Zarathustra A God That Can Dance ~ 06

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event type discourse
date & time 29 Mar 1987 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 2h 16min. Quality: good.
Live music after the discourse.
online audio
video Available, duration 2h 19min. Quality: good, but a constant audio-noise.
online video
see also
online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle ZARA106
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha.
The sutra
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 tight-rope 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.


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