And thus brother monk forgot to shed his burdenRecently, while going through one of the threads, I was appalled to find a horrific response about the Olympic dress of a star sportswoman of the country. Once the final match was over and the results known, the rest of the country unburdened themselves of the tension, which had got built since the semi-final stage. But, one of our esteemed ISC friends burdened himself with finding fault with the dress of the star. The incident reminded me of a popular Chinese fable which goes as follows.
Once 2 monks were heading for home from a nearby town. On the way came a river. A beautiful young lady was standing at the banks, unable to cross. One of the monks offers help, which the lady gladly accepts. The monk carries her on his shoulders. Once at the other bank, they part their own ways. But the 2nd monk was distressed and angry. He says nothing. All through the journey he continues to simmer inside. Once they were in the vicinity of their village, the 2nd monk couldn't help it anymore. He burst out. "That's not done brother. It's a sin, even to think of a girl and you have touched her, carried a beautiful lady on your shoulders. Not done, not done at all." To this the 1st monk replies, "Brother, I had shed my burden at the river bank itself, but I am surprised to find you carrying yours, even hours into the journey." Needless to say the 2nd monk was left speechless.
Perhaps our own ISC brother too will shed his burden and instead focus more on posting good threads, that he usually does.