The Forgiving Saint

On the ghats of Varanasi, there lived a saint who bathed daily in holy Ganges. One day a scorpion bit the saint in the feet, the sage experienced excruciating pain but he did not harm the scorpion and quite astonishingly he picked him up and left him near the bank where no one could step on him. The next morning the same exact incident occurred and the morning after and the morning after it. An observer who watched the same incident happen for so many days, couldn’t resist asking the sage ‘why he did so?’ The saint solemnly replied, ‘it is the dharma of a scorpion to bite and a saint’s to forgive, if he being a scorpion doesn’t forget his dharma, how can I ?’
We have a lot to learn from this saint, forgiveness to those who sin against us, controlling our anger, being prudent even in the smallest decisions we make in our lives and respecting every creature we share this planet with. Forgiveness helps us reconcile with others as well as ourselves. When we forgive others, we actually forgive ourselves and remove a great burden from our souls.

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Author: Mayank Mishra

I am a journalist and a freelance writer. An enthusiastic writer and a seeker. Everything about words and sentences fascinates me. I like to read books of different genres. I have a passion to learn and impart new things.

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