When Nikos Kazantzakis decided to write his novel, Zorba the Greek, he wrote in his notebook: “My life’s greatest benefactors have been journeys and dreams. Very few people, living or dead, have aided my struggle. If, however, I wished to designate which people left their traces embedded most deeply in my soul, I would perhaps designate Homer, Buddha, Nietzsche, Bergson, and Zorba.
Zorba taught me to love life and have no fear of death….If it had been a question in my lifetime of choosing a spiritual guide, a guru as the Hindus say, a father as say the monks of Mount Athos, surely I would have chosen Zorba. When words and life became too constricting for Zorba and he felt suffocated, he leaped to his feet and began to dance….”
I differ from Kazantzakis in that my greatest benefactors have been primarily persons—the people in my life that I call “Star Persons” (spiritual guides). But, alas, none of these came close to being a Zorba. Oh, how I wish there had been a Zorba along my journey way to teach me to love life even more than I do—and to DANCE even more than I do!
In my youthful years I loved to dance, but as the years went by, there seemed to be less and less opportunity to do so, or so I thought! How I wish a Zorba had come along then to teach me. Don’t let this happen to you. Dance! Jesus invites us to a Party, not a Wake. He is the “Lord of the Dance” you see! He means for us, like Zorba, to DANCE!
“Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.”