April 4, 2020

D - The Diamond

This April for the #A-Z 2020 Challenge  I have taken short stories from books of Fr Anthony De Mello – “the song of the bird” and the “prayer of the frog” .  I enjoyed  reading his book and I would like to share these stories and hopefully believe it  will inspire you too.  

“Detachment is not that you own nothing; 
But nothing should own you”

When the Sannayasi reached the outskirts of the village and settled under a tree, for the night, a villager came running up to him and said. “The stone! The stone! Give me the precious stone!”

What stone asked the Sannayasi?

“Last night Lord told me in a dream that if I went to the outskirts of the village at dusk a sannayasi would give me a stone that would make me rich forever”

The sannyasi rummaged in his sack and pulling out a stone, he said, “He probably meant this one. I found it in the forest yesterday. Here, it’s yours if you want to it.”

The man gazed at the stone in wonder. It was the largest diamond in the world –the size of a man’s head. All night he tossed about in bed unable to sleep with this diamond. 

Finally at the break of the day he woke the Sannayasi and said

Give me the wealth that makes it possible for you to give this stone away.”

What do you think of this story ? I would be glad to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for reading this post, appreciate your time :)

Be Blessed & Be Happy !


  1. Wish we had this kind of detachment from material things. The cause of all our sufferings is actually our attachment to material objects. So wonderful that the man realized what is true wealth. Thanks for this inspiring story, Genevive.

  2. Aah....nice story. Material things can never give us peace of mind. Inner peace can only be achieved through detachment. Well written...:)

    1. Thanks and glad to connect with you here, agree that peace of mind can be achieved only through detachment.

  3. Aah....nice story. Material things can never give us peace of mind. Inner peace can only be achieved through detachment. Well written...:)

    Sharing the link because blogger is not showing my profile...:D https://nanchi.blog/

    1. Thanks for sharing the link, i will look at it.. don't know why the blogger is not showing your profile...

  4. Thank you shilpa, am glad that you found this story inspiring. Yes agree its the attachment to the material objects that causes suffering. we have examples all around us how much suffering has been caused in families due to attachment to properties and things...

  5. Third time lucky? I hope so - am now on lap top, posted twice yesterday using ipad but it clearly didn't take. I loved this post Genevive -the man learned a very valuable lesson from Sannayasi, namely the wealth that it takes for a man to give away this precious stone.

    Diamond Heart xx

    1. Thanks Susan, sorry for the issues - I am unable to read your post too.. trying daily.. glad you loved this post and yes the lesson is a valuable one, when we are detached from things or persons we are free:)

    2. Am NOT doing the A-Z Genevive so please don't worry to look for me xxx


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