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Chapter 8: The Wanderer

The possible is only for the mediocre minds, for the middle-class people. The impossible is for real giants. They know it cannot be found, that’s why it is so important to find it. Knowing perfectly well it has never been found and it is not going to be found gives a great excitement.

The impossible goes on raising human consciousness to higher planes. You may not find anything but you will become a superman.

In the final analysis one experiences only oneself.
The time has passed when accidents could befall me; and what could still come to me that was not already my own?

Now, no accidents happen to him - what does Zarathustra mean? Accidents happen in your life because you have chosen a certain goal, and if you go astray you miss the goal. You wanted to catch a train and you reached the station late and you missed the train. But if you have no goal except wandering, you cannot go astray. If you are not going to catch the train - no train in particular - you cannot miss the train.

Accidents happen only because we want our lives to be in a certain way and something goes wrong, something hinders, something prevents, something comes in the way. You wanted it to be otherwise, and it does not prove to be that way; that is why accidents happen.

Zarathustra says:

The time has passed when accidents could befall me.

Now nothing can be an accident to me, because I accept everything. Even the accident is perfectly good, going astray is perfectly good. I was not going towards a particular goal anyway.

This is something of tremendous depth; that a man can come to an understanding with life, to such a deep rapport and harmony, that whatever happens is the right thing. He was not asking for something to happen, he was simply available - whatever happens is the right thing, whatever happens, that’s what he was wanting to happen.

To go beyond accidents means you have attained a tremendous accord with existence. There is no failure possible, there is no frustration possible. Your silence and your serenity cannot be disturbed.

Gautam Buddha has named this understanding the experience of “suchness.” Whatever happens he says, “Such was going to happen.” If you were expecting otherwise, then certainly you are sad and you are frustrated - life has not been kind towards you. But to Gautam Buddha, life is always kind, existence is always compassionate, because whatever happens, that’s how it should happen. Gautam Buddha has no other desire than existence itself.

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