He raised his arms under the executioners sword and shouted, "Jesus of Nazareth, leave the desert. I am departing. Return to mankind. Come, do not forsake the world." (Kazantazakis 285)
The gods exhorting The Buddha not to abNdon the world for Nirvana.
Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. (Kazantazakis 301)
"My son," he said, "do not take the cares of others upon yourself. They will devour you."
"I have no cares of my own, Father. Let those of others devour me." (Kazantazakis 313)