Monday, July 21, 2014

MOVE ON - A ZEN STORY FOR MILITARY VETERANS WHO REFUSE TO “RETIRE”

A ZEN STORY FOR MILITARY VETERANS WHO REFUSE TO “RETIRE”
By
VIKRAM KARVE

This Zen story is for my ex “fauji” colleagues, retired military veterans, who cannot get the military out of their system even many years after retirement:

THE STORY OF THE CELIBATE MONKS AND THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

Two Monks were once travelling together on a long journey.

It was the monsoon season and it was raining heavily.

Suddenly they reached a flooded stream.

They saw a beautiful woman standing near the banks of the stream.

She wanted to cross the stream.

But the beautiful woman was very scared of crossing the stream because she was afraid of the strong current and she could not swim.

On seeing the two monks, the beautiful woman asked them if they could help her cross the stream.

The first monk hesitated.

But the second monk quickly picked up the beautiful woman onto his shoulders and carried her across the water, and then he put her down on the other side.

The beautiful woman thanked him and departed.

As the monks continued on their way, the first monk was brooding and preoccupied.

After a while, the first monk could restrain himself no longer, and he was unable to hold his silence, so he admonished the second monk who had carried the woman, “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any contact with women. We have to strictly observe the vows of celibacy. We monks do not go near females, especially young and lovely ones. But you picked up that beautiful woman on your shoulders and carried her all the way. It is sacrilege!”


“Brother,” the second monk replied, “I left the woman back there. Why are you are still carrying her?


VIKRAM KARVE
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