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…he, sitting at the mouth of his shrine, could not tell whether he were alive or dead; a man with control of his limbs, or a part of the hills, and the clouds, and the shifting rain, and sunlight. He would repeat a Name softly to himself a hundred hundred times, till, at each repetition, he seemed to move more and more out of his body, sweeping up to the doors of some tremendous discovery; but, just as the door was opening, his body would drag him back…


This is from ‘The Miracle of Purun Baghat’ in ‘The Second Jungle Book’.

Sir Purun Dass, who has been a high official with much power, has abandoned everything and become a wandering holy man. He has now settled in a shrine, high above a hill village, where he is seeking to think his way into the heart of things.