE SPOKE TO HIS HEART THUS:

A LIGHT HAS DAWNED FOR ME: I NEED COMPANIONS, LIVING ONES, NOT DEAD

COMPANIONS AND CORPSES WHICH I CARRY WITH ME WHEREVER I WISH.

BUT I NEED LIVING COMPANIONS WHO FOLLOW ME BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FOLLOW

THEMSELVES – AND WHO WANT TO GO WHERE I WANT TO GO.

A LIGHT HAS DAWNED FOR ME: ZARATHUSTRA SHALL NOT SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE BUT

TO COMPANIONS!

I was saying to you last night that Zarathustra comes so close to my heart for the simple reason,

that his experiences are exactly my experiences. I don’t want any followers either; I don’t want any

believers, I don’t want a crowd. I have dropped the idea of being concerned about humanity – they

are not going to listen. It is a hopeless task. And wasting my time with those who cannot even

understand is a great wastage, because the same time can be given to those few who can be fellow

travelers, who can be companions.

Why does he think he needs companions – not believers, but friends; and living ones? Because

the world is so full of dead people. Most people die long before their actual death. People die

nearabout the age of thirty, although their actual death may happen nearabout eighty. For fifty years

they appear to be alive, but there is no life in them, no song in them, no dance in them. Why they

are living, they know not.

Who are they? – they have never asked the question. Why they are here, from where they have

come, to where they are going – they will tell you, ”Don’t raise such questions, because they disturb

our peace. And it does not matter from where we come and to where we are going.” They have no

interest in discovering the meaning of life, the significance of their own being. They have no interest

in their own roots or in their own flowers.

The hippies used to say a very significant thing: never believe a man beyond the age of thirty,

because most people die at thirty. There was some fragment of truth in it. It is very rare to find

a man living at the time of actual death. It is possible only if you go on growing, if you go on

discovering, if you go on loving, if you go on singing, if you go on dancing; if you never lose interest,

if existence remains always a wonder to you, and you have the eyes of an innocent child, so full of

wonder that each and every thing is a mystery to you. Then you will live to the very end of this life;

not only will you live to the very end of this life – such a man knows no death.

Death happens only to dead people.+ If a man has been alive, full of juice, full of youth, his last

breath is only the death of the body. His consciousness, which is so alive, goes on dancing into

another form on a higher level. He knows no death; he knows death as a freedom from a prison. He

was confined in a small body which was going to be sick, which was going to be old, and now he is

free from it and he is moving into a fresh and new body. And if this aliveness comes to its ultimate

expression, he is not going to be confined in any body anymore, he will be part of the universal life

– formless, infinite, and eternal. This is our real home: eternal immortality, universal existence.

But millions of people are concerned only with trivia. They are in the majority, in a big majority; and

that majority helps them to remain dead, because they find everybody else is just like them. That is

the reason why they don’t like strangers, they don’t like outsiders like Zarathustra. They are not the

same as the crowd. They create suspicion. They create doubt about their own life, about their own

style, about what they are doing. But the majority is doing the same thing: it is a great confirmation

that whatever you are doing must be right – because the whole world is doing it.

But all the evolution that has happened – it is not much, but whatever evolution has happened in

consciousness – the credit for it goes to a few strangers like Zarathustra, a few outsiders who risked

their life to be hated, to be condemned, to be misunderstood, to be laughed at. They are the only

people who are the very salt of the earth – without them humanity would have remained part of the

animal kingdom. The little difference that has arisen between you and the animals is the contribution

of these outsiders, whom you have rewarded greatly: by crucifying them, by stoning them to death,

by poisoning them....

I NEED COMPANIONS, LIVING ONES, NOT DEAD COMPANIONS AND CORPSES WHICH I

CARRY WITH ME WHEREVER I WISH.

What are the believers? They may be believing in one religion or in another – they are not

companions. In fact a Christian will feel that it is sacrilegious to feel himself a friend of Jesus.

Jesus is God; they are poor human beings. A Hindu will not be able to conceive of himself as a

companion of Krishna or Rama. He can worship them, but he cannot dance with them.

Why is Zarathustra interested in companions? Because no man of his caliber, of his consciousness,

would like to reduce you to blind followers, to blind worshipers – it is simply disgusting. He wants

friends, fellow travelers in the search of truth.

BUT I NEED LIVING COMPANIONS WHO FOLLOW ME... not because following is going to give

them truth, they follow me ... BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FOLLOW THEMSELVES. This is a very

significant statement: They are not following me blindly, they are following me with clear insight that

this is the way to follow themselves.

You are here. Nobody is a follower here, everybody is a fellow traveler. You are all together, not

because you believe in a certain theology, religion, philosophy, but because you are all interested in

the search for truth. That is the only binding thing between you; otherwise, you are all individuals.

There is no contract, there is no savior; all are searching, and it is helpful to search together. Things

become simpler. Somebody may find something and may make it available to all, somebody may

find something else... and existence is so full of treasures that you can all find treasures and share

them with each other – this is companionship.

All the religions have depended on believers. Zarathustra gives a new insight: believers are

dangerous. They are not seekers, they are not searchers; they are simply believing in someone

who pretends to be their savior. He will find the truth; they have only to believe in him. Truth is not

found that way. Everybody has to seek and search.

Yes, seekers can have a togetherness, but it is a togetherness only of friendship. Nobody is trying

to mold you according to certain ideals. You are accepted as you are, you are loved as you are;

you are nourished by all the companions, with their friendship, with their tenderness. You are all

encouraged by everybody else. Alone you may get discouraged, because the search is in the area

of the unknown, and finally the search will be in the area of the unknowable. It is good to have

companions. There will be dark nights.

I am reminded of a very famous Persian song in which there are a few lines which say, ”The night

is dark, sing a little loudly, dance a little more madly; one does not know when the dawn will come.”

But when you are so many you can help even those who are weaker, with your strength. You can

sing loudly and you can dance madly, because who knows how long the night is going to be dark?

Who knows when the dawn will come?

AND WHO WANT TO GO WHERE I WANT TO GO. It is not following. Zarathustra is saying, ”I am a

seeker of truth and I will find companions who also want to seek, to search.” Among the Sufis there

is a small sect which is called the Seekers: that is their name. They are all companions. And in this

unknown world, in this mysterious existence, it is better to have companions with you. One can be

lost, but companions can manage even to find the lost one.

A LIGHT HAS DAWNED FOR ME: ZARATHUSTRA SHALL NOT SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE – he

has dropped the hope of transforming humanity – but only to companions.

After twenty-five centuries I have come to the same conclusion: that I will speak only to sannyasins

– that is my name for companions – that I will not speak to the people. It is sheer wastage. Time

is precious and very limited, and I would like to devote my whole energy to those who are ready

to go into the search; who have not gathered to see a rope walker, who have not gathered for

entertainment.

One of my friends met Krishnamurti just three days before he died. He reported to me that

Krishnamurti was very sad and the only thing he said was, ”I worked hard to reach people, but

rather than transforming them I have simply spent my own energy, just like a river getting lost in a

desert. The people who have been listening to me have thought it not more than good entertainment.

The very word entertainment hurts me – that my whole life has been the life of an entertainer.”

