And supper being ended,…He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
I call this “the Zen act.” What is a Zen act? – a Zen act is an act in which you say that which cannot be said in any other way. There are things which can be said, there are things which cannot be said, and there are things which can only be acted upon. Through action, total action, they can be said; there is no other way to say them. In Zen, the master always gives a certain problem for the disciple to find out the answer to. They call it a “koan.” The disciple goes on finding out answers, and comes again and again, every morning, to see the master and to give his answer. But the master goes on saying, “No, this is not the answer.” Sometimes it happens that even before the disciple has said anything the master says, “No, this is not the answer.” Sometimes this too happens: the disciple is coming, he is just outside the door and the master shouts from inside, “No, this is not the answer.” Only later on, when the disciple becomes enlightened, does he understand what was the matter – the master had given a problem which could not be answered verbally. You can act upon it. Only action can answer it, nothing else, because only action can be total.
Have you ever watched a small child in anger? That is total action; it is not only in the head. Every fiber of his body vibrates with anger – ready to explode, red in the face, as if capable of destroying the whole world – so tiny but so full of atomic energy. Watch a child in anger and you will see what total action is. Or, watch a lover who is in deep love: the mind stops. Even holding the hand of his beloved he is saying something which cannot be said. The very touch shows something, shows something which is beyond words, and the act is total. In anger, in love, in sadness, in bliss, sometimes it happens that the action is total. In dancing, when the dancer disappears and only the dance remains, then the action is total. And a total action is beautiful because a total action is no longer from you. The moment you are total, God is flowing through you.