“The Scorpion and the Sage.” – A Chanakya Story

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Once, Chanakya was walking by a river when he saw a scorpion struggling in the water. Chanakya felt sorry for the scorpion and decided to rescue it. He reached down to pick up the scorpion, but it stung him. Despite the pain, Chanakya did not let go of the scorpion and continued to help it out of the water.

A bystander saw what had happened and asked Chanakya why he had risked his life to save a scorpion, which was known to be venomous. Chanakya replied, “The nature of the scorpion is to sting, and my nature is to help. Why should I let the scorpion’s nature change mine?”

The lesson from this story is that one should always stay true to their nature and values, even in the face of adversity. Chanakya believed in the importance of helping others, even if it meant risking his own life. He did not let the scorpion’s nature change his own, and he remained true to his values.

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