And it seems so. He died and there has not been even a small stir anywhere, all over the earth.

A man who lived for ninety years and has been serving humanity since he was twenty-five – and

it seems he has been dead for centuries. Nobody thinks about him, nobody is concerned that he

needs at least some homage. He was one of the greatest giants of this century, but the Nobel Prize

committee never even considered his name – because he was not a politician.

In the beginning he was also trying to reach to the people. But he was opposed by churches, by

religions, condemned by all the priests; slowly, slowly he dropped the idea of humanity.

He had a few people, in a few cities of the world. In India he used to visit only New Delhi, Bombay,

Varanasi and Rishi Valley, where he has one of his schools – just four places; and the same was true

around the world. In these places almost the same people heard him for thirty years, forty years,

fifty years.... Still it is very saddening that people who heard him for fifty years continually have not

changed a little bit. He could not manage to find the companions. He tried his best. But humanity

is becoming more and more adamant, more and more sleepy, drugged, more and more dead. It is

becoming very difficult to wake people up.

ZARATHUSTRA SHALL NOT BE HERDSMAN AND DOG TO THE HERD! Even five hundred years

before Jesus Christ, Zarathustra had a far greater insight. Jesus was continually saying, ”I am the

shepherd and you are all my sheep.” This is a humiliation. It does not appear right on the lips of

Jesus, but he repeats it continually.

He escaped from Judea. There was not any resurrection – because he was never dead. The Jewish

cross is the most painful way of killing a man, because a man dies, drop by drop. A healthy man will

take at least forty-eight hours, hanging on the cross, before he dies. And Jesus was only thirty-three

years old – healthy and young; after six hours his body had to be brought down.

That was a conspiracy between one of Jesus’ rich followers and the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate:

that Jesus should be crucified on Friday – and make it as late as possible, because Jews stop all

kinds of work at sunset. Their sabbath, their holy day, begins, and when the holy day is there,

nothing can be done. So it was postponed. They tried to gain some time. In the afternoon he was

crucified, and by the evening he had to be brought down, because now he would have to be crucified

again.

He was alive, although he had fallen into a kind of coma, so much blood had flowed out of his body.

A Roman soldier was guarding the cave, and everything was arranged that he should be removed

from the cave. It would take a few days for him to be healed – but take him out of Judea, so he is

beyond the power of the Jews.

In his youth he had been to India. There are records in the Buddhist monastery in Ladakh that he

had visited Ladakh, and he had remained in the monastery for few months, to understand Buddhism.

When he had to leave Judea he thought of Kashmir again. He lived to be one hundred and twelve

years old in Kashmir, in a small village. I remembered it, because the village is still called the ”village

of the shepherd”: Pahalgam – that is the Kashmiri translation of the ”village of the shepherd.” Still his

grave is there, with Hebrew inscriptions. His name is not ”Jesus” on the grave, but ”Joshua,” which

was his actual name, given by his parents. ”Joshua” is Hebrew. It became ”Jesus” when Christian

gospels were translated into Greek.

Greeks have given you two things: they changed the name ”Joshua” into ”Jesus” and they also

changed – they had to change, whenever you translate from one language to another, changes

happen – ”messiah” into ”Christ.” Jesus Christ himself never heard that he would be known as

”Jesus Christ,” in the whole world. He knew his name was Joshua and he was the messiah of God.

”Christ” is a Greek word for ”messiah.”

Jesus had never thought himself, that he was a Christian. He could not have thought about it. He

had no knowledge even of Hebrew – he was uneducated. He spoke a language, Aramaic, which is

a primitive kind of Hebrew, used by villagers.

Nobody amongst his followers ever said to him, ”Is it right that you should call yourself the shepherd

and reduce us from human beings to sheep?” But in a way he was right: the crowds of humanity are

nothing but crowds of sheep.

Lions move alone. Kabir has a statement: ”Lions and saints never move in a crowd. They are

enough unto themselves.” Only sheep – full of fear, afraid to be alone – live in a crowd, move in

a crowd. Have you ever seen a crowd of sheep moving? They don’t even leave spaces between

two sheep, they are rubbing each other’s bodies. It is warm and cozy, and it gives them a certain

protection. Each sheep thinks, ”I am not alone. There are thousands of others with me.”

Five hundred years before Jesus, Zarathustra says, ZARATHUSTRA SHALL NOT BE HERDSMAN

AND DOG TO THE HERD! He wants only to be a companion, a friend. TO LURE MANY AWAY

FROM THE HERD – THAT IS WHY I HAVE COME. He has come from the mountains to lure many

away from the herd, from the crowd of people – THAT’S WHY I HAVE COME. THE PEOPLE AND

THE HERD SHALL BE ANGRY WITH ME – obviously. I know it by my own experience. The whole

world is angry with me, and their anger has a logic behind it. I am taking a few courageous people

out of their herds, out of their folds.

The German government is the most angry. In their parliament they even discussed it, that once

German young men and women go to this dangerous man, something happens to them: they come

back totally changed. ”In the first place, many of them never come back. In the second place, if they

come back they are no more part of our crowd. They are no longer Christians, they are no longer

Germans.”

THE PEOPLE AND THE HERD SHALL BE ANGRY WITH ME: THE HERDSMAN SHALL CALL

ZARATHUSTRA A ROBBER. He is absolutely right. Just a few days ago, it was reported to me that

the American government has finally succeeded in putting my name on the wanted list of criminals

with Interpol – the International Police. Now I am a ”wanted criminal.”

I am not hiding – but it is just to make every government antagonistic to me. There is no crime that

I have committed, but any government seeing my name among the ”wanted criminals” – those are

the international criminals – will immediately stop me if I ever want to enter their country. Interpol

cannot do anything – because I have not done anything. But just the name on the list will help the

American government to convince other governments that the man is an international criminal.

If to help people to become lions instead of sheep is a crime, I am a criminal. If to help people to be

just human beings – not Christians, not Jews, not Hindus – is a crime, I am an international criminal.

And all the religions will agree, because nobody wants their sheep to be taken away from the fold. I

am a robber.

No country wants nationality to be condemned. I am against nationality, because it is one of the

worst things that has happened in the world. I want a world without nations. Nationality is not

something to be glorified; it is the cause of all the wars, all the bloodshed. Naturally, all the nations

will agree I am an international criminal.

Zarathustra’s insight is immense: I SAY HERDSMEN, BUT THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE GOOD

AND THE JUST. I SAY HERDSMEN: BUT THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE FAITHFUL OF THE

TRUE FAITH.

BEHOLD THE GOOD AND THE JUST! WHOM DO THEY HATE MOST? HIM WHO SMASHES

THEIR TABLES OF VALUES, THE BREAKER, THE LAWBREAKER – BUT HE IS THE CREATOR....

The British parliament decided that I cannot enter England because I don’t believe in any kind of

law. The American government has been telling every other government that I am a law breaker.

But those laws are the reason that thousands of people are behind bars. They should be in the

hospitals, in the psychiatric wards; they need treatment, they need loving tenderness. It is the

society which is responsible for making them murderers or rapists or thieves – but nobody punishes

the society. The victims are punished. Why should a man rape if all the societies were not so much

obsessed with sex and its repression?

