Chapter 18: Of the Bestowing Virtue, Part 2
Of the Bestowing Virtue Part 2
Here Zarathustra fell silent a while and regarded his disciples lovingly. Then he went on speaking thus, and his voice was different:
Stay loyal to the earth, my brothers, with the power of your virtue! May your bestowing love and your knowledge serve towards the meaning of the earth! Thus I beg and entreat you..
A hundred times has spirit as well as virtue experimented and gone astray. Yes, man was an experiment. Alas, much ignorance and error has become body in us! Not only the reason of millennia - the madness of millennia too breaks out in us. It is dangerous to be an heir.
We are still fighting step by step with the giant chance, and hitherto the senseless, the meaningless, has still ruled over mankind.
May your spirit and your virtue serve the meaning of the earth, my brothers: and may the value of all things be fixed anew by you. To that end you should be fighters! To that end you should be creators!
The body purifies itself through knowledge; experimenting with knowledge it elevates itself..
Physician, heal yourself: thus you will heal your patient too. Let his best healing-aid be to see with his own eyes him who makes himself well.
There are a thousand paths that have never yet been trodden, a thousand forms of health and hidden islands of life. Man and man’s earth are still unexhausted and undiscovered.
Watch and listen, you solitaries! From the future come winds with a stealthy flapping of wings; and good tidings go out to delicate ears.
You solitaries of today, you who have seceded from society, you shall one day be a people: from you, who have chosen out yourselves, shall a chosen people spring - and from this chosen people, the superman.
Truly, the earth shall yet become a house of healing! And already a new odor floats about it, an odor that brings health - and a new hope!
.Thus spake Zarathustra.
Man is an experiment - an experiment of existence to reach to the heights of consciousness and to reach to the depths of the very sources of life. Man should be understood only in this way. You are not born complete. All other animals are born complete; a dog is born a dog and will die a dog. Man can be born a man and can die as a Gautam Buddha. Between birth and death no other animal evolves, except man.
Once this is recognized in your heart - that you are an experiment of existence - you bestow upon yourself the greatest dignity possible. Then you cannot go on living in a mechanical, robot-like fashion. You have to move - move towards the stars. You have to progress, and your progress knows no limits.
You are a pilgrimage without any goal; a pilgrimage from eternity to eternity. Because your reality is not just on the outside - the outside is very superficial - your authentic evolution is going to be inner. Your journey is inwards. Hence, your being an experiment finally turns into being an experience. We experiment with things which are outside us. Science is experimental. We experience things which are inside our being. Religion is experiential. Man has to do both. He has to be an experiment in the hands of existence, and he has also to become an experience in his own right, in his own subjectivity.
These words of Zarathustra are too important to be forgotten. Each single word has to become a vibration within you; not just a memory, but a living opening towards vaster fields, towards greater skies.
Zarathustra is not a priest, he is a scientist of the soul. His religion does not consist in worshipping, his religion consists in transformation - the symbol of his religion is fire. The symbol of fire is significant, it is the only thing that defies gravitation. It does not go low-wards; it always goes upwards.
But the same fallacy has happened to those who think as followers of Zarathustra. Rather than becoming a flame, moving upwards into the higher realms of consciousness, they have become worshipers of fire. Worship is a very cunning device; it leads people astray.
If a scientist starts worshipping his instruments, do you think there will be any progress? If a painter starts worshipping paints and canvasses, do you think there is going to be any creativity? A musician worshipping the instruments of music will not be able to bring great music to the world.