“See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” – The Three Wise Monkeys

Statues of the Three Wise Monkeys can often be found rummaging through cheap trinket shops. They are mostly tacky, which is a shame because the various myths behind them are discerning.

There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys and the proverb. Most common are: interpretations that relate to being of good mind, speech and action. The phrase is often used to refer to those who deal with corruption, misuse of power and cruelty by turning a blind eye. three wise monkeys

The shrine at Nikko, which I visited, is a Shinto shrine. The monkey is believed to be the messenger of the Hie Shinto shrines, which also have connections with Tendai Buddhism.

The Three Wise Monkeys are:

• Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil

• Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.

• Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil

Just as there is disagreement about the origin of the phrase, there are differing explanations of the meaning of “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.”

• In Japan, the proverb is regarded as a Japanese Golden Rule.

• In Buddhist tradition, the creed relates to not dwelling on evil thoughts.

• In the Western world, it refers to a lack of moral responsibility. People who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, ignorance and disregard of the law. It may also signify a code of silence in gangs and organised crime.

Do you know about the fourth wise monkey?

Intermittently and scarcely known is a fourth monkey depicted with the other three wise monkeys . He is Shizaru, who symbolizes the principle of “Do No Evil”. He may be shown crossing his arms. “Do no evil” is an ideal way to sum up the way to live life.

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Do No Evil

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Dawn Alice is a Professional Psychic Tarot Reader, Knowledge Master in several areas of metaphysics and Author of Life Love Tarot and Life Love Numbers. Dawn Alice has used her many talents to deliver a unique experience to her clients. Her psychic energy works well with a deep understanding of the tarot, and unique way of channelling through numerology. She is also a Crystal Therapist, Reiki Master and Spiritual Teacher. Dawn Alice believes psychic readings should be a time of healing, and opportunity for the client to take control of their own life. Dawn Alice resides in Queensland Australia.
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3 Responses to “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” – The Three Wise Monkeys

  1. Morgan says:

    How interesting, I had no idea about the fourth monkey! Thanks for your blogs, I love reading them :)

  2. Dawn Alice says:

    It is interesting Morgan, and when you think about it, the fourth monkey has the strongest message, “Do No Evil”. Glad you are enjoying the blogs


    Dawn Alice xo

  3. Pingback: Favourite destination that I have visited in the world is Nikko

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