A senior monk and a junior monk had to travel together. As they were traveling, they had to cross a river. The river was flooded due to copious rains in the catchment areas. As the monks were attempting to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross the river.
The young woman asked if the senior monk could help cross the river. The senior monk carried this woman on his shoulder and crossed the river and let her on the other bank of the river.
The junior monk was very upset, as the monk hood demands that they not touch a woman. However, as monk hood also demanded that he pay respect to elders, he dared not to ask the senior monk to explain his action.
They both were walking and senior monk noticed that his junior was suddenly silent and enquired, “Is something the matter, you seem very upset?”
The junior monk replied, “As monks we are debarred from touching a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”
The senior monk replied, “I left the woman a long time ago at the bank, however, you seem to be carrying her still.”