Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning.
One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung.
The other monk asked him, “Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it’s nature is to sting?”
“Because,” the monk replied, “to save it is my nature.”
Act From Your Wisdom
We have forgotten our nature. We become followers instead of Be Ourselves.
We think that by changing the circumstances or by proving to the people around what we achieved from the objective world will make us important. We are going in different direction.
If in the same circumstances if we know what is our nature and how to respond to the circumstances than our life will be totally different. We become giver if we act from our nature When we can deliver the same act through our nature then we become Giver instead of Receiver. We become Emperor instead of Bagger.
Read this small story and visualize both the monks. Read the story as if you are watching the movie. You will find the monk who – scooped it up and set it upon the bank – was looking like Bagger. The other Monk who irrespective of scorpion’s repeated stung, with all the pain he was looking and replying to the first monk like Emperor.
Look into your life – when you have withdrawn yourself from any kind of pain how much you have felt separateness from everyone. When you are not ready to take any pain to express your true nature you will become Egoist. You will not find respect for yourself. Whenever you run away from taking any pain consciously on that day try to look into mirror your own face. You will not find any charm on your face. As you have not taken up the challenge offered by the universe. You will find that you have missed something.
You have not missed the Nobel Prize but You have missed opportunity to Be WIth Yourself. Be with the Universe.
If you realize this from your own life you will become alert towards yourself. From your self-alertness if you act suddenly you will find lot of freshness in you. You will be alive. More enthusiastic. More joyful. Ya it may or may not lead you towards Nobel Prize but it will give you Joy which is not borrowed.
Drop borrowed knowledge. Be Wise, use your wisdom.
Wisdom isn’t the same as knowledge. You can collect facts that lead to the understanding of things, but wisdom is different.
Learning from the story My Nature: Act From Your Wisdom
The Greek dictum “Know thyself” doesn’t make sense if the self you mean is the ego-personality, with its selfish demands, unending desires, and lack of happiness. Another self is meant, which isn’t a person’s ego but a state of consciousness. “Self” might not even be a helpful term, despite the age-old references to a higher self identified with enlightenment. It is more helpful to say that the pursuit of wisdom is about waking up.
Waking up is a metaphor for the conscious life, and the conscious life is what wisdom leads to. Every day we are driven by unconscious impulses and desires, and unexamined processes go on beneath the surface of the mind that lead to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-destructive behavior, and every kind of pointless discord, from household tensions to war.
In one way or another, allowing our unconscious to go unexamined has caused the greatest and longest suffering in human history. It was suffering and finding a way to end it that became the foundation of Buddhism, but any spiritual teaching that will show people how to wake up also aims to bring them out of suffering.
In that sense, wisdom has a definite purpose, but escaping the ills and woes of the unconscious life is secondary to the main purpose of waking up, which is to know who we really are. The answer can be formulated in a few words: humans are a species of consciousness whose special trait is self-awareness. Being self-aware, we have the capacity to access the very source of awareness.
Waking up allows us to escape all stories and to live free of self-limiting mental constructs. The real question is whether it can be done. Can you and I wake up? If so, how do we go about it? Are there awakened teachers who can provide examples of what it means to live the conscious life? This is exactly where wisdom enters the picture. Without living examples of awakened individuals, the whole enterprise would be trapped in a limbo of fantasy and wishful thinking. But when a society values wisdom, it turns out that the awakened exist among us and always have.
Anyone who wants to wake up is fortunate to be alive now, because despite our global problems, irrational behavior, and self-destructive denial, modern society is open to ready communication about every topic, including the exploration of higher consciousness. Where prior generations had little grasp of higher consciousness beyond the precepts of religion, millions of people today can walk their own path to self-awareness, choosing to include God, the soul, organized religion, and scriptures as they see fit, or to avoid them. Even “spirituality” is a term you can adopt or ignore — the real purpose of waking up is about consciousness.
We have always had the potential to be wise by using self-awareness to explore who we really are.Tags: Act From Your Wisdom