when man seeks consciousness and spiritual ascent, Nature stands in opposition with her great, dark strength.  

somehow the prize is not won, but is stolen.

promethius stole fire from the gods, and similarly, the monkey king stole the immortality peach from the orchard.

 

eve was told not to eat the apple, and yet she did it anyway.

 

it is the process of discrimination which is part of any directed course.

 

the monkey prays for rain - and it rains.  he changes a court robe laid upon a lacquered dish into a cracked old kitchen dish with nothing in it, just by spitting on it.

with one leap, he could cover 36,000 miles.

 

the monkey is a thief.

 

the monkey, like man, cannot will into existence - but can only attempt to bring about the conditions which are capable of producing it.

 

the snake lies.