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Carrying Another’s Sins? #MondayMusings

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

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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  1. Shalzmojo Shalzmojo December 13, 2017

    I am in awe of these gems that you find to narrate in these posts; I was stunned by his reply!! Thats when it hit home how much self righteous I too carry within me and cant stop from commenting about others stuff!! Loved it Corinne

  2. vishalbheeroo vishalbheeroo December 13, 2017

    Such a beautiful and inspiring story. We tend to carry with us too much burden of the past, so-called sins, prejudices and negativity.

  3. the bespectacled mother the bespectacled mother December 13, 2017

    It is so true. The right to pass judgement, most of the times, comes from self-righteousness, the assumption that I know best. Being a DIL and a mother, I regularly find myself faced with such situations. Talking about past sins! Why don’t people move on?

  4. Monika Monika December 12, 2017

    Such a powerful story, this message needs to b spread to the world as in daily life , many of us are carrying others sins

  5. Modern Gypsy Modern Gypsy December 12, 2017

    This is one of my favourite stories! I love the messages that zen stories share – simply, beautifully, and profoundly!

  6. Surbhi Prapanna Surbhi Prapanna December 12, 2017

    This is such a wonderful story and you had given an important message that is the biggest need of our society. it is true that we are living in incredibly busy world and we always had tons of negativity and bitterness in our society. hopefully one day things will got change for better. excited to joining you first time for #mondaymusings. hoping to had a wonderful journey ahead.

  7. nabanita nabanita December 11, 2017

    We sometimes inadvertently tend to do this. It may do us well to remember this story you shared. Too much baggage we sometimes end up carrying and that too unnecessarily

  8. Michele Morin Michele Morin December 11, 2017

    Amazing story. So often when we judge the actions of others, we carry the bitterness or the pride around like the spoils of war.

  9. Reema D'souza Reema D'souza December 11, 2017

    True, more often than not we hold on to other’s mistakes while forgetting our own! Thank you so much for posting about my project 🙂

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