Nature of Things

Long ago in China two monks were sitting by the stream and washing vessels.

One monk noticed a scorpion fall into the river and struggle. So he picked it up and put it on the banks so that it could move to safety.

As he did so the scorpion stung him in the hand.

A few minutes later, it crawled into the waters again.

The monk put it back on the banks once again. And yet again it stung the monk.

“Why do you want to save the scorpion when you know it’s his nature to sting?” asked the other monk.

“Because it’s my nature to save,” said the monk.

Notes: While it’s true that inherent bad nature can’t be changed easily, you shouldn’t forget that you must relentlessly pursue your own goodness. Ultimately the rewards will come. The evil will realize the futility of being evil. It will know the power and peace of goodness. It will change.

Source – eBook 51 Short Motivational Stories from Zen, Buddha and Ancient Tales.

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. subhorup
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 12:17:52

    🙂 How difficult it is to let go of your inherent nature even in the face of challenges and deprivation. Your story struck a chord with me and my personal situation. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Maxi Malone
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 17:46:22

    In the middle of the struggle between good and bad … try to stay out of harm’s way.

    Blessings – Maxi


  3. Nandini
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 18:22:40

    Great story Varun. I too truly believe in goodness. This inspired me even more, thanks for sharing. 🙂


  4. elenacaravela
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 18:42:17



  5. Akshay Kumar G
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 15:23:28

    Very beautiful.

    Hey Varun and Shweta, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Hope you like it. 🙂


  6. learningandgrowing02
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 16:55:11

    great story varun,
    very inspiring!
    Leraningandgrowing2. 😀


  7. Pranav
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 18:54:13

    nice story..
    I think god only tests the good ones in their life …coz the rests have already fixed there fate..


  8. Rahul Aggarwal
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 02:10:59

    short and thought provoking!!!


  9. induchhibber (@inducares)
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 18:27:28

    You are overlooking one fact—there is a vital difference between a man & a scorpion….poor scorpion does not comprehend the intention behind a man’s touch;it is it’s instinctive reaction…v humans have d gift of reason & logic plus free will…v can decide what is correct & then take action….people do change habits which are detrimental to their welfare.


  10. matheikal
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 19:53:19

    While it’s true that inherent bad nature can’t be changed easily, you shouldn’t forget that you must relentlessly pursue your own goodness.

    And be damned (killed) by the world.


  11. Monika Jain "मिष्ठी"
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 17:25:01

    nice message 🙂


  12. Jen
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 19:27:21

    Beautiful story! 🙂


  13. RP Dental Center (@RP_Smiles)
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:45:35

    “Because it’s my nature to save,” Very kind and inspiring lines. it is true that evil will realize it own futility, indeed a great story. did you right this story? its really good!


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