340 ི་ Lesson Thirteen
stronghaundseizedhim. Ashetuurnedbackandlooked, hesawanoldmanwithahead
and beard whiter thaun a conch shell. He gaVe a respectful greeting to the old man, and the
old man patted the young man"s shou]derand said smilingly, "'Vou also areapowerful
lion." When Lodor looked back the stone lion had disappeared. He took hold of the ol d
man"s handand asked him,Are youthe stone "uncle" lion?'" Uncle lion, giVing a smile,
sat down at the bottom of the a]len down pine tree and took some snuffina liVely
fashion. The youung man Lodor gaVe the precious gem necklace and the golden axe to the
oldlion. The old lion, shaking its head, said, "Igave the axe toyou as a gift. That
necklace is one which you have to give back to its owner." Lodor immediately asked,
"Where is the owner?" The old man slowly aunswered, "It is far away in the east------under a
tree. At first you should go to search for the distant owner, after that you shou]d try to
save the person whois under the tree."
The young man asked sincerely, "What should Ido so as to be able to meet that
faraway owner?" Theoldmanlaughedandsaid, "Vouhavetosearchinaccordancewith
kaurn ic law." T heyi̅oungmannoddedagainandagainlefttheoldman. Afterreturning
home hebroughtninewoodenbarrelsofdrinkingwaterandgroundninesacksoftsamba
(bar]ey flour) for his mother. Then, carrying the precious gem necklace with him, he
stuck the glittering golden axe in his belt andleft to search faraway for the owner ofthe
necklace. i̅ i̅ i̅ i̅[ ]
Lodor trave]edformanydaysandaskedquestionsinmanyVillages. Fina]ly, he
arriVedin the city of a king. The market areai̅was fu]l of people and the marketplace was
flourishing and liVely. The people were looking at the colored picture of Princess Drelha
on aun edict. The young man in particularpaid great attention to the precious gem
neck]ace on thei̅princess's neck. He took the necklace out of his pocket and compared the
two. When he did that, because there was no difference, not even so much as a sing]e
strand of hair, he spontaneously became happy and smiled. The young man took the
picture of Princess Drelha with his two hands, and as soon as he did that, two policemen
came and tookLodor to the palace. (They) reported to the king and queen, "A person has
foundthe princess's necklace." The king and queen hurriedly Came out. Theyoungman
(bowed) , putting his knee on the floor to show respect, andreportedindetailtotheking
how he fouund the necklace. The king and queen were extremely happy and odered the
youth Lodorto leadthechiefstewardwith 369 bodyguardtroopsand departimmediately
to save the princess.
See Lesson 14 for the continuation.


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