She had a big
bag, which seemed to be half filled with stones. It was only when she pulled out one of the stones that I realized it was
no ordinary stone. No, it was a beautiful gem. I had never seen such a beautiful gem, surpassing the brilliance and the elegance
of any gem on Earth. Then she did a rather peculiar thing. She threw the gem into the river.
Before I could say anything, she did the same thing again, and again, and again.
It was beyond
me how she could so easily discard such beautiful gems. Couldn't she see how precious, how valuable these gems were? Once
in a while, she would put a gem into her pocket. But then she would go right back to dropping those beautiful gems, one after
another, into the river.
Finally I broke
out of my spell and said, “Who are you?”
She looked at
me and her eyes sparkling with life and mirth, said, “I am you”.
shocked me to think that I could be that beautiful. “But”, I stammered, “How can that be? I am ugly and
dirty. You are pure...”
I could feel
her laughter inside. “I am your soul.”
a flash of lightening, I completely understood her. I saw that she and I were one. My dirt and ugliness were the false and
fleeting me. She was the true me. Like a jewel wrapped in rags, I had hidden her from the world. Nay, I had hidden her from me. There was complete understanding. I didn't have to ask her about her curious behavior
of throwing gems.