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As for the Mahacarya's brothers in mental ascetic practice, they are said to have received blessings bestowing insight equal in number to those of the acarya himself. Although it is not at all certain that the one thousand four hundred attained equal insight, it is certainly true that when the Mahacarya travelled in an instant to the great lands, they too were able to accompany him in their magic forms and practised mental asceticism along with him. As the population of the thirteen towns had become yogins, they were known as 'The One Million, Three Hundred Thousand Yogins', and it appeared that whole land of Aryadesa 131 was pervaded by male and female 44 Buddhist yogins who adhered to the Mantrayana and who performed the very highest deeds.

The Indian practitioners of Hevajra, 146 Guhyasamaja 147and Black Yamantaka/48 all claim that he used "their" particular tantra, and that he was "their" particular sadhaka. Thus, it is now quite certain how it was that all these groups claimed him as their own. In the final analysis, all of the things mentioned above are really quite beyond doubt. As for the dharma flow from the tantras, this acarya certainly practised many of them.

Everybody knew that it was due to. the yogi manifesting his powers and after the exhibition of power was over, the king went and prostrated at his feet and begged him saying. " The acarya replied, "I have one thousand four hundred in my retinue. " The acarya said, "Oh well, first satisfy my two disciples. " Next morning sufficient food to satisfy one thousand four hundred men was prepared and the yogins Mahila and Bhadala both came there. Their soup bowls were both nearly filled with food, but the King's men were never able to fill them completely.

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