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Once, a big monk and a little monk were traveling together. They reached the bank of a river where the bridge was damaged. They had to move across the river. They saw a pretty lady stuck at the damaged bridge. The big monk offered to carry her across the river on his back. The lady agreed.
The little monk was shocked by this and thought to himself how could big brother carry a lady when they were supposed to avoid all intimacy with females. However, he kept quiet.
The big monk carried the lady across the river, but the small monk was very unhappy at what he did. When they crossed the river, the big monk let the lady down and they went their own way.
For several miles, the little monk kept brooding over what the big monk had done. He was accusing big monk in his head. He kept getting furious and furious with each passing moment but kept quiet.
Finally, after several hours when they stopped to rest, the little monk couldn’t control his anger and burst out at the big monk. He asked him how he could call himself a devout monk when he grabbed the first opportunity to touch a female, particularly when she is very pretty.
The big monk looked surprised and said that he had put down the pretty lady at the river bank several hours ago and had forgotten about it. How come the little monk was still carrying her along!
This is the thinking of many people today. We come across many unpleasant things in our life which irritate us and make us angry. And like the little monk, we don’t let them go away. There is no point in remaining hurt by the unpleasant event after it is over. Learn to move on.