The wise woman’s stone

Tso Moriri Lake photo by Prabhu B on Flickr

A wise woman, who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. She reverently placed the gem in her bag. The next day, she met another traveler, who was hungry. The wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone in the wise woman’s bag, admired it, and asked the wise woman to give it to him. The wise woman did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the jewel was worth enough to give him security for the rest of his life. But a few days later he came back, searching for the wise woman. when he found her he returned the stone and said, “I have been thinking. I know how valuable the stone is but I would like to exchange it in the hope that you can give me something much more precious. If you can, teach me the power you have within you, the power that enabled you to, without hesitation, give me this precious stone”

by Nischala Joy Devi

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful story. The woman was truly wise but the traveller was also very wise because he realised that there was something he needed more than the precious stone. It’s really true that in the seeking is the finding.

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  2. Thanks for your comments… I shared this with my students in prison and they where speachless. I used it as an example of change…. our gift in life is our freedom of choice. Powerful message for anyone, really!

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  3. I wish I could be as wise as both of the characters, thank you for the story, it has given me a great deal to think about

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