It is the religions and the societies who are against sex, which are causing all kinds of perversions.

The rapist is one of the perversions. The man needs psychiatric help, not a punishment in a jail,

because in jail he will become more perverted.

America has just accepted that thirty percent of prisoners in the jails are homosexuals; and whenever

a government accepts anything, multiply it by three. If they say thirty percent, that means ninety

percent. Not less than that. And they are enforcing that no homosexuality should happen in the jails;

otherwise, their jail term will be lengthened. And the prisoners have raised their voices, ”It is none

of your business.”

If two persons are willing to have a relationship and you don’t allow women in the men’s ward....

Women have a separate jail, men have a separate jail. Let men and women be together in the same

jail and homosexuality will disappear. But to force people... and one day they will be out of jail; after

ten years repression of their sexuality they will not be in control. They will rape – and then again the

law will throw them into jail. And it is the jail that created the rapist. It is a vicious circle.

You think it is the criminals who made the law necessary? Or is it the law which needs criminals;

otherwise, all the judges, all the advocates, all the attorneys will be out of employment? They both

need each other. The business goes on perfectly well. Criminals are needed for judges to be judges,

for great advocates and experts of law to earn immense money; to have jailers and a great staff to

control the prisoners.

Somewhere the vicious circle has to be broken; the causes should be removed. And if still somebody

is found committing a crime for which no reasonable cause exists, there is no need to send him to

the court. He needs careful psychological treatment. Something is wrong – either in his chemistry,

or in his biology, or in his mind – which is treatable.

Perhaps the rapist has more hormones of sexuality than ordinary people; this has been suggested

by psychologists. All that is needed is that his extra hormones should be removed – or antibodies

which can nullify the extra hormones in his body should be injected. When he commits a rape, he

commits it almost under compulsion; he cannot resist, he cannot control himself.

Yes, I am not a blind follower of law. Laws were made in the past. We have to live in the present.

And we will have to live in the future. And there are so many stupid laws which make man commit

crimes.

There is a certain limit in India. If your profits go beyond that limit, then you have to pay one hundred

percent taxation. Now why should one work hard to create so much profit that one hundred percent

will be taken by the government as tax? If he has the capacity to produce that profit, naturally he

will not show it in his books. It is the government who is forcing the man to commit a crime. One

hundred percent taxation cannot be supported on any grounds. In fact, the man who produces that

much profit should be rewarded by the government, rather than punished.

My logic is very clear. If a man produces a certain amount of profit, he should be given a hundred

percent reward on it. That will become an incentive for other people to create more and more profit.

In a poor country we need more profit, we need more productivity.

And these are not the only laws. There are conventions of the society which function almost like

laws. You cannot go against the conventions. Even today, in Hindu society, the lowest and the

poorest strata called sudras, untouchables, are not allowed to read the religious scriptures. That

would be breaking the conventional law of the society. Strange, you want people to be religious,

you want people to be honest, sincere, truthful, moral, and you don’t allow them even to read the

scriptures.

And if some sudras revolt against it, their whole villages are burnt, along with living people. Even

today, almost every alternate day, there are reports from different parts of the country that a sudra

village has been burnt. It is easy, because sudras cannot live in the city. They have to live outside

the city, and they are so poor they cannot have houses made of concrete and steel. Their houses

are made of grass. Just a single man with a lighted torch runs through the village putting fire to

every house, and finishes the whole village.

Laws that are against human evolution, laws that are inhuman, laws that make a society poor, laws

that go against scientific discoveries should be dropped. Because Zarathustra is right: these law

breakers are the only creators. Only they sacrifice themselves for humanity to be a little better.

THE CREATOR SEEKS COMPANIONS, NOT CORPSES OR HERDS OR BELIEVERS. THE

CREATOR SEEKS FELLOW-CREATORS, THOSE WHO INSCRIBE NEW VALUES ON NEW

TABLES.

THE CREATOR SEEKS COMPANIONS AND FELLOW-HARVESTERS: FOR WITH HIM

EVERYTHING IS RIPE FOR HARVESTING. BUT HE LACKS HIS HUNDRED SICKLES: SO HE

TEARS OFF THE EARS OF CORN AND IS VEXED.

THE CREATOR SEEKS COMPANIONS AND SUCH AS KNOW HOW TO WHET THEIR SICKLES.

THEY WILL BE CALLED DESTROYERS AND DESPISERS OF GOOD AND EVIL, BUT THEY ARE

HARVESTERS AND REJOICERS.

It is absolutely unbelievable that twenty-five centuries ago insights of such tremendous value were

possible to a man.

The crowd, the people, will condemn all the rebels, all the rebellious spirits, as destroyers. But to

create, one has to destroy. Unless you destroy the false, you cannot create the real. Unless you

destroy the ugly, you cannot create the beautiful. Unless you destroy the lies, you cannot make

place for the truth. The creators have always been called DESTROYERS AND DESPISERS OF

GOOD AND EVIL. And who decides what is good and what is evil? Who has the right to decide it?

In different societies, different things are thought to be good; different things are thought to be evil.

I used to move around India. I came up against many strange conventions. In Rajasthan there is a

tribe of nomads; these are the forefathers, the original tribe, from which gypsies in Europe branched

off. The gypsies are from Rajasthan. They still speak Hindi – of course with a few distortions. They

have been called gypsies, because first they reached Egypt and remained in Egypt, and from Egypt

they moved to Europe. Because of Egypt they became ”gypsies.” But now it is well established

their language is Rajasthani Hindi, their stories are about Rama and Krishna. Their original home is

Rajasthan, and in Rajasthan the nomads still exist.

They have a strange idea: whenever a young man is to be married, he has to prove how many times

he has been jailed for theft – that is a qualification. If a young man has not been a thief and has

not been jailed, it is very difficult for him to find a wife. Who is going to give his daughter to this

good-for-nothing?

In my own home town I had a friend, a Marwadi. They also come from Rajasthan, they are the

richest people in India. I used to go to his home and when the time of his marriage came, I became

aware of a strange convention. A boy in a Marwadi family gets the most beautiful wife according to

a certain rule: how many times his family has been bankrupt. Because Marwadis are very clever –

so whenever they have enough money and prestige, they simply go bankrupt.

Of course in that same place they cannot stay any longer. They move to other parts of the country.

And they have the money, they are not really bankrupt. Each bankruptcy means a great deal of

money.... So the parents of the daughter enquire, ”How many times has your family been bankrupt?”

– that is a criterion whether you are rich enough or not.

What is good and what is evil? As far as conventions in the world are concerned they have all grown

out of the unconscious mind of man. The real criterion of good and evil is only one – and that is

possible if you are fully conscious: only the fully awakened and enlightened person knows what is

good and what is bad. And how does he know it? The enlightened person cannot do anything bad;

that is just impossible for him. So that which is impossible for the enlightened man to do is bad, and

that which he enjoys doing is good. Except that, all other criteria are arbitrary.

Humanity will know what is good and bad only when millions of people are awakened. In your deep

sleep and unconsciousness, you cannot decide what is good and what is bad; you simply carry the

old heritage. But according to Zarathustra, these people who will be despised, who will be hated,

who will be called destroyers are really the harvesters and rejoicers.

