Zorba is not separate from Buddha. The West is not separate from the East. In fact, any materialism that has no values of spirituality is going to be very mundane, profane, and ugly. It will not have any flights into the open sky towards the stars. It will not flower and release is 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 palaces can only be hallucinations, they cannot be real.
I want you to grow in your love and in your awareness together—to be a Zorba and to be a Buddha, together Zorba is love; Buddha is awareness. It is easier to grow one, but is far juicier to grow both together. And if both together can be grown, then the master will not be the last barrier, because in love and awareness you will become one with the master.
On the path of awareness the master is a barrier. That’s why Buddha said,” if you meet me on the path, cut my head immediately.” That is the answer on the path of awareness, because in Buddha’s teaching there is no place for love.
There have been schools of love like the Sufis. A Sufi will not agree with this. He will say, “If the master meets you on the way, become one with him.” But if you are understanding my approach. It is a little bit complex because I am trying that your love and your awareness both go hand in hand.
The reason for my insistence that both should grow together is that the people who have grown in love not reached to the ultimate peaks of consciousness. They have enjoyed existence tremendously, but they have not become like Everest, pillars of awareness. Love makes them more drunk, less aware. And the people who have followed only awareness have become desert-like, dry. Nothing grows, not even grass. There is no oasis on their path, only the desert, which goes on becoming drier and drier; but they have reached to the highest peak of awareness.
The effort to create a synthesis between love and awareness is my contribution to the world, because I would like you be as aware as Gautam Buddha, but not so dry.
I would also like you to be like Meera—so juicy that even today her songs are unparalleled. She is like a garden in the spring. And I don’t be see that there is any contradiction. Why have people chosen only one? They have chosen one because it is simpler to manage one. To manage both is a little difficult, but it is worth it. If you can grow roses on top of Everest, you have fulfilled my dream of being a new kind of sannyasin, a new seeker of truth. And love and awareness together means you don’t have to renounce life.
Love will prevent you from renouncing life, and awareness will help you to be in the world and yet not be of the world. As I see them, they can be complementary and we can create Zorba the Buddha whose feet are on the ground and whose head is touching the stars. When you can have both, why unnecessarily be poor and have one? I want you to be the richest sannyasins the world has ever known.
The world has known both kinds of people—the lovers and the mediators—but the world has never tried both together. This synthesis will bring a new kind of man. For this kind of Searcher, the master is not a barrier at all.
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