To a saṃnyāsī a largest diamond not worth a carrot

An Indian Village Tale

A sunnyasi (Hindu holy man: in Hinduism, a person who has reached the fourth and final stage of life as a mendicant. Sanskrit sanyāsī "somebody who renounces") of great spiritual attainment came to the outskirts of a village in India. He was camped under a tree for the night when suddenly a villager came running to him, screaming, “The stone! The stone! Give me the precious stone!”

“Which stone?” asked the sunn’yasi.

“Last night, Lord Shiva appeared before me in a dream”, said the villager, “and told me that if I went to the outskirts of the village at nightfall, I would find a sunn’yasi who would give me a stone which would make me rich for the rest of my life.”

The sunn’yasi rummaged through his knapsack and took out a stone. “Probably he talked about this”, he said, extending the stone to the villager. “I found it lying on the path in the forest a few days ago. Take it, I give it to you”, offered the sunn’yasi with all simplicity.

The villager looked at the stone in amazement it was an enormous diamond. He took the diamond and went away quickly. All that night he tossed in his bed and could not sleep. The next day at dawn he woke up the sunn’yasi, returned the gem and asked, “Give me the inner wealth which has made it possible for you to part with this diamond so easily.”



"A Sunn’yasi cannot belong to any religion, for his is a life of independent thought, which draws from all religions; his is a life of realisation, not merely of theory or belief, much less of dogma".

 – Swami Vivekananda


Sunn’yasi does not belong to any religion or religious group. Sunn’yasi has no leader or guru, and no "axe to grind" other than to share our knowledge with you in the hope that we may turn the spark of divinity which burns within each one of us, into a flame. Michael Curley (web site


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