I WILL NOT BE HERDSMAN OR GRAVEDIGGER. I WILL NOT SPEAK AGAIN TO THE PEOPLE:

I HAVE SPOKEN TO A DEAD MAN FOR THE LAST TIME.

I WILL MAKE COMPANY WITH CREATORS, WITH HARVESTERS, WITH REJOICERS: I WILL

SHOW THEM THE RAINBOW AND THE STAIRWAY TO THE SUPERMAN.

THUS BEGAN ZARATHUSTRA’S DOWN-GOING.

My definition of religion is not renunciation of the world, but rejoicing in the world. The world is an

opportunity to rejoice. Only idiots, cowards, renounce it. Those who are intelligent, those who are

brave enough, rejoice in it. Rejoicing should be the foundation of all true religion – not renouncing,

but rejoicing.

Zarathustra is a life-affirmative mystic. Enjoy life. Squeeze from every moment its whole juice,

because it is a gift of God, a gift of existence, and to renounce it is simply going against existence,

going against God.

There are difficulties in the world, but the difficulties are because you are not intelligent enough to

solve them. And by escaping from the world you will not become intelligent; you will become even

more retarded.

An authentic religion will make people more intelligent, more conscious, more rejoicing. A life of

song and dance is the only religious life.

... Thus spake Zarathustra.

Okay, Maneesha?

Yes, Osho.

 

