Zorba the Buddha
"…..... half of humanity has been accepting the inner world but denying the outer world. The other half of humanity has been accepting the material world and denying the inner world.
Both are half, and no man who is half can be contented. You have to be whole: rich in the body, rich in science; rich in meditation, rich in consciousness. Only a whole person is a holy person, according to me."
“There have been Zorba’s, there have been Buddha’s, but they have remained always opposed to each other.
Zorba represents materialism, Zorba represents the West. Buddha represents spirituality, Buddha repre-sents the East. Zorba is not separate from Buddha. The West is not separate from the East.
Materialism that has no values of spirituality is going to be very mundane, profane, ugly. It will not have any flights into the open sky towards the stars. It will not flower and relea-se its fragrance; it will be just a rock.
Spiritualism without materialism may have beautiful values but it is without foundations. It may create great palaces reaching to the stars, but without foundations these pala-ces can only be hallucinations, they cannot be real.“
“Don't be a spiritualist and don't be a materialist: be both. Don't be a Zorba and don't be a Buddha; be both: Zorba the Buddha. Enjoy all that Existence has show-ered on you.“
“Nobody has ever dared to think of man as Zorba the Buddha. Neither Zorba had any idea of Buddha nor Buddha had any idea of Zorba. Both are half. I want you to be the whole man. To me the whole man is the only holy man there is.“
“So if a man is sick, that simply means that religions, cultures, civilizations have made him split, they have divided him. They have told him the body is separate, the soul is separate; matter is separate, the spirit is separate; this world is separate, that world is separate; materialism and spiritualism are enemies.
I call the new man Zorba the Buddha, for the simple reason that to me materialism and spiritualism are not separate, they are inseparable. The moment you make them separate, you make humanity sick.“
“… create a new kind of religiousness that has never exis-ted before - earthly, physical; not against the spirit but in tune with the spiritual. That's what I mean by Zorba the Buddha. That is my name for the new man.“
“So I teach both: I teach silence - sitting silently, doing nothing - and I also teach dance, music, singing, cele-bration, but in such a way that the silence still goes on like an undercurrent in you.
You are dancing but the silence is there, undisturbed, unpolluted. And in fact that silence gives a depth to your dance. It is not against it, it gives a new dimension to it.
And if you can dance with silence undisturbed, then you can be silent and there will be a subtle dance inside like an undercurrent, a joy running like a small stream. You can feel it, nobody will be able to see it but you can hear its whisper.
When this happens then a man is both. I call that man Zorba the Buddha - and that's my definition of a sanny-asin.“
“Zorba is only a flower, Buddha is the fruit. Unless you have both, you are not complete, something is missing; there will always remain a gap in your heart, a dark corner in your soul.
Unless Buddha and Zorba dance together in your being, the flower and the fruit, the beginning and the end, you will not know the real meaning of existence. The meaning of existence has not to be searched for by your intellect, it has to be experienced in life.“
“Only a fulfilled tree will flower. Man is yet to flower. The new man will be earthy and divine, worldly and other-worldly. The new man will accept his totality and he will live it without any inner division, without getting split. His god will not be opposed to the devil, his morality will not be opposed to immorality; he will know no opposition. He will transcend duality, he will not be schizophrenic.
With the new man will come a new world, because the new man will perceive in a qualitatively different way. He will live a totally different life. He will be a mystic, poet, scientist, all at once.“
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