' Compassion rules him '...
The sage has conquered separativeness in his mind and realized the ALL as himself.
The logical consequence is tremendous.
It follows that there is no liberation from the round of births and rebirths for the sage; he has to go through it like the others.
Of course, he does this with full understanding whereas they are plunged in darkness.
But if he identifies himself with the All, then he can't desert but must go on to the end, working for the liberation of others in turn.
This is his crucifixion, that being able to save others he is unable to save himself.
"And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, `And he was numbered with the transgressors.'-- Why? Because compassion rules him, not the ego.
Nobody is likely to want such a goal (until, indeed he is almost ready for it) so it is usually kept secret or symbolized.
Again: "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
Posted by thomas meehan