A beautiful young woman, dressed magnificently, was standing by the edge of the water worrying about how to stay dry. She appealed to the two monks for help and one decided to take her up in his arms and carry her across.
Safely on the other side, she thanked the monk and continued on her journey.
The two monks also proceeded on their pilgrimage but, after a couple of miles, the second monk began to scold the first one for carrying the woman across the ford because it was against all their rules and regulations which forbade a monk to touch a woman.
At the end of the second monk’s lecture, the first replied, “I set her down on the other side of the river but, apparently, you’re still carrying her!”
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