The Story Of Our Nature
One day, Lord Buddha was walking by a stream when he saw a scorpion struggling in the water. He decided to rescue it. The Buddha carefully picked the scorpion by its tail and returned to shore. As he started putting it down, it suddenly turned and stung his hand. The Buddha pulled his hand back in pain and as a result, the scorpion was flung back into the stream. The Buddha again entered the stream and picked up the scorpion. This scene repeated several times. Finally, The Buddha was able to set the scorpion free without being stung. A little boy saw this whole incident. Confused, he asked The Buddha, “My Lord, why do you keep trying to save that scorpion? It stung you every time but still, you kept trying to help it.” The Buddha replied, “Dear boy, just as it is the water’s nature to make me wet, it is also the scorpion’s nature to sting. In the same way, it is my nature to save someone in need, so I must do it.” MORAL: Often, we avoid doing things because they seem difficult and painful. But not doing things that need to be done causes even more pain. At such times, we need to remind ourselves that this is simply the nature of things and accept reality. When you accept this, life will no longer cause you suffering.