Chapter 19: Of the Bestowing Virtue, Part 3
The authentic master always remembers not to come in the way. He is the last barrier. It is easy to renounce your riches, it is easy to drop out from your family, your husband, your wife, your mother, your children. The most difficult thing is to go away from the master. That is the last barrier.
But every master who is worth the name creates devices. The disciple cannot manage it by himself, he is too new on the path. The master has to give him courage, courage enough so that he can even leave the master, and move into total aloneness.
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies.
That’s what Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It has been thought to be a very pregnant, meaningful statement, but it is ordinary, mundane. Any ordinary moral teacher can say, “Love your enemies”.
Zarathustra is made of a different mettle, he says,
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies, but also to hate his friends.
That’s why he is saying, Guard yourself against your greatest friend, Zarathustra. and better still: be ashamed of him! Perhaps he has deceived you.
One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil.
The master wants you to be a master, not to remain a disciple. Any master who wants you to remain a disciple forever is not a master, is fake, and is exploiting in the name of spirituality and creating a kind of bondage and slavery in people’s beings. A true disciple, one day, repays the master by becoming a master. That does not mean any disrespect. It is the greatest respect possible. The disciple has fulfilled the longing of the master.
And why, then, should you not pluck at my laurels?
You respect me; but how if one day your respect should tumble? Take care that a falling statue does not strike you dead!
You say you believe in Zarathustra? But of what importance is Zarathustra? You are my believers: but of what importance are all believers?
A man of the quality of Zarathustra does not want believers. The world is full of believers.
Zarathustra wants people who are ready to change totally. Belief changes no one. It simply becomes a part of your memory, it does not touch your being. It does not in any way change your actions. It does not give a new quality to your life, it does not bring the superman into being.