The Brahman's Powers





A long time ago a Brahman came from the west and did many wonders to

the astonishment of those who saw him. He came to a certain village

and at first put up in an old bamboo hut; there he sat motionless

for three or four days and so far as anyone could see ate and drank

nothing. The villagers said that he must eat during the night, so

four men arranged to watch him continuously; two by day and two by

night; but though they watched they could not detect him eating or

drinking. Then the villagers collected and began to question him

and as his answers seemed worthy of credit they began to bring him

offerings of milk; one day he asked to be supplied with coolies

that he might rebuild the hut in which he had taken up his abode;

so coolies were brought and he made them collect bricks and prepare

mortar and at the end of the day's work they asked to be paid; then

the Brahman wrapped himself in his cloth and repeated some mantras,

whereupon pice fell tinkling down from his body and with them he paid

the coolies; and so it was every day until the house was finished. All

this was a source of great wonder to those who saw it.





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