Letting Go - A Monk Helps a Damsel in Distress
After doing so and saying goodbye to the young lady, the monks walked together in silence for some time. Suddenly, the other monk, no longer able to contain himself, admonished his friend: “You shouldn’t have done that,” he said. “You risked your vows of chastity by stimulating impure thoughts when you carried that damsel across the street. Why did you do that?”
His friend replied: “I saw a person in distress when we approached the street corner. I asked if I could be of help and she said “yes,” so I picked her up, carried her across the muddy road, put her down, and I let her go. Can you not do the same?”
-- One lesson: This story illustrates letting go of judgments, fears, expectations, and desires in order to better experience compassion and serve others.