The Monkey King

The human body is like a country, and the mind is like a ruler. -- Liu Yiming (18th c. Taoist master) Commentary on the I Ching
This physical body of ours is a city. Our eyes, ears, nose and tongue are the gates. There are five external gates, while the internal one is the gate of consciousness. The mind is the ground. The Essence of Mind is the King who lives in the domain of the mind. -- Huineng (6th Patriarch of Zen Buddhism, 7th c.)

Monkey symbolizes the mind that is able to rule one`s being and bring one to the state of enlightenment. The ruler or King of the mind is also called the steward.

Sun Wukong, the Monkey King



Man is compared to a house in which there is a multitude of servants but no master and no steward. The house can be got ready for the arrival of the real steward who will, in his turn, prepare it for the arrival of the master. -- Gurdjieff (20th c. Fourth Way spiritual teacher)
And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, who his lord shall make ruler over his household. ?"
-- The Bible, Luke 12:42





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