This morning the hand-carved wooden monkey trio at the farmers' market brought a smile. It felt like Edra had reached through the veil, and, like an angel, had tapped me on the shoulder.
At home some research revealed the origin of the Three Wise Monkeys. A 2000 year-old symbol named sanzaru. In Japan "san" means 3 and "saru" means monkey. In Japan, monkey is supposed to ward off evils.
Each proverbial principled monkey has a name:
IWAZARU - Speaks no evil
Also, Mahatma Gandhi had one exception to his lifestyle of non-possession. It was a small statue of the Three Wise Monkeys.
The sanzaru have found a home on my desk by Archangel Gabriel, the Angel of Communications. A message to be prudent with what I say, wise with what I listen to, and skillful with what I look at. Always keep our spirit pure. Avoid listening to anything that may cause us to act badly. Avoid speaking without reason, and do not see evil actions as natural. Three guidelines that will lead to peace and happiness.
Love and peace,