Chapter 6: Of Manly Prudence
The physician looked into the blind man’s eyes and said, “It is not a great problem. It may take at the most six months to cure him.”
So Buddha said, “You remain in this village, and don’t leave this village until this blind man is cured. When he starts seeing light, bring him to me, because then there will be a point to argue. Right now we are living in two different dimensions; it is impossible even to have a dialogue. What to say about light - this blind man has not even seen darkness, because even to see darkness you need eyes. And no argument can prove..”
There are things which are beyond arguments, but which are not beyond experience. Zarathustra is not a thinker, he is not a blind man, he is a seer.
After six months the blind man came dancing, with tears of joy in his eyes. He fell to the feet of Gautam Buddha and said, “I am immensely sorry that I wanted to argue about something which is not arguable, that I wanted to be convinced about something which can only be experienced. There is no way to talk about it. There is no way to explain it to someone who has no eyes.
“You were greatly compassionate towards me, that you refused to argue. I have been arguing my whole life, and wasting my time - I could have cured my eyes long ago. And to live a life without eyes is not a life at all. Now I can say it, because now I can compare - all the beauty of existence, all the beauty of flowers, all the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, all the beauty of a night full of stars, all the beauty of human beings.
“I would have died without knowing anything about beauty, anything about rainbows, anything about that which is available only to the eyes.” And the experience of our lives is almost eighty percent from our eyes. Only twenty percent of the experience is from the other senses.
When I say Zarathustra is not a thinker but a seer, I want to emphasize the fact that just as you can see outside with the eyes, there is a way of seeing into your own being. Just as there are outward eyes, there is a sensibility, sensitivity, which is capable of seeing inwards. And unless one has that capacity, all arguments are futile.
That’s why Zarathustra never gives any arguments; he simply states his experiences. But if you can understand his statements, that may start the beginning of an inner journey of seeing yourself; otherwise, people just go on looking outside. They never become aware that there is a possibility to see into their own beings, into their own subjectivity.
Soren Kierkegaard, one of the most important Danish mystics, has said that all religion is nothing but an experience of your subjectivity. It has nothing to do with God, it has nothing to do with virtue, it has nothing to do with heaven and hell - all that is fictitious.