The Parable of the Beggar and the Diamond

“The Beggar and the Diamond” is a story by one of my all-time favorite authors Stephen King from his book Nightmares and Dreamscapes. The story was adapted from a Hindu parable. Author’s notes:   This little story — a Hindu parable in its original form —was first told to me by Mr. Surendra Patel, of Scarsdale, New York. I have adapted it freely and apologize to those who know it in its true form, where Lord Shiva and his wife, Parvati, are the major characters.