zorban': (adj) typifying a wholehearted approach to life, esp the life of the senses; a person who abounds in life, love and humour; a fearlessness of life and the exercise of an implicit morality, free from dogma. 'larger than life'.
Zorba is the foundation and
Buddha is the palace. Buddha is the peak, but the foundation stones are
laid by Zorba. It will be foolish to choose to be a Buddha without
having the foundation stones.
“I am absolutely mathematical about
it: Zorba should be there and the stronger a Zorba is there, the better
a Buddha is possible. So I can become Buddha any moment, Zorba is
absolutely needed as the basic energy out of which the Buddha is going
to be carved. Zorba is the marble rock out of which the Buddha statue
has to be carved. I choose the rock...and Buddha is easy. “It is just a
question of opening your eyes. I don’t bother about Buddha; I am worried
about people who are not Zorbas. How will they become Buddhas? They
don’t have the basic material out of which a Buddha is made.
this poverty has been given to people by our religious leaders. They
have been told not to be materialists. They have been told to be
celibate. They have been told to live in poverty. They have been told
that life is out of sin. All these things have destroyed their Zorbas.
Otherwise, every man is a born Zorba the Greek.
everything goes according to me, every man will die as Zorba the Buddha.
Between the Greek and the Buddha there is not much distance, but first
you must be the Greek.”