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28 April 2009 @ 12:44 pm
Two very religious Buddhist monks are walking down a river bank when they came across a very beautiful young woman stuck in the middle of the river. She had tried to cross it, but was now trapped among the raging waters.

The first monk stopped, went into the river, picked up the woman, and brought her to the bank. She was very grateful, and kissed the monk on the cheek, gave him a big wet hug, and skipped back to her home.

Both monks walked more in silence. One was getting angrier and angrier, until he finally burst out, "How come you helped that woman?? Do you not know it is forbidden for us to touch a woman?? Have you forgotten, or did you get distracted by her shallow and fleeting beauty?"

The other monk said calmly, "I left that woman on the river bank and hour ago. Why are you still carrying her?"

Often we get angry when we carry memories of past troubles. They weigh us down, and often have no practical use. Let the memories go.
Aynneaynne_witch on April 28th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
yep grudges can be heavy, tiresome and totally irrelevant if the person you are grudged at has/had no clue there was something to grudge over, so why bother.

yeah yeah - nice philosophy - I'm still working on it
Eddieedminster on April 29th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Yes! I learned this story many years ago, and daily try to live by it. In fact, I was going to post it as a response to the last fable you posted a while ago, but couldn't work up the courage to do so.

Thank you for knowing this story.
Ron: Deep Thoughtmighty_rontor on April 29th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
I simply could not agree more. I'm reposting this so some of the drama whores who read me will see it. Thanks, Punky! As always, you rock.