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  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 1: Prologue Part 1
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 1: Prologue Part 1, WHEN ZARATHUSTRA WAS THIRTY YEARS OLD, HE LEFT HIS HOME AND THE LAKE OF HIS HOME AND WENT INTO THE MOUNTAINS. HERE HE HAD THE ENJOYMENT OF HIS SPIRIT AND HIS SOLITUDE AND HE DID NOT WEARY OF IT FOR TEN YEARS. BUT AT LAST HIS HEART TURNED – AND ONE MORNING HE ROSE WITH THE DAWN, STEPPED BEFORE THE SUN AND SPOKE TO IT THUS: GREAT STAR! WHAT WOULD YOUR HAPPINESS BE, IF YOU HAD NOT THOSE FOR WHOM YOU SHINE! YOU HAVE COME UP HERE TO MY CAVE FOR TEN YEARS: YOU WOULD HAVE GROWN WEARY OF YOUR LIGHT AND OF THIS JOURNEY, WITHOUT ME, MY EAGLE AND MY SERPENT at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 2: Prologue Part 2
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 2: Prologue Part 2, ZARATHUSTRA WENT DOWN THE MOUNTAIN ALONE, AND NO ONE MET HIM. BUT WHEN HE ENTERED THE FOREST, AN OLD MAN, WHO HAD LEFT HIS HOLY HUT TO LOOK FOR ROOTS IN THE FOREST, SUDDENLY STOOD BEFORE HIM. AND THE OLD MAN SPOKE THUS TO ZARATHUSTRA: ‘THIS WANDERER IS NO STRANGER TO ME: HE PASSED BY HERE MANY YEARS AGO. HE WAS CALLED ZARATHUSTRA; BUT HE HAS CHANGED. ‘THEN YOU CARRIED YOUR ASHES TO THE MOUNTAINS: WILL YOU TODAY CARRY YOUR FIRE INTO THE VALLEYS? DO YOU NOT FEAR AN INCENDIARY’S PUNISHMENT? ‘YES, I RECOGNIZE ZARATHUSTRA. HIS EYES ARE CLEAR, AND NO DISGUST LURKS ABOUT HIS MOUTH. DOES HE NOT GO ALONG LIKE A DANCER? ‘HOW CHANGED ZARATHUSTRA IS! ZARATHUSTRA HAS BECOME – A CHILD, AN AWAKENED-ONE: WHAT DO YOU WANT NOW WITH THE SLEEPERS? ‘YOU LIVED IN SOLITUDE AS IN THE SEA, AND THE SEA BORE YOU. ALAS, DO YOU WANT TO GO ASHORE? ALAS, DO YOU WANT AGAIN TO DRAG YOUR BODY YOURSELF? at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 3: Prologue Part 3
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 3: Prologue Part 3, WHEN ZARATHUSTRA ARRIVED AT THE NEAREST OF THE TOWNS LYING AGAINST THE FOREST, HE FOUND IN THAT VERY PLACE MANY PEOPLE ASSEMBLED IN THE MARKET SQUARE: FOR IT HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGHT-ROPE WALKER WOULD BE APPEARING. AND ZARATHUSTRA SPOKE THUS TO THE PEOPLE: I TEACH YOU THE SUPERMAN. MAN IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE OVERCOME. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO OVERCOME HIM? ALL CREATURES HITHERTO HAVE CREATED SOMETHING BEYOND THEMSELVES: AND DO YOU WANT TO BE THE EBB OF THIS GREAT TIDE, AND RETURN TO THE ANIMALS RATHER THAN OVERCOME MAN? WHAT IS THE APE TO MEN? A LAUGHING-STOCK OR A PAINFUL EMBARRASSMENT. AND JUST SO SHALL MAN BE TO THE SUPERMAN: A LAUGHING-STOCK OR A PAINFUL EMBARRASSMENT. YOU HAVE MADE YOUR WAY FROM WORM TO MAN, AND MUCH IN YOU IS STILL WORM. ONCE YOU WERE APES, AND EVEN NOW MAN IS MORE OF AN APE THAN ANY APE. BUT HE WHO IS THE WISEST AMONG YOU, HE ALSO IS ONLY A DISCORD AND HYBRID OF PLANT AND OF GHOST. BUT DO I BID YOU BECOME GHOSTS OR PLANTS? at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 4: Prologue 4
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 4: Prologue 4, WHAT IS THE GREATEST THING YOU CAN EXPERIENCE? IT IS THE HOUR OF THE GREAT CONTEMPT. THE HOUR IN WHICH EVEN YOUR HAPPINESS GROWS LOATHSOME TO YOU, AND YOUR REASON AND YOUR VIRTUE ALSO. THE HOUR WHEN YOU SAY: ‘WHAT GOOD IS MY HAPPINESS? IT IS POVERTY AND DIRT AND A MISERABLE EASE. BUT MY HAPPINESS SHOULD JUSTIFY EXISTENCE ITSELF!’ THE HOUR WHEN YOU SAY: ‘WHAT GOOD IS MY REASON? DOES IT LONG FOR KNOWLEDGE AS THE LION FOR ITS FOOD? IT IS POVERTY AND DIRT AND A MISERABLE EASE!’ THE HOUR WHEN YOU SAY: ‘WHAT GOOD IS MY VIRTUE? IT HAS NOT YET DRIVEN ME MAD! HOWTIRED I AM OF MY GOOD AND MY EVIL! IT IS ALL POVERTY AND DIRT AND MISERABLE EASE!.... THE HOUR WHEN YOU SAY, ‘WHAT GOOD IS MY PITY? IS NOT PITY THE CROSS UPON WHICH HE WHO LOVES MAN IS NAILED? BUT MY PITY IS NO CRUCIFIXION!’ HAVE YOU EVER SPOKEN THUS? HAVE YOU EVER CRIED THUS? AH, THAT I HAD HEARD YOU CRYING THUS! at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 5: Prologue Part 5
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 5: Prologue Part 5, WHEN ZARATHUSTRA HAD SPOKEN THESE WORDS HE LOOKED AGAIN AT THE PEOPLE AND FELL SILENT. THERE THEY STAND (HE SAID TO HIS HEART), THERE THEY LAUGH: THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND ME, I AM NOT THE MOUTH FOR THESE EARS. MUST ONE FIRST SHATTER THEIR EARS TO TEACH THEM TO HEAR WITH THEIR EYES? MUST ONE RUMBLE LIKE DRUMS AND LENTEN PREACHERS? OR DO THEY BELIEVE ONLY THOSE WHO STAMMER? THEY HAVE SOMETHING OF WHICH THEY ARE PROUD. WHAT IS IT CALLED THAT MAKES THEM PROUD? THEY CALL IT CULTURE, IT DISTINGUISHES THEM FROM THE GOATHERDS. THEREFORE THEY DISLIKE HEARING THE WORD ’CONTEMPT’ SPOKEN OF THEM. SO I SHALL SPEAK TO THEIR PRIDE. SO I SHALL SPEAK TO THEM OF THE MOST CONTEMPTIBLE MAN: AND THAT IS THE ULTIMATE MAN. AND THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA TO THE PEOPLE: IT IS TIME FOR MAN TO FIX HIS GOAL. IT IS TIME FOR MAN TO PLANT THE SEED OF HIS HIGHEST HOPE at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 6: Prologue Part 6
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 6: Prologue Part 6, FOLLOWING HIS SPEECH ABOUT THE ULTIMATE MAN, ZARATHUSTRA REALIZES THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD HIM, FOR THEY NOW CRY OUT TO HIM FOR THE ULTIMATE MAN, TELLING HIM HE CAN HAVE THE SUPERMAN. WHILE HE PONDERS ON THIS, THE TIGHT-ROPE WALKER BEGINS HIS ACT – WALKING ACROSS A ROPE SUSPENDED HIGH ABOVE THE PEOPLE IN THE MARKET SQUARE, BETWEEN TWO TOWERS. WHEN HE REACHES THE MID-POINT, SUDDENLY A FIGURE DRESSED AS A BUFFOON APPEARS FROM ONE OF THE TOWERS, AND PROCEEDS TO FOLLOW THE TIGHT-ROPE WALKER, SHOUTING OUT AND ABUSING HIM. HE MAKES TO JUMP OVER THE TIGHTROPE WALKER, WHO LOSES HIS BALANCE AND FALLS, LANDING QUITE CLOSE TO WHERE ZARATHUSTRA IS STANDING. ZARATHUSTRA STAYS WITH THE DYING MAN LONG AFTER EVENING HAS COME AND THE CROWD DISPERSED at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 7: Of the three metamorphoses
