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Full text of "The Dabistan"


temples of idols ; and he performs in butgadah, i
u house of idols, " according to the usage of
the Hindus, ihepuja and dandavet, " worship and
" prostration," that is, the religious rites, but in
the mosques he conforms in praying after the man-
ner of the Muselmans; he never abuses the faith
and rites of others; nor gives he one creed pre-
ference over another ; he always practises absti-
nence, but at times he breaks the fast with some
fruits from the mountains, such as pine-kernels, and
the like; he takes no pleasure in demonstrations of
honor and magnificence to him, nor is he afflicted
by disdain and contempt, and in order to remain
unknown to men, he dwells in the Kohistan, " rnoun-
" tainous country "of the Afghans and Kafris, and
the like. The Kafris are a tribe from Kabulistan,
and are called Kafer Katoriz, who before lived upon
mountains, in deserts and forests, remote and con-
cealed from others.

The author of this book saw Sabjani in the year
of the Hejira 1046 (A. D. 1636) in upper Bangash.
This personage never sleeps at night, but sits awake
in deep meditation; every one who sees him would
take him for a divine being. Shaikh Sadi says:

1 But-gadah appears to me to have been corrupted into pagoda, the •
modern name of a Hindu temple in popular language.   This name has
also been derived from bhagavata, but, if I am not mistaken, with less