Attachment and detachment of desires

Two monks
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Two monks were returning to the monastery after walking around in a village in the evening.

Due to the rain, there were puddles on both sides of the road.

After walking for a while, at one place, two monks saw a beautiful young woman who was standing at the side of the road, unable to cross the road because of a puddle of water.

The elder of the two monks went to her, then lifted her up and safely moved her to the other side of the road, then again continued his way to the monastery.

In the evening, the younger monk came to meet the elder monk and asked, “Sir, as monks, we can’t touch a woman, right?”

The elder monk replied “yes, brother”.

Then the younger monk asked again, “But why did you lift up that woman and move to the other side of the road, sir?”

The elder monk smiled at the little monk and said, “I left her on the other side of the road, but you are still carrying her.”

Moral of the story

As long as you are not attached to something, you will not be happy or distressed by it.

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