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Chapter 7: Of the Stillest Hour

“And they are borderline cases - you have to concede that there are a few cases which are just on the boundary. You have to speak for those few people who have somehow, accidentally perhaps, reached to the boundary of their darkness. Just a little push and they will be out of the darkness into the full daylight. They are not many, maybe very few; but even if a dozen people can become enlightened with your effort, it is a great reward. Existence will remain obliged to you forever.”

Buddha could not deny this. The argument was significant - and that was the beginning of his long journey amongst the crowds. For forty-two years he was speaking - morning, evening - to the very last moment of his life. And it was certainly good that he spoke, because more people became enlightened around him than around anybody else in the whole world.

The effort is tedious; the possibility of being misunderstood is great. Zarathustra’s going into solitude has two points. One, he wants to find new ways, new methods, new words, new nets to catch men and drag them out of their blindness and their darkness. And secondly, he wants his disciples to understand that they have failed him, that they have not been what was expected of them, and that he has to go, just to find new ways of approaching their hearts.

Now you have heard everything, and why I must return to my solitude. I have kept nothing back from you. And you have heard, too, who is the most silent of men - and intends to remain so!

.Thus spake Zarathustra.