The Christian curses sin


The Hindu curses karma The Muslim curses kismet. The Christian curses sin.

They all curse their accursedness; truly, all forms of accursedness are a deprivation of freedom.

They all curse their accursedness - the only blessed curse. They all grumble against the ash, which has bound them to it­self and is certain of its victory.


Truly, gamblers do not like one whose victory is assured in a game with people who are more inept.

The Hindu does not curse the deprivation of freedom, but his vassalage to what is worse than himself. Nor does the Muslim curse the deprivation of freedom, but his vassalage to what is worse than himself. Nor does the Christian curse the deprivation of freedom, but his vassalage to what is worse than himself. None of them grumbles against their master as though he were their master, but as though he were a master inferior to themselves.

The world seeks masters. In tasting masters it falls beneath the heel of servants and, feeding on ashes, it tries to preserve its dignity only by grumbling.

I took counsel with myself and asked myself: "Can you cast karma behind you - this towering mountain, as ancient as the world, and as weighty as the world - can you cast it behind you?

"Can a drop of water really find its way into the light? Can the fire in the heart of the mountain bore its way through and break out on top, where the sun awaits it?"

Again I took counsel with myself and asked myself: "Can you develop a kismet for kismet? Can a cameleer save both himself and his camel from a sandstorm, and return on time from a route without oases?

"Can a son enter into his patrimony from a plenipotentiary father?

"Can the law-fulfiller become the law-giver?"

Again I took counsel with myself and asked myself: "Can you escape from this field of sins, where a single seed yields a hundred harvests?

"Can one, who has found a better field, really abandon the one that is worse?

"Can one, who has found out that his fellow wayfarer is a malefactor, really turn around and run away from him?"

But the fright within me retorts: "What if there is no other field? What if there is no other fellow-wayfarer?"

But the more courageous I within me replies: "When I speak of Brahma, am I not speaking of the other field? When I speak of Allah, am I not speaking of the other, fel­low-wayfarer? When I speak of Christ, am I not speaking of salvation?"

O Heavenly Master, accept my soul as Your handmaiden. Lo, my only freedom is to serve one better than myself.

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