Chapter 3: Love beyond Good and Evil
The full-moon night does something to the human psyche. The full moon is so far away - but not so far away; it affects you. Since the very beginning it has been affecting the poets, the painters, the sculptors, the musicians, the dancers. They all feel that something is different under the full moon; that perhaps the rays of the full moon are hand in hand.
Yes, you have been going through many radical changes to reach yourself. I have been going through many revolutions to reach beyond, beyond myself. You have been moving towards enlightenment, and I have been going beyond it - and this whole process is going hand in hand.
But the distance is vast - remember the distance, and also remember the closeness, the intimacy.
I seem to recall you once saying that we only have glimpses into existence in proportion to our capacity to absorb and integrate them. Nietzsche’s insight that, “That which is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil” was part of an understanding that literally drove him insane. Could you please talk about this?
The genius of the caliber of Friedrich Nietzsche is always in danger of going mad. Nobody has ever heard of any idiot going mad. To go mad, first you have to have a mind. A genius is walking on a sword - just a little mistake and he can fall, fall into an eternal darkness of madness.
Nietzsche is perhaps one of the most prolific geniuses the world has produced. He had so many insights that finally he had to change his way of writing. His writing became aphoristic because the insights were crowding in his mind and if he were to write an essay, the other insights might be forgotten, might be lost. He started writing aphoristically, in maxims.
But to have too many insights is dangerous. One can afford only a limited number. And Nietzsche was confronted with an infinite number of insights. Each insight could have become a philosophy. For example, this insight that when there is love there is no question of good and evil, love is beyond both. That’s all. He could have written a whole system on it, explained it in detail in different contexts.
There are traditional ways of writing, and they have a certain validity about them because you cannot misinterpret them, you cannot misunderstand them. For example, Bertrand Russell, in his famous book Principia Mathematica, devotes two hundred and sixty-five pages to a simple thing. You cannot conceive how a man can manage such a big-sized book, two hundred and sixty pages, just to prove that two plus two are really four. But he has taken every possible consideration, every possible question, every possible implication.he has exhausted the subject, he has not left anything for anybody. That is the traditional way of writing - systematic, rational.