The Monk Dude
On April 14th I gave a talk at Google HQ on Meditation, Creativity and the Power of Mantra.
The day before my talk I was driving North towards San Francisco along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world when a show came on the radio about Pope Francis.
That night I dreamed that when I arrived at Google to give my talk, I met Pope Francis and we had a fascinating conversation. He seemed like a very nice man.
Then the next day I got to speak to a crowd of about eighty ‘Googlers’. (Just to be clear, I had stopped dreaming at this point. This is what actually happened. The dream ended with my conversation with Pope Francis.)
I was explaining about the different layers of the mind and how each of the eight limbs of yoga (Astaunga Yoga) is designed to purify and perfect one of these layers. I got to talking about dreams.
“When you dream, your conscious mind closes down, and you experience the content of your subconscious mind as reality, but it is often quite mixed up and non-linear.”
You have to use words like non-linear with these people or they will not take you seriously.
“Yesterday I heard a radio show about Pope Francis. Then last night I dreamed that I bumped into Pope Francis here at Google. You never told me that The Pope works at Google! You guys are so secretive!”
That got a good laugh.
OK, next Monk Dude style Google joke:
“This morning I was thinking to myself, what can I say to these Googlers to convince them that meditation is relevant to them? I mean, who am I to teach these people, with all their PHd’s and flying cars?”
“Oh sorry. I meant to say self-driving cars. I forgot that the flying car project is still a secret.”
Not bad eh? But wait for this last one.
“And then it struck me.”
On the screen pops up a cute octopus – the very one in this picture. His name is Doogaloogue.
Each of his limbs represents one of the eight limbs of yoga. Now you yoga philosophy aficionados out there will know that the first limb of yoga is Yama, which means things you should not do, like killing and stealing and lying to your mother. But it could translate as… wait for it…
“This first limb of yoga, Yama, could also translate as ‘Don’t be Evil’.”
That really got them, because of course ‘Don’t be Evil’ is the motto of Google. But you knew that.
So I had a great time with my friends at Google. I mean if you’re going to talk about creativity, you had better come up with something original, especially if you’re talking to a bunch of people with Phds and secret flying cars. (Photos from Google.com)
(About the Writer: Dada Nabhanilananda, also known as the Monk Dude, is a yoga monk and an award winning songwriter, a meditation instructor and author. He lives in Los Altos Hills in California. For more of his music and works, visit his website on www.themonkdude.com. You can also support his works through the Enlightened Leader campaign)