What is Poison?

I saw this in one of those images people post on Facebook, the kind that so frequently are fabricated or misattributed. However, like many of those, this one is memorable and thought-provoking even if the attribution is wrong.

Someone asked Chanakya, “What is poison?”

He replied with a beautiful answer, “Anything that is more than our necessity is poison. It may be power, wealth, hunger, ego, greed, laziness, love, ambition, hate, or anything.”

“What is fear?”

“Unacceptance of uncertainty. If we accept uncertainty, it becomes adventure!”

“What is envy?”

“Unacceptance of good in others. If we accept that good, it becomes inspiration!”

“What is anger?”

“Unacceptance of things beyond our control. If we accept, it becomes tolerance.”

“What is hatred?”

“Unacceptance of a person as he is. If we accept a person unconditionally, it becomes love. It is a matter of acceptance. Resistance creates stress. Acceptance does away with stress.”

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Updated at: 5 March 2016 3:03 PM