Two travelling monks reached a river where they met a beautiful young woman. Wary of the current and getting her fine clothes wet, she asked if she could be carried across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side of the bank. She thanked him and departed.
As the monks continued on their way, the older one taking in the lovely countryside, the younger one grew more brooding and distracted. Unable to hold his silence, he spoke out.
“Brother, we are taught to avoid any contact with women, but you picked her up on your shoulders and carried her!”
“Brother,” the second monk replied with a loving, gentle smile, “I set her down on the other side of the river, you are still carrying her.”