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 7: Of the three metamorphoses, I NAME YOU THREE METAMORPHOSES OF THE SPIRIT: HOW THE SPIRIT SHALL BECOME A CAMEL, AND THE CAMEL A LION, AND THE LION AT LAST A CHILD. THERE ARE MANY HEAVY THINGS FOR THE SPIRIT, FOR THE STRONG, WEIGHT-BEARING SPIRIT IN WHICH DWELL RESPECT AND AWE: ITS STRENGTH LONGS FOR THE HEAVY, FOR THE HEAVIEST. WHAT IS HEAVY? THUS ASKS THE WEIGHT-BEARING SPIRIT, THUS IT KNEELS DOWN LIKE THE CAMEL AND WANTS TO BE WELL LADEN. WHAT IS THE HEAVIEST THING, YOU HEROES? SO ASKS THE WEIGHT-BEARING SPIRIT, THAT I MAY TAKE IT UPON ME AND REJOICE IN MY STRENGTH. IS IT NOT THIS: TO DEBASE YOURSELF IN ORDER TO INJURE YOUR PRIDE?... OR IS IT THIS: TO DESERT OUR CAUSE WHEN IT IS CELEBRATING ITS VICTORY? TO CLIMB HIGH MOUNTAINS IN ORDER TO TEMPT THE TEMPTER?... OR IS IT THIS: TO LOVE THOSE WHO DESPISE US AND TO OFFER OUR HAND TO THE GHOST WHEN IT WANTS TO FRIGHTEN US? at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 8: Of the despisers of the body and the joys and the passions
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 8: Of the despisers of the body and the joys and the passions, YOU SAY ‘I’ AND YOU ARE PROUD OF THIS WORD. BUT GREATER THAN THIS – ALTHOUGH YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE IN IT – IS YOUR BODY AND ITS GREAT INTELLIGENCE, WHICH DOES NOT SAY ‘I’ BUT PERFORMS ‘I’. WHAT THE SENSE FEELS, WHAT THE SPIRIT PERCEIVES, IS NEVER AN END IN ITSELF. BUT SENSE AND SPIRIT WOULD LIKE TO PERSUADE YOU THAT THEY ARE THE END OF ALL THINGS: THEY ARE AS VAIN AS THAT. SENSE AND SPIRIT ARE INSTRUMENTS AND TOYS: BEHIND THEM STILL LIES THE SELF. THE SELF SEEKS WITH THE EYES OF THE SENSE, IT LISTENS TOO WITH THE EARS OF THE SPIRIT. THE SELF IS ALWAYS LISTENING AND SEEKING: IT COMPARES, SUBDUES, CONQUERS, DESTROYS. IT RULES AND IS ALSO THE EGO’S RULER. BEHIND YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS, MY BROTHER, STANDS A MIGHTY COMMANDER, AN UNKNOWN SAGE – HE IS CALLED SELF. HE LIVES IN YOUR BODY, HE IS YOUR BODY. THERE IS MORE REASON IN YOUR BODY THAN IN YOUR BEST WISDOM. AND WHO KNOWS FOR WHAT PURPOSE YOUR BODY REQUIRES PRECISELY YOUR BEST WISDOM?... at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 9: Of live and love and of war and warriors
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 9: Of live and love and of war and warriors, WHAT HAVE WE IN COMMON WITH THE ROSEBUD, WHICH TREMBLES BECAUSE A DROP OF DEW IS LYING UPON IT? IT IS TRUE: WE LOVE LIFE, NOT BECAUSE WE ARE USED TO LIVING BUT BECAUSE WE ARE USED TO LOVING. THERE IS ALWAYS A CERTAIN MADNESS IN LOVE. BUT ALSO THERE IS ALWAYS A CERTAIN METHOD IN MADNESS. AND TO ME TOO, WHO LOVE LIFE, IT SEEMS THAT BUTTERFLIES AND SOAP-BUBBLES, AND WHATEVER IS LIKE THEM AMONG MEN, KNOW MOST ABOUT HAPPINESS. TO SEE THESE LIGHT, FOOLISH, DAINTY, AFFECTING LITTLE SOULS FLUTTER ABOUT – THAT MOVES ZARATHUSTRA TO TEARS AND TO SONG. I SHOULD BELIEVE ONLY IN A GOD WHO UNDERSTOOD HOW TO DANCE. OF WAR AND WARRIORS WE DO NOT WISH TO BE SPARED BY OUR BEST ENEMIES, NOR BY THOSE WHOM WE LOVE FROM THE VERY HEART. SO LET ME TELL YOU THE TRUTH! at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 10: Of the new idol and of the flies of the marketplace
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 10: Of the new idol and of the flies of the marketplace, THERE ARE STILL PEOPLES AND HERDS SOMEWHERE, BUT NOT WITH US, MY BROTHERS: HERE THERE ARE STATES.... THE STATE IS THE COLDEST OF ALL COLD MONSTERS. COLDLY IT LIES, TOO; AND THIS LIE CREEPS FROM ITS MOUTH: ’I, THE STATE, AM THE PEOPLE.’ IT IS A LIE! IT WAS CREATORS WHO CREATED PEOPLES AND HUNG A FAITH AND A LOVE OVER THEM: THUS THEY SERVED LIFE. IT IS DESTROYERS WHO SET SNARES FOR MANY AND CALL IT THE STATE: THEY HANG A SWORD AND A HUNDRED DESIRES OVER THEM. WHERE A PEOPLE STILL EXISTS, THERE THE PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE STATE AND HATE IT AS THE EVIL EYE AND SIN AGAINST CUSTOM AND LAW.... A FREE LIFE STILL REMAINS FOR GREAT SOULS. TRULY, HE WHO POSSESSES LITTLE IS SO MUCH THE LESS POSSESSED: PRAISED BE A MODERATE POVERTY! ONLY THERE, WHERE THE STATE CEASES, DOES THE MAN WHO IS NOT SUPERFLUOUS BEGIN: DOES THE SONG OF THE NECESSARY MAN, THE UNIQUE AND IRREPLACEABLE MELODY, BEGIN at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 11: Of the friend
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 11: Of the friend, OUR FAITH IN OTHERS BETRAYS WHEREIN WE WOULD DEARLY LIKE TO HAVE FAITH IN OURSELVES. OUR LONGING FOR A FRIEND IS OUR BETRAYER. AND OFTEN WITH OUR LOVE WE ONLYWANT TO LEAP OVER ENVY. AND OFTEN WE ATTACK AND MAKE AN ENEMY IN ORDER TO CONCEAL THAT WE ARE VULNERABLE TO ATTACK. ‘AT LEAST BE MY ENEMY!’ – THUS SPEAKS THE TRUE REVERENCE THAT DOES NOT VENTURE TO ASK FOR FRIENDSHIP. IF YOU WANT A FRIEND, YOU MUST ALSO BE WILLING TO WAGE WAR FOR HIM: AND TO WAGE WAR, YOU MUST BE CAPABLE OF BEING AN ENEMY. YOU SHOULD HONOUR EVEN THE ENEMY IN YOUR FRIEND. CAN YOU GO NEAR TO YOUR FRIEND WITHOUT GOING OVER TO HIM? IN YOUR FRIEND YOU SHOULD POSSESS YOUR BEST ENEMY. YOUR HEART SHOULD FEEL CLOSEST TO HIM WHEN YOU OPPOSE HIM.... HE WHO MAKES NO SECRET OF HIMSELF EXCITES ANGER IN OTHERS: THAT IS HOW MUCH REASON YOU HAVE TO FEAR NAKEDNESS. IF YOU WERE GODS YOU COULD THEN BE ASHAMED OF YOUR CLOTHES! at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 12: Of the thousand and one goals
