Carrying and Leaving!

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Once upon a time, there were two monks who went on a pilgrimage across the country together. One day, they came to  a river bank and saw a beautiful girl who was unable to cross the river.

Seeing her difficulty, the elder monk volunteered to carry her across the river on his back while the younger one looked on in consternation.

When the sun went down, the monks came upon a dilapidated shack and decided to stay there for the night. The elder monk quickly fell asleep while the younger one twisted around, unable to calm his mind. Finally, he woke up the elder monk and reprimanded him for what happened during the day, “As monks, we are supposed to keep away from women. I am really ashamed and troubled by what you did today!”

The elder monk looked at his friend and a smile broke up on his face, “Oh, so that has been bothering you! Brother, I have left the girl behind by the river bank, why are you still carrying her around?”

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About Bushka

Retired! Enjoying the Autumn days of my life. A Joy to do nothing and then rest afterwards.
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5 Responses to Carrying and Leaving!

  1. menhir1 says:

    Hmm. Much to read in that exchange of two different age groups. Spot on when it comes to pin-pointing an issue. Baggage, like everything in life is variable and is often not easy to off-load.

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  2. Just a touch of jealousy there with the younger monk.

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  3. jilldennison says:

    So much like so many situations I can think of … lessons to be learned here.

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