Yogi & Scorpion

Mon21Nov11

I think this proverbial story from Hinduism is worth sharing.

A yogi (Hindu teacher) was sitting on the bank of the Ganges River and saw a scorpion floating in the water. He reached out his hand to rescue the scorpion and was stung by it.

He reached out again and was stung again.

He reached out a third time and was stung yet again.

A passerby yelled at the yogi, “Fool! Why do you keep trying to rescue this scorpion whose only gratitude is to sting you?”

The yogi replied, “Just because it is the nature of the scorpion to sting, why should I change my nature which is to help?”

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