You have to understand that I am not a Christian, not a Muslim, not a Buddhist—not a Jew or Hindu (you can only be those religions by blood, besides).
No, I am a law unto myself—I am what I am.
I asked the I Ching if I was equivalent to Jesus, Mohammad, or the Buddha and the I Ching said, “One attains the way of heaven—success”.
That is to say, “This refers to a man who is honoured by the ruler and whose principles now prevail and shape the world.”
The Hexagram is The Taming Power of the Great: “This last is suggested by the fact that a strong line at the top, which is the ruler of the hexagram, is honoured and tended as a sage. The third of these meanings also attaches specifically to this strong line at the top, which represents the sage.”
The judgement: “The trigram Ch'ein points to strong creative power; Kên indicates firmness and truth…Such a man is in harmony with heaven; therefore even great and difficult undertakings, such as crossing the great water, succeed.”
You may not realise what “crossing the great water” means—it refers to those who become “a walker on the water”. That is the esoteric meaning behind the fact Jesus “walked on the water”—the Buddhists use the same phrase about the Buddha, since Jesus had some Buddhistic training. The “walkers on the water” have crossed “the great water”—become as gods.
“Thus the superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity
And many deeds of the past,
In order to strengthen his character thereby.”
This website is a testament to that.
General situation: “Nothing is to be achieved by forcible measures. The problem must be solved by gentle penetration to the meaning of the situation (as is suggested by the attribute of the inner trigram, Sun); then the change-over to other conditions will be successful. It demands real superiority; therefore the time when the great preponderates is a momentous time.”
I must proceed with gentleness and caution—the only true action is gentle, anyway.
“The lake rises above the trees:
The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT.
Thus the superior man, when he stands alone,
And if he has to renounce the world,
He is undaunted.”
Analysis: “The two trigrams indicate the attitude proper to such exceptional times: the symbol of the trigram Sun is the tree, which stands firm even though it stands alone, and the attribute of Tui is joyousness, which remains undaunted even if it must renounce the world.”
That is what the I Ching says.
Personally, I do not think I can compare to Jesus, Mohammad, the Buddha—or Zarathustra. True, I am a better poet than Mohammad—but he couldn’t even write in English, so it is not so hard.
I have set out on the journey. I cannot step off the path—the path is a razor’s edge; and if I step off the path I will be killed in an instant, for the forces I have unleashed will destroy me if the process is interrupted.
I am not even a religious person, I have no particular interest in religion. I do not even consider myself to be a good person. Yet I felt compelled to set out on the journey. I suppose I have to do it for *.
Because all these things—money, success, sex—are empty. I see through them all, sex last of all. These things are nothing—nothing at all.
I understand the problem men like Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, and Zarathustra faced—and many other men, though not so many others, faced. You are presented with events—signs from the gods—such as the message they gave me that people are too selfish to see them; and then you have to make sense of those messages.
But we are just men. Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, and myself—we are all just men. We have to try to make sense of what we see—so I understand why Mohammad had to change “the Satanic verses”. People ridicule him for that, because he took out some female angels (I think it was female angels). Well, I understand the problem he faced—it’s not so easy to interpret these things.
And then people dismiss the whole thing, just for some contradictions—didn’t you know a poet can contradict himself? Didn’t you know the infinite is a paradox?
I mean—we were only doing our best (Jesus, Mohammad, the Buddha—and me).
I said, in some other posts, that I would give my blood for this age to end—and, the other day, an Israeli government official sent me a death threat. So perhaps it will come to pass, perhaps when I am 44.
But death is not the end—so I am not concerned.