The master and the scorpion: the Zen story that teaches not to change one's nature

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Among the many Zen stories there is one in particular that sends an important message: that of never changing one's nature and the way of freely expressing oneself.

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Among the many story zen there is one in particular that sends an important message: that of never change your nature and the way to freely express oneself.





Many popular proverbs and sayings go in this direction. Just think of expressions such as 'he who is born round cannot die square' or years and years of debates to understand if 'the disposition can be changed'.

Can we go against nature? Good question. There are those who think it is necessary to smooth out some side of their character 'to please others', those who remain faithful to their way of being because sometimes change is frightening.

Therefore, there is no single answer, but this beautiful Zen story could help clear your mind.

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The master and the scorpion

Un he was a teacher saw a drowning scorpion and decided to get it out of the water.
When he did, the scorpion I punched it

As a result of the pain, the master left the animal which again fell into the water.
The master tried to pull it out again and the animal stung him again.

Un young disciple, who was there, came up and said to him:

“Excuse me, master, but why do you keep taking the scorpion? Don't you understand that every time you try to take it out of the water, it stings you? "

The master replied:


“The nature of the scorpion is to sting. This will not change mine which is to help ”.


The teacher stopped to think and, with the help of a leaf, took out the water scorpion and saved his life. Then, addressing his young disciple, he continued:


"Don't change your nature if anyone will hurt you. Just take precautions. Generally men are ungrateful for the benefit you are doing to them. But this is not a reason to stop doing good, to abandon the love that lives in you ".

Dominella Trunfio

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