The Nature of Things

scorpionTwo monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung.He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung.The other monk asked him, "Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it's nature is to sting?"To this the monk replied: “My dear child, the scorpion is not stinging me out of malice or evil intent. Just as it is the water’s nature to make me wet, so it is the scorpion’s nature to sting. He doesn’t understand that I am getting him to safety. Quite simply, there is a level of conscious comprehension greater than what his brain can accomplish. But, just as it is the scorpion’s nature to sting, so it is my nature to save. Just as he is not leaving his nature, why should i leave my nature? My dharma is to help every creature – human or animal. Then why should I let a small scorpion rob me of the divine nature which I have gained through years of sadhana (penance)?” Image Credit: Thomas Wanhoff Here are some other stories you might like:The Three Robbers by Sri Ramakrishna - We Shout in Anger - 

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