“I Saw A Hole in the Man”

Via Jennifer Cusano
on Jul 18, 2011
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Mayan Cosmos

What you are about to read, and then hopefully listen to, is one of the most beautiful tales I have ever heard. It gives me goosebumps when I hear it. The truth, and meaning behind it, about what is wrong with man, and why humanity suffers is unnerving.

I have watched the movie Apocalypto more times than I can count. The movie itself left me wanting so much more, I absolutely needed to know everything I could find out about these ancient people. I read almost every book I could find that was not about 2012.

Whats sad is that when people talk about Mayan Culture, it is usually about how ruthless they were as a people, and more recently about their 2012  forecast of impending doom (which by the way I believe is actually a time we will usher in peace, and a new way of living, but that is neither here nor there).

The Popol Vuh, or the Mayan story of creation is probably one of the best books I have ever read, and at a time when I was searching for something to believe in it was there for me.

Anyway if you haven’t seen the movie Apocalypto,  it is certainly worth watching, especially because it shows the Mayan people in all of their forms, from rich to poor, to those who were not even counting. Also, after you read this, please watch the video. Although it is the same story, it is so much different when you hear it coming from the mouth of an elderly Mayan shaman (a real one, they cast the local Mayans-some wanting nothing but ice cream or chickens as payment), or guru, or teacher, in the true Yucatan Mayan dialect. Enjoy!

“And a man sat alone
drenched in deep sadness.
And all the animals drew near to him and said:
We do not like to see you so sad…
Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.
The man said:
I want to have good sight.
The vulture replied:
You shall have mine.
The man said:
I want to be strong.
The jaguar replied:

You shall be strong like me.
The man said:
I long to learn the secrets of the earth.
The serpent replied:
I will show them to you.
And so it went with all of the animals.

And when the man had all the gifts that they could give…..he left.
Then the owl said to the other animals:

Now the man knows much and is able to do many things….Suddenly I am scared.
The deer said:
The man has all that he needs now his sadness will stop..

But the owl replied :

No….I saw a hole in the man…deep like a hunger he will never fill.
It is what makes him sad and what makes him want.
He will go on taking and taking….
Until one day the world will say: I am no more and I have nothing left to give.”


[The picture of the tree above is The Cebia Tree of Life, it represents the Mayans transition from the underworld to the “middle grounds” and then to the heavens.]

Peace Y’all


About Jennifer Cusano

Jennifer Cusano, social media aficionado, research connoisseur, and writer du jour, is a Yogi on a path of personal exploration and long overdue healing. Managing Editor for YOGANONYMOUS, Producer for Where Is My Guru, Director of Social Media for YOGASCAPES and TumericALIVE, wife and mother of three, Jenn is really a superhero in disguise—or so she likes to think. In her spare time Jenn likes to read about and search for vampires, so if you happen to know or come across one, please do send them her way. Hit her up on Facebook or Twitter to discuss the various methods of tracking down said vampires. Also she is more than a little uncomfortable writing about herself in the third person, it may just be the hardest thing she's had to do, and that's saying something...


13 Responses to ““I Saw A Hole in the Man””

  1. Keith says:

    What a beautiful post. Just that, I thoroughly enjoyed this part of my day and its thanks to you.

  2. I know how you feel EXACTLY. Everytime I read this, or hear it (because really you need to hear it spoken in that gorgeous Mayan tounge) its like I am opening my eyes again, it truly is beautiful, and oh so true! I keep a copy taped to my mirror as a daily reminder not to want, and to try very hard not to take. I thoroughly enjoyed your comment 🙂 love and light!!

  3. yogiclarebear says:

    powerful. excellent share jenn.

  4. I love it! I was compelled to share it right away, I have other things I am working on but the immediacy I felt with this was unnerving!! Thanks 🙂 Hey did you watch the video?

  5. Jose says:

    I absolutely love this movie. My father didn't really like it as much as I did and he said because it was about the negativity of the people. Ruthless and Arrogant. I do not agree. I think I exposed an entire spectrum of people as you said, from Dirt Poor to The Imperial Rich. When I saw this film, I absolutely felt a deep connection with the Mayan people. It was eerie like really strange. My emotions got the best of me. I sobbed during certain scenes. It was something I had no control over. I don't know what became of me. But it was great! Thanks for the post.

  6. jay says:

    Same concept as the Hungry Ghost and insatiable desire. Very powerful.

  7. Jose~
    I know what came over you, you FELT from it. The same thing happened to me, and I watched it at least 3 times that first day. You are not alone in the connection you felt with the Maya, I felt the same way, and as I stated above, I also had an insatiable need for more information. I dont know if you read or not, but like Isaid The Popol Vuh is wonderful beginning material. The links above will take you to amazon to the books Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shamans Path and A Forest of Kings: the untold story of the ancient Maya both by David Freidel and Linda Schele. Its a shame that so many people disregard the amazing culture that were the Maya, or only read about the doomsday prophecy. These books mention that, along with the sacrificing they did, but it is not what the authors focus on. They are large books, but wonderful reads.
    I do not agree with your father about his opinion of the movie however. There was not negativity really, it was supposed to transport you back to a time when what happened in it was a reality, there was no negative or positive. I felt like the movie was a testament to the great leaps and bounds we take as humans, in any time, during any tragedy, to make sure that our family is well and taken care of. Both Jaguar Paw, in his fight for survival, to return to his wife and children, and his wife, while taking care of her babies in the most extreme environment, never doubting her husband would return show me how unshakable the bonds between us can be and how you instinctively fight for what you love. This movie moved me deeply, and opened my eyes to a civilization I had marked completely wrong. I was so surprised to learn that there were tribes in the forest, I thought they were only in the cities chopping peoples heads for instance. Thankyou for your comment, and I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this! Be Well.

  8. I will have to check that out, thanks for the suggestion!

  9. libbi says:

    Best I've read today! btw, your description of yourself at the end perfectly describes ME! Its nice to meet you!

  10. Libbi-
    Thanks so much for your kind words 🙂 I read this almost everyday and it seems new to me each time, for sure it is one of my favorite pieces to read! And it's nice to meet you too, I have met so many great people through this site, and for that I am grateful. Be Well!

  11. Ruthie says:

    I think this is a great video and beautiful Mayan quote, but this movie was very inaccurate and a total Mel Gibson blood fest. I traveled to the Yucatan last year and visited Tikal. We were privileged to have a Mayan guide that explained much of the Maya history and dispelled a lot of rumors and inaccuracies created specifically from the movie, Apacolypto. Please take the time to research for yourself out of respect for this culture.

  12. oh I have, I read tons and tons of books, because this movie compelled me to. I didn't think that it was all accurate to begin with, it's fiction. I think it accurately depicted the difference in classes back in the ancient times though. And as I mentioned above, people should take the time to do some research and read some information so that they are better informed, stepping away from what we usually associate the Maya with. The links above will take you to some of the books I have read, and if you haven't already, you should read them. They are wonderful! Thank you so much for your comment, and thank you for reading!

  13. Ruthie says:

    Hello Jennifer,

    I totally respect your post and what you are saying. I will check out some of the books listed above. I was speaking more to the other folks posting comments in here. Thank you again for this article. Beautiful posting. I've re-posted the video in other social networking spots <3