A wise man traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in the stream The next day he met another traveler who was hungry. The wise man opened his bag to share his food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the man to give it to her. He did so without hesitation.
The traveler left rejoicing in her good fortune. She knew the stone was worth enough to give her security for a lifetime. But a few days later she came back to return the stone to the wise man. “I have been thinking….” she said. “I know how valuable the stone is but I give it back in the hope you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”
This is the heart of transcendence. It is a shame, people seek religion, and material as a weak substitution.