EQUAL VISION IS THE FIRST AND LAST SIGN OF RENUNCIATION

A HUSBAND and wife renounced the world and together undertook a pilgrimage to various holy shrines. Once, as they were walking along a road, the husband, who was a little ahead of the wife, saw a piece of diamond on the road. Immediately he began to scratch the ground to hide the diamond in it, thinking that if his wife saw it perchance she might be moved to avarice, and thus lose the merit of renunciation. While he was thus scratching the ground, the wife came up and asked him what he was doing. He gave her, in an apologetic tone, an evasive .reply. She, however, finding out the diamond and reading his thoughts remarked, "Why did you leave the world if you still feel the distinction between the diamond and dust?" (109)