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 12: Of the thousand and one goals, NO PEOPLE COULD LIVE WITHOUT EVALUATING; BUT IF IT WISHES TO MAINTAIN ITSELF IT MUST NOT EVALUATE AS ITS NEIGHBOR EVALUATES. MUCH THAT SEEMED GOOD TO ONE PEOPLE SEEMED SHAME AND DISGRACE TO ANOTHER: THUS I FOUND. I FOUND MUCH THAT WAS CALLED EVIL IN ONE PLACE WAS IN ANOTHER DECKED WITH PURPLE HONOURS.... A TABLE OF VALUES HANGS OVER EVERY PEOPLE. BEHOLD, IT IS THE TABLE OF ITS OVERCOMINGS; BEHOLD, IT IS THE VOICE OF ITS WILL TO POWER. WHAT IT ACCOUNTS HARD IT CALLS PRAISEWORTHY; WHAT IT ACCOUNTS INDISPENSABLE AND HARD IT CALLS GOOD; AND THAT WHICH RELIEVES THE GREATEST NEED, THE RARE, THE HARDEST OF ALL – IT GLORIFIES AS HOLY. WHATEVER CAUSES IT TO RULE AND CONQUER AND GLITTER, TO THE DREAD AND ENVY OF ITS NEIGHBOR, THAT IT ACCOUNTS THE SUBLIMEST, THE PARAMOUNT, THE EVALUATION AND THE MEANING OF ALL THINGS.... MAN FIRST IMPLANTED VALUES INTO THINGS TO MAINTAIN HIMSELF – HE CREATED THE MEANING OF THINGS, A HUMAN MEANING! THEREFORE HE CALLS HIMSELF: ‘MAN’, THAT IS: THE EVALUATOR at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 13: Of love of one’s neighbor
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 13: Of love of one’s neighbor, YOU FLEE TO YOUR NEIGHBOR AWAY FROM YOURSELVES AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VIRTUE OF IT: BUT I SEE THROUGH YOUR ‘SELFLESSNESS’.... DO I EXHORT YOU TO LOVE OF YOUR NEIGHBOR? I EXHORT YOU RATHER TO FLIGHT FROM YOUR NEIGHBOR AND TO LOVE OF THE MOST DISTANT! HIGHER THAN LOVE OF ONE’S NEIGHBOR STANDS LOVE OF THE MOST DISTANT MAN AND OF THE MAN OF THE FUTURE; HIGHER STILL THAN LOVE OF MAN I ACCOUNT LOVE OF CAUSES AND OF PHANTOMS. THIS PHANTOM THAT RUNS ALONG BEHIND YOU, MY BROTHER, IS FAIRER THAN YOU; WHY DO YOU NOT GIVE IT YOUR FLESH AND BONES? BUT YOU ARE AFRAID AND YOU RUN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR.... YOU INVITE IN A WITNESS WHEN YOU WANT TO SPEAK WELL OF YOURSELVES; AND WHEN YOU HAVE MISLED HIM INTO THINKING WELL OF YOU, YOU THEN THINK WELL OF YOURSELVES.... ONE MAN RUNS TO HIS NEIGHBOR BECAUSE HE IS LOOKING FOR HIMSELF, AND ANOTHER BECAUSE HE WANTS TO LOSE HIMSELF. YOUR BAD LOVE OF YOURSELVES MAKES SOLITUDE A PRISON TO YOU.... at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 14: Of the way of the creator
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 14: Of the way of the creator, MY BROTHER, DO YOU WANT TO GO APART AND BE ALONE? DO YOU WANT TO SEEK THE WAY TO YOURSELF? PAUSE JUST A MOMENT AND LISTEN TO ME. ‘HE WHO SEEKS MAY EASILY GET LOST HIMSELF. IT IS A CRIME TO GO APART AND BE ALONE’ – THUS SPEAKS THE HERD. THE VOICE OF THE HERD WILL STILL RING WITHIN YOU. AND WHEN YOU SAY: ‘WE HAVE NO LONGER THE SAME CONSCIENCE, YOU AND I’, IT WILL BE A LAMENT AND A GRIEF. FOR SEE, IT IS STILL THIS SAME CONSCIENCE THAT CAUSES YOUR GRIEF: AND THE LAST GLIMMER OF THIS CONSCIENCE STILL GLOWS IN YOUR AFFLICTION. BUT YOU WANT TO GO THE WAY OF YOUR AFFLICTION, WHICH IS THE WAY TO YOURSELF? IF SO, SHOW ME YOUR STRENGTH FOR IT AND YOUR RIGHT TO IT! ARE YOU A NEW STRENGTH AND A NEW RIGHT? A FIRST MOTION? A SELF-PROPELLING WHEEL? CAN YOU ALSO COMPEL STARS TO REVOLVE ABOUT YOU? ALAS, THERE IS SO MUCH LUSTING FOR EMINENCE! THERE IS SO MUCH CONVULSION OF THE AMBITIOUS!... at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 15: Of justice
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 15: Of justice, WHEN YOU HAVE AN ENEMY, DO NOT REQUITE HIM GOOD FOR EVIL: FOR THAT WOULD MAKE HIM ASHAMED. BUT PROVE THAT HE HAS DONE SOMETHING GOOD TO YOU. BETTER TO BE ANGRY THAN MAKE ASHAMED! AND WHEN YOU ARE CURSED, I DO NOT LIKE IT THAT YOU THEN WANT TO BLESS. RATHER CURSE BACK A LITTLE! AND SHOULD A GREAT INJUSTICE BE DONE YOU, THEN QUICKLY DO FIVE LITTLE INJUSTICES BESIDES. HE WHO BEARS INJUSTICE ALONE IS TERRIBLE TO BEHOLD. DID YOU KNOW THIS ALREADY? SHARED INJUSTICE IS HALF JUSTICE. AND HE WHO CAN BEAR IT SHOULD TAKE THE INJUSTICE UPON HIMSELF. A LITTLE REVENGE IS MORE HUMAN THAN NO REVENGE AT ALL. AND IF THE PUNISHMENT BE NOT ALSO A RIGHT AND AN HONOUR FOR THE TRANSGRESSOR, THEN I DO NOT LIKE YOUR PUNISHMENT. IT IS MORE NOBLE TO DECLARE YOURSELF WRONG THAN TO MAINTAIN YOU ARE RIGHT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE RIGHT. ONLY YOU MUST BE RICH ENOUGH FOR IT. I DO NOT LIKE YOUR COLD JUSTICE; AND FROM THE EYE OF YOUR JUDGES THERE ALWAYS GAZES ONLY THE EXECUTIONER AND HIS COLD STEEL at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 16: Of voluntary death
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 16: Of voluntary death, MANY DIE TOO LATE AND SOME DIE TOO EARLY. STILL THE DOCTRINE SOUNDS STRANGE: ‘DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME.’DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME: THUS ZARATHUSTRA TEACHES. TO BE SURE, HE WHO NEVER LIVED AT THE RIGHT TIME COULD HARDLY DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME! BETTER IF HE WERE NEVER TO BE BORN! – THUS I ADVISE THE SUPERFLUOUS. BUT EVEN THE SUPERFLUOUS MAKE A GREAT THING OF THEIR DYING; YES, EVEN THE HOLLOWEST NUT WANTS TO BE CRACKED. EVERYONE TREATS DEATH AS AN IMPORTANT MATTER: BUT AS YET DEATH IS NOT A FESTIVAL. AS YET, MEN HAVE NOT LEARNED TO CONSECRATE THE FAIREST FESTIVALS. I SHALL SHOW YOU THE CONSUMMATING DEATH, WHICH SHALL BE A SPUR AND A PROMISE TO THE LIVING. THE MAN CONSUMMATING HIS LIFE DIES HIS DEATH TRIUMPHANTLY.... TO DIE THUS IS THE BEST DEATH; BUT THE SECOND BEST IS: TO DIE IN BATTLE AND TO SQUANDER A GREAT SOUL at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 17: Of the bestowing virtue, part 1
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 17: Of the bestowing virtue, part 1 , TELL ME: HOW DID GOLD COME TO HAVE THE HIGHEST VALUE? BECAUSE IT IS UNCOMMON AND USELESS AND SHINING AND MELLOW IN LUSTRE; IT ALWAYS BESTOWS ITSELF. ONLY AS AN IMAGE OF THE HIGHEST VIRTUE DID GOLD COME TO HAVE THE HIGHEST VALUE. GOLD-LIKE GLEAMS THE GLANCE OF THE GIVER.... THE HIGHEST VIRTUE IS UNCOMMON AND USELESS, IT IS SHINING AND MELLOW IN LUSTRE: THE HIGHEST VIRTUE IS A BESTOWING VIRTUE. TRULY, I DIVINE YOU WELL, MY DISCIPLES, YOU ASPIRE TO THE BESTOWING VIRTUE, AS I DO.... YOU THIRST TO BECOME SACRIFICES AND GIFTS YOURSELVES; AND THAT IS WHY YOU THIRST TO HEAP UP ALL RICHES IN YOUR SOUL. YOUR SOUL ASPIRES INSATIABLY AFTER TREASURES AND JEWELS, BECAUSE YOUR VIRTUE IS INSATIABLE IN WANTING TO GIVE. YOU COMPEL ALL THINGS TO COME TO YOU AND INTO YOU, THAT THEY MAY FLOW BACK FROM YOUR FOUNTAIN AS GIFTS OF YOUR LOVE at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 18: Of the bestowing virtue, part 2
