A man came
home tired, after he had finished his day of work. As was the custom in those
times, his wife gave him a bath, pouring water over his body to refresh him.
just discovered, she said, that my brother has become a follower of sage Mahavir.
Is that so ?, said the husband.
is also thinking about renouncing the world!.
thought this amusing and laughed. Thinking about it?, he asked in a mocking
tone, if he merely thinks about it, he will never renounce the world.
you mean? she asked. I have never seen you go to Mahavir or Buddha. You think
understand, I doubt it, my brother is a great scholar and he understands what
Mahavir is talking about.
not only that he meditates, he worships, he is a very religious man.
The husband merely listened and said nothing. The wife went on, What about you then, you can laugh heartily, I don't see a speck of religiosity in you, I have never seen you pray, worship or meditate, and you have the gall to say that my brother will never renounce?.
At this the husband got out of the bath,dried himself, walked through the house, opened the front door and went into the street completely naked.
mad, what are you doing, shouted the wife, I have renounced he replied, and
back, he reached Mahavir and settled into the lie of the naked fakir
later the wife and her brother th visited him, the brother in law said , What
is your hurry to
renounce, I have been thinking about it for 20 lives, you are mad, this is no
way to renounce.
The husband said if you are going to renounce it must be at once, this is the only way, otherwise you will take another 20 lives thinking about it.