Zarathustra A God That Can Dance ~ 21

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event type discourse
date & time 6 Apr 1987 pm
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
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shorttitle ZARA121
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha.
The sutra
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 saw the sufferer suffer, and because I saw it I was 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.
But if you have a suffering friend, be a resting-place for his suffering, but a resting-place like a hard bed, a camp-bed: thus you will serve him best.
And should your friend do you a wrong, then say: 'I forgive you what you did to me; but that you did it to yourself -- how could I forgive that?'
Thus speaks all great love: it overcomes even forgiveness and pity....
Alas, where in the world have there been greater follies than with the compassionate? And what in the world has caused more suffering than the follies of the compassionate?
Woe to all lovers who cannot surmount pity!
Thus spoke the devil to me once: 'Even God has his hell: it is his love for man....'
So be warned against pity: thence shall yet come a heavy cloud for man! Truly, I understand weather-signs!
But mark, too, this saying: all great love is above pity: for it wants -- to create what is loved!
'I offer myself to my love, and my neighbor as myself' -- that is the language of all creators.
All creators, however, are hard.
... Thus spake Zarathustra.


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