An Absurd Baggage on Your Back

Two monks were travelling on a rainy day. They saw a woman standing by the side of muddy pathway. She asked if one of them would help her by carrying her across the muddy road. The younger monk turned away from her. But the older man carried her in his arms across the muddy road. She thanked him and bid farewell. The younger monk bubbled with anger and didn’t speak to the older monk for the rest of the day.

As they were about to bid for sleep at a local monastery the young man exploded, “How could you look, let alone touch that woman? We are forbidden any contact with a woman like that one.” The older monk smiled and said. “I left that woman back down the road. Why are you still carrying her around?”

Half of our problems are due to unnecessarily being judgemental about others. Being truthful and being judgemental are like two different continents. Mother Teresa said, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” 

Be a monk or a marital the reason for being judgemental is the failure to know your real nature.