Once two monks were traveling. They were going to another monastery. Due to their rules, they were not even allowed to look at women. After walking for long, they reached a river which they had to cross. The flow of river was so strong that they couldn’t get across it without getting wet.
There they saw a woman waiting to cross the river but she was not able to cross it by herself.
One of the monk saw that and without thinking much, he carried her on her shoulders and took her to other side of the river. After reaching other side of river, the monk settled her down and the woman went on her way.
Both monks continued their walk in silence after reaching other side of the river. The second monk was really upset with the fact that his friend helped woman to cross river by carrying her. As per their rules, they were not allowed to even look at the women and yet his friend carried her across the river.
After walking for a while, the second monk couldn’t stand the thought anymore so he asked his friend, “We are not allowed to even look at woman but yet you carried her across the river?”
The first monk smiled and replied, “I left that woman after we crossed the river, are you still carrying her??”
- Author Unknown -