The king, standing on the
balcony of his palace, saw their arrival. He was surprised that a Hindu monk could reach
his capital warding off his soldiers guard.
He addressed the monk:
"My soldiers are standing guard to prevent the entry of spies of the neighboring
country. None has so far eluded them. How is it that you, a monk, walked through them? How
were you able to cross the river without boats? What is your objective in coming
The monk laughed, raised his fingers, towards the Sun and spoke in Persian the language
of the king: "The supreme God, - who protects you, me and others in fact, the whole
world - is there. For you, He is Allah; for me, He is Narayana, Address him by any name
you choose the only one will answer your prayers. We are all citizens of His kingdom. it
is only with His blessings that we were able to cross the river without boats. We pacified
your soldiers who came to attack us; it is all His blessing. We are on our way to the
North through your state."
The Muslim king was deeply impressed by the monks boldness and self-conviction
and his impressive personality. He climbed down from his seat and invited him to the
Rajasabha (royal court) and lavishly entertained him. He offered him a large estate and
requested him to build his hermitage there.
But the monk politely declined the kings offer and the party continued their