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 18: Of the bestowing virtue, part 2, HERE ZARATHUSTRA FELL SILENT A WHILE AND REGARDED HIS DISCIPLES LOVINGLY. THEN HE WENT ON SPEAKING THUS, AND HIS VOICE WAS DIFFERENT: STAY LOYAL TO THE EARTH, MY BROTHERS, WITH THE POWER OF YOUR VIRTUE! MAY YOUR BESTOWING LOVE AND YOUR KNOWLEDGE SERVE TOWARDS THE MEANING OF THE EARTH! THUS I BEG AND ENTREAT YOU.... A HUNDRED TIMES HAS SPIRIT AS WELL AS VIRTUE EXPERIMENTED AND GONE ASTRAY. YES, MAN WAS AN EXPERIMENT. ALAS, MUCH IGNORANCE AND ERROR HAS BECOME BODY IN US! NOT ONLY THE REASON OF MILLENNIA – THE MADNESS OF MILLENNIA TOO BREAKS OUT IN US. IT IS DANGEROUS TO BE AN HEIR. WE ARE STILL FIGHTING STEP BY STEP WITH THE GIANT CHANCE, AND HITHERTO THE SENSELESS, THE MEANINGLESS, HAS STILL RULED OVER MANKIND. MAY YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR VIRTUE SERVE THE MEANING OF THE EARTH, MY BROTHERS: AND MAY THE VALUE OF ALL THINGS BE FIXED ANEW BY YOU. TO THAT END YOU SHOULD BE FIGHTERS! TO THAT END YOU SHOULD BE CREATORS! THE BODY PURIFIES ITSELF THROUGH KNOWLEDGE; EXPERIMENTING WITH KNOWLEDGE IT ELEVATES ITSELF.... at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 19: Of the bestowing virtue, part 3
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 19: Of the bestowing virtue, part 3, WHEN ZARATHUSTRA HAD SAID THESE WORDS HE PAUSED LIKE ONE WHO HAS NOT SAID HIS LAST WORD; LONG HE BALANCED THE STAFF DOUBTFULLY IN HIS HAND. AT LAST HE SPOKE THUS, AND HIS VOICE WAS DIFFERENT: I NOWGO AWAY ALONE, MY DISCIPLES! YOU TOO NOWGO AWAY AND BE ALONE! SO I WILL HAVE IT. TRULY, I ADVISE YOU: GO AWAY FROM ME AND GUARD YOURSELVES AGAINST ZARATHUSTRA! AND BETTER STILL: BE ASHAMED OF HIM! PERHAPS HE HAS DECEIVED YOU. THE MAN OF KNOWLEDGE MUST BE ABLE NOT ONLY TO LOVE HIS ENEMIES BUT ALSO TO HATE HIS FRIENDS. ONE REPAYS A TEACHER BADLY IF ONE REMAINS ONLY A PUPIL. AND WHY, THEN, SHOULD YOU NOT PLUCK AT MY LAURELS? YOU RESPECT ME; BUT HOW IF ONE DAY YOUR RESPECT SHOULD TUMBLE? TAKE CARE THAT A FALLING STATUE DOES NOT STRIKE YOU DEAD! at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 20: On the blissful islands
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 20: On the blissful islands, ZARATHUSTRA HAS RETURNED TO THE MOUNTAINS WHERE HE LIVES A SOLITARY EXISTENCE FOR MANY YEARS – UNTIL ONE MORNING HE HAS A DREAM. FILLED WITH NEW RESOLVE AND AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE TO SHARE HIS WORDS WITH HIS FRIENDS, ZARATHUSTRA SPEAKS THUS: BEHOLD, WHAT ABUNDANCE IS AROUND US! AND IT IS FINE TO GAZE OUT UPON DISTANT SEAS FROM THE MIDST OF SUPERFLUITY. ONCE YOU SAID ‘GOD’ WHEN YOU GAZED UPON DISTANT SEAS; BUT NOW I HAVE TAUGHT YOU TO SAY ‘SUPERMAN’. GOD IS A SUPPOSITION; BUT I WANT YOUR SUPPOSING TO REACH NO FURTHER THAN YOUR CREATING WILL. COULD YOU CREATE A GOD? – SO BE SILENT ABOUT ALL GODS! BUT YOU COULD SURELY CREATE THE SUPERMAN. PERHAPS NOT YOU YOURSELVES, MY BROTHERS! BUT YOU COULD TRANSFORM YOURSELVES INTO FOREFATHERS AND ANCESTORS OF THE SUPERMAN: AND LET THIS BE YOUR FINEST CREATING! at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 21: Of the compassionate
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 21: Of the compassionate, AS LONG AS MEN HAVE EXISTED, MAN HAS ENJOYED HIMSELF TOO LITTLE: THAT ALONE, MY BROTHERS, IS OUR ORIGINAL SIN! AND IF WE LEARN BETTER TO ENJOY OURSELVES, WE BEST UNLEARN HOW TO DO HARM TO OTHERS AND TO CONTRIVE HARM. THEREFORE I WASH MY HAND WHEN IT HAS HELPED A SUFFERER, THEREFORE I WIPE MY SOUL CLEAN AS WELL. FOR I SAWTHE SUFFERER SUFFER, AND BECAUSE I SAWIT IWAS ASHAMED ON ACCOUNT OF HIS SHAME; AND WHEN I HELPED HIM, THEN I SORELY INJURED HIS PRIDE.... ‘BE RESERVED IN ACCEPTING! HONOUR A MAN BY ACCEPTING FROM HIM!’ – THUS I ADVISE THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING TO GIVE. I, HOWEVER, AM A GIVER: I GIVE GLADLY AS A FRIEND TO FRIENDS. BUT STRANGERS AND THE POOR MAY PLUCK THE FRUIT FROM MY TREE FOR THEMSELVES: IT CAUSES LESS SHAME THAT WAY.... AND WE ARE THE MOST UNFAIR, NOT TOWARDS HIM WHOM WE DO NOT LIKE, BUT TOWARDS HIM FOR WHOM WE FEEL NOTHING AT ALL at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 22: Of the priests
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 22: Of the priests, AND ONE DAY ZARATHUSTRA MADE A SIGN TO HIS DISCIPLES AND SPOKE THESE WORDS TO THEM: HERE ARE PRIESTS: AND ALTHOUGH THEY ARE MY ENEMIES, PASS THEM BY QUIETLY AND WITH SLEEPING SWORDS!... THEY ARE BAD ENEMIES: NOTHING IS MORE REVENGEFUL THAN THEIR HUMILITY. AND HE WHO TOUCHES THEM IS EASILY DEFILED.... HE WHOM THEY CALL REDEEMER HAS CAST THEM INTO BONDAGE – INTO THE BONDAGE OF FALSE VALUES AND FALSE SCRIPTURES! AH, THAT SOMEONE WOULD REDEEM THEM FROM THEIR REDEEMER!... OH, JUST LOOK AT THESE HUTS THAT THESE PRIESTS HAVE BUILT THEMSELVES. CHURCHES THEY CALL THEIR SWEETSMELLING CAVES! OH THIS COUNTERFEIT LIGHT! OH THIS MUSTY AIR! HERE, WHERE THE SOUL MAY NOT FLY UP TO ITS HEIGHT! at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 23: The night song
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 23: The night song, IT IS NIGHT: NOW DO ALL LEAPING FOUNTAINS SPEAK LOUDER. AND MY SOUL TOO IS A LEAPING FOUNTAIN. IT IS NIGHT: ONLY NOW DO ALL SONGS OF LOVERS AWAKEN. AND MY SOUL TOO IS THE SONG OF A LOVER. SOMETHING UNQUENCHED, UNQUENCHABLE, IS IN ME, THAT WANTS TO SPEAK OUT. A CRAVING FOR LOVE IS IN ME, THAT ITSELF SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE. LIGHT AM I: AH, THAT I WERE NIGHT! BUT THIS IS MY SOLITUDE, THAT I AM GIRDED ROUND WITH LIGHT.... I LIVE IN MY OWN LIGHT, I DRINK BACK INTO MYSELF THE FLAMES THAT BREAK FROM ME. I DO NOT KNOWTHE JOY OF THE RECEIVER; AND I HAVE OFTEN DREAMED THAT STEALING MUST BE MORE BLESSED THAN RECEIVING. IT IS MY POVERTY THAT MY HAND NEVER RESTS FROM GIVING; IT IS MY ENVY THAT I SEE EXPECTANT EYES AND ILLUMINED NIGHTS OF DESIRE.... at energyenhancement.org

 

 

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