May 24, 2008

The legend of the Hundredth Monkey

In the process of achieving our dreams, do we realize the impact of our energy on the world around us? Is it important to share our secrets of success with each other? Physics speaks about the reality of the quantum leap. Is there a quantum leap in consciousness as inspired in the legend of the Hundredth Monkey? The legend goes like this:-

The Japanese monkey
Macaca Fuscata,
has been observed in the wild
for a period of over 30 years.

In 1952, on the island of Koshima scientists
were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes
dropped in the sand.
The monkeys liked the taste
of the raw sweet potatoes,
but they found the dirt on the potatoes

An 18-month-old female named Imo
found she could solve the problem
by washing the potatoes
in a nearby stream.
She taught this trick
to her mother.
Her playmates also
learned this new way
and they taught their mothers, too.

This cultural innovation
was gradually picked up
by various monkeys
before the eyes of the scientists.

Between 1952 and 1958,
all the young monkeys
learned to wash
the sandy sweet potatoes
to make them more palatable.

Only the adults
who imitated their children
learned this social improvement.
Other adults
kept eating
the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place.
In the autumn of 1958,
a certain number of Koshima monkeys
were washing sweet potatoes-
the exact number is not known.

Let suppose
that when the sun rose one morning
there were 99 monkeys
on Koshima Island
who had learned
to wash their sweet potatoes.

Let us further suppose
that later that morning,
the hundredth monkey
learned to wash potatoes.


By that evening
almost everyone in the tribe
was washing sweet potatoes
before eating them.

The added energy
of this hundredth monkey
somehow created
an ideological breakthrough!

But notice.
A most surprising thing
observed by this scientists
was the habit
of washing sweet potatoes
then jumped over the sea –

Colonies of monkeys
on other islands
and the mainland troop of monkeys
at Takasakiyama
began washing
their sweet potatoes!

Thus, when a certain critical number
achieves an awareness,
this new awareness
may be communicated
from mind to mind.

Although the exact number may vary,
the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon
means that when only a limited number of people
know of a new way,
it may remain
the conscious property
of these people.

But there is a point at which
if only one more person
tunes-in to a new awareness,
a field is strengthened
so that this awareness
is picked up by almost everyone!

The legend emphasizes the importance of sharing and acquiring knowledge, for we, or others, may become aware of some secret, put it into practice, and become the “HUNDREDTH MONKEY”...

The wisdom of the Toltec

Thousands of years ago, the Toltecs were known throughout southern Mexico as 'men and women of knowledge'. They came up with 4 agreements we have to make with ourselves that can help us make our dreams come true. The first agreement is - Be impeccable with your word. The second agreement is - Don't take anything personally. The third agreement is - Don't make assumptions. The fourth agreement is - Always do your best.
The Toltecs promise that if we honor these 4 agreements in our lives, we are going to have a beautiful life.

May 18, 2008


Today is Wesak Day. Its a good day to meditate on the Buddha's teachings.
Buddha says that a wise man is not interested in 'the way' because he is not going anywhere, so there is no point in thinking about any 'way'. He is simply HERE in the NOW. When you are going somewhere you need a way. The present moment, the NOW is enough. There is no where to go, so what is the point of a way, a path, a means? There is no goal, no where to go. Just be here, now, as totally as possible. Dont let your mind go any where. And in that moment when you are not going any where, everything falls into silence. Experience it. You are then in tune with the dhamma, you are in tune with the universe. The man who understands this has nothing to do, he just HAS TO BE.
The Buddha also said that desire brings misery. Desire means you have moved away from reality, you have moved from that which is. Desire means you have fallen in the trap of a DREAM. Desire means you are not here now - you have gone somewhere in the future. Non-desire is enlightenment.
So to all dream chasers, we have fallen into the matrix world of dreams because we desire..and that means we are entangled in the law of karma.
Happy Wesak Day.