What is your Nature?

The scorpion and the old man

One morning, after he had finished his meditation, the old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion was washed closer to the tree, the old man quickly stretched himself out on one of the long roots that branched out into the river and reached out to rescue the drowning creature. As soon as he touched it, the scorpion stung him. Instinctively the man withdrew his hand. A minute later, after he had regained his balance, he stretched himself out again on the roots to save the scorpion. This time the scorpion stung him so badly with its poisonous tail that his hand became swollen and bloody and his face contorted with pain.

At that moment, a passerby saw the old man stretched out on the roots struggling with the scorpion and shouted: “Hey, stupid old man, what’s wrong with you? Only a fool would risk his life for the sake of an ugly, evil creature. Don’t you know you could kill yourself trying to save that ungrateful scorpion?”

The old man turned his head. Looking into the stranger’s eyes he said calmly, “My friend, just because it is the scorpion’s nature to sting, that does not change my nature to save.”

What is your nature….??

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4 Responses to What is your Nature?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ji, the old man should have used a stick or something like that to save the scorpion instead using his hand.. 😉

  2. Gaurav says:

    Dear Anonymous: Eat the Toffee leave the wrapper. Dont make the classic mistake of dissecting the story too much since it will lead you nowhere :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dear Gaurav,
    I just wrote for fun… I too understand the intention behind the story.. lets not use the word such as not leading someone anywhere, etc. Be happy…JGD.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Gaurav,
    I just wrote for fun… I too understand the intention behind the story.. lets not say not leading somewhere etc… have fun.. JGD.

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