Keanu Reeves new age monk! is a bonafide superstar and Hollywood icon. But that is not all he is. With his secretly generous acts of kindness, he without an ounce of doubt can be called a new age monk.
Over the years, Keanu Reeves has built a triumphant career for himself without losing sight of ways to extend his riches to the less fortunate. The ‘immortal’ superstar has generously used his wealth and star power to pioneer causes that resonate with his core beliefs. He’s one of those rare icons who’s loved more for his true self than the characters he impersonates. In a world that thrives on superficiality and blind materialism, this messiah has the serenity of a new age monk.
Keanu Played ‘The Little Buddha’ and stayed in character forever
It’s not just his day-to-day deeds that make Keanu Reeves ‘new age monk’. In fact, he has actually been in the shoes of the most celebrated monks of all times: Lord Buddha. In a 1993 movie, “Little Buddha”, the world saw him as Gautama Buddha who left all worldly desires to find enlightenment. Just like the character he played, Keanu too was a changed man after this project.
The seeds of Keanu Reeves that we know today were sown in the Himalayas during the shooting of this movie. His understanding of the laws of ultimate happiness awakened as he looked deep into the character he was playing for the movie.
Once, a man asked Gautama Buddha, “I want happiness.” Buddha said, “First remove “I,” that’s Ego, then remove “want,” that’s Desire. See now, you are left with only “Happiness”.
Keanu: The hope for the homeless
It was in 1997 that the world stood still and turned its eyes to Keanu Reeves, the new age monk. The actor met a homeless guy and decided to hang out with him. This incident took place in the side streets of West Hollywood. Undoubtedly, no good deed goes unseen. Paparazzi came across and saw him sharing his drink, eating snacks and listening to the homeless guy’s stories and clicked him in the act. What makes the incident even more wonderful is that it was not a PR stunt. In fact, the paparazzi stumbled upon this incident by sheer accident.
Keanu, a millionaire who travels in public transport
Keanu Reeves is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. To put it in figures, he is worth $360 million currently. He is undoubtedly a celebrated celebrity yet far from all the noise and light of star life. Celebrities today travel in cars with an entourage trotting beside them. But Keanu chooses to keep it simple and real.
He gives evidence of his humility when he chooses to travel by subway
But that’s not all. He travels without an ego. Just like any other ordinary person, he takes public transport and talks to people along the way. In fact, numerous stories and snaps of his encounters with commuters come up time and again. One such encounter went viral in 2011. In a minute-long clip that did rounds on the internet, Reeves was seen getting up and offering his seat to a woman carrying a large bag.
Keanu the epitome of calmness and tranquility
Keanu Reeves’ serene persona emanates that of a monk. It was in 2014 that Page Six reported an incident that proves how modest he is. The actor patiently waited in a line at NYC for his own wrap-up party! (This was for the film Daughter of God.) Once he did make it into the club, Reeves courteously made an announcement from the DJ booth that he found a credit card on the ground, in an effort to find the owner.
Keanu a solitary soul
Reeves met Jennifer Syme in 1998 and they “fell instantly in love.” A year later, the couple conceived a child but sadly, the baby was stillborn. The grief strained their relationship and the couple broke up a few weeks later. But this was just an iota of what the future had in store for him. A year and half later, Syme was killed in a car accident while she was only 28 years old. Since then the star has never been known to be with any other woman even though many have the hots for him.
Still, his views about women are more intimate than one can think of, “It’s always wonderful to get to know women, with the mystery and the joy and the depth. If you can make a woman laugh, you’re seeing the most beautiful thing on God’s Earth.”
Reeves addressed his never-ending grief in a 2006 interview. “Grief changes shape, but it never ends,” Reeves told Parade. “People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, ‘It’s gone, and I’m better.’ They’re wrong. When the people you love are gone, you’re alone.”
Keanu A Closeted Celebrity
While we know all about his tragic life, there are many aspects of Reeves that none of his fans are sure of. His life, we can say, is a closed book. We know little about this new age monk.
We know where he was born but we have little clue about his relationship with his family. Or who are his friends
As Alex Pappademas aptly wrote, for a cover story about the actor in GQ, Reeves has somehow managed to “pull off the nearly impossible feat of remaining an enigmatic cult figure despite having been an A-list actor for decades.”
Keanu Detached from the world, attached to the spirit
What do you think are the biggest platforms to get a sneak peek into your favourite stars’ lives? Try doing a search on ‘Keanu Reeves Twitter’. Or, Instagram for that matter. While you might see popular faces all over these social media platforms, you would not spot Keanu’s face.
The actor has kept himself devoid of the modern era of distractions
Keanu Reeves is just like a new age monk who is detached from the glamour of the world. What made him opt-out in the age of social media, we might never know. But Keanu’s life has been nothing short of adversity. So, maybe it is the result of a life full of speed breakers? Do you think that is the reason that moves him to find a deeper meaning to life?
Keanu’s Thoughts on Death and beyond
When Reeves appeared on “The Late Show” to promote the third installment of John Wick, the host, Stephen Colbert, asked the actor about his thoughts on what happens after we die. This deep question was answered by Keanu Reeves in the simplest of words. He paused for a moment before answering, “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” It was a response so wise and true that it made his fans think. Moreover, this seemed like a complete rebuke to the usual babble format of the late-night television shows. This clip went so viral that it was re-tweeted more than a hundred thousand times.
Keanu the magnanimous philanthropist
Keanu is widely known as a philanthropist. Time and again he has been known to give away millions secretly. Moreover, Reeves runs a private foundation that benefits cancer research and children’s hospitals. He once said to the “Hello” Magazine, “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.”
Keanu The Prophet Of Self Love
Keanu Reeves follows the golden rule of being a new age monk: love yourself. After all, how can one send out a helping hand if he himself does not have a fulfilling soul and love for self within? You cannot be a philanthropist if you have nothing to give. And this does not just apply to monetary aid, but emotional too. Keanu has kept calm throughout all his struggles. He embraced his grief, his loss. As Buddha guides, “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”