Chapter 29: Nietzsche: A Great Freedom or a Great Danger
But one thing has to be remembered: he was misunderstood, and all the people who have been misunderstood have one thing in common - that nobody refutes them. It is as if misunderstanding is enough. Nobody has refuted Friedrich Nietzsche. Although he has challenged the whole of Christianity, the popes have been silent - because what he is saying is so clear that it is better to ignore rather than to refute it; you cannot refute it.
It is good - it will help Europe to get rid of Christianity, which has been a calamity and has kept people retarded.
It will also help people to think more aphoristically - which looks like the person is jumping from one conclusion to another conclusion. That’s how every great philosophical treatise should be written, because it is not written for children, it is not written for schools; it is written for the most highly intelligent people in the world. Its manner also should do them justice.
I have a tremendous love for Friedrich Nietzsche, and a deep compassion, because the man suffered his whole life for the simple reason that he remained a thinker and he never went beyond thoughts; otherwise there would be no question of suffering.
I am more misunderstood than Nietzsche, but it does not make me frustrated, it does not give me any trouble, it cannot drive me insane. I feel great compassion too, that it was a misfortune he was in the West.
He should have been in the East, because in the East it is very difficult to avoid meditation. Sooner or later you are bound to stumble upon it, and particularly a great thinker like Nietzsche. If he had meditated too, he would have been in the same state as Gautam the Buddha - not less than that. As far as intelligence is concerned, perhaps he is more intelligent than Gautam the Buddha.
If he had just had the meditative quality also, he would have given many more treasures to the world, and he would not have suffered through it. And he would not have given the chance to the people to say that whatever he has written is all insane. His madness became a proof for them that he was insane from the very beginning; it was just growing and growing and growing, and finally it exploded.
From Friedrich Nietzsche much has to be learned.
What I would like the people who are interested in Nietzsche to understand, is that they should not miss meditation the way Nietzsche missed it; otherwise they will become great intellectuals, but empty within, with no roots, with no great solidity.
And the danger of madness is always there, because the mind’s full growth can only lead to madness - there is no other way. If the mind is developed fully, the person is going to be mad, unless, side by side, he is also developing no-mind, and no-mind becomes his base. Then he can use the mind as much as he wants; it leaves no trace behind.
So this is my message to the lovers of Nietzsche: they should not become just intellectuals.