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Chapter 5: Master of the New Monastery

So the chief disciple said something negatively - but he said. When mind feels at a loss as to what to do it starts saying negative things. May-be atheism is just an escape. God is there but how to define it? Mind feels at a loss, so the easiest escape is to say there is no God - the problem is finished.

Somebody said, “It is not a pond because it can be carried in the hand.”

But how can you define a jug filled with water by just saying that it is not a pond? Then what is a pond? Say something without naming it.

Then the cook of the monastery, who must have been more real a man than these pundits - a cook, who has never been too much interested in the scriptures; a cook, who has been working with reality, encountering it, not thinking about it, stopped, kicked the pot and went out.

What did he say? He said something in a more realistic way. Kicking is not thinking, it is action. He kicked the pot and he said to the master, “Nonsense! You are talking absurdities. You say to us to say something without words. Nothing can be said without words. Something can be done without words, but nothing can be said.” He caught the point. Something can be done without words but nothing can be said. So he did something - he kicked the pot.

The master said, “This cook has been chosen. He goes to the new monastery and he becomes the master there. He knows how to act without mind; he knows how to answer without using mind. He has said that the problem is absurd.”

Remember one thing: if the problem is absurd you cannot answer it in a rational way. And if you try you will be foolish - that shows foolishness. If the problem is absurd you cannot answer in a rational way, because for an absurd question there can be no rational answer. If you try, you simply prove that you are foolish. That chief disciple must have been a foolish man; the other scholar, who said, “This is not a pond,” must have been a foolish man. Scholars are foolish, otherwise they won’t be scholars. They are wasting their lives in words, scriptures. Nobody can waste his life in words if he is not absolutely stupid.

This cook is wiser - he kicked. He is not kicking the pot, he is kicking the whole problem; he is not kicking the pot, he is kicking the whole situation, and he feels, “This is absurd!” He is not saying anything, not using a word. Just imagine that cook kicking the pot with his whole being. He is involved in it completely, mind, body, soul. The kick is alive, the kick is spontaneous. He has not decided beforehand; he never knew it was going to be there. He may not even have thought that he was to answer; he was just seeing what was going on. Suddenly, the kick happened.

The master must have looked into this state of being, when the cook was just action - no mind in it, just an emptiness. Out of that emptiness, out of that no-mind, the action arose. When the action comes from the actor it is dead; when the action comes from the ego it is premeditated. When the action comes without the ego, without the mind, without you being there, when the action bubbles up out of your nothingness, it is from the divine, it is total.

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