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Full text of "I And Thou"

of his springs from a relational event that has taken on
substance; this act, too, is a response to the Thou: but
about this response he preserves silence.
His succession among the peoples, however, that
" great vehicle ", has contradicted "him magnificently.
It has addressed the eternal human Thou under the
name of Buddha himself. And it awaits, as the
Buddah that is to come, the last of the age, fr™ by
whom love is to be fulfilled.
All doctrine of absorption is based on the colossal
illusion of the human spirit that is bent back on itself,
that spirit exists in man. Actually spirit exists with
man as starting-point—between man and that which is
not man. In renouncing this its meaning, its meaning
as relation, the spirit that is bent back on itself is
compelled to drag into man that which is not man, it
is compelled to make the world and God into functions of
the soul. This is the spirit's illusion about the soul.
" Friend ", says the Buddha, " I proclaim that in this
my fathom-high ascetic's body, affected with sensations,
there dwells the world and the beginning of the world
and the extinction of the world and the way that leads
to the extinction of the world ".
That is true, but in the last resort it is no longer true.
Certainly the world " dwells " in me as an image,
just as I dwell in it as a thing.   But it is not for that
reason in me, just as I am not in it.   The world and I
are  mutually included, the one in the other.   This
contradiction in thought, inherent in the situation of
It, is resolved in the situation  of  Thou, which  sets
me fuee from the world in order to bind me  up in
solidarity of connexion with it.
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