PASSION and COMPASSION
Food for Thought
Here is one of favourite teaching stories – a story which elucidates the difference between Passion and Compassion.
Two Monks were once travelling together on a long journey. It was the monsoon season and it was raining heavily when they suddenly reached a flooded stream where they saw a beautiful woman who wanted to cross the stream but was afraid as she was wary of the strong current.
On seeing the monks the beautiful woman asked them if they could help her cross the stream.
The first monk hesitated, but the other one quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and 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, he could restrain himself no longer, and unable to hold his silence, he admonished the second monk who had carried the woman, “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any contact with women. We monks don’t go near females, especially young and lovely ones, but you picked up that beautiful woman on your shoulders and carried her all the way!”
“Brother,” the second monk replied, “I left the woman back there. Why are you are still carrying her?"
Tell me, Dear Reader, is this the difference between passion and compassion?
Maybe there is some more profound meaning in this story too…
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VIKRAM KARVE educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU, Lawrence School Lovedale, and Bishop's School Pune, is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, a Human Resource Manager and Trainer by occupation, a Teacher by vocation, a Creative Writer by inclination and a Foodie by passion. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. His delicious foodie blogs have been compiled in a book "Appetite for a Stroll". Vikram lives in Pune with his family and pet Doberman girl Sherry, with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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