Once upon a time, long, long ago, there were
2 holy men traveling together through the
countryside. They came upon a beautiful young
woman sitting and sobbing by the side of a
stream. She said she was afraid of drowning
and asked them if they would help her cross
to the other side of the water. Without saying
a word, one of the monks picked up the girl
and carried her to the other side of the stream
where he gently put her down. She thanked him
and went on her way. The two men then continued
their journey. After a while, the monk said to
the one who had carried the young woman,
"How could you do such a thing? We have taken
vows of chastity. It is forbidden to even talk
to a woman let alone touch one."
The other monk lovingly replied,
"When I came to the other side of the stream,
I put her down. Why are you still carrying her?"
What have you been carrying around that you should
have put down and left behind? Do you still harbor
feelings of regret, anger, hate, disappointment,
or any other negative adjectives or adverbs that
apply, for events, people, or things that are not
here, now? Why do you do this masochistic activity?
Life can be equated with a boat ride taking you
from one shore to another. As the boat goes across
the water, it leaves a wake in its path. This wake
represents your past. And just like the wake a
boat leaves behind doesn't propel the boat forward
at all, your past doesn't drive you towards the
other shore. What's done is done if you will be
done with it. If you don't face the front of the
boat and place your attention in the present moment,
you will not be able to avoid running into the
icebergs and other potential hazards that could
jeopardize your trip through life. Your karma is
fulfilled and up to date at all times. Your clinging
to the past and fantasizing about the future is what
keeps you paying a karmic debt. Simply attend to this
moment and witness the path your boat is traveling.
This is action free of reaction and further karma.
Relax. Melt into your most comfortable meditative
posture. Focus on your breath and feel and witness
its entry, retention, and leaving. Let your body
establish a comfortable rhythm. Visualize your
great grandparents in your mind's eye. See them
be born, have events take place in their lives and
eventually give birth to your grandparents. Visualize
your grandparents be born, see them have events take
place in their lives and eventually give birth to
your parents. Visualize your parents being born
and see them go through the events in their lives
that eventually included giving birth to you.
As clearly as possible, without reacting physically,
emotionally, or mentally, allow the movie of the
events of your life to unfold on the inner screen
of your mind's eye. Witness the events as unattached
as the monk was who carried the woman over the stream.
And just like him, leave your attachments to all the
events that have resulted in your being here, now.
Know that you are now in the boat ride of your life
and that to look back is to reattach to your ancestors
and your own karma and all the suffering that clings
to it. Look ahead free of karma, enjoy the ride, and
live happily ever after.