Once upon a time a big monk and a little monk were traveling together.
They came to the bank of a river and found the bridge was damaged.
They had to wade across the river. There was a pretty lady who was
stuck at the damaged bridge and couldn't cross the river. The big monk
offered to carry her across the river on his back. The lady accepted.
The little monk was shocked by the move of the big monk. "How can big
brother carry a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with
females?" thought the little monk. But he kept quiet. The big monk
carried the lady across the river and the small monk followed
unhappily. When they crossed the river, the big monk let the lady down
and they parted ways with her.
All along the way for several miles, the little monk was very unhappy
with the act of the big monk. He was making up all kinds of
acussations about big monk in his head. This got him madder and
madder. But he still kept quiet. And the big monk had no inclination
to explain his situation. Finally, at a rest point many hours later,
the little monk could not stand it any further, he burst out angrily
at the big monk. "How can you claim yourself a devout monk, when you
seize the first opportunity to touch a female, especially when she is
very pretty? All your teachings to me make you a big hypocrite
The big monk looked surprised and said, "I had put down the pretty
lady at the river bank many hours ago, how come you are still carrying
[This very old Chinese Zen story reflects the thinking of many people
today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate
us and they make us angry. Sometimes, they cause us a lot of hurt,
sometimes they cause us to be bitter or jealous ... But like the
little monk, we are not willing to let them go away.We keep on
carrying the baggage of the "pretty lady" with us. We let them keep on
coming back to hurt us, make us angry, make us bitter and cause us a
lot of agony.Why? Simply because we are not willing to put down or let
go of the baggage of the "pretty lady". We should let go of the pretty
lady immediately after crossing the river, that is after the
unpleasant event is over.This will immediately remove all our
agonies.There is no need to be further hurt by the unpleasant event
after it is over.]
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