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Being Yourself: Are You a Saint or a Scorpion?

Being Yourself: Are You a Saint or a Scorpion?


    Once upon a time, on his way to the Himalayas, was a saint, a wandering ascetic. He came across a shallow river he had to cross. Just when he was about to wet his feet, he saw a scorpion helplessly treading the water, trying to come out of the river. It was almost touching the bank but not enough to gain hold of the ground. The sage saw scorpion’s struggle and decided to save it.

    He picked up the scorpion in his right palm with the intention to place it on the dry surface. No sooner did he do that than the scorpion stung and rushed off the palm in frenzy, landing in the water again. It resumed its struggle to come out of water. The sage caressed his ailing right hand with his left. His body was in pain but his mind, calm.

    Seeing that the scorpion could lose its life, the sage used left hand this time to lift the scorpion out of water. However, it panicked and stung again. Once again, it sped off the hand and fell in water resuming its struggle to come out. The saint was left with both hands singed with excruciating pain. He was not the one to give up either.

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    He tried again. This time, he cupped his hands together and lifted the scorpion in one swift movement. Before it could react, he safely dropped it on the land. The scorpion disappeared into the pebbles that lay near the bank. The sage felt elated, for, he succeeded in carrying out his resolve, for saving another life, in holding his forte. It was worth the pain he thought.

    At a distance, oblivious to the saint, a man, surprised and shocked, had watched the whole episode. He promptly approached the sage and said, “Pray, can I ask you a question please?”

    “Yes, you may.”

    “First of all, there was no need to save a scorpion. It does no good to anybody. Secondly, if must you save him out of compassion, you could have simply tried once. I’m surprised that even after it stung you so ungratefully, you persisted with your efforts. Why? How come you did not just stomp on it after it stung you?”

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    “Oh! That’s pretty simple,” the sage replied softly rubbing his stung hands against each other. “This was a scorpion, someone really low on the food chain, a creature whose nature is to sting, to panic, to harm. It is known for not exhibiting any compassion. It is supposed to be weak. Whereas, I am supposed to be a saint, a person whose job is to love everybody, to only offer unconditional love and compassion. I am supposed to be the strong one, the one higher up on the food chain. With my principles and lifestyle, my philosophy and practice, my elevated emotional and mental state, I am supposed to cleanse and transform the other individual. Right?”

    The man nodded.

    “Well then, a creature as lowly and weak as a scorpion does not change its basic nature, its traits, reactions in the presence of a holy man. Should I, the one who’s supposed to be a saint, let go off my righteous conduct, my demeanor in the presence of a scorpion? Am I now so weak to allow a measly creature change me, throw me off my principles and virtues? It did what it is designed for and I did what I’m designed for. It retained its behavior, and I, mine.”

    The man prostrated at the feet of the sage and expressed his gratitude for the profound wisdom.

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    Living in this world, disagreements are normal, in fact, natural. You will meet people ranging from scorpions to saints, thankful to thankless, from weak to wild, and so forth. If they are able to provoke you, put you off, throw you off balance, they are stronger than you. When in any conflict, if you retain your goodness, you will emerge a winner. If you stoop down to their level, treating them the way they treated you, that invariably means they have won, that means you have become like them. Rarely worth it, if you ask me.

    It is often not possible for a person to be one or the other at all times. Sometimes circumstances force you to sting like a scorpion, perhaps you may even repent later on; forgive yourself. A lot more important is to make a serious attempt to act like a saint. Whether you are a sage or a scorpion, it is a matter of choice, an independent choice. You have the option to retain your individuality. Strength comes naturally from such stance.

    So, if you are willing, write in the comments below, whether you are:

    • (a) a sage;
    • (b) a scorpion;
    • (c) or you can be either depending on the situation.

    If you wish to be a sage under all circumstances, you can. It requires mindfulness and a conscious effort. Nothing will ever bother you thereafter.

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    Peace.

    (Photo credit: Man With Devil and angel on Shoulders via Shutterstock)

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      Last Updated on August 21, 2018

      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

      Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

      That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

       1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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        Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

        2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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          If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

          3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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            It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

            4. Corn chips for kindling!

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              Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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              5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                  These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                  7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                    You never know when you might need some.

                    8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                      Get all the info you need here.

                      9. Sangria!

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                        We know what’s really important. How to here!

                        10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                          By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                          11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                            Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                            12. DIY shower.

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                              All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                              13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                  15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                    Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                    16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                      Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                      17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                        It’s that easy!

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                                        18. Grits repel ants.

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                                          Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                          19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                            20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                              That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                              21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                  You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                  23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                    Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                    24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                      By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                      25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                        26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                          Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                          27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                            That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                            28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                              Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                              29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                Get them while you can!

                                                                30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                  With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

                                                                  Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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