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Buddhist Monk Story

Enjoy the following Buddhist monk story…

Two Buddhist Monks were on a journey, one was a senior monk, the other a junior monk. During their journey they approached a raging river and on the river bank stood a young lady. She was clearly concerned about how she would get to the other side of the river without drowning.

The junior monk walked straight past her without giving it a thought and he crossed the river. The senior monk picked up the woman and carried her across the river. He placed her down, they parted ways with woman and on they went with the journey.

As the journey went on, the senior monk could see some concern on the junior monk’s mind, he asked what was wrong. The junior monk replied, “how could you carry her like that? You know we can’t touch women, it’s against our way of life”. The senior monk answered, “I left the woman at the rivers edge a long way back, why are you still carrying her?”

The moral of that buddhist monk story: The senior monk had broken rules but for good reason. Once the purpose was fulfilled he put her down and continued on. He never gave it a further thought. The junior monk however did not touch the woman but he had brought up the actions of the senior monk when it was an action of the past. Therefore the junior monk was carrying the burden of what the senior monk had done as emotional baggage.

We have little use for the past except for the purpose of learning from our experiences, good and bad. Just like in the Buddhist monk story, we need to let go of any burden the past may place on us. It’s happened, it’s over, it cannot be changed, we can only move forward and create a compelling future.

Are you carrying any burden of the past? If your answer is yes. Are you willing to change or how committed are you to bring those changes?

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Nirav
    July 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Very nice story I like it very muchh

  2. August 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    @ Nirav – Thank you, keep visiting the blog 🙂

  3. Kamlesh
    August 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Very True- yesterday is ‘history’, tomorrow is a’mystery and today is a gift- that’s why we call it present.

    Raju- keep up the good work !

  4. August 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    @ Kamal Bhai – Thank you elder brother 🙂

  5. August 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    We need to look at the past only once a while to learn from our mistakes. Nothing more. Look ahead and move, life is too beautiful to be wasted over something which we have no control

  6. August 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    @ Shammi – Very well said, we should move on after learning from our mistakes of the past, thats all 🙂

  7. pinky
    August 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Very nice story

  8. August 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    @ Pinky – Thank you, keep coming 🙂

  9. Rajeev Hundoo
    November 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Without realizing the folly, we keep such burdens and live a burdened life.

    • November 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Very true Sir, total awareness is the only solution, but one must practice it, until our thoughts becomes positive and pure 🙂

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