Knowledge of the Self does not dawn on a mind which is not purified by non-attachment and renunciation. The latter are the necessary means for attaining the end of the knowledge of the Self. If a man gets attached to renunciation and non-attachment without recognizing them as means to the final end, he loses the sight of the end and loses the game.Translation by Shri Brahmachariji of Verse 7, Shri Atma Siddhi Shastra by Shrimad Rajchandra
Detachment (Asceticism) is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.
-Ali bin Abi Talib
ليس الزهد ان لا تملك شيئاً لكن الزهد ان لا يملكك شيء
The great Buddhist saint Nagarjuna moved around naked except for a loincloth and, incongruously, a golden begging bowl gifted to him by the King, who was his disciple.
One night he was about to lie down to sleep among the ruins of an ancient monastery when he noticed a thief lurking behind one of the columns. “Here, take this,” said Nagarjuna, holding out the begging bowl. That way you won’t disturb me once I have fallen asleep.”
The thief eagerly grabbed the bowl and made off – only to return next morning with the bowl and a request. He said, “When you gave away this bowl so freely last night, you made me feel very poor. Teach me how to acquire the riches that make this kind of light-hearted detachment possible.”