Lovers are great – if they cannot meet in their life, if the society or the parents or the religion or something comes in their way and does not allow them to meet. All great love stories are about lovers who could not meet. I have been wondering…it is strange: there is not a single great love story of lovers who got married. Every old story ends when lovers get married. It says, “After that they lived in happiness forever.” But it does not give any details. The story ends there.
I know perfectly well that if Laila and Majnu or Shiri and Farhad or Sohini and Mahival – these three great lovers of the East, by chance had got married, they would have been standing in a court of divorce. There would have never been any great story about them.
The whole work of centuries is only one: to make you hate yourself; not to allow you to accept yourself. Of course they don’t say it so clearly. Their ways are devious, but Zarathustra is very clear what their ways are and how they have destroyed human beings and the possibilities of this beautiful planet being turned into a living paradise…not a dream, but a reality.
Sensual pleasure, lust for power, selfishness:
These three have hitherto been cursed the most and held in the worst and most unjust repute – these three will I weigh well and humanly.
That he never forgets: don’t try to impose upon yourself inhuman standards which are only going to cripple you, which are only going to cut your wings, which are only going to enslave you in such a deep psychological slavery that it will be very difficult to get out of – because one tends to cling to it; it seems to be safer; it seems to be more convenient; it seems to be more acceptable to the society.
The more a man tries to be disciplining himself into inhuman values, of course he is going to be just a hypocrite. But the crowds will respect him as a saint – for the simple reason that they cannot do it. They have tried, but this man must be great; he is doing it. Most probably he has a dual personality. He has two faces: one to show to the world and one which is a private thing, which he lives in secrecy. Life goes underground. On the surface he pretends all those values which are humanly impossible.
The first is sensual pleasure – condemned by every religion without any conditions. But if you look humanly at sensual pleasure…a few things to be remembered. One is: if you renounce sensual pleasure, which is what all your so-called saints and priests are asking you to do, you will become more and more insensitive. It is sensual pleasure which keeps your senses alive, thrilled, dancing. It is sensual pleasure which keeps your sensitivity at its maximum. If you renounce sensual pleasure you are renouncing your sensitivity. You will see the roseflower, but you will not see the beauty of it. You will see the full moon in the night, but you will not see the beauty of it – because to see the beauty, you need sensitivity.