Dancing on death is dancing on loss. Life is loss. Everything you grab hold of is going to slip through your fingers. We cling until we die, or lose. We are losing as we win. This tension exists in everything; the tension of gaining and the tension of losing what we gain. We de everything we can to deny this truth. Our society conditions us to deny this truth, so we believe we can consume forever, always getting pleasure with no pain. But getting with no losing is like having an elevator with only up.
The elevator is up/down. When we go up, we imply down. When we go down, we imply up. Up/down is the whole coin that has two faces; but we separate them, and the gap between the up and the down is our suffering. Tension is suffering. When we separate the coin into heads separate from tails, the whole or unity has a tension built into it because our mind has separate the ONE into Two…and the ONE is calling its two halves back to its original unity. Mind, therefore, creates tension in its own mind by dividing the good from the bad, the up from the down. Can you see that?
If you can see that; the moment you SEE that you dance the joy of life/death. Life that is Life/death has become ONE in you. You have healed the self inflicted wound caused when. you tried to separate gaining from losing, the up from the down. Nothing wrong with going up, but you have to know that while you are going up you are also going down.
I mentioned Shiva in this talk as a metaphor for the union of creation and destruction, as all Hindu deities are ambiguous this way. In the West we divide good into God and bad into the Devil. We split God into good and bad, and that gets us into all kinds of trouble. Why did this happen to me? I’m a good person! I did everything right, played by the rules; thought I was going up and now I’m going down.
But Shiva says: WAIT…if you can see that your Lord is both creation and destruction, you are free. Dance with me. Zorba and Shiva are both metaphors of the same dance.