After reaching old age, and after a home life of many joys and sorrows, a husband and wife decided to renounce the worldly life and devote the rest of their time to meditation and pilgrimage to the most sacred shrines.
One time, en route to a Himalayan temple, the husband saw on the path in front of him a fabulous diamond. Very quickly, he placed one foot on the jewel to hide it, thinking that if his wife saw it then perhaps a sense of greed would arise in her that could contaminate her mind and delay her mystical evolution. Yet the wife, discovering the ruse of her husband, said in a fair and gentle voice:
‘Dear, I would like to know how you have renounced the world if you still make a distinction between diamond and dust.’