The Art of Letting Go

On the Himalayan mountains was founded a great monastery where students were put to the most rigid tests to cast off all attachments and achieve enlightenment. Two monks of noble repute were summoned by the abbot to take a sealed letter to another leading monastery and submit it to the head abbot. Such journey was to last three days on foot, through the mountain track way down into the plain lands. They came into contact with the population who looked at them with awe due to their refreshing aura and clear eyes of a life free from material care and burden.

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The art of letting go

The Obstacle Is the Way

As they strove through towns; it happened on the third day they came to a hamlet in which was a flood and the road trackless due to the excess rain water. Villagers were rolling up their clothes to pass through the water to the other side, when the monks realized that was their only optional route. As the people passed by they noticed a beautiful maiden who out of fear stood almost paralyzed at the thought of crossing and one of the monks offered to carry her on his back over the water since they were taking the same route.

His companion looked at him with horror and contempt as if to say; monks have nothing to do with women, especially touching them since they swore into the life of celibacy. But the other companion seeing the fear on her face still made the decision to break one of the rules to help the damsel in distress. He carried her over the water and out of gratitude she offered him a gift as they strove away never to meet again. His companion was rather furious and started explaining what his fellow monk has just done!

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The obstacle is the way

To be or not to be Righteous

You touched a woman hence you have broken your vow of celibacy! You disobeyed the code of monastic living and you are no longer righteous! I cannot believe that you a reputable brother can make such a decision! He went on and on making a fuss about what his fellow companion had done. The other monk was absolutely silent all this while and due to the nature of such silence and calmness the other monk asked him what he had to say on the matter. His reply was simple: I dropped her ever since by the road over the flooded path and it is you who is still carrying her. Stunned by the reply he let go of the matter for the rest of the journey.

The Art of Letting Go; the Moral of the Story

The lesson found here is that we hardly let go due to beliefs, rules and habits we are so accustomed to and we rigidly abide them not adapting to the flow of each moment. As a result we appear one-sided and hold on possessively to our known position. We must learn to let go, to be highly adaptable, to see the world from a broader perspective and to know when the rules don’t apply in our expression of compassion and empathy.

This story, the art of letting go, was written by author Solomon Durkwa. Solomon’s passion is writing, you can find his work at his Life Of Wisdom Blog. His favorite quote:

Allow things to unfold, like an arrow you hit the mark when you follow the course of destiny”.

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21 Comments »

  1. Who and what we let occupy inside our minds determines everything.

    We choose what thoughts get to stay inside our head.

    Many arrive everyday, neuroscience now says 60,000 thoughts inundate us daily.

    Letting go the negative and useless seems prudent

    • True. But sadly we don’t realize how rigid our beliefs and practices are because we feel self righteous. We should train ourself to be more fluid in our beliefs. Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment 🤗🙏

  2. I love this paragraph. I get caught up on my concept of the status quo & idealism and emotional/mental rigidity gets on the way of compassion and empathy. Thanks.

    I had to paraphrase it so I could own it –>

    “[I] appear 1sided & hold on possessively 2[my] known position.[I] must learn 2let go,2b highly adaptable,2c the world from a broader perspective &2kno when the rules don’t apply in [my] expression of compassion&empathy.”

    • So glad to hear this article resonates with you! We all get caught up in idealism and righteousness. I believe that we should train ourselves to be more fluid in our approach to life and not be so judgemental and righteous.

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