107. The Pilgrim Couple
A husband and wife decided they would renounce the world and spend their remaining years on a holy pilgrimage.
One day the husband, walking ahead of his wife, saw a diamond lying in the dust of the road. He scratched at the ground, trying to bury the diamond so his wife wouldn't see it and lapse back into worldly desires.
His wife then noticed what he was doing and rebuked him. "Why did you do that? Do you still see a difference between diamonds and the dust of the road? You must look beyond," she said. "There is no difference."
Inspired by: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 109 in the book. You can find out more about Ramakrishna at Wikipedia.