Saturday, January 10, 2009


Lessons of Life

The Pretty Lady: Once upon a time a big monk

and a little monk were traveling together. They came to the

bank of a river and found the bridge was damaged. They had

to wade across the river. There was a pretty lady who was

stuck at the damaged bridge and couldn't cross the
river. The big monk offered to carry her across the river on

his back. The lady accepted. The little monk was shocked by

the move of the big monk. 'How can big brother carry a

lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with

females?' thought the little monk. But he kept quiet.

The big monk carried the lady across the river and the small

monk followed unhappily. When they crossed the river, the

big monk let the lady down and they parted ways with her.

All along the way for several miles, the little monk was

very unhappy with the act of the big monk. He was making up

all kinds of acussations about big monk in his head. This

got him madder and madder. But he still kept quiet. And the

big monk had no inclination to explain his situation.

Finally, at a rest point many hours later, the little monk

could not stand it any further, he burst out angrily at the

big monk. 'How can you claim yourself a devout monk,

when you seize the first opportunity to touch a female,

especially when she is very pretty? All your teachings to me

make you a big hypocrite The big monk looked surprised and

said, 'I had put down the pretty lady at the river bank

many hours ago, how come you are still carrying her

along?' [This very old Chinese Zen story reflects the

thinking of many people today. We encounter many unpleasant

things in our life, they irritate us and they make us angry.

Sometimes, they cause us a lot of hurt, sometimes they cause

us to be bitter or jealous .. But like the little monk, we

are not willing to let them go away.We keep on carrying the

baggage of the 'pretty lady' with us. We let them

keep on coming back to hurt us, make us angry, make us

bitter and cause us a lot of agony.Why? Simply because we

are not willing to put down or let go of the baggage of the

'pretty lady'. We should let go of the pretty lady

immediately after crossing the river, that is after the

unpleasant event is over.This will immediately remove all

our agonies.There is no need to be further h urt by the

unpleasant event after it is over.] Science is organized

knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

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