It’s so easy for us to judge. So easy to set standards for others. Easy to rush to conclusions. Label things as ‘sins’. Long after people have made their peace or amends for wrong choices, we still remember. We can’t wait to remind them of their bad choices. Still discuss their ‘sins’ in closed groups – making public all the private things they might have shared. Why do we choose to be burdened carrying another’s sins?
Sometimes I think that the biggest sin of all is the one of self-righteousness!
Today, I want to share with you one of my favourite Zen stories that perfectly illustrates my musings this Monday.
Carrying Another’s Sins?
Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy road.
A heavy rain was falling. Coming around the bend,
they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash,
unable to cross the intersection.
“Come on, girl,” said the first monk. Lifting her
in his arms, he carried her over the mud.
The second monk did not speak again until that night
when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer
could restrain himself. “We monks don’t go near females,”
he said. “It is dangerous. Why did you do that?”
“I left the girl there,” the first monk said.
“Are you still carrying her?”
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