These are not the true dreamers. Zarathustra is, Gautam Buddha is, Lao Tzu is. They have nothing to repress, they don’t have any inhibitions, they live their life moment to moment with totality; hence, no residue remains in their unconscious to become dreams. Their unconscious is a pure silence. Out of this silence, once in a while, they see the future, they see something happening far away.
Zarathustra was living a solitary existence in the mountains, until one morning he has a dream.
Filled with a new resolve…
…the dream filled him with a new resolve…
…and an overwhelming desire to share his words with his friends, Zarathustra speaks thus:
Behold, what abundance is around us! And it is fine to gaze out upon distant seas from the midst of superfluity.
Once you said “God” when you gazed upon distant seas; but now I have taught you to say “Superman.”
The distant destiny that once you used to call God was only an empty word, because it was not related in any way with you. There was no bridge between you and God. It was an image created by your fear. You felt alone in this vast universe, and you wanted a father-figure.
It is not strange that everywhere God is called “father.” In fact, we have all been brought up by fathers, protected, safe and secure. The idea of father has become a fixation in our mind, and we know this father is mortal – either he is dead or he is going to be dead. And then you will be left unprotected, without any security, with nobody to look up to. It is because of this fear, and for this security, that man has created “God the Father.”
Two small boys were playing and a bishop passed by. One boy was a Christian, and he said to the bishop, “Good morning, father.” The other boy was a Jew. He stood there wondering, and when the bishop was gone he said to the boy, “You are strange people. This man has no wife, no children, he is a celibate, and you call him ‘father’. You can be stupid – you are just a child – and call him father; but he accepts it; and he has not fathered anything in the world.”
But it is the same sort of security: the priest becomes the father, the God becomes the father. There are even people like the Germans…their country becomes “fatherland.” In the whole world, every country is a motherland except Germany. Perhaps it is below their egoistic attitude of being the most superior race in the world, having the birthright to rule over every other human being. Certainly, their country has to be not a woman, but a man. This is the male chauvinistic attitude.