Zarathustra A God That Can Dance ~ 08

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event type discourse
date & time 30 Mar 1987 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
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shorttitle ZARA108
Reader of the sutras: Ma Prem Maneesha.
The sutras
Of the despisers of the body
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?...
Of joys and passions
My brother, if you have a virtue and it is your own virtue, you have it in common with no one.
To be sure, you want to call it by a name and caress it; you want to pull its ears and amuse yourself with it.
And behold! Now you have its name in common with the people and have become of the people and the herd with your virtue!
You would do better to say: 'Unutterable and nameless is that which torments and delights my soul and is also the hunger of my belly.'
Let your virtue be too exalted for the familiarity of names: and if you have to speak of it, do not be ashamed to stammer.
Thus say and stammer: 'This is my good, this I love, just thus do I like it, only thus do I wish the good.
I do not want it as a law of God, I do not want it as a human statute: let it be no sign-post to superearths and paradises.
It is an earthly virtue that I love: there is little prudence in it, and least of all common wisdom.
But this bird has built its nest beneath my roof: therefore I love and cherish it -- now it sits there upon its golden eggs.'
Thus should you stammer and praise your virtue....
... Thus spake Zarathustra.


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